Strategic Management Journal

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Edited By: Sendil Ethiraj, Alfonso Gambardella, Constance Helfat

Online ISSN: 1097-0266

Associated Title(s): Global Strategy Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

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The Strategic Management Journal seeks to publish the highest quality research with questions, evidence and conclusions that are relevant to strategic management and engaging to strategic management scholars. We receive manuscripts with a diverse mix of topics, framings, and methods, and our acceptances reflect this diversity.

More specifically, the Strategic Management Journal seeks to publish papers that develop and/or test theory, replicate prior studies, explore interesting phenomena, and evaluate the many methodologies used in our field. SMJ also publishes studies that demonstrate a lack of statistical support in a particular sample for specific hypotheses or research propositions. We welcome a diverse range of researcher methods and are open to papers that rely on statistical inference, qualitative studies, conceptual models, computational models and various kinds of mathematical models.

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Call for Papers for a Special Issue
Question-Driven and Phenomenon-Based Empirical Strategy Research

Guest Editors:
Melissa Graebner, University of Texas at Austin
Anne Marie Knott, Washington University in St. Louis
Marvin Lieberman, University of California, Los Angeles
Will Mitchell, University of Toronto

SMJ Advising Editor:
Constance Helfat

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018
Call for Papers Information here.


Call for Papers for a Special Issue
Strategies for Platform Ecosystems


Guest Editors:
Tobias Kretschmer, LMU Munich
Aija Leiponen, Cornell University and ETLA the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy
Melissa Schilling, New York University
Gurneeta Vasudeva, University of Minnesota

SMJ Advising Editor:
Sendil Ethiraj

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018
Call for Papers Information here.


Call for Papers for a Special Issue
History and Strategy Research: Opening Up the Black Box


Guest Editors:
Nicholas S. Argyres, Washington University in St. Louis
Alfredo De Massis, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and Lancaster University
Nicolai J. Foss, Boccani University
Federico Frattini, Politecnico di Milano
Geoffrey Jones, Harvard University
Brian S. Silverman, University of Toronto

SMJ Advising Editors:
Sendil Ethiraj and Constance Helfat

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2017
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