Journal of General Management
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Journal of General Management


Senior and Executive Editor
Stephen Drew Inter Cultural Concepts Inc., USA
Managing Editor
Teck Yong Eng University of Southampton, UK
Founding Editors
Keith MacMillan University of Reading, UK
Bernard Taylor University of Reading, UK


eISSN: 17596106 | ISSN: 03063070 | Current volume: 42 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

Journal of General Management is quarterly peer reviewed journal, with a mission. The mission of the Journal of General Management is to provide thought leadership by publishing articles on managerial practices with organisation-wide or cross-functional implications. We seek original theoretical and practical insights into general management in all types of organisations.

We are global in orientation and welcome submissions rooted in empirical research or novel business solutions in all fields related to general management including (but not restricted to): strategy, leadership, corporate governance, international business, decision-making, change management and corporate social responsibility. We also seek articles written from a functional perspective such as finance, marketing or supply chain management, provided these demonstrate links to cross-functional and general management topics. We aim to increase the relevance of developments in individual disciplines for general managers. The journal seeks to advance knowledge as to the multi-disciplinary nature of management and fulfil three objectives:

1. To help top managers understand the salient economic, social, political and technological issues that affect the success of their organisation, and their abilities to act;
2. To keep senior executives up-to-date with new developments in the theory and practice of general management;
3. To foster new thinking, research, and the exchange of experience between academics and policy-makers across the world.

We consider papers that build or expand general management theory as well as research that tests theories. In particular, we invite papers dealing with current management debates and cutting-edge business solutions. The journal is open to research based in conventional as well as emerging quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

A Brief History of JGM

Professors Keith MacMillan and Bernard Taylor founded the Journal of Business Policy - forebear to the Journal of General Management - in 1970. Their aim was to provide a focus for the study and research of the function and responsibilities of top management. The occasion for the journal's founding was an International Seminar on Teaching and Research in Business Policy held at the University of Bradford. Taylor and MacMillan also edited a book with the title Business Policy: Teaching and Research (New York: Wiley, 1973).

In 1972 both men moved from Bradford University to Henley Management College (now the Henley Business School, University of Reading). Henley was known for its focus on General Management and, in order to broaden the Journal's appeal to practicing managers, the journal's name was changed from Business Policy to the Journal of General Management.

The focus, which had begun with an exclusive emphasis on 'the function and responsibilities of top management', was broadened to include a wide range of topics pertinent to the pursuit of managerial excellence - the journal has catered to the modern manager's need to be knowledgeable in a wide range of fields, flexible and virtuosic so as to have the agility to switch easily between handling matters as diverse as strategy, reputation, finance, and HRM. The excellent general manager must, to borrow a metaphor from a JGM article (Remenyi, Grant, Pather, 2005), be able to change colours with the same ease as a chameleon alters its skin.

JGM is therefore aimed at the practitioner or researcher who appreciates the importance of research with practical implications, global reach, and a broad vision of the general manager's complex role.

The Journal's Contribution

The JGM has helped to focus the attention of executives, consultants, teachers and researches on Leadership, decision making and organisational change at the top of businesses and other organisations. Over the years, articles have focussed on themes such as:

· Identifying and building on business strengths and core competences.
· Generating new businesses through entrepreneurship and innovation
· Developing co-operative strategies through alliances and Joint Ventures
· Corporate Governance and Board Leadership at the top of the organisation, e.g. how non-executive directors create value.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Journal of General Management is quarterly peer reviewed journal, with a mission to provide thought leadership by publishing articles on managerial practices with organisation-wide or cross-functional implications. We seek original theoretical and practical insights into general management in all types of organisations.

Editorial Board Member
John Balmer Brunel Business School, UK
Cordula Barzantny Toulouse Business School, France
Ariane Berthoin Antal Technical University Berlin, Germany
Daniel Borgia University of Idaho, USA
Joseph L. Bower Harvard University, USA
Steve Downing University of Reading, UK
Philip Sadler Ashridge Management College, UK
Malcolm Warner University of Cambridge, UK
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    Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of General Management

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://peerreview.sagepub.com/jogm to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. 

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of General Management will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Journal layout 
      4.4 Reference style 
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication 

    1. Article types

    Journal of General Management is a journal of cross-functional research. It publishes thoroughly-researched articles on all areas of management science. Quantitative, qualitative and conceptual papers are all accepted. The normal length of an article is 4,000 to 6,000 words, but both longer and shorter articles can be accepted. A synopsis of not more than 100 words must also be enclosed.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Authors are expected to abide by ethical standards of academia: work must be original, not published elsewhere in the same format, and manuscripts must be fully referenced. Only manuscripts written in English will be accepted. If relevant, authors must state clearly in what way their research has already been made public. Authors are responsible for ensuring that their work meets scholarly standards of referencing, and that full acknowledgement is given to sources.

    The Journal of General Management adheres to a double-blind peer review policy. For the administration of the double-blind peer review, articles need to provide details of all contributing authors in such a way as to allow these details to be removed and placed in a separate file. Authors submitting PDFs of their research should therefore include their biographical details in a separate PDF file to the manuscript file.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Journal of General Management encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway 

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of General Management and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway. 

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Journal of General Management offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    4.3 Journal layout

    Journal of General Management conforms to the SAGE house style.  View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines. 

    4.4 Reference style

    Journal of General Management adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Journal of General Management is hosted on SAGE Track SAGE, a web based online submission and peer review system. Visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/jogm to login and submit your article online.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online 

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet 

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