Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 22: Read the damn article: the appropriate place of journal lists in organizational science scholarship
Recently, I received a call from a colleague whom I could best describe as crestfallen. I had known this professor for well over ten years as he had completed his PhD with one of my dearest friends. The reason he was feeling this way was due to a recent conversation he had with an administrator (i.e., dean, associate dean, or department chair in business schools in the United States) in his business school in which he was told “you don’t publish in journals we value around here.” I asked where this had come from and was told by my colleague that it was due to the notion that he did not publish in the journals that were at the top of the journal list of his college. I tried to assuage his negative emotions by telling him he had a fine record and some really well-cited publications. I hoped he felt better after we spoke, and it forced me to think of that most recent shibboleth that we are increasingly witnessing in business schools around the world today, that is, the dreaded journal list, which outlines the quality of publications in the absence of reading said publications. Journal lists have been with us for a number of years but their importance has increased more recently.
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