2015 Impact Factor: 1.777
2015 Ranking: 76/192 in Management
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society

Editors in Chief
Yvonne Benschop Radboud University, The Netherlands
Craig Prichard Massey University, New Zealand

eISSN: 14617323 | ISSN: 13505084 | Current volume: 24 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly

What is a critical journal ? - by Martin Parker and Robyn Thomas July 2011

What makes a highly cited Organization paper?

Click Here to read a interview with David L. Collinson, author of the much acclaimed, and highly cited article Identities and insecurities: Selves at work

Organization is the major forum for dialogue and innovation in organization studies, addressing significant current and emergent theoretical, meta theoretical and substantive developments in the field.

This is a time of unprecedented debate and diversity in organization studies, when intellectual reassessments go alongside a plurality of organizational forms and practices in a globalizing world. The central task for students of organization is to construct those analytical narratives and ethical discourses appropriate to the radically changing structural, theoretical and ideological realities we now face. Organization seeks to address this important task.

We welcome standard academic papers of up to 10 thousand words, as well as 'Speaking Out' pieces written to challenge contemporary orthodoxies, and 'Connexions' essays that tie together contemporary social problems and the study of organizing. We will also publish replies to any of our published articles. See the 'Manuscript Submission' page for more details.

"For nearly two decades, Organization has been at the forefront of the effort to bring fresh ideas into organizational research. The journal is now the leading outlet for irreverent thinking that challenges the status quo in both management research and management practice" Paul Adler

"If one could enviSAGE an ideal trans-atlantic journal, Organization is it. Bridging Europe and America, it invites organization theorists from all the world. Located beyond paradigm wars and local feuds, the journal offers a vista of most recent topics and most original approaches to studies of organization. The articles published in Organization combine interesting theory building with a genuine concern about the practice of organizing" Barbara Czarniawska

"Organization has led the way in refreshing a field that had become inward-looking and short on challenging contributions. By welcoming critical explorations of demanding topics, Organization has dramatically expanded the framing of the field in directions that are as unsettling as they are non-trivial" Hugh Willmott

"Organization is an important outlet for new perspectives and ideas on organizations and organizing. It has played a significant role in altering the course of organization studies and related disciplines in the past, and I am certain will continue to do so for the foreseeable future" Mary Jo Hatch

Electronic access:

Organization is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

Organization is a peer-reviewed journal whose principal aim is to foster dialogue and innovation in studies of organization. The journal addresses a broad spectrum of issues, and a wide range of perspectives, as the foundation for a 'neo-disciplinary' organization studies. In doing so, it promotes an ethos which is explicitly:

  • theory-driven 
  • international in scope and vision 
  • open, reflective, imaginative and critical 
  • interdisciplinary

Organization facilitates exchange amongst scholars from a wide range of current disciplinary bases and perspectives.

SCOPE: The journal encompasses the full range of key theoretical, methodological and substantive debates and developments in organizational analysis, broadly conceived, identifying and assessing their impacts on organizational practices worldwide. Alongside more micro-processual analyses, it particularly encourages attention to the links between intellectual developments, changes in organizational forms and practices, and broader social, cultural and institutional transformations. In addition to established themes of continued significance to the development of the field, topics and themes addressed by Organization include:

  • issues of gender, race and ethnicity in organizations
  • globalization and its discourses
  • organization and disorganization
  • consumption and organization
  • organizational space and time
  • organizational identities
  • organizational imagery in organizations
  • ecology and organization
  • moralities of organization
  • power/knowledge and managerial discourses
  • law and organization
  • organization and cultural studies

Please note: If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (gold open access, as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in the SAGE Choice scheme subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer reviewing procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. Under this scheme, authors of articles in Organization are currently able to publish via SAGE Choice at a special discounted Article Processing Charge of US$750. For further information, 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.

Associate Editors
Mike Bresnen Manchester Business School, UK
Joanna Brewis University of Leicester, UK
Tim Edwards Cardiff University, UK
Nancy Harding University of Bradford, UK
Gavin Jack Monash University, Australia
Donncha Kavanagh University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Albert J. Mills St Mary's University, Halifax, Canada
Sara Louise Muhr Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Iain Munro Newcastle University, UK
Damian O'Doherty University of Manchester, UK
Alison Pullen Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Carl Rhodes University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Maureen A. Scully University of Massachusetts, USA
Scott Taylor University of Birmingham, UK
Janne Tienari Aalto University, Finland
Christopher Wright The University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Sierk Ybema Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Patrizia Zanoni Hasselt University, Belgium
Book Review Editors
Daniel Nyberg University of Nottingham, UK
Editorial Board
Paul Adler University of Southern California, USA
Rafael Alcadipani FGV-EAESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mats Alvesson Lund University, Sweden
Karen Lee Ashcraft University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Bobby Banerjee City University, London, UK
Emma Bell Open University, UK
Todd Bridgman Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Andrew Brown University of Bath, UK
Attila Bruni University of Trento, Italy
Chris Carter University of Edinburgh, UK
Andrea Casey George Washington University, USA
Catherine Casey University of Leicester, UK
Carl Cederstrom Stockholm University, Sweden
Stewart R Clegg University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Bill Cooke University Management School, Lancaster, UK
Jana Costas Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Douglas Creed University of Rhode Island, USA
Leanne Cutcher University of Sydney, Australia
Barbara Czarniawska University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Karen Dale University of Lancaster, UK
Christian De Cock University of Essex, UK
Marie Laure Djelic ESSEC Business School, France
Bill Doolin Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Michaela Driver Western State Colorado University, USA
Paul du Gay Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Yvonne Due Billing Copenhagen University, Denmark
Mahmoud Ezzamel Cardiff Business School and IE Business School
Peter Fleming City University, UK
Mariana Fotaki Warwick Business School, UK
Yiannis Gabriel University of Bath, UK
Shiv N. Ganesh Massey University, New Zealand
Christina Garsten SCORE, Stockholm, Sweden
Sylvia Gherardi Trento University, Italy
Sarah Gilmore Portsmouth University, UK
Chris Grey Royal Holloway University London, UK
Philip Hancock University of Essex, UK
Gerry Hanlon Queen Mary University, London
Stefan Heusinkveld VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Daniel Hjorth Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Charlotte Holgersson Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Isabelle Huault Université de Paris Dauphine, France
Gazi Islam Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Maddy Janssens Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium
John M Jermier University of South Florida
Campbell Jones University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dan Karremann Lund University, Sweden
Kate Kenny Queens University, Belfast, UK
Mark Learmonth University of Durham, UK
David Levy University of Massachusetts, USA
Michael Lounsbury University of Alberta, Canada
Gerlinde Mautner Vienna University of Economics and Business , Austria
Debra Meyerson Stanford University, USA
Jean Helms Mills Saint Mary's University, Canada
Ali H. Mir William Paterson University
Raza Mir William Paterson University, USA
Anna-Maria Murtola Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Alistair Mutch Nottingham Trent University, UK
Nisha Nair University of Pittsburgh, USA
Stella M Nkomo University of Pretoria, South Africa
Joe O'Mahoney University of Cardiff, UK
Veronique Perret Universite de Paris Dauphine, France
Anshuman Prasad University of New Haven
Linda Putnam University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Sigrid Quack Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany
Paolo Quattrone University of Edinburgh, UK
Alf Rehn Abo Akademi University, Finland
Juliane Reinecke Warwick Business School, UK
Kathleen Riach Monash University, Australia
John Roberts University of Sydney, Australia
Michael Rowlinson Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Fernanda Saurbronn Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Andreas Georg Scherer University of Zurich, Switzerland
Gregory Schwartz University of Bristol, UK
Prajna Seneviratene The Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
Graham Sewell University of Melbourne, Australia
Dorothy Smith University of Victoria, Canada
Patricia J Sotirin Michigan Technological University, USA
Andre Spicer City University, UK
Sverre Spoelstra Lund University, Sweden
Chris Steyaert University of St Gallen, Switzerland
Antonio Strati Trento University, Italy
Andrew Sturdy University of Bristol, UK
René ten Bos Raboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Torkild Thanem Stockholm University, Sweden
Barbara Townley University of St Andrews, UK
Melissa Tyler University of Essex, UK
Eero Vaara Swedish School of Economics, Finland and EM Lyon, France
Marieke Van den Brink Radboud University, The Netherlands
Marc J Ventresca University of Oxford, UK
Sam Warren Cardiff University, UK
Hugh Willmott University of Cardiff, UK
Julie Wolfram Cox Monash University, Australia
Thomaz Wood RAE, FGV-EAESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Edward Wray-Bliss Deakin University, Australia
Larry Zacharias University of Massachussets at Amherst, USA
Tammar Zilber Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Managing Editor
Jill Meadows University of Leicester, UK
Editorial Advisory Board
Gibson Burrell University of Leicester
Marta Calas University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
Glenn Morgan Cardiff Business School, UK
Martin Parker University of Leicester, UK
Mike Reed University of Cardiff, UK
Linda Smircich University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
Robyn Thomas Cardiff University, UK
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    1. Article types
    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 Your Title, 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

    The principal aim of Organization is to foster dialogue and innovation in studies of organization. The journal addresses a broad spectrum of issues, and a wide range of perspectives, as the foundation for a 'neo-disciplinary' study of organization and organizing. In doing so, it promotes an ethos which is explicitly theory-driven, international in scope and vision, open, reflective, imaginative and critical. We are also concerned to be interdisciplinary, and to facilitate exchange amongst scholars from a wide range of current disciplinary perspectives. Contributions are welcomed in the following formats:

    1. Standard papers: We welcome original papers of up to 10,000 words.
    2. Speaking Out papers: Provocative and polemical essays, written to challenge contemporary orthodoxies in our field (4,000 words maximum).
    3. Connexions: Essays that tie together contemporary social problems and the study of organizing, emphasizing connections between theory and practice, between the international political and economic order and organizational analysis, and between action and disinterested observation (6,000 words maximum).
    4. We will also publish replies to any of our published articles, in any format, but only if the quality of the response justifies it.
    5. Book Reviews: We publish book review essays (normally 1,000 words) of books on topics that fall within the scope of the journal. These are usually commissioned by our book review editors, but do approach us if you wish to review a particular book.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Organization operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewers’ and author's names are withheld, though reviewers may reveal their names at their own discretion. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal, and fit within its aims and scope, will be sent to an Associate Editor to consider for outside review. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers.

    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

    Organization 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.

    Organization is hosted on Manuscript Central a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne� Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit 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.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system.

    If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Organization 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 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.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (gold open access, as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in the SAGE Choice scheme, 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. Under this scheme, authors of articles in Organization are currently able to publish via SAGE Choice at a special discounted Article Processing Charge of US$750. For further information, 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. Organization 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

    None applicable.

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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
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Organization additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit:

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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. It is important that all figures/images and tables are uploaded as separate files and are not embedded into the main text file. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

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

    10.3 Reference Style
    Organization adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    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. SI units should be used throughout the text.

    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
    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on 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 Organization with SAGE.

    11.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    Organization 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 Jill Meadows in the Editorial Office on

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