Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Best Paper Award from Family Business Review!

April 27, 2015 by

trophy-189659-mWe’re pleased to congratulate Nava Michael-Tsabari, Rania Labaki, and Ramona Kay Zachary, winners of 2014 Best Paper Award from Family Business Review! Their award-winning article entitled “Toward the Cluster Model: The Family Firm’s Entrepreneurial Behavior Over Generations” appeared in the June 2014 issue of Family Business Review.

The abstract:

Building on a longitudinal case study, this article describes the entrepreneurial behavior of a FBR_C1_revised authors color.inddmultinational family firm over generations. The study inductively raises the theoretic level to fill gaps in the literature about the family role in entrepreneurial behavior and addresses the singular count of the two- and three-circle models. The data analysis shows that entrepreneurial behavior emerges not only in response to business challenges but also and predominantly to family challenges. The cluster model is suggested as a necessary extension of the circle models, positing the family as the relevant level of analysis when considering entrepreneurial behavior and introducing the distinction between organic and portfolio, core and peripheral firms.

You can read this article for free for the next 30 days by clicking here. You can also listen to an interview with Nava Michael-Tsabari and Karen Vinton, Assistant Editor of Family Business Review, about the study by clicking here. Want to know about all the latest research and announcements from Family Business Review? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

Submit Your Research to Compensation and Benefits Review!

April 24, 2015 by

pencil-1269186-mCompensation & Benefits Review is the leading journal for senior executives and professionals who design, implement, evaluate and communicate compensation and benefits policies and programs. The journal supports human resources and compensation and benefits specialists and academic experts with up-to-date analyses and information on salary and wage trends, labor markets, pay plans, incentive compensation, legal compliance, retirement programs, health care benefits and other employee benefit plans.

CBR_42_1_72ppiRGB_powerpointCompensation & Benefits Review is accepting bylined articles from experts and practitioners. Suggested topics include:

  • Incentive plans
  • Executive compensation
  • Health care benefits
  • Best practices case studies
  • Metrics, benchmarking and program evaluation

Articles must be a minimum of 2,000 words and can be as long as 10,000 words. SAGE will provide each author one copy of the issue of the journal in which the author’s contribution appears, as well as a PDF copy of the published article.

Ideas for articles should be submitted to the Editor. For more information, including where to send a brief proposal of your article, click here. To view a sample issue of Compensation & Benefits Review, click here.

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Read Organization and Environment’s Special Issue for Free!

April 22, 2015 by

challenges-1221258-mCan institutional theorists constitute a society to better the relationship between organizations and the natural environment? What is the current state of the research on carbon disclosure? How have researchers addressed the tensions inherent in corporate sustainability? These topics and more are explored in Organization and Environment‘s Special Issue entitled “Review of the Literature on Organizations and Natural Environment: From the Past to the Future.”

Stephanie Bertels and Frances Bowen collaborated on the introduction to the Special Issue:

In summer 2015, the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first formal oae coverconference program back in 1995. Over the past two decades, a vibrant and engaged scholarly community has generated thousands of empirical and conceptual studies on the complex relationships between organizations and their natural and social environments. Each individual study focuses on specific research questions crafted to meet the rigorous requirements of academic journals. However, too often our journal publishing and professional norms push us to focus on small, incremental contributions to knowledge. Anniversaries can remind us to pause, take stock, and build on the past to shape a new future. The Organization & Environment (O&E) editorial board decided to provide a venue for this anniversary celebration: a special issue where as a community of scholars we can reflect on where we have been, what we have learned, and what remains to be understood to both further our field and help society address pressing environmental challenges.

In this first review issue of O&E, we hoped to draw insight and inspiration from in-depth reviews of specific topics. Our call for articles invited authors to reflect on the state of theory, empirical research, and practice in relation to key questions at the interface of organizations and the natural environment. We sought out comprehensive and analytical reviews of recent research that synthesized, integrated, and extended our thinking. We encouraged authors to anchor their thoughts in detailed retrospection on past and current research, and to identify the key theoretical, empirical, methodological, or practical challenges of future O&E research. There was an enthusiastic response from the community of scholars and in the end, we have assembled a group of six articles. Each offers a stand-alone review of a particular phenomenon within the O&E domain. Together they showcase the wide range of scholarship addressing topics ranging from the macro to the micro foundations of our field.

You can read Organization and Environment‘s Special Issue for free for the next 30 days! Click here to access the Table of Contents. Want to know when all the latest research like this becomes available from Organization and Environment? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Read ILR Review’s Symposium on Skill Shortages and Mismatches for Free!

April 20, 2015 by

ILR_72ppiRGB_powerpointThere’s still time to read ILR Review‘s Symposium on Skill Shortages and Mismatches for free! Are the complaints over the supply of education-related skills in the U.S. labor force warranted? Is skill mismatch delaying the United States economy’s return to health? Is vocational education actually effective at facilitating transitions into employment? These questions are explored in the Symposium.

From the introduction to the issue:

In recent years, some employers, researchers, and policymakers have raised concerns about a shortage of skilled workers in the United States. In some instances, the supposed shortage takes the form of poor literacy and numeracy skills among young people making the transition from school to work. In other cases, employers have complained about an insufficient supply of technically trained workers, while policymakers have voiced concerns about a dearth of students pursuing science, technology, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Related to possible shortages at the aggregate level is the potential problem of mismatches between the skills workers have and those demanded by firms. These concerns, if valid, have important implications for macroeconomic policy as well as for the long-run standard of living of U.S. workers.

On macroeconomics, some policymakers have suggested that the run-up in unemployment and the increase in long-term unemployment associated with the Great Recession were caused by an increasing degree of mismatch between the skills demanded by firms and those supplied by workers. This mismatch is one source of what is commonly known as structural unemployment and can in principle be remedied by increasing workers’ skills or by improving the labor market matching process. If much of the unemployment we have seen since 2008 is indeed structural, then there may be limits on the potential effectiveness of traditional fiscal and monetary policies for alleviating unemployment. Instead, investment in worker skills or in streamlining employment transitions (e.g., through increased geographic mobility or better information about jobs and worker skills) would be needed. Concerning the living standards of workers, if there is indeed a shortage of skilled workers, then investment in skills may have long-run payoffs that more than justify the cost of the investments and may raise living standards. Moreover, if there is substantial mismatch between workers’ skills and employers’ demands, then investment in the matching process may help the labor market work more efficiently. If, however, skill shortages and mismatches are not so important empirically, then there may be considerable scope for expansionary monetary and fiscal policies as tools to combat joblessness.

You can read the Symposium on Skill Shortages and Mismatches from ILR Review for free for the next 30 days. Click here to view the Table of Contents. Like what you read? Click here to sign up for e-alerts and have notifications of all the latest research from ILR Review sent directly to your inbox!

Top Five: Social Marketing

April 17, 2015 by

CaptureThe 4th World Social Marketing Conference takes place in Sydney, Australia starting this Sunday.

According to the conference website, the mission of the World Social Marketing Conference is to act as a vehicle to help build a global movement dedicated to capturing, spreading and nurturing good practice in Social Marketing, as well as increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Social Marketing practice at both operational and strategic levels. Keynote speakers include Ashfaq Rahman of the Social Marketing Company, author Joel Bakan, Roberto Venturini of the State Government of Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services, and Adrian Bauman of University of Sydney.

To celebrate the World Social Marketing Conference, we’re pleased to bring you the current top five most-read articles from Social Marketing Quarterly. These articles are available to read for free through the month of April.

“Using the Extended Parallel Process Model to Understand Texting While Driving and Guide Communication Campaigns Against It” by Magdalena Cismaru from March 2014

home_cover“Social Marketing: A Systematic Review of Research 1998–2012″ by V. Dao Truong from March 2014

“What Can Social Marketers Learn From the Accomplishments of Behavioral Economics?” by Lynne Doner Lotenberg published in OnlineFirst on February 26, 2015

“Smokey the Bear Should Come to the Beach: Using Mascot to Promote Marine Conservation” by Daniel Hayden and Benjamin Dills from March 2015

“Social Marketing and If You Can’t Fix It, Feature It! by Moshe Engelberg, Teresa Sanchez, and Jessa Engelberg from March 2015

You can have all the latest research from Social Marketing Quarterly sent directly to your inbox. Click here to sign up for e-alerts! Social Marketing Quarterly is now on Twitter! Follow them at @SMQJournal.

Top Five: Marketing Education

April 15, 2015 by

logo35This morning saw the start of the Marketing Educators Association 2015 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada!

MEA is the premier international organization devoted to advancing the practice and scholarship of marketing education. The organization’s mission is to provide worldwide leadership in promoting the development and sharing of scholarship that enhances marketing education and advances marketing knowledge and practice.

In honor of this annual conference, we are pleased to bring you the top five most read articles from Journal of Marketing Education.

“Social Learning Theory: A Multicultural Study of Influences on Ethical Behavior” by Richard C. Hanna, Victoria L. Crittenden, and William F. Crittenden from April 2013.

JME(D)_72ppiRGB_powerpoint“Self-Directed Learning: A Tool for Lifelong Learning” by Stefanie L. Boyer, Diane R. Edmondson, Andrew B. Artis, and David Fleming from April 2014.

“The Future of Marketing Education: A Practitioner’s Perspective” by David Finch, John Nadeau, and Norm O’Reilly from April 2013

“Together We Innovate: Cross-Cultural Teamwork Through Virtual Platforms” by Rikke Duus and Muditha Cooray from December 2014.

“Assessing Teamwork Skills for Assurance of Learning Using CATME Team Tools” by Misty L. Loughry, Matthew W. Ohland, and David J. Woehr from April 2014.

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Read Group and Organization Management’s Special Conceptual Issue for Free!

April 13, 2015 by

home_coverWhat are the causes and consequences of workplace boredom? Can the schema theory offer fresh insights into how psychological contracts are formed? What is the value of considering variance in the type of creativity found in creative ideas? You can find the answers to these questions and more in Group and Organization Management‘s 2015 Conceptual Issue.

Lucy L. Gilson and Caren B. Goldberg discuss what makes a paper conceptual in their introduction to the Special Issue.

The simplest question to answer is that of whether conceptual papers are simply papers without data. Yes, conceptual papers do not have data, because their focus is on integration and proposing new relationships among constructs. Thus, the onus is on developing logical and complete arguments for associations rather than testing them empirically. The “but not quite” part of the response to this question centers on the fact that there are plenty of papers that have no data, but which, nonetheless are not what we would consider conceptual papers.

Much has been written on what constitutes a good theory paper. For example, Whetten (1989) noted that conceptual papers should be judged on the basis of seven criteria: (a) What’s new? (b) So what? (c) Why so? (d) Well done? (e) Done well? (f) Why now? and (g) Who cares? Weick (1989) posited that writing theory is an iterative process based on disciplined imagination rather than a focus on validation. And Van de Ven (1989) built upon Weick’s recommendations describing good theory building as that which seeks to address or resolve tensions, inconsistencies, and contradictions surrounding an issue. Interestingly, Cropanzano (2009) described theory papers as more interesting when they “underscore commonalities that build coherence” (p. 1306).

You can read this issue from Group and Organization Management for free through the month of June! Click here to view the Table of Contents. Want to know when all the latest research like this becomes available from Group and Organization Management? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

Journal of Management Seeks Proposals for 2017 Review Issue

April 10, 2015 by

ink-pot-1078835-mThe editorial team of the Journal of Management would like to invite authors to submit proposals for the 2017 Review Issue. Articles for the Review Issue tend to be high-impact scholarly surveys of important research literatures. They summarize recent research, provide integrations of management literatures, and highlight important directions for future inquiries. The Review Issue is open to all areas of management, including such disciplines as strategy, entrepreneurship, human resource management, organizational behavior, organizational theory, and research methods.

Proposals should be double-spaced and include no more than seven pages of text. References, tables, and appendices do not count against this page limit. All proposals will be subject to editorial review. Please do not send complete papers- if you have a draft of your paper, please note that in the proposal.

Submissions will be evaluated with respect to the following criteria and successful proposals tend to speak to these criteria:

  • Relevance. The proposed manuscript should thoroughly review a significant and important research area within the organizational sciences.
  • JOM 41(3)_Covers.inddViability. The proposal should represent an achievable project within the tight time constraints required. Click here for more information.
  • Scope of Interest. Papers of broad interest to scholars in a variety of specialty areas are greatly preferred.
  • Organization and Coherence. The proposal should follow a logical structure, read clearly, and thoroughly represent the available research.
  • Insight for Future Work. The proposal should convey important implications for future management scholars.

Proposals should be submitted between June 1, 2015 and July 1, 2015 via Journal of Management’s online submission portal (please be sure to select Review Issue as the submission type).

Please note that proposals may not be submitted until June 1, 2015. Journal of Management will not be able to consider late submissions.

For more information, including more detail on the submission timeline, click here. To submit your paper now click here. If you have questions, please contact Journal of Management at To be notified of all the latest news and research from Journal of Management, click here!

Sign Up for Free Trial Month for SAGE Journals!

April 8, 2015 by

SJ-200x120We are pleased to announce that for the entire month of April, you can sign up for free access to SAGE Journals!

SAGE Journals  is one of the largest and most powerful collections of social sciences, business, humanities, science, technical, and medical content in the world! It offers over 1.3 million scholarly articles for inquisitive minds to peruse from more than 800 journals.

Researchers, practitioners and life-long learners alike are encouraged to take advantage of this offer. Business and management titles available include:

JOM 41(3)_Covers.inddJournal of Management is committed to publishing scholarly empirical and theoretical research articles that have a high impact on the management field as a whole. The journal encourages new ideas or new perspectives on existing research. Articles cover domains such as business strategy and policy, entrepreneurship, human resource management, organizational behavior, organizational theory, and research methods.

ASQ_v60n1_Mar2015_cover.inddAdministrative Science Quarterly is a top-ranked, quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that publishes the best theoretical and empirical papers on organizational studies from dissertations and the evolving, new work of more established scholars, as well as interdisciplinary work in organizational theory, and informative book reviews.

cqx coverCornell Hospitality Quarterly publishes theoretically rich, research articles that provide timely hospitality management implications for those involved or interested in the hospitality industry. The quarterly is a leading source for the latest research findings with strategic value addressing a broad range of topics that are relevant to hospitality, travel, and tourism.

This offer is only good through the month of April. To get started, click here. Happy reading!

Lise van Oortmerssen on Creative Processes and Their Valuable Surprises

April 6, 2015 by

business-graphics-1428648-m[We’re pleased to welcome Lise van Oortmerssen of the University of Amsterdam. Dr. van Oortmerssen recently collaborated with Cees M. J. van Woerkum of Wageningen University and Noelle Aarts of both Wageningen University and the University of Amsterdam on their paper “When Interaction Flows: An Exploration of Collective Creative Processes on a Collaborative Governance Board,” recently published in the OnlineFirst section of Group and Organization Management.]

When I started the case study that resulted in this article, it was not creative processes that I was focused on. I had access to the board meetings of an innovative collaboration at the intersection of the ICT and creative industries, involving parties from both the private and (semi-)public sectors. The original research focus was on interaction patterns during board meetings and on trust developments among the board members. However, after I had followed the board meetings for a while, I became intrigued by the way that this group of successful, highly skilled people conducted its deliberations and how the board’s interaction patterns were connected to problem solving developments. I felt that I – ánd the readers of a future paper on this case study – could learn a lot from these innovators who were, almost passionately, dedicated to a common goal.

During meetings, the board’s conversation regularly intensified GOM 39(6)_Covers.inddand sometimes even seemed to get into a flow. Such flow episodes generated new insights and often resulted in novel solutions. This dynamic became my new focus of attention. Following this new direction, the case study resulted in completely different output than I had in mind at the start. It resulted in exploring collective creative processes through communication patterns and in launching the concept of interaction flow. The research process was a creative process in itself. This is what makes me a fan of the interpretive research approach – the approach that allows keeping the eyes open to interesting surprises that emerge from the data and following these into novel research directions. It unlocks the potential for finding even more remarkable insights than you were originally looking for. And that actually happened in this case.

You can read “When Interaction Flows: An Exploration of Collective Creative Processes on a Collaborative Governance Board” from Group and Organization Management free for the next two weeks by clicking here. Want to know about all the latest research like this from Group and Organization Management? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

LiseLise A. van Oortmerssen (PhD) lectures in Corporate Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Her main research interest is in group communication dynamics in organizational contexts, for example focusing on communication patterns in relation to trust and to creativity. She accumulated varied experience as senior advisor in public organizations.

CeesCees M.J. van Woerkum is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Communication at Wageningen University. He published in the fields of mass communication, policy science and organizational communication, mainly about topics related to the domain of life sciences.

noelleNoelle Aarts is Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor of Communication Strategies at Wageningen University. She studies inter-human processes and communication for creating space for change, in governmental organizations, NGO’s, and commercial companies. She has published on topics such as communication of organizations with their environment, conflict and negotiation, dealing with ambivalence, network-building and self-organization.


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