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Management and Business Review (MBR): Mission and Call for Papers

We are happy to announce the upcoming launch of a new journal, Management and Business Review (MBR).  The goal of MBR is to bridge management practice, education and research, and thereby enhance all three.  With a targeted readership of managers, students, and professors, we hope and expect that this effort will increase the impact of academic research on organizations.

In contrast to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), the Sloan Management Review (SMR), and the California Management Review (CMR), which are each published by a single school, MBR is the result of a grassroots initiative with a wide participation by many schools and companies.

Call for Papers

We invite you to submit your practitioner-oriented papers to MBR.  All submissions should include an abstract of maximum 40 words and should be submitted, preferably in Microsoft Word, at  https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/mbr.  The editors will decide in less than two months whether the paper is publishable.  Please read this document before writing your paper.  It describes the mission of the journal and the guidelines for papers.

Editorial Team

MBR’s editors-in-chief are

  • Wallace J. Hopp, Distinguished University Professor and Associate Dean, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan (former Editor-in-Chief, Management Science)
  • Kalyan Singhal, McCurdy Professor of Innovation and Supply-Chain Management, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore (Editor-in-Chief, Production and Operations Management)

The editorial team is organized in a multi-level structure:

Advisors: MBR has 120 advisors, including editors of prominent research journals and 11 professors from Wharton; eight from Harvard; six from Dartmouth; five each from Carnegie Mellon and MIT; four each from North Carolina and Stanford; three each from Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, London Business School, Northwestern, and UCLA; and two each from Georgia State, Imperial College, Maryland, Michigan, NYU, and Ohio State.  Advisors also include 11 executives from Accenture, Alidale, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, Bain & Company, Deloitte, Good Growth Capital, and Mercer, Monitor Deloitte who have published best-selling books for executives and many articles in the journals like the Harvard Business Review.  Advisors will advise the editors on the strategic direction of MBR.  Their names are listed at the end of this plan.

Deputy Editor in Chief: Subodha Kumar, Paul R. Anderson Distinguished Chair Professor of Supply Chain Management, Fox School of Business, Temple University.

Autonomous Departmental Editors will receive paper submissions from authors. The department editors will have full authority to accept papers that may later go through extensive copy editing. So far, the following people have agreed to serve as departmental editors:

  1. Bhaskar Chakravorty, Tufts University (Digital Innovation and Emerging Markets)
  2. Charles Corbett, UCLA (Sustainability)
  3. Andreas Eisingerich, Imperial College (Marketing)
  4. Arnd Huchzermeier, WHU:Otto Beisheim School of Management (Global Supply Chains and Risk Management)
  5. Chris Ittner, Wharton School (Accounting)
  6. Kevin Keller, Dartmouth College (Marketing and Brand Management)
  7. Nirmalya Kumar, Singapore Management University (Marketing)
  8. Eva Labro, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Accounting)
  9. Sunil Mithas, University of Maryland (Digital Transformations)
  10. Satish Nambisan, Case Western Reserve University (Technology and Innovation)
  11. Geoff Parker, Dartmouth College (Digital Transformations)
  12. Ananth Raman, Harvard Business School (Retail Operations)
  13. Stefan Reichelstein, Stanford Business School (Energy and Sustainability)
  14. Sergei Savin, Wharton School (Healthcare Management)
  15. Anil Shivdasani, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Finance)
  16. David Simchi-Levi, MIT (Operations Management and Big Data Analytics)
  17. Kalyan Singhal, University of Baltimore (Areas not listed here)
  18. Jan-Benedict Steenkamp, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Marketing)
  19. Jayashankar M. Swaminathan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Operations Management)
  20. Asoo Vakharia, University of Florida (Waste Management)
  21. Richard Watson, University of Georgia (Information Systems)
  22. Jeffrey R Williams, Carnegie-Mellon University (Strategic Management)

Director of Editorial Operations: Mary Haight

Associate Editors will assist department editors in getting papers reviewed.

Editorial Review Board

In addition, we will call upon ad-hoc reviewers to assist departmental editors.  A professional editorial staff will work with the authors of accepted papers to produce truly compelling articles.

Cosponsors of MBR 

  1. Anderson School of Management at UCLA
  2. China Europe International Business School
  3. City University of Hong Kong
  4. Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia
  5. Indian School of Business
  6. INSEAD
  7. Johnson College of Business at Cornell University
  8. Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University
  9. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  10. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University

Liaisons

Liaisons will work with business school deans and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business); schools in Australia, China, Europe, India, the rest of Asia, and North and South America; business community members; consulting firms; and editors of top research journals.  Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy, Owen School of Management, Vanderbilt University is our liaison with the members of the AACSB.

Partner Business Schools and Customized Editions of MBR for Each School

MBR is a grass-roots initiative aimed at providing an opportunity for all schools to participate.  Schools that subscribe to MBR for all students will be listed as Partner Schools in MBR.  The partner schools will receive a 50 percent discount on the journal’s price when they subscribe for students and other constituents, including their faculty, alumni, and affiliated business community.  They will also receive a similar discount on their advertisements in the journal.

Upon request, MBR may be customized to the requirements of a partner school for its constituents (affiliated business community, alumni, students, and faculty).  For example, for the XYZ School of Management, MBR will have a banner headline on the front cover: “The XYZ School of Management Edition.”  If the school wishes, it can add supplementary material for its constituents.

Partner Companies and Customized Editions of MBR for Each Company

MBR seeks close collaboration with the business community.  Companies that subscribe for all senior executives will be listed as Partner Companies in MBR.  For these subscriptions, they will receive a 50 percent discount on the journal’s price.  They will also receive a similar discount on their advertisements in the journal.

A partner company may also request its own customized edition of the journal for its executives and constituents.  In the case of a consulting company, the constituents could include its clients.  If the company wishes, it can add supplementary material, including its own journal or magazine if it has one, for its constituents.

Nominations and Self-Nominations for the Editorial Team

You and your colleagues have the option of nominating themselves and others for the journal’s editorial team provided the nominees have a record that includes publications in leading practitioner and research journals, publications of books for practitioners, and consulting at senior levels of companies.

Please send your nominations for MBR’s editorial team to Kalyan Singhal at mbr@mbrjournal.com with the e-mail heading: Nominations for MBR.  In half a page or less for each nominee, please include the name, email address, and the areas of interest and list the names of the journals in which the nominee has published and other qualifications.

Become a Part of MBR and Complimentary Copy of the First Issue

Please register yourself, your colleagues in your organization or other organizations, including your dean or your company head, at www.mbrjournal.com so that we can send all of you the first issue of the journal and share with you more information on MBR.

Request to Share This Plan with Your Dean, Company Head, and Colleagues

We request you to share this plan with your dean or your company head and bring to her/his attention the option to customize MBR for your organization and its constituents.  We also request you to share this plan with your colleagues in your organization or in other organizations.

Why We Need Another Journal

The primary reason for developing a new journal is that we have over 20 million potential readers of such journals worldwide who have a broad range of needs for knowledge about management and business practices.  The existing sources, including HBR, SMR, and CMR and the enormous amount of information available on the Internet, meet only a fraction of their needs.

Furthermore, most of the over 200,000 business school professors around the world generally publish in about 1,500 research journals and practitioners’ journals focused on specific business disciplines.  Over 98 percent of them never attempt to publish in HBR, SMR, or CMR. They could be motivated to write papers for MBR with its broad community involvement, a different editorial structure, and different editorial processes.

To evolve a platform that encourages a wide range of writings that bridge the gaps between practice, education, and research, we will emphasize the following:

  1. A much wider global perspective: MBR will cover a much wider global perspective than any existing journal.  During the current decade, the high-income industrialized countries have started to account for less than 50 percent of the global gross product, and China has become the largest economy in the world based on purchasing power parity.  This shift, combined with the continuing rise of global networks for the production of goods and services, has created new paradigms of managing organizations.
  2. In-depth coverage, rigor, and value density: We plan to publish articles that are rigorous and cover topics in depth.  Furthermore, articles in MBR will be succinct and precise, ensuring that readers get maximum value per minute for the time they spend in reading.
  3. Drawing on an untapped pool of authors: Since we plan to rely on numerous cosponsoring and partner schools, we expect to draw on a larger pool of academics who work on real-world problems than other publications do.  Most people in this pool do not publish in HBR, SMR, and CMR.  Articles from this pool, from the consulting community, and from practitioners will be the primary sources of papers for the Management and Business Review.
  4. Disseminating practical results from research journals: Some articles in academic research journals are pertinent to practice, but the practitioners rarely read them because they are written for academics. We plan to invite their authors to write “practitioners’ versions” of such articles and we plan to conduct workshops to help them in their rewriting.

Editorial Focus and Editorial Policies

The value proposition of MBR rests on the quality of its contents.  Articles must be interesting, relevant, and readable for a wide audience.  Although many of the ideas presented in MBR will be rooted in research, they must contain a clear management message.  It is therefore vital that all articles address real-world business systems.  Novel research results must be tied to concrete management practices.  Hence, the overarching characteristic of MBR will be articles that are relevant to the practice of management, efficiently written, and enjoyable to read.  To achieve this, articles will be concise, supplemented with visual graphics and rich in real-world connections.

We want to help managers run organizations and institutions more effectively and make better decisions.  If people work more productively, all of us—employees, bosses, customers, our families, and the people our businesses affect—will be better off.  We try to present ideas that will help readers to become smarter, more creative, and more confident in their work.  To do that, we seek out experts in management theory and practice and collaborate with them to express their thoughts to managers and to others working in their field.

We seek papers on many topics, including accounting, artificial intelligence and machine learning, business analytics, business, and public policy, corporate governance, decision making, digitalization, finance, globalization, innovation, marketing, managing. negotiating, operations, organizational change, strategy, supply chains, and sustainability.  We publish articles of various lengths (in print and digital forms, or in digital form only, graphics, podcasts, videos, and slide presentations).  We consider five qualities when evaluating submitted papers:

(1) Expertise: You needn’t be well known but you must know a lot about your subject.

(2) Evidence:  Know your subject thoroughly and prove it to your readers.  Refer to supporting research and describe relevant examples.

(3) Originality:  New ideas in the field are rare and valuable and a primary reason that people read business papers.  In writing about a standard topic, focus on a novel argument or insight.

(4) Usefulness:  Readers want to know about new developments in management thinking and to change and improve the way their organizations operate.  Explain your thinking so they understand how to apply your ideas in real situations.

(5) Writing Style:  Make your writing persuasive and inviting.  Readers may be skeptical and busy.  Capture their interest quickly so they don’t look elsewhere.

Our editorial process is thorough, and we may ask you to do revisions.  Our copy editors will work with you to make your paper more attractive to our readers.

It is possible, however, that an article is highly relevant only to an audience in a specific discipline.  We will initially publish these articles in specific disciplines in such specialized online magazines as MBR Accounting Review, MBR Business Analytics, MBR Digital Transformation, MBR Finance Review, MBR Information Systems, MBR Marketing Review, and MBR Operations Review.  Once we reach a critical number of papers in a specialized online magazine, we will also publish it in print form.

Impact on Academic Research

The presence of MBR will encourage academics to conduct their academic research in actual organizational settings. While doctors can practice their innovations on patients on their own, lawyers can practice their innovations in courts on their own, and scientists and engineers can create innovative prototypes in labs, management innovators often need companies’ participation to test and improve their ideas.  The proposed magazine has the potential to serve as an influential supplement to what our academic journals publish, leading to a major evolution similar to the one that began in 1959 when reports from the Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation laid out the goals for modern business education and transformed it from vocational training to a rigorous academic and professional pursuit comparable to education in engineering or medicine

In a recent study, we have found that academic research in management and business has made phenomenal contributions to practice since the 1959 reports from the Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation.   We are in the process of updating the study, and if you have any evidence of academic research in management and business making contributions to practice, please share it with MBR by sending an email to Kalyan Singhal at mbr@mbrjournal.com.

Workshops on Research and Writing for Practitioners’ Journals

To help academic authors translate their research into accessible articles, MBR will conduct workshops led by outstanding scholars with strong track records of publishing in practitioners’ journals.  We hope that the workshops will increase the stream of publishable submissions to MBR and other practitioner-oriented publications.

Related Publications and Social Networks

We also plan to develop a Web-Based magazine, Knowledge@MBR, which will be somewhat similar to Knowledge@Wharton, but will cover a much wider range of topics and include authors from all over the world.  While Knowledge@MBR focuses on contemporary concerns, MBR will focus on knowledge about enduring issues.

Every business school or company will have the option of hosting Knowledge@MBR for its constituents and adding its own material for them.  We also plan to create social networks for MBR’s constituents.

Your Feedback

MBR welcomes your questions, comments, and suggestions on any aspect of this plan.  Please send them to Kalyan Singhal at mbr@mbrjournal.com

Advisors

  1. Regina Abrami, Wharton School
  2. Paul A. Argenti, Dartmouth College
  3. Anil Arya, Ohio State University
  4. Baris Ata, University of Chicago
  5. Felix Barber, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre
  6. Richard Barker, Oxford University
  7. Caryn Beck Dudley, Santa Clara University
  8. Amar Bhide, Tufts University
  9. John Birge, University of Chicago
  10. Joseph Bower, Harvard Business School
  11. Tyson Browning, Texas Christian University
  12. Andrew Campbell, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre
  13. Dennis Campbell, Harvard Business School
  14. Peter Cappelli, Wharton School
  15. Jeff Cares, Alidale
  16. Bhaskar Chakravorty, Tufts University
  17. Bruce Chew, Monitor Deloitte
  18. Sunil Chopra, Northwestern University
  19. Morris Cohen, Wharton School
  20. David Collis, Harvard Business School
  21. Charles Corbett, UCLA
  22. Tom Davenport, Babson College
  23. Suzanne deTreville, University of Lausanne
  24. Jean-Pierre Dubé, University of Chicago
  25. Murray Dalziel, University of Baltimore
  26. George Day, Wharton School
  27. Brian Denton, University of Michigan
  28. Preyas Desai, Duke University
  29. Robert Eccles, Harvard Business School
  30. Andreas Eisingerich, Imperial College
  31. Jehoshua Eliashberg, Wharton School
  32. Peter Fader, Wharton School
  33. Alfonso Gambardella, Bocconi University
  34. Giovanni Gavetti, Dartmouth College
  35. Stanley Gershwin, MIT
  36. Pankaj Ghemawat, New York University
  37. Mark Gottfredson, Bain & Company
  38. Vijay Govindarajan, Dartmouth College
  39. Linda Green, Columbia Business School
  40. Alok Gupta, University of Minnesota
  41. Sushil K. Gupta, Florida International University
  42. Andrei Hagiu, MIT
  43. Nicholas Hall, Ohio State University
  44. Gary Hamel, London Business School
  45. Warren Hausman, Stanford University
  46. Constance Helfat, Dartmouth College
  47. Teck Ho, National University of Singapore
  48. Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan
  49. Kartik Hosanagar, Wharton School
  50. Arnd Huchzermeier, WHU:Otto Beisheim School of Management
  51. Christopher Ittner, Wharton School
  52. Jeffery Inman, University of Pittsburgh
  53. Ravi Jagannathan, Northwestern University
  54. Eric Johnson, Vanderbilt University
  55. Ajit Kambil, Deloitte
  56. Uday Karmarkar, UCLA
  57. Andrew Karolyi, Cornell University
  58. Sunder Kekre, Carnegie Mellon University
  59. Kevin Keller, Dartmouth College
  60. Wolf Ketter, Erasmus University
  61. Nirmalya Kumar, Singapore Management University
  62. Kumar, Georgia State University
  63. Howard Kunreuther, Wharton School
  64. Eva Labro, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  65. Hau Lee, Stanford University
  66. Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School
  67. Baruch Lev, New York University
  68. Arie Lewin, Duke University
  69. Costis Maglaras, Columbia University
  70. Joseph Mahoney, University of Illinois
  71. Ann Majchrzak, University of Southern California
  72. Carl Mela, Duke University
  73. Sunil Mithas, University of Maryland
  74. John Mullins, London Business School
  75. Haig Nalbantian, Mercer
  76. Satish Nambisan, Case Western Reserve University
  77. Paul Nunes, Accenture
  78. Geoffrey Parker, Dartmouth College
  79. Gary Pisano, Harvard Business School
  80. Arun Rai, Georgia State University
  81. Jagmohan Singh Raju, Wharton School
  82. Ananth Raman, Harvard Business School
  83. M Rammohan Rao, Indian School of Business
  84. Michael Raynor, Monitor Deloitte
  85. Stefan Reichelstein, Stanford Business School
  86. John R Roberts, University of New South Wales and London Business School
  87. Johan Roos, Hult International Business School
  88. Aleda Roth, Clemson University
  89. Herman Saenz, Bain & Company and Cornell University
  90. Amy Salzhauer, Good Growth Capital
  91. Sergei Savin, Wharton School
  92. Sridhar Seshadri, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  93. Alan Sheller-Wolf, Carnegie Mellon University
  94. Jason Shaw, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  95. George Shanthikumar, Purdue University
  96. Anil Shivdasani, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  97. David Simchi-Levi, MIT
  98. Chester Spatt, Carnegie Mellon University
  99. Kannan Srinivasan, Carnegie Mellon University
  100. Martin K. Starr, Columbia University and Rollins College
  101. Jan-Benedict Steenkamp, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  102. Jayashankar M. Swaminathan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  103. Chris Tang, UCLA
  104. Sridhar Tayur, Carnegie Mellon University
  105. Alex Triantis, University of Maryland
  106. David Ulrich, University of Michigan
  107. Asoo Vakharia, University of Florida
  108. Jan Van Mieghem, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  109. Rohit Verma, Cornell University
  110. Miguel Villas-Boas, University of California at Berkeley
  111. Eric von Hippel, MIT
  112. Wulf Weller, Bain & Comapany
  113. George Westerman, MIT
  114. Seungjin Whang, Stanford Business School
  115. Jeffrey R Williams, Carnegie-Mellon University
  116. Yoram (Jerry) Wind, Wharton School
  117. George S Yip, Imperial College
  118. Dennis Yao, Harvard Business School
  119. David Young, INSEAD
  120. Jerry Zimmerman, University of Rochester