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Management Teaching Review

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Management Teaching Review is committed to serving the management education community by publishing short, topically-targeted, and immediately useful resources for teaching and learning practice. Our published articles and interactive platform provide a rich, collaborative space for active learning resources that foster deep student engagement and instructor excellence.

While our target audience is university educators teaching in the management and organizational studies domain, our broader constituency includes trainers, consultants, and coaches.

Regular Features

  • Resource Reviews… outside resources that readers might use to support their teaching practice.
  • Experiential Exercises… topically targeted, easily implemented “classroom” exercises useful to instructors and/or trainers.
  • Research to Practice Insights… summaries of recently published research from any discipline that provide implication(s) for management teaching or training practice; may be author’s own research or that of others.
  • Format Translations… modification(s) of teaching activities from one format or audience to another; for example, from on ground to online, undergraduate to executive, or university to workplace.
  • Practice to Research Connections… first person narratives about issues or questions in management teaching practice that may form the basis for future practice-based research.

In addition to the launch of Management Teaching Review, the Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS) also publishes the Journal of Management Education.

Management Teaching Review (MTR) encourages contributions that provide short, targeted, and immediately useful resources for management educators, trainers and coaches. The overriding question that guides the publication’s double-blind peer review process is: Will this contribution have an immediate impact on management teaching practice?

Contributions are welcomed from any topic area and any country so long as their primary focus is on teaching, training or coaching practice in management or organization studies. Although our core areas of interest are organizational behavior and management, we are also interested in related domains such as human resource management & labor relations, social issues in management, critical management studies, diversity, ethics, organizational development, production and operations, or sustainability.

Authors are strongly encouraged to have their work reviewed and commented upon by their colleagues for descriptive clarity and usefulness to others prior to submission for formal editorial review. Guidance for authors may be garnered by studying the journal’s submission guidelines, and by communicating with members of the editorial board, the editorial team, or the editor.

Jane Schmidt-Wilk Maharishi International University, USA
Associate Editor, Resource Reviews
Tracey Sigler The Citadel, USA
Associate Editors, Experiential Exercises
C. Melissa Fender Rutgers University-Camden, USA
Joe Seltzer LaSalle University, USA
Lisa Stickney University of Baltimore, USA
Associate Editor, Research-to-Practice Insights
Paul Donovan Maynooth University, Ireland
Associate Editor, Format Translations
Tracey Sigler The Citadel, USA
Associate Editor, Practice-to-Research Connections
Paul Donovan Maynooth University, Ireland
Editorial Review Board
Rae André Northeastern University, USA
Don Bacon University of Denver, USA
Diana Bilimoria Case Western Reserve University, USA
Lee Bolman University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA
David Bradford Stanford University, USA
Arran Caza University of Manitoba, Canada
André M. Everett University of Otago, New Zealand
Mary K. Foster Morgan State University, USA
Thomas F. Hawk Frostburg State University (Emeritus), USA
Paul Hibbert University of St Andrews, UK
Sabine Hoidn University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Robert L. Holbrook Ohio University, USA
D. Christopher Kayes George Washington University, USA
Marc Lavine University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA
Roy J. Lewicki Ohio State University, USA
Kathi J. Lovelace Menlo College, USA
Bob Marx University of Massachusetts, USA
Magid Mazen Suffolk University, USA
Steven I. Meisel LaSalle University, USA
Kathryn Pavlovich University of Waikato, New Zealand
Tim O. Peterson North Dakota State University, USA
Sandra Romenska University of St. Andrews, UK
Atul Teckchandani California State University, Fullerton, USA
Gary Wagenheim Simon Fraser University, Canada
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  • Management Teaching Review is an online journal that uses a web-based submission and review process. This document provides instructions for manuscript preparation and submission as well as guidelines for writing manuscripts targeted to specific sections of Management Teaching Review. This document includes:

    Instructions for Manuscript Preparation


    There is a 2000-word limit on the main body of all initial submissions regardless of section. The abstract, and any figures, tables, references, notes, and appendices are not included in this limit.


    1. Prepare your manuscript for electronic transmission in MS Word or as an RTF file. Use 12-point Times New Roman typeface, and double-space throughout (including abstract, tables, references, and appendices) in a format that fits U.S. standard business size paper (8 ½” x 11”).
    2. Prepare the manuscript in accordance with the latest edition (7th) of the APA Publication Manual.
    3. On the first page of the article, include only the title, abstract, and keywords, with no acknowledgements, footnotes or any other information identifying the authors or their affiliations. During submission, you will enter all information about the authors that usually appears on a title page in text boxes on the web-based submission form.
    4. Make sure that all text is left aligned (i.e., ragged-right edge), all paragraphs are indented, and there is no additional space after paragraphs.
    5. Insert a running head that appears in the upper right-hand corner of each page. The heading should reflect the focus of the paper.
    6. Insert page numbers in the upper right-hand corner after the running head.
    7. Note the desired placement of tables and figures within the text but do not embed them in the text of the manuscript. Instead, include each one on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Make sure each is titled clearly and appropriately. Refer to the APA guidelines for more advice.
    8. If using appendices, label them with letters: Appendix A, Appendix B, etc. Start each appendix on a new page, and make sure each appendix is referenced in text.

    Keywords and abstract

    • In an age of electronic indexing, your keyword choices are critical. To assist readers looking for content you’ve published, use both broadly-based keywords (i.e., “groups” or “diversity”) as well as more targeted keywords directly germane to your content (i.e., “self-managed groups” or “gender diversity”) and use those keywords in your abstract. For more information about selecting and using keywords, please see the document titled “Help Readers Find your Article” (posted at
    • Include an abstract of 100–150 words that provides a good idea of (1) the purpose of the article, (2) its teaching and learning focus, and (3) its target audience(s). Use your keywords in the abstract. Avoid placing or repeating introductory or explanatory material in the abstract. Instead, use the abstract as an opportunity to sell your article to potential readers, including reviewers.

    Writing style

    • When referring to yourself in your paper, please use first person: singular (i.e., I) for a single-authored paper and first-person plural (i.e., we) for papers with multiple authors. Avoid switching into the third person to speak about yourself (i.e., into a ‘passive voice’), and do not use the word ‘We’ (or similar ones) to refer to ‘the body of knowledge.’ We prefer simple, straightforward language that communicates clearly to readers.
    • When writing, please write in the active voice as much as possible. List instructions in the active voice (“ask students to…”, “give students...,” or if you need to point out who does what, “The instructor asks students to…”, “The students take turns….”

    Double-blind peer review

    • MTR manuscripts are blind-reviewed by at least two experts in the field; therefore, avoid writing any text, references or footnotes in ways that could identify the author(s).
    • Remove from the submission any reference to the authors, the school, or other information that might serve to identify the authors. Carefully consider the context when considering references that might lead to identification.
    • Cite your own work only if and when absolutely necessary. When you do, carefully consider the context, and edit the wording to preserve your anonymity. Do nothing that draws special or extra attention to these self-citations.



    MTR 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.

    Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of MTR to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors that enables a statement to be provided within the paginated pages of all published articles. Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    The Editor reserves the right to return, prior to consideration, any manuscript that does not conform to these guidelines.

    Instructions for Manuscript Submission

    After you enter SAGE Publication's web-based manuscript submission system, the process consists of the following steps:

    1. Create an account on MTR’s Manuscript Central submission system.
    2. Through the same web address, go to the Author Center and follow the instructions to enter details about the authors and to upload your submission.
    3. 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.

      If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    No part of the submission is final until all steps have been completed and the final Submit button has been clicked. Shortly after submitting, authors will receive an automatically generated acknowledgement by email. This email message will provide the manuscript number and website link to use for checking the status of the submission, submitting revisions, and contacting the editor.

    Click here to submit an article to Management Teaching Review

    Note: The submission URL is

    Instructions for Submitting Manuscript Revisions

    At any time that you need to submit a revision, please use the Revise Submission feature at the website link provided in your acknowledgement email. Please do not upload your revision as if it were a new manuscript. Uploading revised manuscripts as if they were new manuscripts only delays the review and decision process. If you need assistance, please email the Associate Editor assigned to your manuscript or the Editor.

    Suggestions about English Language Help

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. For example, Sage offers authors information and services at

    Please note that SAGE Language Services is an editing service only, and using the service will in no way guarantee that your manuscript will be selected for peer review or accepted for publication.

    MTR, as a publication of the Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    Guidelines for Submissions to MTR’s Experiential Exercises Section

    The Experiential Exercises section of the Management Teaching Review (MTR) publishes topically targeted, easily implemented “classroom” activities that are of interest and immediate use to professionals in the field of management education, including instructors, coaches, and trainers. MTR seeks original submissions that present something new or something with a brand new twist—the exercise should not merely rehash something from the past. Authors will have had experience running the exercise or activity in their teaching or training. Submissions should not exceed 2000 words; this word count is a firm limit, but it refers to the body only. It does not include the abstract, figures, tables, references, notes, or appendices.

    The general structure of manuscripts describing Experiential Exercises is outlined below.

    [Introduction]. Provide a brief introduction that establishes a need for this type of exercise and identifies the target usage. Include potential course applications and explain for whom the exercise is designed: early undergraduate, late undergraduate, graduate, etc.; traditional, non-traditional, cross-cultural, etc.). Note that APA discourages use of the header “Introduction:” the first part of the manuscript is assumed to be the introduction.

    Theoretical foundation. Establish the theoretical context of the exercise. While an extensive literature review is not in line with MTR’s mission, do briefly specify the relevant subject matter literature that the exercise is based upon. If space is limited and the background is complex, refer to an appendix that outlines the necessary foundational information. Note that most readers will be familiar with both Kolb’s experiential learning theory and Bloom’s taxonomy, so while citing them may be appropriate, there will seldom be need to explain them.

    Learning objectives. Specify the learning objectives for the exercise by articulating the expected changes in knowledge, attitude, or skill that are associated with participation in the activity. The learning objectives evolve from the introduction and theoretical foundation, and consequently, link the background literature with the steps in the exercise and the focus of the debriefing. Learning objectives usually begin with action verbs and are assessable, so that the instructor will be able to determine whether they have been achieved after utilizing the exercise.

    Instructions for running the exercise. Present details for how to run the exercise that address the points below.

    • Overview: Explain the flow of the exercise. The goal here is to be so clear that the reader can run the exercise after reading the manuscript.
    • Logistics: Identify in detail all the logistics of running the exercise, including: preparation (instructor and student), materials needed, any physical setting requirements, total number of participants, team sizes, if appropriate, and timing. For timing, include overall timing and the timing of each portion of the exercise, including realistic minimum and maximum lengths for each. This information may be formatted in a table.
    • Step-by-step instructions: Specify in detail each step of running the exercise.
    • Variations: Describe possible variations and alternatives in applications.

    Instructions for debriefing the exercise. Provide guidelines for debriefing the exercise to draw out the most learning from it in light of the learning objectives. Guidelines may include discussion questions, tips for instructors, or other procedures. Provide examples of how students commonly respond, suggestions for prompts or techniques to lead students towards the learning objectives when necessary, and suggestions for handling inappropriate student responses. Additional related questions and possible reflective post-exercise assignments that are part of debriefing may be placed in appendices.

    Conclusion. Complete the manuscript with a general conclusion that connects to theory.

    Appendices. Use appendices as needed for materials to run the exercise (e.g., handouts, sample assignments, teaching notes). Lengthy teaching notes and possible modifications for other classes and levels of students may be placed in appendices.

    Supplemental materials. MTR offers authors an option of posting additional materials to supplement the article, such as additional text, charts, figures, illustrations, photographs, slides, spreadsheets, or computer graphics. Please discuss ideas and arrangements for including supplementary files with the editor if/when your article is recommended for publication.

    For text supplementary materials, please make sure your name appears on the materials. For audio-visual materials, such as interviews and footage (podcasts and vodcasts), please download and supply online videos rather than just providing a URL. Make sure your name is not present in any form on these materials or as a result of following a web link.

    Note: The Experiential Exercises section of MTR is intended, in part, to encourage submissions from MOBTS and I-MOBTS conference attendees. Given word count limits and a mission distinctly different from that of the Journal of Management Education (JME), Experiential Exercises for MTR need not include “evidence of effectiveness” or extensive grounding in literature (as expected for a JME experiential exercise).

    Prospective authors are encouraged to read the Experiential Exercises published in MTR as models for drafting their own submissions. Please feel free to contact the Editor or Associate Editor with questions.

    Guidelines for Submissions to MTR’s Format Translations Section

    The Format Translations section in the Management Teaching Review (MTR) publishes original articles that report modification(s) of teaching activities from one format or audience to another for use by professionals in the field of management education, including instructors, coaches, and trainers.

    Changes in delivery format include changes from on-ground (or face-to-face) to on-line or blended, and vice versa.

    Changes in audience include but are not limited to changes from:

    • Executives or graduate students to undergraduate students and vice versa
    • Workplace to academia and vice versa
    • One cultural context to another, such as from non-international to international students, and vice versa; from users generally familiar with experiential learning to users unfamiliar with experiential learning, and vice versa; or from the business and management context of an earlier time period to that of the present day.

    All submissions to the Format Translations section make two contributions. They present both a newly modified activity or exercise that readers can adopt for immediate use and a pathway or process for readers to use in making similar modifications.

    If the modification focuses on changes made to an experiential exercise, then the description of the activity follows the guidelines for MTR Experiential Exercises. In addition, the submission addresses the following questions:

    • Where can the original version be found?
    • Why did it need to be modified?
    • How was it modified?

    For the pathway that readers can use to modify similar pre-existing materials, the submission addresses the following questions:

    • What framework(s), principles(s), or guideline(s) were used in modifying the original material for this format or audience?
    • What additional advice could be given to authors regarding modifying similar materials or making modifications for this audience or this format?

    The main body of Format Translation submissions should not exceed 2000 words. Authors are encouraged to make use of tables and appendices to meet this limit. Please note that this limit does not include the abstract, figures, tables, notes, references, or appendices.

    Prospective authors are encouraged to study the Format Translations published in MTR as examples. Authors are also welcome to contact the Editor or Associate Editor to explore options.

    Guidelines for Submissions to MTR’s Practice-To-Research Connections Section

    The Practice-to-Research Connections section of the Management Teaching Review (MTR) publishes original articles that offer first-person narratives about issues or questions in management teaching practice that may form the basis for future practice-based research. As used here, “practice” refers to both the practice of teaching management education in academic settings as well as in that conducted in workplace settings. Articles in this section develop, as the title suggests, from engaged practice experience, where authors recognize issues, questions, patterns or phenomena related to the practice of management teaching that are not sufficiently explored in academic literature and for which they have personal insights.

    These articles are intended for use by management educators, including both professors and learning and development professionals. Thus, we encourage submissions from professors, learning and development professionals, scholar-practitioners, as well as collaborations between academic and practitioner authors.

    The general structure of manuscripts for the Practice-to-Research Connections section is outlined below.

    Description of the issue. The first part of the submission introduces the issue or question(s) in the practice of teaching management descriptively. The description may be based on a combination of first-hand experiences, observations, questions, and/or insights. Provided with sufficient detail so that readers will be able recognize it in their own experience, the description leads to the identification of a core issue or question in teaching practice.

    For example, an article in this section might:

    • Detail learning interventions, face-to-face or virtual, that experience has shown to be of significant utility to the practitioner and which hint at fruitful connection to robust theory
    • Narrate accounts of unique or novel approaches to identification of management learning needs, design and/or selection of teaching and learning solutions and interventions, and transfer and evaluation of learning
    • Describe innovative responses to rapidly changing environments and resource constraints in the organizations of today
    • Recount how they are coping with the learning and development of managers today who may be less tenured than their predecessors.

    Connection to theory. Having described the situation in practice, the article casts out fine lines of enquiry to connect the experience with relevant theory. This overview of the literature acknowledges and discusses relevant debates and voices around the chosen issue/question in an endeavor to help answer the remaining challenges and problems identified in practice.

    Suggestions for future research. By pointing out deficiencies and gaps in the academic literature, the article suggests an agenda for future researchers to consider. Thus, the remainder of the article explores and integrates the author’s personal experiences around these core ideas with specific suggestions for management teaching practice-based research. The author’s experiences and observations may result in a set of proposed best practices around the core ideas, insights that require further examination, or more formal research propositions that encourage future research in management education.

    The main body of the submission should not exceed 2000 words; please note that this word count does not include the abstract, figures, tables, references, notes, or appendices.

    General guidelines for authors are available online. Authors are also welcome to contact the Editor or Associate Editor to explore options.

    Guidelines for Submissions to MTR’s Research-To-Practice Insights Section

    The Research-to-Practice Insights section in the Management Teaching Review (MTR) publishes original articles that evaluate and synthesize published research to identify possibilities for teaching or training practice that could be immediately useful to professionals in the field of management education, including instructors, coaches, and trainers.

    The general structure of manuscripts for the Research-to-Practice Insights section is outlined below.

    [Introduction]. The first part of the paper usually takes the form of a very brief introduction to the theme, question, problem, or practice addressed in the paper. Its aim is to set the context for the subsequent sections. Please note that APA discourages use of the header “Introduction;” the first part of the manuscript is assumed to be the introduction.

    Literature Review. About half of the paper consists of a substantial but tightly focused review of current literature. The research reviewed may be from any discipline, may be author’s own work or that of others, and may represent a variety of disciplinary, theoretical or methodological approaches. This literature review acknowledges and discusses relevant debates and voices around the chosen theoretical framework and leads to core idea(s) that can be applied to enhance teaching or training practice.

    Teaching Implications. The remainder of the paper draws out implications of this body of research for teaching and/or training. These implications may be presented in a variety of ways, for example, as principles about how one might apply these insights, as specific teaching strategies, and/or as concrete examples illustrating the application of the principles in teaching practice. To make the author’s insights practical for readers, this part of the manuscript includes:

    • Discussion of the intended level and group of learners for whom the approach may be appropriate – e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate, work-based, or executive
    • Outline of expected learning outcomes
    • Evaluation of benefits as well as potential risks
    • Suggestions for additional resources

    Submissions should not exceed 2000 words; please note that this word count does not include the abstract, figures, tables, references, notes, or appendices. Because of the tight word count limits, supporting texts that can help readers quickly apply the lessons of the paper may be included as tables, figures, or if necessary, appendices.

    Prospective authors are encouraged to read the Research-to-Practice Insights published in MTR as models for drafting their own submissions. Authors are also welcome to contact the Editor or Associate Editor to explore options.

    Guidelines for Submissions to MTR’s Resource Reviews Section

    The Resource Reviews section in the Management Teaching Review (MTR) critically appraises a wide range of innovative materials that are of interest and immediate use to professionals in the field of management education, including instructors, coaches and trainers. Resources include — but are not limited to — reviews of books, applications (apps), textbooks, wikis, technology (e.g., clickers), webcasts, podcasts, online courses, faculty development experiences, websites, case studies, films, online videos (e.g., TED Talks), images, games, artifacts, software, and simulations. In short, any pedagogical resource, in the public domain, that aligns with the mission of MTR could serve as the subject matter of a Resource Review. Submissions should not exceed 2000 words.

    Authors will have had experience using the resource in their teaching or training, and the submission will describe the author’s experience, suggestions, and lessons learned. The following three sections are recommended:

    Resource description. The first section (about 800 words) provides a rich descriptive review of the resource. It places the resource in context for a reader who may know nothing about the topic. For example, a film review places the film in context, shares the length, describes the plot, highlights major twists, explores explicit/implicit themes, and so forth. In short, it paints a picture for the reader.

    Use in the classroom. The second section (about 800 words) explores deeply how the resource has been used in the classroom/training and provides suggestions for additional teaching uses that demonstrate the resource’s usefulness in the classroom or training environment. For example, can the resource be used as an interactive session? A platform for rich debate? An exam? Share 2-3 uses for the resources and again, provide a rich description of these activities.

    Analysis and comparison. The third section (about 400 words) provides a fair and constructive analysis of the strengths/limitations of the resource (perhaps 2-3 of each) and a comparison with similar resources. The review concludes with information about where the reader can learn more (e.g., websites).

    Please avoid discussions of why such tools are important. Focus solely on the resource — not the case for the legitimacy of the resource or resources of this type, or other considerations.

    Objectivity is critical; reviews do not read like advertisements for the resource. The tone also aims for objectivity.

    In general, the author should not be the person who developed the resource under review nor should the author have a connection to the resource that could be construed as a conflict of interest.

    Generally, Resource Reviews do not include appendices, tables, or figures.

    Although the suggestions above are intended to provide a common format for Resource Reviews, there are other forms that a Resource Review might take. For example:

    • Critical reviews
    • Short research notes on the outcomes of adopting a resource
    • Reviews of multiple resources in a field or on a topic
    • Reviews of a single resource (e.g., a computer case or organizational simulation) from multiple perspectives

    Prospective authors are encouraged to read the Resource Reviews published in MTR as models for drafting their own submissions. Please feel free to contact the Editor or Associate Editor to explore options.

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