Management Learning is:
- Inclusive: covering all aspects of learning and knowing in management and organizations, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue, and promoting a range of methodological and theoretical approaches;
- Innovative: publishing high-quality work derived from critical, imaginative and committed inquiry which builds new ideas and developments relating to theory, pedagogy and practice;
- International: addressing international and multi-cultural aspects of learning, with an international base of readers, authors, reviewers and editorial board members;
- Integrative: linking research, theory, methods and practice;
- 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
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.
|Ann Cunliffe||Escola de Administraçâo da Fundaçâo Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Eugene Sadler-Smith||University of Surrey, UK|
|Lisa Burns||The Open Univeristy|
|Rafael Alcadipani||FGV-EAESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Stephen Allen||University of Hull, UK|
|Lisa Anderson||University of Liverpool, UK|
|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|
|Bridgit Carroll||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|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||College of Charleston, USA|
|Viktor Dorfler||University of Strathclyde Business School, UK|
|Michaela Driver||University of Leicester, UK and New Mexico State University, USA|
|Mark Easterby-Smith||University of Lancaster, 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 Bath, 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||Griffith University, Australia|
|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||EMLYON Business School|
|Monika Kostera||The Jagellonian, Poland|
|Allan MacPherson||University of Wisconsin, USA|
|Katy Mason||Lancaster University, UK|
|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|
|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|
|Eda Ulus||University of Leicester, UK|
|Bart van den Hooff||VU University Amsterdam, 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|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Management Learning
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/management_learning 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 Management Learning will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
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.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Management Learning, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
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
Emma.firstname.lastname@example.org or Todd Bridgman Todd.Bridgman@vuw.ac.nz, 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, USAsjaros3@cox.net.
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.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Management Learning requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 the SAGE Author Gateway.
Management Learning 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.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. Please ensure that your manuscript is submitted in a double-spaced format.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
Management Learning does not currently accept supplemental files.
Management Learning adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
Management Learning is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/management_learning to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Management Learning editorial office as follows: