Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

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Edited By: Rajshree Agarwal, Gary Dushnitsky, G. T. Lumpkin, and Christoph Zott

Online ISSN: 1932-443X

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

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by SEJ.

To be sure that manuscripts move through the review process smoothly and quickly, we ask authors to observe basic formatting and style requirements when submitting manuscripts. Submissions that do not follow SEJ guidelines may have to be returned for revision and resubmission in order to ensure the timely flow of manuscripts through the editorial process.

We suggest that you circulate your manuscript among colleagues before submitting to SEJ , and make revisions based on their thoughtful suggestions. The reviewers should not be your first readers.

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Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal is covered by Wiley’s Early View publishing service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

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The language of the journal is American English. Your submission needs a title. Please use a 12-point readable font, 1-inch margins on all sides, double spacing, and left-justification of text and titles. Please avoid bulleted lists in the text and do not number sections.

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Abstract: Please supply a one-paragraph abstract of up to 100 words for all articles. Abstracts should provide a precise summary of your entire paper, not just your conclusions, and must be able to stand alone, separate from the rest of the paper. SEJ policy is that no citations to other works are used in the abstract.

Acknowledgements: The names of any sponsors of your research, including grant numbers, and/or people you would like to thank, may be included in an acknowledgements section that should appear immediately before your list of references.

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The language of the journal is American English. Please be sure that your paper is double-spaced and uses a 12-point readable font and 1-inch margins on all sides. Your text, including titles of sections, must be left-justified. There is one space between each sentence.

  • Headings and subheadings are flush with the left-hand margin and the first line of the initial paragraph appearing under each is also left-justified. Other paragraphs in a section are indented.
  • In headings, all words are capitalized.
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  • Do not number sections.
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  • A zero (0) always appears in numbers less than 1 (e.g., 0.15, not .15). This holds true for tables and figures as well as within the text and footnotes.
  • Example of SEJ style: In the United States; U.S.-based; in the U.S. economy.
  • Appendices are placed after references. If there is only one Appendix, no number is needed after it (i.e., Appendix 1).

Reference Style: SEJ uses the author-date style of citation. Citations in the text appear as name, date within parentheses, and listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. When a cited work has four or more authors, the form (main author et al., year) is to be used. Three authors should be written out at the first text citation and et al. used thereafter (italicize et al., whenever used). When there are one or two authors, always write out the names. When reference is made to more than one work by the same author(s) published in the same year, identify each citation in the text in the following manner: (Collins, 2005a, 2005b). Online citations should end with the date of access. Please be sure that cited works that are chapters in a book or articles in a magazine include page numbers. References should contain titles and subtitles. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text, but please do not include it in the reference list. The volume number must be included for all Strategic Management Journal and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal references.

SEJ will do all it can to assist authors in all phases of their work. To help your manuscript move smoothly through the editing process please be sure that your references are complete, accurate, and written in SEJ reference style. Examples of correct style include:

Badaracco JL. 1991. The Knowledge Link: How Firms Compete Through Strategic Alliances. Harvard Business School Press: Boston, MA.

Bleeke J, Ernst D (eds). 1993. Collaborating to Compete: Using Strategic Alliances and Acquisitions in the Global Marketplace. John Wiley & Sons: New York.

Book Chapters
Bowman EH, Singh H. 1990. Overview of corporate restructuring: trends and consequences. In Corporate Restructuring, Rock L, Rock RH (eds). McGraw-Hill: New York; 1–16.

Collis D. 1996. Organizational capability as a source of profit. In Organizational Learning and Competitive Advantage, Moingeon B, Edmondson A (eds). Sage: London, U.K.: 139-163.

Journal Articles
Bagozzi R, Phillips L. 1982. Representing and testing organizational theories: a holistic construal. Administrative Science Quarterly 27(3): 459-489.

Grant RM. 1996. Toward a knowledge-based theory of the firm. Strategic Management Journal, Winter Special Issue 17:109-122.

Jensen M, Zajac EJ. 2004. Corporate elites and corporate strategy: how demographic preferences and structural position shape the scope of the firm. Strategic Management Journal 25(6): 507–524.

Working Papers
Cohen MD, Nelson RR, Walsh JP. 2000. Protecting their intellectual assets: appropriability conditions and why U.S. manufacturing firms patent (or not). NBER working paper 7552, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. Available at:

Child J, Yan Y. 1999. Predicting the performance of international alliances: an investigation in China. Working paper, Chinese Management Centre,University of Hong Kong.

Papers Presented at Meetings
D'Eredita M, Misiolek N, Siow J. 2005. States of mind as stages of team development: making sense of strategies for building a virtual team. In Proceedings of the 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Business, Honolulu, HI. Available at:

Misiolek N. 2003. Knowledge management and the corporate university: insights from the knowledge-based view of the firm. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Seattle, WA.

BusinessWeek. 2005. All that glitters. 16 October: 22–24.

Online Sources
Van Brundt J. 2001. The many facets of co-development. Signals Magazine 19 May: 1-6. [6 June 2005].

For more information regarding proper formatting and other author guidelines, please consult the articles.