Call for Papers
Academy of Management
Review Special Topic Forum
IN STRATEGY AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
Submission Dates: April
1-April 30, 2017
Guest Editors: Mike Pfarrer, Cindy
Devers, Kevin Corley, Joep Cornelissen, Don Lange, Rich Makadok,
Kyle Mayer, and Libby Weber
How a firm is perceived has implications for strategy
formulation, strategy implementation, and firm outcomes. However,
strategy researchers have traditionally devoted less attention to
sociocognitive and social psychological theories that address these
implications. Instead, they have typically relied on economic,
case-based, or phenomenological explanations. Thus, classic
strategy assumptions, boundary conditions, predictions, and
applications about firm behaviors may limit our understanding of
strategy and strategic management in the twenty-first century.
For this special topic forum (STF), we seek conceptual papers
that use a sociocognitive lens to help expand our theoretical
understanding of strategy and strategic management. In the context
of this STF, a sociocognitive perspective encompasses how
stakeholders, strategic decision makers, and other observers
perceive, interpret, attribute, and make sense of an organization's
strategic processes, actions, and related outcomes.
The goal of this STF is to enhance knowledge and advance theory
in an integral domain of management scholarship while also
augmenting well-known frameworks for teaching and practice.
Specifically, we invite theoretical contributions that address how
social perceptions affect key concepts and topic areas in strategy
and strategic management, including (but not limited to)
- performance and competitive advantage;
- resources, capabilities, and core competencies;
- knowledge, learning, and innovation;
- firm boundaries and the make-or-buy decision;
- alliances and other interfirm relationships;
- industry and environmental effects on firm actions and
- level and process of differentiation;
- level and process of diversification;
- competitive decisions and rivalry;
- early and late mover advantage;
- entry strategies; and
- the process and implementation of business-level and
Following AMR's Information for Contributors (http://aom.org/Publications/AMR/Information-for-Contributors.aspx),
submissions must advance theory or the theory development process in the areas of strategy and strategic management, and as detailed above. Authors can achieve this objective by developing new theory, significantly challenging current theory, synthesizing recent advances and ideas into fresh theory, or initiating a search for new theory by pointing out and carefully delineating a novel type of problem.
Submissions that include empirical tests of theory, case analyses, primary use of formal theory, symbols, and syntactic language, as well as submissions that are data driven, will not be sent out for review. However, submissions that use formal theory in an ancillary role to support rigorous and novel theoretical development as described above will be considered.
The STF is open to many formats and styles of presentation. We encourage potential contributors to review previous issues and the AMR Best Article Winners Collection (http://amr.aom.org/cgi/collection/amr_article_winners_collect) to see the breadth of theoretical contributions. Formal research
propositions are not required. Authors should also explicitly and persuasively present the research and practical implications of their work.
TIMELINE AND SUBMISSION
The deadline for submissions is midnight (EST) on April 30, 2017. All submissions must be uploaded to the Manuscript Central/Scholar One website (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amr) between April 1, 2017 and April 30, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. The review process will begin after the submission deadline. Guidelines for contributors (http://aom.org/Publications/AMR/Information-for-Contributors.aspx) and the AMR Style Guide for Authors must be followed. Submissions that do not adhere to the style guidelines will be returned to the authors.
We also encourage submitters to recommend a guest editor from the STF editorial team and/or potential reviewers in order to facilitate the review process. Submitters may also be asked to review for the STF.
For questions about submissions, contact AMR's managing editor (firstname.lastname@example.org). For questions about the content of this STF, contact Cindy Devers (email@example.com), Mike Pfarrer (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any of the other members of the STF editorial team.