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Journal of Management Inquiry

Journal of Management Inquiry

2017 Impact Factor: 1.793
2017 Ranking: 114/209 in Management
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product
Published in Association with Western Academy of Management

Richard W. Stackman University of San Francisco, USA
Pablo Martin de Holan INCAE Business School, Costa Rica

eISSN: 15526542 | ISSN: 10564926 | Current volume: 28 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Comprehensive Perspective

The Journal of Management Inquiry, sponsored by the Western Academy of Management, is a refereed journal for scholars and professionals in management. Its intent is to explore ideas and build knowledge in management theory and practice, with a focus on creative, nontraditional research as well as key controversies in the field. Written by today's top management scholars and professionals, published articles draw from a wide variety of disciplines within the management and organization field.

Disciplines include:

· Organizational Behavior
· Organization and Management Theory
· Organization Development and Change|
· Human Resources
· Business Policy and Strategy
· Research Methods
· Gender and Diversity in Organizations
· Conflict Management
· Ethics
· Entrepreneurship
· Technology and Innovation
· International Management

Regular Sections of Each Volume

· Dialog – promotes active, constructive exchanges between proponents of differing points of view, focusing on emerging issues, theories and modes of inquiry.

· Essays – comprises an academic Op Ed section, featuring scholarly commentary on how we frame, perceive, distort and contribute to the disciplines associated with management.

· Generative Curiosity – introduces new ideas to the field in a timely, unadulterated fashion with the aim to encourage further scholarly interest, conversation, and collaboration.

· Meet the Person – interviews thinkers, scholars and professionals whose ideas are important and necessary to the study of management.

· Non-traditional Research – applies alternative theoretical lenses, methodological approaches, and sources of data to explore a range of organizationally relevant phenomena.

· Provocations & Provocateurs – offers rich insights into management and organizational behavior through such alternative modes of expression as plays, fiction, speeches, films, news events and scholarly work outside common boundaries of the field.

· Reflections on Experience – advocates certain solutions or techniques; evaluates popular management methods or successful or failed interventions; or identifies important management problems in need of solution.

· Six Degrees – celebrates the connections and collaborations that have produced seminal contributions to the field via Podcast interviews.

Key Distinctions Between Sections

· Non-traditional or Essay? Non-traditional research is empirical. It is generally qualitative empirical research but we do publish in very rare occasions quantitative research if it is really distinctive and interesting. Essays are just that, essays. They are not empirical but are well-developed arguments about some issue argued in the first person. JMI does not publish literature reviews or traditional theory papers.

· Generative Curiosity or Provocations & Provocateurs? Both sections are outlets for ideas. Provocations & Provocateurs seeks to agitate with the clear goal to draw out richer insights from what is currently known. Alternatively, Generative Curiosity introduces ideas that are seen as novel, consequential and fertile. Such pioneering ideas are shared before they have been filtered through the lenses of our theories and methodologies.

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

The Journal of Management Inquiry mission is to publish catalytic, authoritative, eclectic and creative research reflective of the latest theory and practice. The journal seeks to maintain a constructive balance between innovation and quality, and at the same time widely define the forms that relevant contributions to the field can take.

Section (Associate) Editors
Susan Adams Bentley University, USA
Sally Baack San Francisco State University, USA
David Eduardo Cavazos George Mason University, USA
Denny Gioia Pennsylvania State University, USA
David Hannah Simon Fraser University, Canada
David Jamieson University of St. Thomas, USA
Kamal Munir Cambridge University, UK
Karen Patterson University of New Mexico, USA
Gavin Schwartz University of New South Wales, Australia
Karan Sonpar University College Dublin, Ireland
Andrew Sturdy Bristol University, UK
Thomas Wright Fordham University, USA
Stelios Zyglidopoulos KEDGE Business School, France
Editorial Board Members
John Amis University of Edinburgh, UK
Ariane Berthoin Antal WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Blake Ashforth Arizona State University, USA
Jyoti Bachani St. Mary’s College, USA
Eva Boxenbaum Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Léon de Caluwé Twynstra Group, The Netherlands
Arran Caza University of Manitoba, Canada
Timothy Clark Durham University, UK
Timothy Clark Northern Arizona University, USA
Jean Clarke EMLYON Business School, France
Laurie Cohen Nottingham University, UK
Kevin Corley Arizona State University, USA
Marc Correa ESADE Business School, Spain
Jason D’Mello Loyola Marymount University, USA
John Davis Hardin-Simmons University, USA
Michaela Driver University of Leicester, UK and New Mexico State University, USA
Cathy DuBois Kent State University, USA
Berrin Erdogan Portland State University, USA
Pablo Fernandez IAE, Universidad Austral, Argentina
Stephen Fitzgerald Trident University International, USA
Joan Gallos Wheelock College, USA
Maria Gondo University of Mississippi, USA
Jorge Gonzalez University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA
Christopher Grey Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Michael Gross Colorado State University, USA
Hans Hansen Texas Tech University, USA
Karen Harlos University of Winnipeg, Canada
Paul Hirsch Northwestern University, USA
Brooks Holtom Georgetown University, USA
Kai Lamertz Athabasca University, Canada
Ann Langley HEC Montreal, Canada
Brenda Lautsch Simon Fraser University, Canada
Keith Leavitt Oregon State University, USA
Sheen Levine Columbia University, USA
Danielle Logue UTS Business School, Australia
Sally Maitlis University of Oxford, UK
Mark Mallinger Pepperdine University, USA
Mitchell Lee Marks San Francisco State University, USA
Patricia Martinez Loyola Marymount University, USA
Dirk Moosmayer Nottingham University Business School, China
Sucheta Nadkarni Cambridge University, UK
Paul Olk University of Denver, USA
Laura Parks-Leduc James Madison University, USA
Federica Pazzaglia UCD Dublin, Ireland
Ana Maria Peredo University of Victoria, Canada
Antoaneta Petkova San Francisco State University, USA
Edward Powley Naval Post Graduate School, USA
Luigi Proserpio Bocconi University, Italy
Linda Putnam University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Mooweon Rhee Yonsei University, Korea
Kevin Rockmann George Mason University
Kathryn Rodgers Pitzer College/Claremont Colleges, USA
Frances McKee Ryan University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson Uppsala University, Sweden
Jeffrey Shay Washington & Lee University, USA
Sabina Siebert University of Glasgow, UK
Greg Stephens Texas Christian University, USA
Roy Suddaby University of Victoria, Canada
Risto Tainio Aalto University, Finland
Justin Tan York University, Canada
Nick Turner University of Calgary, Canada
David Wagner University of Oregon, USA
Richard Whittington University of Oxford, UK
Celeste P.M. Wilderom University of Twente, Netherlands
Therese Yaeger Benedictine University, USA
Danielle Zandee Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands
Chris Zatzick Simon Fraser University, Canada
Editorial Assistant
Donna Sutherland-Smith Imperial College Business School, UK
Social Media Assistant
Santiago Delgadillo University of San Francisco, USA
SAGE Editor
Cynthia Nalevanko SAGE Publications, USA
Past Editors-in-Chief
Western Academy of Management Executive Committee
Arran Caza University of Manitoba, Canada
Jim Downing California State University, Chico, USA
Marion Eberly University of Washington, USA
Holly S. Ferraro Seattle University, USA
Kim Hinrichs California State University, Chico, USA
Sarah Kovoor-Misra (President) University of Colorado at Denver, USA
Ana Maria Peredo University of Victoria, Canada
Thomas Wright Fordham University, USA
Suzanne Zivnuska California State University, Chico, USA
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  • The Journal of Management Inquiry features eight sections: Essays, Dialog, Non-traditional Research, Meet the Person, Reflections on Experience, Provocations and Provocateurs, Generative Curiosity, and Six Degrees. Manuscripts must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

    Contributions vary in length (all inclusive) depending on the section. For example, submissions to the Essays or Non-traditional Research sections should not exceed 40 pages. Initial submissions to Generative Curiosity can be no more than 750 words.

    Questions can be directed to the following individuals:

    Pablo Martin de Holan ( – Essays, Dialog

    Richard Stackman ( – Non-traditional Research, Six Degrees

    Denny Gioia ( – Provocations and Provocateurs. Please note that the Provocations and Provocateurs section is by invitation only.

    David Hannah ( – Generative Curiosity

    As Reflections on Experience and Meet the Person are so unique to this journal, authors are asked to first contact Richard Stackman to ensure the idea fits with the editorial policy of the journal and to get initial feedback on how best to frame the submission to maximize the probability of publication.

    For more information about the Generative Curiosity section, please take a look at the Generative Curiosity: Guidelines for Authors and Reviewers document. Please also take a look at the Introduction to Generative Curiosity.

    The title page should indicate the appropriate section, and all identifying information should be restricted to this one page. Submission of a manuscript signifies commitment to publish in the journal. Submission to JMI implies that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration by another journal. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.

    Manuscripts must be submitted electronically at where authors will be required to set up an online account in the SAGETRACK system powered by ScholarOne.

    Manuscript Preparation

    Manuscripts should be prepared using the APA Style Guide (Sixth Edition). All pages must be typed, double-spaced (including references, footnotes, and endnotes). Text must be in 12-point Times Roman. Block quotes may be single-spaced. Must include margins of 1 inch on all the four sides and number all pages sequentially.

    The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

    Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) Notes, (6) References, (7) Tables, (8) Figures, and (9) Appendices

    1. Title page. Please include the following:

    • Full article title
    • Acknowledgments and credits
    • Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)
    • Grant numbers and/or funding information
    • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

    2. Abstract. Print the abstract (150 words) on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

    3. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

    a. Headings and subheadings. Subheadings should indicate the organization of the content of the manuscript. Generally, three heading levels are sufficient to organize text. Level 1 heading should be Centered, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 2 heading should be Flush Left, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 3 heading should be Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, Level 4 heading should be Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, and Level 5 heading should be Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period.Please do not number or underline your headings.

    b. Citations. For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation. Each corresponding citation must have identical spelling and year. Each text citation must include at least two pieces of information, author(s) and year of publication. Following are some examples of text citations:

    (i) Standard Citation: All authors surnames must be used on first use unless 6 or more. Then et al can be used for subsequent uses. For pages numbers, do not uses colons, use p. or pp. e.g. (Author & Author, date, p. xx) or (Author, date, pp. xx - xx)

    (ii) Unknown Author: To cite works that do not have an author, cite the source by its title in the signal phrase or use the first word or two in the parentheses. Eg. The findings are based on the study was done of students learning to format research papers ("Using XXX," 2001)

    (iii) Authors with the Same Last Name: use first initials with the last names to prevent confusion. Eg. (L. Hughes, 2001; P. Hughes, 1998)

    (iv) Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: For two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. The lower-case letters should follow the year in the in-text citation. Eg. Research by Freud (1981a) illustrated that…

    (v) Personal Communication: For letters, e-mails, interviews, and other person-to-person communication, citation should include the communicator's name, the fact that it was personal communication, and the date of the communication. Do not include personal communication in the reference list. Eg. (E. Clark, personal communication, January 4, 2009).

    (vi) Unknown Author and Unknown Date: For citations with no author or date, use the title in the signal phrase or the first word or two of the title in the parentheses and use the abbreviation "n.d." (for "no date"). Eg. The study conducted by of students and research division discovered that students succeeded with tutoring ("Tutoring and APA," n.d.).

    5. Notes. If explanatory notes are required for your manuscript, insert a number formatted in superscript following almost any punctuation mark. Footnote numbers should not follow dashes ( — ), and if they appear in a sentence in parentheses, the footnote number should be inserted within the parentheses. The Footnotes should be added at the bottom of the page after the references. The word “Footnotes” should be centered at the top of the page.

    6. References. Basic rules for the reference list:

    • The reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last names.
    • If there is more than one work by the same author, order them according to their publication date – oldest to newest (therefore a 2008 publication would appear before a 2009 publication).

      When listing multiple authors of a source use “&” instead of “and”.

    • Capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if there are one, and any proper names – i. e. only those words that are normally capitalized.
    • Italicize the title of the book, the title of the journal/serial and the title of the web document.

      Manuscripts submitted to Journal of Management Inquiry (JMI) should strictly follow the APA manual (6th edition).

    • Every citation in text must have the detailed reference in the Reference section.
    • Every reference listed in the Reference section must be cited in text.
    • Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.
    • Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check APA(6th Ed).


    Book with place of publication-- Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.

    Book with editors & edition-- Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.

    Book with author & publisher are the same-- MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.

    Chapter in an edited book-- Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley & T. Best (Eds.), Evidence-based sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.


    Journal article with more than one author (print)-- Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.

    Journal article – 8 or more authors-- Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from

    Internet Sources:

    Internet – no author, no date-- Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://

    Internet – Organisation / Corporate author-- SPCA New Zealand. (2011). Your dog may be dying from the heat [Press release]. Retrieved from

    • Examples of various types of information sources:

    Act (statute / legislation)-- Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from

    Blog post-- Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Blog post]. Retrieved from

    Brochure / pamphlet (no author)-- Ageing well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

    Conference Paper-- Williams, J., & Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.

    DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview & Youtube)-- Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), & Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.

    Magazine-- Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.

    Newspaper article (no author)-- Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5

    Podcast (audio or video)-- Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved from

    Software (including apps-- UBM Medica. (2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from

    Television programme-- Flanagan, A., & Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors). (2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.

    Thesis (print)-- Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Thesis (online)-- Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved from

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any question, please contact the journal editor at

    7. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title. When appropriate, use the title to explain an abbreviation parenthetically. Eg. Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC). Headings should be clear and brief.

    8. Figures. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. The figure resolution should be 300dpi at the time of submission.

    Please note: Tables and figures must be uploaded as seperate documents under the relevant figures heading or tables heading in the drop down list, and must not be included in the main document. Their place in the main document should be indicated on a seperate line, using 'Insert table x/figure x here.'

    IMPORTANT: PERMISSION- The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in (JMI). A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

    9. Appendices. They should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”). Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.

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