Management Learning

Management Learning

2016 Impact Factor: 1.836
2016 Ranking: 89/194 in Management
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
The Journal for Critical, Reflexive Scholarship on Organization and Learning

Editors in Chief
Emma Bell Open University Business School, UK
Todd Bridgman Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Associate Editors
Arne Carlsen BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Steve Kempster Lancaster University, UK
James McDonald University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Alexia Panayiotou University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Martyna Sliwa University of Essex, UK
Book Reviews Editor
Stephen Jaros Southern University and A&M College, USA
Social Media Editor
Deborah Brewis Kingston University, UK

eISSN: 14617307 | ISSN: 13505076 | Current volume: 48 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 5 Times/Year

Management Learning is:

  1. Inclusive: covering all aspects of learning and knowing in management and organizations, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue, and promoting a range of methodological and theoretical approaches;
  2. Innovative: publishing high-quality work derived from critical, imaginative and committed inquiry which builds new ideas and developments relating to theory, pedagogy and practice;
  3. International: addressing international and multi-cultural aspects of learning, with an international base of readers, authors, reviewers and editorial board members;
  4. Integrative: linking research, theory, methods and practice;
  5. Impactful: aspiring to publish papers that are influential both within the field of management and organizational scholarship, and in the arenas of policy and organizational practice.

Articles in Management Learning advance theory and practice through two defining characteristics: they engage in critique, and are thought-provoking. These characteristics suggest a processual, provisional and potentially contested view of knowledge and learning, and emphasize the need to open-up existing ways of thinking to scrutiny. In doing so, they promote new perspectives and interpretations. Authors should therefore move beyond descriptive and conventional views to reflect upon, analyse and critique; be explicit about their philosophical and/or theoretical perspective; and explain and justify their methods and data analysis. Conclusions should be clear, well-developed, and fully justified.

Manuscripts should be situated within a relevant body of literature, connect to important conversations in the field and the journal, make a significant and substantial contribution to the development of management and organizational learning, and be coherent, clear and compelling. We encourage submissions from a variety of theoretical perspectives including critical, poststructuralist, feminist, interpretive, phenomenological, discursive, semiotic and aesthetic perspectives. Authors should carefully and persuasively craft their argument by clearly stating their contribution and ensuring that their philosophical and/or theoretical perspective, the method, analysis, discussion and conclusion are consistent and coherent.

Papers should convey commitment and excitement, and use accessible and direct language. While many of our readers are scholars and researchers, Management Learning addresses a wider audience with an interest in management learning. Esoteric language should therefore not stand in the way of effective communication and discussion.

"No other journal so successfully communicates the richness of the field of knowledge, knowing and learning in management education and in organizations as well," Silvia Gherardi

"This remains one of the very few 'must read' journals that I get," Karl Weick

"As the most innovative and exciting journal in its field, I recommend Management Learning to anyone interested in advancing more critical and challenging approaches to the diverse forms of management education," Hugh Willmott

Electronic access:

Management Learning is available electronically on Sage Journals Online at

Sage Full-Text Collections: Management Learning is included in the Management & Organization Studies Sage Full-Text Collection. Visit

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

Management Learning is a fully peer-reviewed journal which welcomes contributions from management and organization studies and related fields and disciplines, as well as papers adopting multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. Papers may address a variety of topics but the link with learning and managing organizations must be made explicit. Papers on specific topics which do not consider implications for learning would not be appropriate.

Manuscripts drawing on field research may involve a wide variety of data sources and research methods, including ethnographic, discursive, deconstructive, narrative, survey and case study methodologies. The common theme is that contributions are written with the readership of Management Learning in mind a readership that expects high quality, thought-provoking, innovative, thoughtful papers that make a clear contribution to the field.

Management Learning includes work on topics relating to:

  • Learning and knowing in management and organizations: including individual and organizational learning; critical and reflexive approaches to learning, managing and organizing.
  • Processes and practices of learning: for example, different approaches and new perspectives on learning and pedagogy, critical approaches to management education; relationships between learning and experience; formal and informal learning; and the roles of language, symbols, narratives and metaphor in learning and knowing.
  • Theoretical perspectives on learning and knowing: for example, philosophies of knowledge and knowing and conceptual approaches to learning and development.
  • Wider issues: for example, the relationship between learning and culture, gender, ethics, power, and emotion; and critiquing conventional approaches to management learning.


Emeritus Editors
Ann Cunliffe University of Bradford, UK
Eugene Sadler-Smith University of Surrey, UK
Editorial Assistant
Sarah Gundry The University of Bath, UK
International Editorial Board
Rafael Alcadipani FGV-EAESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ariane Berthoin Antal WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Elena Antonacopoulou University of Liverpool, UK
Karen Ashcraft University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Deborah Blackman University of New South Wales, Australia
John Burgoyne Lancaster University, UK
Andrea Casey George Washington University, USA
Miguel Cunha Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Graeme Currie Warwick Business School, UK
Barbara Czarniawska University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Gordon E Dehler University of Cincinnati, USA
Viktor Dorfler University of Strathclyde Business School, UK
Michaela Driver Western State Colorado University, USA
Mark Easterby-Smith Lancaster University, UK
Bente Elkjaer Aarhus University, Denmark
Andrea Ellinger University of Texas at Tyler, USA
Carole Elliott University of Roehampton, UK
Lars Engwall Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden
Tara Fenwick University of Stirling, UK
Jeanie M Forray Western New England University, USA
Yiannis Gabriel University of Bath, UK
Daniel Geiger University of Hamburg, Germany
Silvia Gherhardi Universita degli Studi de Trento, Italy
Gina Grandy University of Regina, Canada
David E Gray University of Greenwich, UK
Christopher Grey Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Nancy Harding University of Bradford, UK
Amanda Hay Nottingham Trent University, UK
Jenny Helin Uppsalla University, Sweden
Paul Hibbert University of St Andrews, UK
Vivien Hodgson Lancaster University, UK
Robin Holt Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Jacky Hong University of Macau, China
Michal Izak University of Lincoln, UK
Brad Jackson Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Kim Turnbull James Cranfield School of Management, UK
Owain Smolovic Jones Open University, UK
Silvia Jordan University of Innsbruck, Austria
D. Christopher Kayes George Washington University, USA
Elisabeth Kelan Cranfield University, UK
Martin Kornberger Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Monika Kostera The Jagellonian, Poland
Victoria J Marsick Columbia University, USA
Katy Mason Lancaster University, UK
Allan McPherson University of Wisconsin, USA
Davide Nicolini University of Warwick, UK
Kevin Orr St Andrews University, UK
Anders Ortenblad Nord University, Norway
Mike Pedler Henley Business School, UK
Linda Perriton University of York, UK
Craig Prichard Massey University, New Zealand
Joseph A. Raelin Northeastern University, USA
Caroline Ramsey University of Liverpool, UK
Birgit Renzl University of Stuttgart, Germany
Maxine Robertson Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Nick Rumens University of Portsmouth, UK
David Sims City University, London, UK
Robin Stanley Snell Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Andrew Sturdy University of Bristol, UK
Jianmin Sun Renmin University of China, China
Bart van den Hooff VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Morten Thanning Vendelø Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Dusya Vera C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, USA
Russ Vince University of Bath, UK
Karen Watkins University of Georgia, USA
Amy Way Villanova University, USA
Karl E. Weick University of Michigan, USA
M. Ann Welsh University of Cincinnati, USA
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    1. Article types
      1.1 Article Length
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
      11.4 OnlineFirst publication
    12. Further information

    1. Article types

    Management Learning publishes:

    • Full papers: original, empirical, theoretical and exploratory articles.
    • Provocations to debate: short, polemical articles on current and controversial issues If you have an idea for a Provocation to debate, please contact the Editors-in-Chief, Emma Bell or Todd Bridgman, to make sure that it fits with the editorial policy of the journal and to get initial feedback on how to frame the submission.(4,000 words maximum).
    • Book reviews: invitations to review are issued regularly by the Book Reviews Editor but please contact the Book Reviews Editor if you wish to review a particular book. Books for review should be sent to the Book Reviews Editor Steve Jaros, Southern University and A&M College, USA

    1.1 Article Length

    The typical length of a published paper is 7-9,000 words including all references, figures and tables. The length depends on the nature of the paper, with those incorporating qualitative data being longer. Initial submissions of more than 9,000 words (all inclusive) will not be considered and will automatically be sent back to the author. Similarly, revised papers of more than 9,000 words will not normally be considered. In a few cases, an overall word length of more than 9,000 words will be accepted, where a case has been made with the Associate Editor handling the manuscript and this has been agreed in advance of the re-submission.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Management Learning operates a strictly blind peer review process in which reviewers’ and authors’ names are withheld. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by an Associate Editor and only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal, and fit within its aims and scope, will be sent to expert reviewers. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers. Generally a decision is made as to whether the paper be accepted, rejected, or invited for further minor or major revisions and subsequent reviews based on reviewers’ recommendations within eight weeks.

    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.

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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

    Management Learning 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Paper submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words in length (excluding references).  Manuscripts should be written in English, double-spaced throughout, and should not have been published or submitted for review elsewhere.  Reviewing will be on an anonymous basis and authors should prepare the paper in such a way that their names do not appear in, and cannot be associated with, the manuscript.  All papers require an abstract of 100-150 words and five to eight keywords.

    All submissions should be made online at the Management Learning SAGETRACK website:

    Please log onto the website. New users will first need to create an account. Follow the instructions and please be sure to enter a current and correct email address. Creating your account is a simple process that takes a matter of minutes to set up. Log-in information is sent via email immediately. Please edit your user ID and password to something more memorable by selecting ‘Edit Account’ at the top of the screen. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details type your email address in the ‘Password Help’ to receive an emailed reminder. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website.

    Please ensure that you submit editable/source files only (Microsoft Word or RTF) and that your document does not include page numbers; the Management Learning SAGETRACK system will generate them for you and will automatically convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review. It is imperative that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers.

    All correspondence, including notification of the Editors’ decision and requests for revisions will be by email.

    If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Management Learning editorial office at the following email address:

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    5. Journal 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 a 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.

    Management Learning 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 articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests                  

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Management Learning does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    It is imperative that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers. All correspondence, including notification of the Editors decision and requests for revisions will be by email.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    Management Learning 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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    9. 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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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    10.2 Journal Style
    Management Learning conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    10.3 Reference Style
    Management Learning operates a SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation
    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.

    10.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    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 SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    10.4.2 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.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.
    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Management Learning does not currently accept supplemental files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit for further information.

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    11. After acceptance           

    11.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    11.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Management Learning with SAGE.

    11.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    Management Learning benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE's electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

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    Institutional Subscription, E-access

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    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, E-access Plus Backfile (All Online Content)

    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, Combined Plus Backfile (Current Volume Print & All Online Content)

    Institutional Backfile Purchase, E-access (Content through 1998)

    Individual, Single Print Issue

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