Management Learning is:
- Inclusive: covering all aspects of learning and knowing in management and organizations, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue, and promoting a range of methodological and theoretical approaches;
- Innovative: publishing high-quality work derived from critical, imaginative and committed inquiry which builds new ideas and developments relating to theory, pedagogy and practice;
- International: addressing international and multi-cultural aspects of learning, with an international base of readers, authors, reviewers and editorial board members;
- Integrative: linking research, theory, methods and practice;
- Impactful: aspiring to publish papers that are influential both within the field of management and organizational scholarship, and in the arenas of policy and organizational practice.
Articles in Management Learning advance theory and practice through two defining characteristics: they engage in critique, and are thought-provoking. These characteristics suggest a processual, provisional and potentially contested view of knowledge and learning, and emphasize the need to open-up existing ways of thinking to scrutiny. In doing so, they promote new perspectives and interpretations. Authors should therefore move beyond descriptive and conventional views to reflect upon, analyse and critique; be explicit about their philosophical and/or theoretical perspective; and explain and justify their methods and data analysis. Conclusions should be clear, well-developed, and fully justified.
Manuscripts should be situated within a relevant body of literature, connect to important conversations in the field and the journal, make a significant and substantial contribution to the development of management and organizational learning, and be coherent, clear and compelling. We encourage submissions from a variety of theoretical perspectives including critical, poststructuralist, feminist, interpretive, phenomenological, discursive, semiotic and aesthetic perspectives. Authors should carefully and persuasively craft their argument by clearly stating their contribution and ensuring that their philosophical and/or theoretical perspective, the method, analysis, discussion and conclusion are consistent and coherent.
Papers should convey commitment and excitement, and use accessible and direct language. While many of our readers are scholars and researchers, Management Learning addresses a wider audience with an interest in management learning. Esoteric language should therefore not stand in the way of effective communication and discussion.
"No other journal so successfully communicates the richness of the field of knowledge, knowing and learning in management education and in organizations as well," Silvia Gherardi
"This remains one of the very few 'must read' journals that I get," Karl Weick
"As the most innovative and exciting journal in its field, I recommend Management Learning to anyone interested in advancing more critical and challenging approaches to the diverse forms of management education," Hugh Willmott
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Management Learning is a fully peer-reviewed journal which welcomes contributions from management and organization studies and related fields and disciplines, as well as papers adopting multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. Papers may address a variety of topics but the link with learning and managing organizations must be made explicit. Papers on specific topics which do not consider implications for learning would not be appropriate.
Manuscripts drawing on field research may involve a wide variety of data sources and research methods, including ethnographic, discursive, deconstructive, narrative, survey and case study methodologies. The common theme is that contributions are written with the readership of Management Learning in mind a readership that expects high quality, thought-provoking, innovative, thoughtful papers that make a clear contribution to the field.
Management Learning includes work on topics relating to:
- Learning and knowing in management and organizations: including individual and organizational learning; critical and reflexive approaches to learning, managing and organizing.
- Processes and practices of learning: for example, different approaches and new perspectives on learning and pedagogy, critical approaches to management education; relationships between learning and experience; formal and informal learning; and the roles of language, symbols, narratives and metaphor in learning and knowing.
- Theoretical perspectives on learning and knowing: for example, philosophies of knowledge and knowing and conceptual approaches to learning and development.
- Wider issues: for example, the relationship between learning and culture, gender, ethics, power, and emotion; and critiquing conventional approaches to management learning.
|Amon Barros||FGV-EAESP, Brazil|
|Alexandra Bristow||The Open University, UK|
|Thomas Calvard||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|François-Xavier de Vaujany||Université Paris-Dauphine, France|
|Gabrielle Durepos||Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada|
|Michal Izak||University of Chester, UK|
|David R Jones||Northumbria University, UK|
|Paulina Segarra||Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico|
|Amy Way||Villanova University, USA|
|Deborah Brewis||University of Bath, UK|
|Todd Bridgman||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Lisa Burns||The Open University, UK|
|Rafael Alcadipani||FGV-EAESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Stephen Allen||University of Hull, UK|
|Lisa Anderson||University of Liverpool, UK|
|Elena Antonacopoulou||University of Liverpool, UK|
|Karen Ashcraft||University of Colorado Boulder, USA|
|Marco Berti||University of Technology Sydney, Australia|
|Deborah Blackman||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Sarah Blithe||University of Nevada, Reno, USA|
|Arne Carlsen||BI Norwegian Business School, Norway|
|Brigid Carroll||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|Andrea Casey||George Washington University, USA|
|Sylwia Ciuk||Oxford Brookes University, UK|
|Miguel Cunha||Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal|
|Graeme Currie||Warwick Business School, UK|
|Gordon E Dehler||College of Charleston, USA|
|Viktor Dörfler||University of Strathclyde Business School, UK|
|Michaela Driver||New Mexico State University, USA|
|Gareth Edwards||UWE Bristol, UK|
|Bente Elkjær||Aarhus University, Denmark|
|Andrea Ellinger||University of Texas at Tyler, USA|
|Carole Elliott||Sheffield University, UK|
|Lars Engwall||Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden|
|Jeanie M Forray||Seneca Consortium, USA|
|Yiannis Gabriel||University of Bath, UK|
|Suzanne Gagnon||University of Manitoba, Canada|
|Daniel Geiger||University of Hamburg, Germany|
|Silvia Gherhardi||Universita degli Studi de Trento, Italy|
|Gina Grandy||University of Regina, Canada|
|Christopher Grey||Royal Holloway University of London, UK|
|Nancy Harding||University of Bath, UK|
|Amanda Hay||Nottingham Trent University, UK|
|Jenny Helin||Uppsalla University, Sweden|
|Paul Hibbert||University of St Andrews, UK|
|Robin Holt||University of Liverpool, UK|
|Jacky Hong||University of Macau, China|
|Marian Iszatt-White||Lancaster University, UK|
|Brad Jackson||University of Waikato, New Zealand|
|Owain Smolovic Jones||Open University, UK|
|Sine Nørholm Just||Roskilde University, Denmark|
|D. Christopher Kayes||George Washington University, USA|
|Elisabeth Kelan||Cranfield University, UK|
|Monika Kostera||The Jagellonian, Poland|
|Wendelin Küpers||Karlshochschule International University, Germany|
|Helena Liu||Bond University, Australia|
|Mairi MacLean||University of Bath, UK|
|Allan MacPherson||University of Wisconsin, USA|
|Katy Mason||Lancaster University, UK|
|James McDonald||University of Texas at San Antonio, USA|
|Robert McMurray||University of York, UK|
|Davide Nicolini||University of Warwick, UK|
|Kevin Orr||St Andrews University, UK|
|Anders Örtenblad||Nord University, Norway|
|Alexia Panayiotou||University of Cyprus, Cyprus|
|Mike Pedler||Henley Business School, UK|
|Linda Perriton||University of Stirling, UK|
|Joseph A. Raelin||Northeastern University, USA|
|Caroline Ramsey||University of Liverpool, UK|
|Birgit Renzl||University of Stuttgart, Germany|
|Sarah Robinson||Rennes School of Business, France|
|Nick Rumens||Oxford Brookes University, UK|
|David Sims||City University, London, UK|
|Robin Stanley Snell||Lingnan University, Hong Kong|
|Andrew Sturdy||University of Bristol, UK|
|Janne Tienari||Hanken University, Finland|
|Eda Ulus||University of the West of Scotland, UK|
|Morten Thanning Vendelø||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Dusya Vera||C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, USA|
|Devi Vijay||Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India|
|Russ Vince||University of Bath, UK|
|M. Ann Welsh||University of Cincinnati, USA|
|Thijs Willems||Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Management Learning
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/management_learning to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Management Learning will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Management Learning may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research Data
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplemental material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 Sage Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Management Learning, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Management Learning publishes:
Full papers: original, empirical, theoretical and exploratory articles. The maximum length of submitted papers is 40 typeset pages including all references, figures and tables. Papers should be submitted double-spaced and in 12pt Times New Roman format. Initial submissions of more than 40 pages (all inclusive) will not be considered and will automatically be sent back to the author.
Provocation Essays: short, essay articles that provoke new ways of thinking and engaging with knowledge and learning in organizations. The maximum length of a submitted essay is 6000 words including all references, figures and tables. We advise authors to read already published Provocation Essays (formerly Provocations to Debate) to gain an understanding of what is required. Potential contributors should submit a 300 word proposal which describes the relevance, scope and contribution of the essay to Management Learning Editorial Assistant, Lisa Burns email@example.com. The proposal should also detail the author(s) prior work of relevance to the essay. The Editors will evaluate the proposal and, if it is approved, a submission will be encouraged. Once submitted, the manuscript will be double anonymize peer-reviewed in the usual way. For more information about what is looked for in a Provocation Essay, please see this recent editorial, or contact the Editorial Assistant, Lisa Burns: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book reviews: invitations to review are issued regularly by the Book Reviews Editors Caterina Bettin and Ziyun Fan. Please contact Lisa Burns in our Editorial Office (email@example.com) if you wish to review a particular book.
The length for book and media reviews in Management Learning is 1750 words (including references). Potential reviewers are encouraged to first contact one of the book review editors with (1) a brief description of a chosen book or media artefact, such as podcasts (single episodes or entire series, TV series, films, and (2) the overall intention for the review. Specifically, we invite potential reviewers to briefly elaborate on why the book or media artefact is important for Management Learning, in particular, and why they would make a useful reviewer for the proposed book or media artefact.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:
• The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
• The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper
• The author has recommended the reviewer
• The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Management Learning requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Management Learning encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Management Learning and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.
Management Learning offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. Please ensure that your manuscript is submitted in a double-spaced format.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.
Management Learning does not currently accept supplemental files.
Management Learning adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Management Learning is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/management_learning to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Management Learning editorial office as follows: