Journal of Management Inquiry

Journal of Management Inquiry

2014 Impact Factor: 1.446
2014 Ranking: 76/185 in Management
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Nelson Phillips Imperial College Business School, London, UK
Richard W. Stackman University of San Francisco

eISSN: 15526542| ISSN: 10564926|Current volume: 24|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

Comprehensive Perspective

The Journal of Management Inquiry publishes the latest research and practice written by today's top management scholars and professionals from a wide variety of areas within the management and organization field.

Disciplines regularly covered include:

  • Organization and Management Theory 
  • Research Methods 
  • Organization Development and Change
  • Social Issues in Management
  • Gender and Diversity in Organizations 
  • Conflict Management 
  • Organization Behaviour 
  • Business Policy and Strategy 
  • Human Resources 
  • Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Technology and Innovation 
  • International
  • Management

Authors are encouraged to submit to the Essays and Non-Traditional sections directly. However, as the Reflections, Dialog and Meet the Person sections are so unique to this journal, we ask that author/s first contact the section editor to make sure that the idea fits with the editorial policy of the journal and to get initial feedback on how to best frame their submission to maximise the probability of publication. Please note that the Provocations section is by invitation only from the section editor.

The Journal of Management Inquiry, sponsored by the Western Academy of Management, is a refereed journal for scholars and professionals in management, organizational behavior, strategy, and human resources. 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. 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. JMI features seven sections: Meet the Person, Provocations, Reflections on Experience, Nontraditional Research, Essays, Dialog, and Six Degrees.

Richard W. Stackman University of San Francisco
Nelson Phillips Imperial College Business School, London, UK
Editorial Assistants
Donna Sutherland-Smith Imperial College Business School, London, UK
Western Academy of Management Advisory Board
Sally Baack San Francisco State University, USA
Ellen A. Ensher Loyola Marymount University
Karen P. Harlos University of Winnipeg
Kim T. Hinrichs California State University, Chico
Paul M. Hirsch Northwestern University, USA
Ana Maria Peredo University of Victoria
Jeffrey Shay Washington & Lee University
Richard W. Stackman University of San Francisco
Essays Section Editors
William M. Foster University of Alberta
Saku Mantere McGill University, Canada
Pablo Martin de Holan Instituto de Empresa, Spain
Karen Patterson Anderson School of Management
Gail Whiteman Rotterdam School of Management
Essays Section Editorial Board
John Amis University of Edinburgh
Richard Arend Henry W. Bloch School of Management, USA
Julie Battilana Harvard University, USA
Eva Boxenbaum Copenhagen Business School
Michaela C. Driver Western State Colorado University, USA
Jared Harris University of Virginia, USA
Thomas Lawrence Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK
Sheen S. Levine Columbia University
Jayanth Narayanan National University of Singapore
Mark Stein University of Leicester, UK
Meet the Person Section Editors
Nelson Phillips Imperial College Business School, London, UK
Meet the Person Section Editorial Board
Patrick Connor Willamette University
Raymond Miles University of California, Berkeley, UK
Kathryn Rodgers Pitzer College/Claremont College
Greg Stephens Texas Christian University
Kay Stratton-Devine University of Alberta
Justin Tan York University, Canada
Reflections on Experience Section Editors
David W. Jamieson University of St. Thomas
Susan Adams Bentley University
Reflections on Experience Section Editorial Board
Ariane Berthoin Antal WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Léon de Caluwé Vrije Universiteit Twynstra Gudde
Stephen P. Fitzgerald Trident University International
Joan Gallos University of Missouri, Kansas City
Mark Mallinger Pepperdine University
Mitchell Marks San Francisco State University, USA
Fleming Pouflelt Copenhagen Business School
Walt Ross Consultant, Leadership & Change
Therese Yaeger Benedictine University
Nontraditional Research Section Editors
David E. Cavazos University of New Mexico, USA
Kamal A Munir Judge Business School, Cambridge University
Andrew Sturdy Bristol University
Nontraditional Research Section Editorial Board
John Amis University of Edinburgh
Betsy Blundson Australian Consortium of Social and Political Research Inc.
Marlys Christianson University of Toronto
Timothy Clark University of Durham
Jean Clarke University of Leeds, UK
Laurie Cohen Nottingham University, UK
John N. Davis Hardin-Simmons University, USA
William Foster University of Alberta
Maria Gondo University of Mississippi
Christopher Grey Royal Holloway, University of London
Michael Gross Colorado State University, USA
Hans Hansen Texas Tech University, USA
Emily Heaphy Boston University
Ann Langley HEC Montréal, Canada
Laura Leduc Parks James Madison University
Sally Maitlis University of British Columbia, Canada
Joanne Martin Stanford University, USA
Dirk Moosmayer Nottingham University Business School, China
Linda L. Putnam University of California, Santa Barbara
Hayagreeva Rao Stanford University
Kevin W. Rockmann George Mason University, Australia
Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson Uppsala University, Sweden
William H. Starbuck University of Oregon
Richard M. Steers University of Oregon
Risto Tainio Helsinki School of Economics & Business Administration, Finland
Nick Turner University of Manitoba, Canada
Celeste P. M. Wilderom University of Twente, The Netherlands
Provocations and Provacateurs Sections Editor
Denny Gioia Pennsylvania State University, USA
Provocations and Provacateurs Section Editorial Board
Kevin Corley Arizona State University, USA
David Cowan Miami University, Ohio
Mary Jo Hatch University of Virginia, USA
Rajiv Nag Georgia State University
Luigi Proserpio Bocconi University, Italy
Dialog Section Editor
Nelson Phillips Imperial College Business School, London, UK
Dialog Section Editorial Board
Sucheta Nadkarni University of Cambridge, UK
Paul M. Olk University of Denver, CO
Steve Standifird Butler University, Indianapolis, USA
Richard Whittington Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK
Past Editors
Six Degrees Editorial Board
Jorge Gonzalez The University of Texas - Pan American
David Hannah Simon Fraser University
Brenda Lautsch Simon Fraser University
Sharon Segrest University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Candace Ybarra Chapman University, Orange, CA
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  • The Journal of Management Inquiry features seven sections: Essays, Meet the Person, Reflections on Experience, Nontraditional Research, Provocations and Provocateurs, Dialog, and Six Degrees each with its own editor and editorial board. Manuscripts must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Contributions vary in length, depending on which section they are written for. The title page should indicate the appropriate section, and all identifying information should be restricted to this one page. Submission of a manuscript implies 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.

    Authors are encouraged to submit to the Essays and Non-Traditional sections directly. However, as the Reflections, Dialog and Meet the Person sections are so unique to this journal, we ask that author/s first contact the section editor to make sure that the idea fits with the editorial policy of the journal and to get initial feedback on how to best frame their submission to maximise the probability of publication. Please note that the Provocations section is by invitation only from the section 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, (9) Appendices, and (10) Author Biography.

    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 to 250 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.

    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) 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)

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

    (iii) 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…

    (iv) 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).

    (v) 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; chris.quinn.trank@Vanderbilt.Edu

    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.

    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.

    10. Author Biography. Biographical statements for each author of not more than 50 words.

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