Administrative Science Quarterly

Administrative Science Quarterly

2015 Impact Factor: 5.316
2015 Ranking: 6/192 in Management | 4/120 in Business
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
Published in Association with Johnson at Cornell University

Henrich R. Greve INSEAD, Singapore

eISSN: 19303815 | ISSN: 00018392 | Current volume: 61 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly
Administrative Science Quarterly, owned and managed by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, has been at the cutting edge of organizational studies since the field began. This top-tier journal regularly publishes the best theoretical and empirical papers based on dissertations and on the evolving and new work of more established scholars, as well as interdisciplinary work in organizational theory, and informative book reviews.

At the cutting edge since the field began, ASQ is the source of:

The best theoretical and empirical work in organization studies

ASQ regularly publishes the best theoretical and empirical papers based on dissertations and on the evolving and new work of more established scholars. Look to ASQ for new work from young scholars with fresh views, opening new areas of inquiry, and from more seasoned scholars deepening earlier work and staking out new terrain.

Interdisciplinary work in organization theory

ASQ publishes the best organizational theory papers from a number of disciplines, including organizational behavior and theory, sociology, psychology and social psychology, strategic management, economics, public administration, and industrial relations. Look to ASQ for work that transcends the bounds of particular disciplines to speak to a broad audience.

A range of perspectives and styles

ASQ publishes qualitative papers as well as quantitative work and purely theoretical papers. Beginning with a special issue on qualitative research in 1979, ASQ set the standard for excellence in qualitative research. Theoretical perspectives and topics in ASQ span the range from micro to macro, from lab experiments in psychology to work on nation-states. Look to ASQ for breadth and diversity.

Award-winning papers

Many papers published in ASQ over the years have won awards as the best paper in their area. A number of them have been awarded the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management's Organizational Behavior Division which is given each year for the most significant contribution to the field of organizational behavior. Look to ASQ for high-quality research that expands your thinking on organizational issues.

Informative book reviews

ASQ publishes thoughtful reviews of books important to the field, giving readers enough information about each book and its contribution so that they can judge for themselves whether the book will be helpful. In addition, in each issue a list of publications received alerts readers to the release of new books on organization studies and business management. Look to ASQ for new book information.

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The ASQ logo reads, "Dedicated to advancing the understanding of administration through empirical investigation and theoretical analysis." We interpret "administration" in the broadest possible sense to include all of the processes involved in creating, coordinating, and transforming the social settings in which it occurs. ASQ seeks to advance the understanding of management, organizations, and organizing in a wide variety of contexts, including teams, business and nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and markets. Contributions to this enterprise can include the discovery and analysis of new phenomena, new theoretical accounts informed by empirical analysis, or the disconfirmation of existing theory.

Managing Editor
Linda Johanson Cornell University, USA
Associate Managing Editor
Joan Friedman Cornell University, USA
Associate Editors
Caroline Bartel University of Texas at Austin, USA
Christine Beckman University of Maryland, USA
Mary Benner University of Minnesota, USA
Forrest Briscoe Pennsylvania State University, USA
Mauro F. Guillén University of Pennsylvania, USA
P. Devereaux Jennings University of Alberta, Canada
Christopher Marquis Cornell University, USA
Michael G. Pratt Boston College, USA
Marc-David L. Seidel University of British Columbia, Canada
John Wagner Michigan State University, USA
Book Review Editor
Wesley Sine Cornell University, USA
Editorial Board
Christina L. Ahmadjian Hitotsubashi University, Japan
Ramon J. Aldag University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Michel Anteby Boston University, USA
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Olga Khessina University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
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Katherine Klein University of Pennsylvania, USA
Adam M. Kleinbaum Dartmouth College, USA
Richard J. Klimoski George Mason University, USA
Glen E. Kreiner Pennsylvania State University, USA
Brandon Lee Melbourne Business School, Australia
Matthew Lee INSEAD, Singapore
Michael Lounsbury University of Alberta, Canada
Mary-Hunter McDonnell University of Pennsylvania, USA
Alexandra Michel University of Pennsylvania, USA
Mark S. Mizruchi University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Chad Navis Clemson University, USA
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Donald Palmer University of California, Davis, USA
Jennifer Petriglieri INSEAD, France
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Tim Pollock The Pennsylvania State University
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Kevin Rockmann George Mason University, USA
Nancy Rothbard University of Pennsylvania, USA
Amanda Sharkey University of Chicago, USA
Wesley Sine Cornell University, USA
Edward (Ned) Smith Northwestern University, USA
Sameer Srivastava University of California, Berkeley, USA
Maxim Sytch University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
András Tilcsik University of Toronto, Canada
Paul Tracey University of Cambridge, UK
Linda K. Treviño Pennsylvania State University, USA
Daan van Knippenberg Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
James Wade George Washington University, USA
James D. Westphal University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Amy S. Wharton Washington State University, USA
Batia M. Wiesenfeld New York University, USA
Lori Qingyuan Yue University of Southern California, USA
Minyuan Zhao University of Pennsylvania, USA
David Zhu Arizona State University, USA
Methods Advisory Panel
Beth Bechky New York University, USA
Peer C. Fiss University of Southern California, USA
Martin Gargiulo INSEAD, Singapore
Christopher I. Rider Georgetown University, USA
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  • Invitation to Contributors

    The ASQ logo reads, "Dedicated to advancing the understanding of administration through empirical investigation and theoretical analysis." The editors interpret that statement to entail three criteria that affect editorial decisions. About any manuscript they ask: does this research (1) advance our understanding of organizing in contexts such as teams, enterprises, or markets; (2) develop a new theoretical account or empirical findings about organizing that challenges previous understandings; (3) address a significant and challenging problem of management? Theory is how we move to further research and improved practice, but new empirical findings that disconfirm theory are also valuable. If manuscripts contain no theoretical foundation, their value is suspect.

    ASQ asks, "What's interesting here?" But we take pains not to confuse interesting work with work that contains mere novelties, clever turns of phrase, or other substitutes for insight. Instead, we try to identify counterintuitive work that disconfirms prevailing assumptions. Building a coherent, cumulative body of knowledge typically involves research that offers new syntheses or themes, identifies new patterns or causal sequences, or generates new propositions. Interesting work accelerates the development of new theory or new practices.

    People submitting manuscripts should clearly articulate what we learn from such endeavors that we did not know before. Some topics in organizational studies have become stagnant, repetitious, and closed. Research in mature fields that does not identify and attempt to correct a serious problem in previously published research is unlikely to advance understanding.

    We attach no priorities to subjects for study, nor do we attach greater significance to one methodological style than another. We are receptive to multiple forms of grounding but not to a complete avoidance of theoretical grounding. Consequently, we are open to work based on qualitative or quantitative data collected from archives, the laboratory, or the field, as well as simulations and formal models.

    For these reasons, we view all our papers as high-quality contributions to the literature and present them as equals to our readers. The first paper in each issue is not viewed by the editors as the best of those appearing in the issue. Our readers will decide for themselves which of the papers are exceptionally valuable.

    We refrain from listing topics in which we are interested. ASQ should seek to publish articles on new topics that have not previously appeared in the journal. Authors should look at what ASQ has published over the last 10 years, and, if there is even a glimmer of precedent, submit the work to ASQ. Manuscripts that are inappropriate will be returned promptly.

    We are interested in compact presentations of theory and research, suspecting that very long manuscripts contain an unclear line of argument, multiple arguments, or no argument at all. Each manuscript should contain one key point, which the author should be able to state in one sentence. Digressions from one key point commonly occur when authors cite more literature than is necessary to frame and justify an argument.

    We are interested in good writing and see poor writing as a reason to reject manuscripts. We're looking for manuscripts that are well argued and well written. By well argued we mean that the argument is clear and logical; by well written we mean that the argument is accessible and well phrased. Clear writing is not an adornment but a reflection of clear thinking.

    A problem common to rejected manuscripts is that authors are unable to evaluate their own work critically and seem to have made insufficient use of colleagues before the work is submitted. Obtaining and responding to comments from trusted colleagues before submitting a manuscript helps authors anticipate reviewers' reactions and will increase the probability of a favorable review.

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    Use the following guidelines to prepare manuscripts: 

    Include an informative abstract of 200 words or fewer that describes the material presented in the paper, including the question or focus, the type of study reported (e.g., empirical, laboratory, qualitative, field study, etc.), the context (e.g., work groups, Fortune 500 firms, hospitals, cooperatives, etc.), and the major findings. For examples, see abstracts of published work on the ASQ web page (

    • Provide three or four keywords for the paper.
    • Type all copy, except tables, double-spaced in 12-point type. Use footnotes sparingly. Essential material should be incorporated in the text; material with weak relevance should be deleted. Organize the manuscript by using primary, secondary, and tertiary headings (see a recent issue of ASQ for format), rather than numbered headings.
    • To preserve anonymity in the blind-review process, authors should avoid revealing their identity in text through obvious self-references to previous work or in footnotes. If authors cite their own published work or work in progress, however, these references must be included in the references with full bibliographic information. Authors should reference their own work as they would the work of any other scholar. Reviewers will ask what the contribution of a manuscript is above what has already been published and must have this information.
    • Omit italics unless absolutely necessary. Use only abbreviations known to the general public and avoid unnecessary acronyms; spell out an abbreviated term when first used. Avoid parentheses in textual material. Use quotation marks only for direct quotations. Spell out numbers from one to nine and those that begin a sentence. Write out "percent" in text; use percentage sign in tables.
    • Type tables or figures each on separate pages and place them at the end of the manuscript after the references, rather than inserting them in the text. Include a note (i.e., Insert table 1 about here) at the point in text where they are referenced. Present graphic material so that the meaning is immediately clear by including a title on every figure and table and labeling axes and diagrams.
    • Use the active voice whenever possible, but use "we" only for multiple authors. Use the past tense for discussing earlier studies or presenting methods, samples, data, findings, results, and conclusions. Use the present tense for discussing tables or figures as they are presented in text.
    • Define a term accurately when it is first used and use it consistently with that meaning throughout. Find the best way to express an idea once, rather than repeating the same idea in different words. Do not use a clause where a phrase will do or a phrase where a word will do. Avoid jargon; do not mistake it for technical terminology.

    References. Discuss only literature that pertains directly to the thesis or research of the paper and make it clear how it relates. Cite a representative set of references when there is a large literature. References to articles, books, and other source works should be cited in the text by noting—in parentheses—the last name of the author, the year of publication, and page numbers for direct quotations or to refer to a point in a book. Do not use "ibid.," "op. cit.," or "loc. cit."; specify subsequent citations of the same source in the same way as the first citation. In the reference section, list every reference cited in the manuscript; do not list a reference that isn't cited in the text. Provide authors' last names and initials, year, title, volume and pages of journals, editors' names and inclusive pages for chapters in edited volumes, and place of publication and publisher for books. Use the following guidelines in citing references:

    • If the author’s name is in the text, follow it with the year in parentheses [e.g., "Glaser (1992) recommended . . ."]. If the author’s name is not in the text, insert it in parentheses, followed by a comma and the year. Multiple references are listed chronologically in parentheses, separated by semicolons.
    • For two or three authors, give all the authors’ last names in text each time the work is cited (e.g., Haidt, Koller, and Dias, 1993); if there are four or more authors, give only the first author’s name followed by "et al." and the date for each citation (e.g., Sasovova et al., 2010).
    • Page numbers, to indicate a passage in a book or to give the source of a quotation, follow the year and are preceded by a colon.
    • If there is more than one reference to the same author in the same year, postscript the date with a, b, c, etc. (e.g., Chan, 2009a, 2009b).
    • For a source that is forthcoming or in press, give an estimated year of publication and use that date for citations in text. Add "in press" or "forthcoming" in parentheses at the end of the bibliographic information in the references.

    List all references as an appendix to the manuscript. Alphabetize by author and, for each author, list in chronological sequence. List the authors’ last names and initials. Use no italics or abbreviations. Use one tab between the date and the title. See examples:


    Burt, R. S.
    2000    "The network structure of social capital." In B. M. Staw and R. I. Sutton (eds.), Research in Organizational Behavior, 22: 345–423. New York: Elsevier/JAI.

    Chan, C. S.-c.
    2009a    "Creating a market in the presence of cultural resistance: The case of life insurance in China." Theory and Society, 38: 271–305.

    Chan, C. S.-c.
    2009b    "Invigorating the content in social embeddedness: An ethnography of life insurance transactions in China." American Journal of Sociology, 115: 712–754.

    Davis, G. F.
    1993    "Who gets ahead in the market for corporate directors?' Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

    Glaser, B.
    1992    Basics of Grounded Theory Analysis. Mill Valley, CA: Sociology Press.

    Haidt, J., S. Koller, and M. Dias
    1993    "Affect, culture, and morality, or is it wrong to eat your dog?" Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65: 613–628.

    Hambrick, D. C.
    2005    "Upper echelons theory: Origins, twists, and turns, and lessons learned." In M. A. Hitt and K. G. Smith (eds.), Great Minds in Management: 109–128. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Kenny, D. A.
    1998    "Multiple factor models."

    Sasovova, Z., A. Mehra, S. P. Borgatti, and M. C. Schippers
    2010    "Network churn: The effects of self-monitoring personality on brokerage dynamics." Administrative Science Quarterly, 55: 639–670.

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    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    The Editors are not obliged to accept the author’s suggestions for preferred or non-preferred reviewers.

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