Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 28: Publishing in management journals as a social psychologist
One of the main fields of social psychology is the study of stereotypes and prejudice. Prejudice is the unfounded generalization of (mostly negative) characteristics to every single member of a certain group and, as a result, unjust discrimination against the individual as a member of that group. I was trained as a social psychologist in my postgraduate education. I completed my PhD at Philipps University’s social psychology department where I taught social psychology courses in the undergraduate psychology program. After a spell in a U.K. business school at Aston University I returned to Germany, and for almost ten years now I have been a chair of social psychology. Therefore, I think I know what I am talking about when (self-)stereotyping social psychologists as a bunch of 2x2 researchers. I am, of course, exaggerating greatly, and there are certainly as many social psychologists who have never conducted a lab experiment as there are management scholars with backgrounds in economics, marketing, or sociology who run experiments within and outside the laboratory. But I think the following example is a good way to illustrate the challenges a social psychologist may face when trying to publish in management journals.
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