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How to get Published in the Best Management Journals

How to get Published in the Best Management Journals

Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.

This much-anticipated book is a comprehensive guide to a successful publishing strategy. Written by top journal editors, it introduces the publishing process, resolves practical issues, encourages the right methods and offers tips for navigating the review process, understanding journals and publishing across disciplinary boundaries. As if that weren’t enough it includes key contributions on open access, publishing ethics, making use of peer review, special issues, sustaining a publications career, journal rankings and increasing your odds of publishing success. This will be a must read for anyone seeking to publish in top journals.

Chapter 21: Targeting journals: a personal journey

Franz W. Kellermanns

Subjects: business and management, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, organisational behaviour, research methods in business and management, strategic management


When asked by the editors to contribute a chapter to their book on how I position family business research in targeting different types of journals, I thought that this would be a simple task. Codifying intangible knowledge, however, is easier said than done. Thus, I searched my memory to find where this intangible knowledge comes from and how I have established my publication pattern. When I was a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut, I was interested (and still am) in both strategy process research and family business research and have tried to thread these passions throughout my work. At the time, I was exposed to and strongly influenced by the work of my dissertation chair, Steven Floyd, and by the groundbreaking work on family firm research by Michael Lubatkin and Bill Schulze. A series of papers (i.e., Schulze, Lubatkin, and Dino, 2003a; Schulze, Lubatkin, and Dino, 2003b; Schulze, Lubatkin, Dino, and Buchholtz, 2001), as well as the establishment of the theory of family firm conference (Chrisman, Chua, and Steier, 2003), led me and the field of management (and finance) to develop a strong interest in family firm research. Specifically, studies by Schulze et al. highlighted that classical agency theory assumptions (e.g., Eisenhardt, 1989; Jensen and Meckling, 1976) did not hold for the family firm context.

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