How to get Published in the Best Management Journals
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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.
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Chapter 8: Rules of the game

Denny Gioia


Isaac Newton – a semi-modest man despite his genius – once said that, “If I have seen far, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” Pablo Picasso – not quite so modest, but just as insightfully clever – said that, “Good artists copy; great artists steal,” by which he meant that great artist’s take the essence of a good idea and transform it in their own image. I have an undeserved foot in both these august camps. I stand tippy-toed on a lot of broad shoulders to survey the mindscape of our field, but I also consider myself an equal-opportunity kleptomaniac. I will steal from anybody. Well, not exactly steal, but I am prone to borrowing the spirit of others’ wisdom and transmogrifying it for my own purposes. When I started out in the field, the whole business of publishing in the organization sciences was an intimidating if intriguing mystery. Having come from a doctoral program that did not emphasize publishing only made uncovering the arcane secrets of the process even more mysterious. Hmmm. How to begin to decipher a figurative Rosetta Stone? As a faux ethnographer, I began to ask various published scholars for their insights, their heuristics, their received wisdom, their “rules of the game” of publishing. In addition to my own colleagues, anytime a visiting scholar showed up at Penn State I’d make it my business to pick their brains (which is what I do for a living anyway – see Gioia, 2004).

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