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 International Review of Management (IRM)

- AIMS and SCOPE -

Editorial “Snapshot”

By: Professors Robert D. Austin and Daniel Hjorth - Co-Editors IRM

Academic research trades in ideas. Or should. Too often something interferes. Discourse in ideas succumbs to the heartless pursuit of “quality,” expressed in terms of “methodology”, “rigor”, “style,” or “standards.” The quality of ideas is tremendously important, of course. But academic efforts aimed at assurance of quality too often shunt ideas toward the currently acceptable mainstream – ending up in a specific style, a standard for the publishable paper.
Obsession with methodology, a form of obsession with control (contra rotulus: ‘against what is rolling’), stultifies intriguing speculation and mitigates against elegant description of possibilities not yet supportable by so-called hard evidence. It points scholars toward topics well rehearsed and “studiable,” away from topics important but messy—too “risky” for researchers interested in publication, promotion, tenure, and grant money. Affirming standards in academic writing (styles) has become at least as viable a path to a scholarly prominence as inventing an important idea. Language has lost its capacity to carry life to the reader as the technique of a certain style squeezes out the poetic sensibilities of the full richness of writing.

The editorial policy of the International Review of Management (IRM) intends to push back against obsession with publication formats that hinder authors from telling their story. However, we have no intention to sacrifice the quality of ideas. Descended from the Greek hodos, method means way, path, journey. The IRM welcomes a diversity of ways, paths, and journeys; we’re not against method. On the contrary, we welcome work discussing method, methodology, philosophy of science, knowledge-sociology, and the like. Reflexivity comes in many forms and the IRM wants to be open to a broader spectra that is usually the case in the scholarly journal.
One of our wisest graduate school advisors once taught us to evaluate academic work by asking three very basic questions:

1.    What does it say?

2.    Am I convinced?

3.    Does it matter?

All three questions are important. We believe, however, that the second has come to eclipse the first and the third too often. And this leads us to our editorial policy...

International Review of Management - Editorial Policy

The IRM seeks ideas—big, provocative, fabulous, unsafe, beautiful, practical ideas about possibilities people don’t want to, haven’t been able to, didn’t know they needed to consider. Untimely ideas.  Ideas on “the edge.”  We want you to send us your best ideas, even those ideas that have no chance in hell of being published in a mainstream journal; or the great ideas you have no clue where to publish. Mainstream journals publish work near the middle of the “bell curve”; we want to know about provocative, innovative, extravagant, fascinating work on the periphery, work that may well become a future mainstream.

We aim to ring the bell, not fatten its middle!

We seek concise papers written in accessible language that invents specialized vocabulary only when it must…papers written in accessible language that invents, by literary or poetic force, a language that breaks new ways for our thinking. We’ll subject all published papers to a strong prose review and make aggressive editorial suggestions. And we’ll ask three questions of all submissions: Will this interest our readers? Will it provoke them? Is it beautiful? When faced with competing theories, physicists choose the beautiful one. So will we.  We will ask; does this create affect; does it force the reader to think; does it challenge habit, customary ways, conventional style?
We seek papers on as wide a range of topics as “International Review of Management” suggests: topics relevant to business, management, organization, or other forms of productive, entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative activity.  We’ll take a broad view of what constitutes a contribution: commentaries; descriptions of research, educational programs, materials, or experiences; editorials; essays; manifestos; polemics; reviews; or artistic content relevant to organizational/professional/managerial life.
When Keats read Chapman’s translation of Homer he felt new understanding and wrote a poem about that. You can, too. We’ll consider good ideas in any persuasive, publishable form. We do not maintain a dichotomy between passion and interest, intellect and desire, but seek to publish work that promises to affect us, change us, challenge us, disturb us, engage us, awakens us, stun us…

Finally, we seek papers by authors willing to take a different approach to the way (method), an approach that focuses on the fundamental question, “Does this convince me?” Because we recognize that the papers we seek will focus on ideas that might be stifled by the usual academic treatment, and because we hope to stimulate a particular kind of discourse, we ask our authors to pitch the importance of an idea as part of its intellectual history. How and why does it grab you? Why should it grab us? Why do our colleagues need to know about it?
We ask that authors share with us claims for which they have evidence but not conclusive evidence; claims supported by deep insight or elegant argumentation; claims sustained by unique perspectives, experiences, or authority. We’re also looking for material that’s conventionally publishable, but for which the IRM can offer wider room for discussion of implications and potential.
Though we request some form of “methodological” disclosure, not the least the author’s reflection of the implications from their chosen way, we intend no bias toward certainty: we’ll compare the elegant speculation and fully proven case with equal care. We want to publish real, perhaps not yet actual, ideas; ideas that can help us all imagine the possible, however improbable. And, we’ll emphasize elegant, beautiful writing as the proper form of elegant, beautiful thinking.
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