The Journal of Management Inquiry, sponsored by the Western Academy of Management, is a refereed journal for scholars and professionals in management. JMI’s mission is to contribute to the generation and diffusion of original and thought-provoking knowledge. JMI is catalytic, authoritative, and eclectic, publishing inspired research reflective of the latest theory and practice. We strive to be at the forefront of academic debate in the field of management and organization studies and contribute to the academic dialogue about management, largely defined.
Through distinct sections, JMI publishes ideas that challenge our collective beliefs, push the frontiers of our understanding, and impact both our readers and the larger community. JMI´s mission is to publish manuscripts that ally the rigor of Administrative Science Quarterly with the style of The New Yorker (or Le Monde or The Economist, if you are not from the U.S.).
- Organizational Behavior
- Organization Management and Theory
- Organization Development and Change
- Human Resources
- Business Policy and Strategy
- Research Methods
- Gender and Diversity in Organizations
- Conflict Management
- Technology and Innovation
- International Management
Regular Sections of Each Volume
The Journal of Management Inquiry features eight sections: Curated, Empirical, Essay, Generative Curiosity, Meet the Person, Provocations and Provocateurs, Reflections on Experience, and Six Degrees.
- Promotes active, constructive exchanges between proponents on emerging issues, theories, and modes of inquiry.
- Presents a well-articulated academic conversation around topics that are important, relevant, or are at the heart of a debate that is consequential for theory and/or practice.
- Seeks to provide depth or texture to a relevant academic debate, including contradictory points of view.
Note: A Curated submission is typically a collection of 4-5 shorter manuscripts on a specific topic.
Empirical [formerly Non-Traditional Research]
- Welcomes rigorous qualitative research that expands our capacity to explore and understand important phenomena and spaces. Note: JMI does not publish purely quantitative papers.
- Applies alternative theoretical lenses, methodological approaches, and sources of data to explore a range of organizationally relevant phenomena.
- Captures empirical manuscripts that by the nature of the method, the field of research, the approach, etc., do not fit well with traditional formats or traditional journals.
Note: In very rare occasions, mixed methods papers, which include quantitative analysis, are considered for publication.
- Comprises an academic Op-Ed section, featuring scholarly commentary on how we frame, perceive, distort, and contribute to the disciplines associated with management.
- Provides a forum to publish well-developed and well-articulated arguments about some issue considered in the first person.
Note: JMI does not publish literature reviews or traditional theory papers.
- Introduces new or resurrects latent ideas to the field in a timely, unadulterated fashion with the aim to encourage further scholarly interest, conversation, and collaboration.
- Offers a venue that welcomes and rewards expansive curiosity so scholars can present ideas that are fertile, consequential, and novel and that stimulate future scholarly activities.
- Invites scholars and practitioners to identify a new or ignored fact, phenomenon, pattern, event, or other issues of interest that has not been filtered through the lenses of theories or methodologies.
Note: For more information about the Generative Curiosity section, please take a look at the Generative Curiosity: Guidelines for Authors and Reviewers document and the Introduction to Generative Curiosity.
Meet the Person
- Presents, in an interview format, ideas from thinkers, scholars, and professionals important and necessary to the study of management.
- Organizes the interview around a germane topic or theme relevant to management.
Provocations & Provocateurs
- Captures a memorable idea in a provocative, short burst that readers can read in 10 minutes and be left with something to think about and even act on.
- Offers rich insights into management and organizational behavior through such alternative modes of expression as plays, fiction, speeches, films, news events, and scholarly work outside common boundaries of the field.
- Imparts short, sharp commentary on an issue in the field ranging from pointed commentary on the way we as a field think and act in doing theory or research, to how and why we teach, to wider political issues, to personal and professional semi-rants about issues of concern to JMI’s readership.
Note: Submissions to the Provocations and Provocateurs section are by invitation only; unsolicited submissions are not accepted. Once accepted by the section Editor, manuscripts are to be written in a lively, readable style – not in stilted academese – that are brief (6-8 pages).
Reflection on Experience
- Advocates certain solutions or techniques; evaluates popular management methods or successful or failed interventions; or identifies important management problems in need of solution.
- Leads with relevance, based on experience but without sacrificing rigor.
- Celebrates the connections and collaborations that have produced seminal contributions to the field via Podcast interviews and recordings.
The Journal of Management Inquiry mission is to publish catalytic, authoritative, eclectic and creative research reflective of the latest theory and practice. The journal seeks to maintain a constructive balance between innovation and quality, and at the same time widely define the forms that relevant contributions to the field can take.
|David Eduardo Cavazos||Tarleton State University, USA|
|Adina Dudau||University of Glasgow, Scotland|
|Denny Gioia||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|David Hannah||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|David Jamieson||University of St. Thomas, USA|
|Josh Keller||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Mukta Kulkarni||Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India|
|Paul Olk||University of Denver, USA|
|Karen Patterson||University of New Mexico, USA|
|Simon Pek||University of Victoria, Canada|
|Vanessa Pouthier||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Andrea Prado||INCAE Business School, Costa Rica|
|Sabina Siebert||University of Glasgow, UK|
|Karan Sonpar||University College Dublin, Ireland|
|Thomas Wright||Wright Institute of Organizational Learning, USA|
|John Amis||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Ariane Berthoin Antal||WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany|
|Blake Ashforth||Arizona State University, USA|
|Jyoti Bachani||St. Mary’s College, USA|
|Jeff Bednar||Brigham Young University, USA|
|Alex Bolinger||Idaho State University, USA|
|Onno Bouwmeester||Durham University Business School, UK and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Eva Boxenbaum||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Arran Caza||University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA|
|Timothy Clark||Northern Arizona University, USA|
|Timothy Clark||Singapore Management University, Singapore|
|Jean Clarke||EMLYON Business School, France|
|Laurie Cohen||University of Nottingham, UK|
|Kevin Corley||Arizona State University, USA|
|Marc Correa||ESADE Business School, Spain|
|Brett Crawford||Grand Valley State University, USA|
|Jason D’Mello||Loyola Marymount University, USA|
|John Davis||Hardin-Simmons University, USA|
|Marco DiRenzo||Naval Post Graduate School, USA|
|Michaela Driver||New Mexico State University, USA|
|Cathy DuBois||Kent State University, USA|
|Marion Eberly||University of Washington, Tacoma, USA|
|Kyle Emich||University of Delaware, USA|
|Berrin Erdogan||Portland State University, USA|
|Pablo Fernandez||IAE, Universidad Austral, Argentina|
|Holly Ferraro||Seattle University, USA|
|Stephen Fitzgerald||Trident University International, USA|
|Joel Gehman||University of Alberta, USA|
|Maria Gondo||University of Mississippi, USA|
|Jorge Gonzalez||University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA|
|Christopher Grey||Royal Holloway University of London, UK|
|Michael Gross||Colorado State University, USA|
|Hans Hansen||Texas Tech University, USA|
|Kim Hinrichs||California State University, Chico, USA|
|Paul Hirsch||Northwestern University, USA|
|Tony Kang||University of South Florida, USA|
|Anthony Klotz||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Sarah Kovoor-Misra||University of Colorado-Denver, USA|
|Kai Lamertz||Athabasca University, Canada|
|Ann Langley||HEC Montreal, Canada|
|Brenda Lautsch||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Keith Leavitt||Oregon State University, USA|
|Danielle Logue||UTS Business School, Australia|
|Kathy Lund Dean||Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA|
|Matthew CB Lyle||University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA|
|Sally Maitlis||University of Oxford, UK|
|Patricia Martinez||Loyola Marymount University, USA|
|Dirk Moosmayer||Nottingham University, UK|
|Sucheta Nadkarni||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Federica Pazzaglia||UCD Dublin, Ireland|
|Ana Maria Peredo||University of Victoria, Canada|
|Antoaneta Petkova||San Francisco State University, USA|
|Edward Powley||Naval Postgraduate School, USA|
|Luigi Proserpio||Bocconi University, Italy|
|Linda Putnam||University of California, Santa Barbara, USA|
|Mooweon Rhee||Yonsei University, Korea|
|Kevin Rockmann||George Mason University, USA|
|Kathryn Rodgers||Pitzer College/Claremont Colleges, USA|
|Frances McKee Ryan||University of Nevada, Reno, USA|
|Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson||Uppsala University, Sweden|
|Jeffrey Shay||Babson College, USA|
|Greg Stephens||Texas Christian University, USA|
|Marc Stierand||École Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Roy Suddaby||University of Victoria, Canada|
|Risto Tainio||Aalto University, Finland|
|Justin Tan||York University, Canada|
|Nick Turner||University of Calgary, Canada|
|David Wagner||University of Oregon, USA|
|Ian J. Walsh||Bentley University, USA|
|Richard Whittington||University of Oxford, UK|
|Celeste P.M. Wilderom||University of Twente, Netherlands|
|Therese Yaeger||Benedictine University, USA|
|Danielle Zandee||Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherlands|
|Chris Zatzick||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Donna Sutherland-Smith||Imperial College Business School, UK|
|Santiago Delgadillo||University of San Francisco, USA|
|Cynthia Nalevanko||SAGE Publications, USA|
|Isabella Austin||SAGE Publications, USA|
|Alex Bolinger||Idaho State University, USA|
|Christopher Bradshaw||California State University, Stanislaus, USA|
|Jim Downing||California State University, Chico, USA|
|Kyle Emich||University of Delaware, USA|
|Kim Hinrichs||California State University, Chico, USA|
|Ana Maria Peredo||University of Victoria, Canada|
|Lori Peterson||Northeastern State University, USA|
|Antoaneta Petkova||California State University, San Francisco, USA|
|Suzanne Zivnuska||California State University, Chico, USA|
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The Journal of Management Inquiry features eight sections: Essays, Curated, Empirical Research, Meet the Person, Reflections on Experience, Provocations and Provocateurs, Generative Curiosity, and Six Degrees. Manuscripts must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).
Contributions vary in length (all inclusive) depending on the section. For example, submissions to the Essays or Empirical Research sections should not exceed 40 pages. Initial submissions to Generative Curiosity can be no more than 750 words.
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David Hannah (email@example.com) – Generative Curiosity. For more information on the Generative Curiosity sectoin, please take a look at the Generative Curiosity: Guidelines for Authors and Reviewers document and the Introduction to Generative Curiosity.
As Reflections on Experience and Meet the Person are so unique to this journal, authors are asked to first contact Richard Stackman to ensure the idea fits with the editorial policy of the journal and to get initial feedback on how best to frame the submission to maximize the probability of publication.
For more information about the Generative Curiosity section, please take a look at the Generative Curiosity: Guidelines for Authors and Reviewers document. Please also take a look at the Introduction to Generative Curiosity.
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