Publish or Perish: Preparing, Writing and Reviewing Business Research

Prof. Jan Stentoft, University of Southern Denmark

Time and place and course outline
Module 1: (week 6) 6-7 February 2018, University of Southern Denmark, campus Kolding. Room: 61.01.

Schedule - Module 1 (will be sent by email to the participants)
Guidelines - module 1

Module 2: (week 25) 20 June 2018, University of Southern Denmark, campus Kolding, Universitetsparken 1, 6000 Kolding. Room: 61.01.

Submission of paper:
 22 May 2018.
Guidelines - module 2

Module 3: (week 39) 26 September 2018, University of Southern Denmark, campus Kolding. Room: TBA.
Submission of final paper and response document: 17 September 2018.
Guidelines - module 3 (tba.)

Purpose and content
The pressure to publish has increased dramatically in recent years and publications particularly in highly ranked journals play a vital role in securing jobs in academia. However, writing a quality scientific article is an art, a craft as well as a science that requires years of practice to master. The aim of this course is to speed up the learning process, forcing participants to put pen to paper early in their career. The main foci are on understanding the requirements for academic writing and building skills in writing for peer-reviewed journals but participants also learn how to review papers and respond to reviewer comments. A number of previous participants have published articles produced during the course within a year or two after completing the course.

The course runs over seven months with three modules. The first module will be two days, the last two one day. Deliveries include a full 15-20 page article (either a review article or an empirical article), a review, and a response document together with a covering letter for the journal editor.

February: Among others, the first module introduces the following topics:

·      How to produce a good literature review: designing traditional and systematic reviews

·      How to produce a good empirical paper

·      The article life cycle

·      How to perform a good review

·      Identifying target journals

·      How to avoid plagiarization

·      Writing with others

·      Forging a good publication strategy

June: The second module consists of the following elements:

·      Individual feed-back on the submitted papers and reviewer comments

·      How to respond to reviewers’ comments

Final papers and comments to reviewers are to be handed in in early September.

September: This module will address the following elements:

·      Conference-like presentation of each article

·      Feedback on the comments to reviewers

·      Final notes about the publication process

We recommend students to purchase one or both of the following:

Hart, C. (1998 or more recent editions): Doing a literature review: Releasing the social science research imagination (SAGE).
Reviewing the literature for a research project can seem a daunting, even overwhelming task. New researchers, in particular, wonder: Where do I start? What do I do? How do I do it? Doing a Literature Review can help. This accessible text offers advice on how to: { search out existing knowledge on a topic; { analyze arguments and ideas; { map ideas, arguments and perspectives; { produce a literature review; { construct a case for investigating a topic. Doing a Literature Review is a practical and comprehensive guide to researching, preparing and writing a literature review, an essential component of research projects. It is an essential tool for postgraduate students but also for undergraduate and novice researchers across the social sciences and humanities.

Jesson, J.; Matheson, L; and Lacey, F.M. (2011): Doing your literature review: Traditional and systematic techniques (SAGE).

This is a practice-based course involving a high degree of active student involvement. The following suggestions should be seen as compulsory readings (may be subject to changes):

Alvesson, M. and Y. Gabriel (2013): Beyond formulaic research: in praise of greater diversity in organizational research and publications. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 12(2), 245-263.

Arlbjørn, J.S.; P.V. Freytag, and T. Damgaard (2008): The Beauty of Measurements, European Business Review, 20(2), 112-127.

Baden-Fuller, C., F. Ravazzolo and T. Schweizer (2000): Making and Measuring Reputations: The Research Ranking of European Business Schools. Long Range Planning, 33, pp. 621-650.

Bono, J. E. and G. McNamara (2011): Publishing in AMJ—Part 2: Research design. Academy of Management Journal, 54(4), 657-660.

Clark, A.; J. Singleton-Jackson and R. Newsom (2000): Journal Editing: Managing the Peer Review Process for Timely Publication of Articles. Publishing Research Quarterly, Fall: 62-71.

Colquitt, J.A. and G. George (2011): Publishing in AMJ—part 1: topic choice. Academy of Management Journal, 54(3), 432-435.

Corley, K. (2012): Publishing in AMJ—Part 7: What's Different about Qualitative Research?Academy of Management Journal, 55(3), 509-513.

Echambadi, R, B. Campbell and R. Agarwal (2006): Encouraging Best Practice in Quantitative Management Research: An Incomplete List of Opportunities. Journal of Management Studies, 43(8), December.

Edwards, J. R. and J.W. Berry (2010): The presence of something or the absence of nothing: Increasing theoretical precision in management research. Organizational Research Methods, 13(4), 668-689.

Geletkanycz, M. and B.J. Tepper (2012): Publishing in AMJ–part 6: Discussing the implications. Academy of Management Journal, 55(2), 256-260.

Grant, A. M. and T.G. Pollock (2011): Publishing in AMJ—Part 3: Setting the hook. Academy of Management Journal, 54(5), 873-879.

Hart, C. (2006): Doing a Literature Review, Sage. Chpts. 1 & 2.

Jesson, J.K., L. Matheson and F. Macey (2011): Doing Your Literature Review: Traditional and Systematic Techniques, Sage. Chapters 5 & 7.

MacDonald, S. and J. Kam (2007): Ring a Ring o'Roses: Quality Journals and Gamesmanship in Management Studies. Journal of Management Studies, 44(4), June.

Shah, Sonali K. and K. G. Corley (2006): Building Better Theory by Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide. Administrative Science Quarterly, 43(8), December.

Sparrowe, R.T. and K.J. Mayer (2011): Publishing in AMJ—Part 4: Grounding Hypotheses. Academy of Management Journal, 54(6), 1098-1102.

Zhang, Y. A. and J.D. Shaw (2012): Publishing in AMJ—Part 5: Crafting the methods and results. Academy of Management Journal, 55(1), 8-12.

Further recommended readings:
Becker, H.S. (1986): Writing for Social Scientists. How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book or Article. Chicago, Ill: The University of Chicago Press.

Bem, D.J. (2003): Writing the Empirical Journal Article. Cornell University (google it).

Booth, W.C., G.G. Collombs; J.M. Williams (1995): The Craft of Research. Chicago, Ill.: The University of Chicago Press (chapt. 2, 7-9; 12-16).

Brause, R.S. (2000): Writing Your Doctoral Dissertation. London and New York: Falmer Press (Chapt. 12 and 13).

Daft, R.L. (1995): Why I recommend that your manuscript be rejected and what you can do about it. In: Cummings, L.L. and P.J. Frost, 1995, Publishing in Organizational Sciences. London: Sage Publications, pp. 164-182 (ISBN: 0-8039-7144-3).

Dunleavy, P. (2003): Authoring a PhD: how to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. New York: Macmillan (chapt. 5 and chapt. 9).

Riley, M.; R.C. Wood; M.A. Clark; E. Wilkie; E. Szivas (2000): Researching and Writing Dissertations in Business and Management. Thomson Learning.

Sutton, R.I. and B.M. Straw (1995): What theory is not. Administrative Science Quarterly, 40: 371-384.

Swales, John M. and Christine M. Feak (1994): Academic Writing for Graduate Students. A Course for Nonnative Speakers of English. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.

Tsang, E.W. and K-.M. Kwan (1999): Replication and theory development in organizational science: A critical realist perspective. Academy of Management review, 24(4), 759-780.

Weick, K.E. (1995): What Theory Is Not, Theorizing Is. Administrative Science Quarterly, 40: 385-390.

Woods, P. (2001): Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers. Routledge Falmer.

Participants have to hand in a completed article in May. Writing a publishable paper is no easy task. It is therefore absolutely essential that applicants for the course understand and consider the workload involved and have dedicated time to researching and writing for this article. Articles that are handed in incomplete will be desk-rejected. Further, we are working to very tight deadlines, so papers that are not handed in within the required time will not continue in the process.

Papers handed in within the deadline will be sent out for review. The review will be a traditional peer review.

As part of the course, participants will undertake a review of one of the other papers in the course.

June: In preparation for the second module, students have to read and reflect on the reviewers’ comments.

This course is primarily targeting PhD students from Danish universities in business and social sciences. The course has two target groups:

Early stage students (pre first-year evaluation): It is essential that students have commenced work on their literature review, considered the type of review (traditional or systematic state-of-the-art review), and commenced data collection for the review.
Later stage students (post first-year evaluation): Students need to have collected sufficient empirical data for an empirically based article and at least have planned for the analysis of the data.

Students have to be physically present at all three sessions. Participants who for some reason cannot attend one or more modules cannot complete the course. We do not accept any form of distance participation.

Deadline for application: 11 December 2017 to DOME, Lisbeth Widahl, Dept. of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University (by email). Please download an application form (can be found on the right-hand side of this page). In January 2018, all applicants will be notified of the result of their application. For the enrolment to be in effect, an abstract of your paper (250 words) for the course should be submitted to DOME no later than 16 January 2018 (see abstract template).
Abstract template (Word)

Please note that registration is binding.

A fee will be charged (covers lunches and refreshments). For further information please contact Lisbeth Widahl. Students are required to book and pay their own accommodation.


Certificates of completion will be issued only to those successfully completing all requirements of the course (including full attendance and submission of required assignments).

Further information
Please contact Jan Stentoft