Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 12: Why I don’t want to co-author with you and what you can do about it
Time is the most precious resource that each of us manages in our professional lives. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to advance through our careers from assistant professor to associate professor to full professor and finally to chaired professor generally find that the demands on our time seem to grow as we move up the proverbial academic ladder. This forces us to make hard choices and to say “no” more than we would like. Who to embrace or reject as co-authors is one of the important choices that all academics, and especially senior faculty, must make. My goal in this chapter is to offer some useful tips on how to be a more appealing potential co-author. In doing so, I draw inspiration from a 1985 book chapter by Dick Daft entitled “Why I recommended that your manuscript be rejected and what you can do about it” (Daft, 1985). Daft analysed his experiences as a reviewer for premier journals and distilled some guidelines for authors about how to improve their chances of having their journal submissions accepted. As a doctoral student in the early 1990s, this chapter provided me with a behind-the-scenes perspective on the review process that helped me understand what research success requires. Similarly, I hope to offer some candid advice about co-authorship based on my experiences writing 140 or so co-authored articles across the last three decades.
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