Working for a Living – Jobs, Employment, Labor, Economics

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Today is the day in the US when we give a shout-out to all those who labor.  The first Labor Day celebration in the U.S. took place in New York City on September 5th, 1882, and in 1894 the first Monday in September was designated a national holiday to commemorate the achievements and contributions of workers.  On this day we are pleased to highlight research from journals in Economics, Industrial Relations & Labor providing key insights into the world of work.

We invite you to enjoy access to the following journals through October 31st. Click here to access the trial.

COMING IN 2016: We are pleased to begin publishing The American Economist, the official journal of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics. The American Economist publishes original research from all fields and schools of economic thought, written by young scholars and those who are teaching the next generation of economists, as well as experienced and prominent economists whose influence has shaped the discipline.

Reflections on Academic Research and Writing (Part 4): The Practice of Writing

In this installment of the blog series, we turn to the nuts and bolts of scholarly writing.

[Today we welcome Charlotte Cloutier of HEC Montreal and author of “How I Write: An Inquiry Into the Writing Practices of Academics]

In 2010, I was a newly minted assistant professor, somewhat worried about the tenure proceCharlotte Cloutierss and a little shaken by the fact that my initial attempts at getting published had failed miserably.  Clearly I wasn’t “getting it” and I needed to do something about it. Writing “more” wasn’t going to cut it.  I needed to figure out how to write “better” and perhaps even more importantly, I needed to learn more about the “craft” of publishing research. There was much more to the writing and publishing process than simply writing up a bit of research and submitting it to a journal hoping that they might publish it.

Some months before this brooding began, I had a conversation with a friend, Charahzad Abdallah (who is also an academic), in which we discussed our various interests outside of academia.  In that conversation we discovered that we shared a love of writing, and had both entertained dreams (delusions?) going way back (long before either of us had even entertained the idea of undertaking graduate studies) of someday becoming writers.  We lamented the challenges of the academic writing, and wondered if we’d ever manage to succeed in such a competitive space.  At that point, Chahrazad pulled out a book from her (very full) bookshelf, and said “You’ve got to read this!”  It was “The New New Journalism:  Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers on their Craft” (Vintage) by Robert Boynton.  This book is truly what set the stage for what came next – with Chahrazad, and a second friend and colleague who also shared a love of writing, Viviane Sergi, we decided to create a blog on academic writing, which we called “Project Scrib” (which in latin means “dare to write”). This blog would be dedicated to the academic writing process and one its key features would be interviews with academics on how they write.  We figured that if we were going to be searching for ways to “up” our own game in the academic publishing field, we could share all that we found.  Surely, we weren’t the only ones grappling with angst about writing and publishing our work.  The blog was launched in January 2013.

Two and a half years later, there are 17 interviews (and counting) posted on the blog as well as a few book reviews, photos, and tidbits on how to improve your writing productivity. As far as the interviews were concerned, initially the goal was simply to post them online.  The idea was that people would engage with them in their own idiosyncratic ways.  What each took away from them would vary based on what they were looking for. When I explained this to friends and colleagues however, several commented:  “You should write an article about that.”  And I thought, “Really?”  I let the thought stew for a while, unsure as to whether I could actually write something interesting based on the interviews (How could I reduce all that richness into an article?  How to know whether what I found interesting would be interesting to others?  How can I avoid turning it into a “how-to” article which clearly (at least to me) it could not and should not be?). In the end I figured the questions I was asking myself were no different than those that all qualitative researchers ask themselves about their own data.  There wasn’t much for me to lose by trying to approach this “data” as I would any other set of qualitative data.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the results of my inquiry, but if you don’t, then you’re more than welcome to do your own analysis, as the “data” is publicly available to all!

You’re welcome to visit us anytime at www.projectscrib.org!JMI_72ppiRGB_powerpoint

You can read How I Write: An Inquiry Into the Writing Practices of Academics from Journal of Management Inquiry free through the end of June. Did you know that you can get notified of all the latest research from Journal of Management Inquiry?Just click here to sign up for e-alerts!


Charlotte Cloutier is Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, HEC Montreal. Her research interests include strategic management in pluralistic contexts, strategy communication and take up institutional theory, funding of nonprofits and qualitative research methods. She won the Best Reviewer award from the Strategizing Activities and Practice (SAP) Interest Group at the 2011 Academy of Management Conference.


 

Also in this series:

Part 3: International Collaboration

Part 2: Ethical Publishing

Part 1: What is Organizational Research For?

 

Reflections on Academic Research and Writing (Part 3): International Collaboration

Collaboration is something we’re all familiar with and laptop-and-cellphone-1269437-mmost of us have taken part in over the course of our careers. With globalization and hence international collaboration, however, come new challenges. In our continuing series this week reflecting on academic research and writing, we turn to the unique aspects inherent in collaborating internationally for academic publication.

As North American journal editors seek to globalize the content in their journals while at the same time international scholars seek publication in North American journals, the intersection has become greater. What are the factors contributing to successful international collaboration? What are the hindrances?

In Group and Organization Management Amy Ou, Luisa Varriale and Anne Tsui examined factors that explain international scholars’ success in publishing in North American management journals through collaboration in “International Collaboration for Academic Publication: Implications from the Resource-Based View and Transaction Cost Theory.” As they explain, “International scholars forming collaboration teams with the aim of publishing in NA (North American) journals is similar to foreign companies creating joint ventures to enter other markets.” What follows is an important examination of how this comes into play.

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Drawing on the international entry mode literature, the authors propose that international collaboration teams are more successful when they increase complementary resources and reduce transaction costs. A sample of 364 articles from 10 North American management journals shows that teams published in higher impact management journals when they had U.S. or Canadian collaborators, higher proportions of assistant professors, and less gender diversity. Combining additional findings from 23 semi-structured interviews, the authors provide a research model to explain the resources and costs embedded in international collaboration teams as well as mechanisms that help transform costs into resources.

 

You can read this article from Group and Organization Management (GOM) for free through the month of June.  Find out what else GOM publishes in their Editor’s Choice Collections (themed articles of interest, special issues and award-winning articles).

Reflections on Academic Research and Writing (Part 2): Ethical Publishing

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Publication ethics continues to be an enduring topic touching on a wide range of increasingly complicated issues. For journal editors and publishers, as well as researchers, there are concerns regarding plagiarism, data and citation manipulation, conflicts of interest, and even identifying legitimate publishing sources, among others.  COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), of which SAGE, many of our journals, and others in the publishing community are members, serves as a valuable resource for promoting integrity in research publications, offering advice, forums, guidelines, a Code of ConFBR_C1_revised authors color.inddduct and more. At the journal level, there is also good work being produced to promote research and publishing ethics.

A recent example is found in the editorial of the current issue of Family Business Review where Tyge Payne and Duane Ireland take up key issues regarding ethics in family business research with far-reaching relevance.  Looking not only at the particular ethical problems in research, they expand the conversation to include the role of the wider scholarly community –researchers, reviewers, editors and institutional leaders – in dealing with ongoing ethical concerns in scholarly publishing. How do you build a community of responsible scholars? What are the key issues for researchers? For editors and reviewers? How do institutional leaders influence behaviors? Read the editorial, “It Takes a Village: Ethical Publishing of Family Business Research,” in Family Business Review, free through June.

For more resources on publication ethics from SAGE, click here.

 

Reflections on Academic Research and Writing: The Ecstasy and the Agony (Part 1)

As a blog catering to academics, researchers and practitioners, Management INK features important content on key research topics. Besides highlighting top scholarship, we (the editorial team for the blog) wish for this venue to serve as a resource to inform but also to equip and grow readers in their research and writing activities. Lately we have seen some excellent articles published that speak to various issues surrounding academic research and writing. Over the next few days, we are pleased to provide a forum for reading and discussing articles that touch on topics, such as, the purpose of research, ethical publishing, peer review, writing practices, and collaboration in research. We invite you to read, share, and offer comments both here in the blog and on our Twitter page @SAGEManagement. Let’s dive in!

In this month’s issue of Administrative Science Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief Gerald F. Davis, asks “What is Organizational Research For?” In his article, Davis asks whose interests management research serves and whose interests should it serve? For research to shape decisions for public benefit, he adds “we need to make sure we know the constituency that research is serving.”

Organizational research is guided by standards of what journals will publish and what gets rewarded in ASQ_v60n2_Jun2014_cover.inddscholarly careers. This system can promote novelty rather than truth and impact rather than coherence. The advent of big data, combined with our current system of scholarly career incentives, is likely to yield a high volume of novel papers with sophisticated econometrics and no obvious prospect of cumulative knowledge development. Moreover, changes in the world of organizations are not being met with changes in how and for whom organizational research is done. It is time for a dialogue on who and what organizational research is for and how that should shape our practice.

Access the rest of the Table of Contents for this issue of Administrative Science Quarterly by clicking here. Keep up-to-date on all the latest news and research from ASQ by clicking here to sign up for e-alerts.

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This article was featured on Harvard Business Review’s blog this week.

May Day: Research has much to say about challenges in the workplace.

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Work issues have often taken center stage this year. From debates over raising the minimum wage, to discussions of pay equity and discrimination, workplace health risk factors and health insurance, and more, labor and work concerns are on the minds of employers, employees, unions, policy makers, and governments worldwide. On this day set aside to recognize the international labor movement, we are pleased to highlight key journals in Economics, Industrial Relations & Labor.

We invite you to enjoy access to the following journals through June 30th. Click here to access the trial.

COMING IN 2016: We are pleased to begin publishing The American Economist, the official journal of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics. The American Economist publishes original research from all fields and schools of economic thought, written by young scholars and those who are teaching the next generation of economists, as well as experienced and prominent economists whose influence has shaped the discipline.

3 SAGE journals score 4* world elite ranking in latest ABS Academic Journal Guide

Guest post by Camille Gamboa and Katie Baker,  SAGE Public Affairs, originally posted on SAGE Press Room on 12 March 2015

Three SAGE journals score 4* world elite ranking in lABS logoatest ABS Academic Journal Guide

London (12 March 2015) – SAGE one of the world’s leading independent academic and professional publishers today reported more than 11 journals ranked in the two top tiers, 4* and 4, in The Association of Business Schools’ (ABS) Academic Journal Guide 2015.

The ABS Academic Journal Guide 2015, published in February, is based upon peer review, editorial and expert judgments following the evaluation of many hundreds of publications, and is informed by statistical information relating to citation. It is a guide to the range, subject matter and relative quality of over 1,400 global journals in which business and management academics publish their research. SAGE continues to grow in the ABS Academic Journal Guide with 3 leading SAGE society journals now being awarded the 4* ranking of world elite in business journals. These journals are:

Most notably the SAGE journals ranked in tier 4 include:

The full ABS Journals Guide listing can be found here. Read the full press release here.