Management Communication Quarterly

Management Communication Quarterly

An International Journal

2014 Impact Factor: 2.085
2014 Ranking: 44/185 in Management | 6/76 in Communication
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Ling Chen Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR
Former Editors
JoAnne Yates, 1987 - 1991 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paul C. Feingold, 1987 - 1991 University of Southern California
C. Christine Kelly, 1987 - 1992 New York University
Larry R. Smeltzer, 1991 - 1994 Arizona State University
Katherine I. Miller, 1992 - 1997 Arizona State University, Visiting Professor
Theodore E. Zorn, 2001 - 2003 Massey University
Charles R. Conrad, 2004 - 2006 Texas A & M University
James Barker, 2007 - 2012 Dalhousie University, Canada

eISSN: 15526798| ISSN: 08933189|Current volume: 29|Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

Management Communication Quarterly (MCQ), peer-reviewed and published quarterly, is an essential resource for scholars of organizational and managerial practice and offers valuable and timely insights for professionals, consultants, and trainers. MCQ publishes conceptually rigorous, empirically-grounded, and practice-relevant research from across the organizational and management communication fields and has strong appeal across all disciplines concerned with organizational studies and the management sciences.

About the Title

Management Communication Quarterly is an essential resource for scholars of organizational and managerial practice and offers valuable and timely insights for professionals, consultants, and trainers. MCQ publishes conceptually rigorous, empirically-grounded, and/or practice-relevant research from across the organizational and management communication fields and has strong appeal across all disciplines concerned with organizational studies and the management sciences.

Cross-Disciplinary, Global Approach with Complete Coverage

A unique and valuable peer-reviewed journal, Management Communication Quarterly articles cover all aspects of communication in management and organizational contexts. Our authors cross the disciplinary boundaries of academic management study and explore a variety of contemporary organizational problems by conceptualizing or applying cutting edge theories and methodologies.

Management Communication Quarterly exposes its readers to the best thinking from a global network of organizational scholars. MCQ’s Editorial Board spans every continent and provides expertise for reviewing scholarship relating to the broad realm of management, communication, and organizational studies.

Each issue of MCQ presents the latest theory development and empirical research on a wide range of topics related to management and organizational communication from different perspectives and areas, such as:

  • Communication Technology
  • Conflict Processes
  • Corporate Communication
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Crisis Communication and Risk Management
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Diversity Management
  • Culture and Values
  • Decision Making
  • Harassment, Violence, and Psychological Abuse in Organizations
  • Emotion and Emotional Labor
  • Employer-Employee Relations
  • Gender, Race and Ethnicity
  • Globalization
  • Information Processing
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge Management
  • Organizing for Social Change
  • Organizational Ethics
  • Organizational Identification and Identity
  • Organizational Learning
  • Organization Change
  • Participation and Democracy
  • Power and Control
  • Public Relations
  • Sustainability
  • Virtual Organizations

Regular Features

Each issue of Management Communication Quarterly features a range of original studies. There is a regular Forum section devoted to provocative essays and commentaries on evolving issues in the field. The journal also publishes research notes on emerging areas of inquiry, empirical explorations and reviews of current books and texts.

Management Communication Quarterly presents conceptually rigorous, empirically-grounded, and practice-relevant research from across the organizational and management communication fields and has strong appeal across all disciplines concerned with organizational studies and the management sciences. Authors are encouraged to submit original theoretical and empirical manuscripts from a wide variety of methodological perspectives covering such areas as management, communication, organizational studies, organizational behavior and HRM, organizational theory and strategy, critical management studies, leadership, information systems, knowledge and innovation, globalization and international management, corporate communication, and cultural and intercultural studies. Criteria for publication include originality, provocative character, conceptual significance, methodological rigor, and relevance to scholars of communication in management and organizational contexts. MCQ also features a regular Forum section that includes themed essays, commentaries, debates, conference discussions and book reviews.

Associate Editors
Boris Brummans University of Montreal, Canada
Jennifer L. Gibbs Rutgers University
Vernon Miller Michigan State University, USA
Patricia Sias University of Arizona
Keri Stephens University of Texas, Austin, USA
Erik Timmerman University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Editorial Board Members
Myria Allen University of Arkansas, USA
Mats Alvesson University of Lund, Sweden
Donald Anderson University of Denver, USA
James Anderson University of Utah, USA
Marc Anderson Iowa State University, USA
Karen Ashcraft University of Colorado at Boulder
Joshua Barbour Texas A&M University
Kevin Barge Texas A & M University, USA
James Barker Dalhousie University, Canada
Brenda Berkelaar University of Texas at Austin
Ryan S. Bisel  
Isabel C. Botero Stetson University, USA
Josh Boyd Purdue University, USA
Patrice M. Buzzanell Purdue University
Theresa Castor University of Wisconsin, USA
George Cheney University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA
Rebecca Chory Frostburg State University, USA
Irene Hau-siu Chow Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
Lars Thøger Christensen Copenhagen Business School
Phillip G. Clampitt University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Timothy Clark University of Durham, UK
Charles Conrad Texas A&M University, USA
Tim Coombs University of Central Florida, USA
Francois Cooren University of Montreal, Canada
Menno de Jong University of Twente, Netherlands
Sarah E. Dempsey University of North Carolina, USA
Penny Dick University of Sheffield, UK
Marya L. Doerfel Rutgers University, USA
William Donohue Michigan State University, USA
Debbie S. Dougherty University of Missouri
Bertha Du Babcock City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Gail Fairhurst University of Cincinnati, USA
Tomasz Fediuk gi2 Global, USA
Sarah Felder Marquette University, USA
Kathryn Fonner University of Wisconsin, USA
Cindy Gallois University of Queensland, Australia
Shiv Ganesh Massey University, New Zealand
Johny Garner Texas Christian University, USA
Rebecca Gill Massey University, New Zealand
David Grant University of New South Wales, Australia
Michael Gross Colorado State University, USA
Zachary Hart Northern Kentucky University, USA
Lynn Harter University of Ohio, USA
Renee Heath The University of Portland, USA
Renee Heath University of New Hampshire
Robert L. Heath University of Houston, USA
Raymond L. Hogler Colorado State University, USA
Sherry Holladay University of Central Florida, USA
Michele H. Jackson University of Colorado, USA
Gouwei Jian Cleveland State University, USA
Deborah Jones Victoria University, Australia
Jeff Kassing Arizona State University
Kate Kearins Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Loraleigh Keashly Wayne State University, USA
Elizabeth Kelley Dalhousie University, Canada
Sora Kim Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Matt Koshmann University of Colorado Boulder
Michael Kramer University of Oklahoma, USA
Kathleen Krone University of Nebraska
Tim Kuhn University of Colorado, USA
Rajeev Kumar Saint Louis University, USA
Daniel Lair University of Michigan, USA
John Lammers University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Greg Larson University of Montana, USA
Jaesub Lee University of Houston, USA
Kenneth Levine University of Tennessee
Laurie R. Lewis Rutgers University, USA
Luo Lu National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Owen H. Lynch Southern Methodist University
John Martin United States Air Force Academy
Steve May The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bernard McKenna The University of Queensland, Australia
David McKie University of Waikato, New Zealand
Rebecca Meisenbach University of Missouri, USA
Katherine Miller Arizona State University, Visiting Professor
Rahul Mitra Wayne State University
Jennifer A. Mobley Grove City College
Jennifer Butler Modaff University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, USA
Dennis Mumby The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Debashish Munshi University of Waikato, New Zealand
Karen K. Myers University of California, Santa Barbara
Majia Nadesan Arizona State University, USA
Ed Ng Dalhousie University, Canada
Anne Nicotera George Mason University, USA
Stella Nkomo University of Pretoria, South Africa
Todd Norton Washington State University
Amy O'Connor North Dakota State University
James Olufowote University of Oklahoma, USA
Cliff Oswick Cass Business School, City University London, UK
Scott Poole University of Illinois, USA
Alison Pullen Swansea University, UK
Linda Putnam University of California, Santa Barbara
Kevin Real University of Kentucky, USA
Robyn Remke Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Ron Rice University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Brian Richardson University of North Texas, USA
Daniel Robichauld Universite de Montreal, Canada
Charo Rodriguez McGill University, Canada
David Rooney University of Queensland, Australia
Philip Salem Texas State University, USA
Dennis Schoeneborn University of Zurich, Switzerland
Clifton Scott University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Craig Scott Rutgers University, USA
Matthew W. Seeger Wayne State University
Timothy L. Sellnow University of Central Florida
Vivian Sheer Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
John Sherblom University of Maine
Michelle Shumate Northwestern University
John Sillince Strathclyde University, UK
Jennifer Mize Smith Western Kentucky University, USA
Patricia J. Sotirin Michigan Technological University, USA
Andre Spicer Cass Business School, City University London, UK
Krishnamurthy Sriramesh Purdue University, USA
Cynthia Stohl University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Erik Timmerman University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Dennis Tourish The University of Kent, UK
Sarah Tracy Arizona State University, USA
Paige Turner Webster University
Maarten Van der Sanden Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Mark Van Vuuren University of Twente, Netherlands
Shari R. Veil University of Kentucky
Heather Vough University of Cincinnati, USA
Kasey L. Walker University of Arkansas
Matthew Weber Rutgers University, USA
Andrea Whittle Cardiff University, UK
Jennifer Ziegler Valparaiso University, USA
Heather Zoller University of Cincinnati, USA
Ted Zorn Massey University, New Zealand
Assistant Editor
Scott d'Urso Marquette University, USA
Suchitra Shenoy-Packer DePaul University, USA
Editorial Assistant
Clara Tsui Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR
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