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AMD Mission Statement

The mission of the Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD) is to promote exploratory empirical research of management and organizational phenomena that our theories do not adequately explain.  AMD welcomes studies at the pre-theory stage of knowledge development, where it is premature to specify hypotheses, as well as discoveries from meta-analytic, replication, and construct validity research. This research must be grounded in rigorous state-of-the-art methods, present strong and persuasive evidence, and offer interesting and important implications for management theory and practice. 

AMD Principles

  • AMD strives to reflect the voice of the authors, not that of the reviewers or editors.
  • As a policy AMD editors strive to make a publication decision after one round of the double blind review process.
  • AMD invites readers to interact with authors and our scientific community by writing commentaries about journal articles that advance scholarly knowledge on the topic.
  • AMD aims to be a pioneer in advancing scholarship and social science through the multimedia affordances of online publication which transcend paper-based publications.

As this mission statement indicates, research in AMD can take four main forms:

  1. Qualitative and/or quantitative phenomenon-driven research that identifies important patterns of relations for which no theory exists or for which extant theory provides a weak or poor explanation.  The objective of such research is to diagnose the phenomenon, process or pattern, and suggest directions for future conceptual and/or theory development.
  2. Meta-analytic research that, through empirical review, suggests limitations in extant theory and suggests directions for future conceptual and/or theoretical development.
  3. Replication research that substantively extends our understanding of foundational constructs or theories in management.
  4. Construct validity research that facilitates conceptual and theoretical development regarding a new or poorly understood management concept by demonstrating the empirical efficacy of a particular measurement approach.

Criteria for Publication

AMD's mission is distinct from, but complementary with other Academy of Management publications. AMD focuses on reporting important and interesting findings or unusual empirical patterns that emerge from qualitative or quantitative research, which are not adequately explained by current theory. Whereas other AOM publications focus on the generation, verification, testing, review, and application of theories, AMD seeks discoveries that will prompt new lines of research or practice that may subsequently appear in other AOM journals.

Hence, AMD welcomes papers that highlight emergent phenomena or shed empirical light on phenomena of current interest. Each of the other Academy journals has its own unique mission and seeks different types of manuscripts. Papers describing empirical research intended to test theory should be submitted to the Academy of Management Journal. Papers designed to develop new theories should be submitted to the Academy of Management Review. Papers focusing on management education should be sent to Academy of Management Learning and Education. Papers written for non-specialist academic readers or existing and future thought leaders should be sent to Academy of Management Perspectives. Papers that critically review longstanding streams of research should be sent to Academy of Management Annals.

AMD adopts the same rigorous double-blind review process as used by other AOM journals. However, AMD expands the uses of theory in service of verification and testing to include theory in service of describing and understanding the phenomena. Reviewers will still apply stringent requirements in terms of the quality of ideas and data, acknowledgement of relevant literature, technical adequacy, and readability. But the requirement for a "contribution to theory" is replaced with this test: Is the discovery plausible and does it have a high likelihood of stimulating future research that will substantially alter managerial theory or practice?

In other words, theory plays two main roles in AMD papers: (1) Theory as a means to better understand the possible mechanisms underlying the relationships or dynamics discovered, and (2) Theory as a guiding framework that may be affected by the discovery (i.e., a discovery may highlight new boundary conditions for an existing theory; a discovery may overturn accepted understandings of the mechanisms underlying a relationship; a discovery may demonstrate some relationship that is simply inconsistent with a variety of relevant theories, or a discovery may completely overturn basic assumptions underlying a particular theory).

A primary objective of AMD is the timely dissemination of discoveries that have significant implications for managers, scholars, and/or policy makers. Therefore, authors should provide evidence of robust findings and explain how those findings and the insights drawn from them can be used to shape and improve the understanding of management and the functioning of organizations. Submissions that do not present strong evidence and new insights about important phenomena relevant to management and/or organizations will not be reviewed. Submissions that do not clearly explain the relevance of their work for improving our understanding of organizations and/or the practice of management will not be reviewed. A response to, or commentary on, a previously published article will only be considered only if it presents additional empirical evidence and makes an independent contribution that further illuminates the focal phenomenon. Such submissions will be peer reviewed.

The major criteria by which papers at AMD will be judged are (a) the importance of the discovery, (b) the technical strength of the research methods employed, and (c) the weight of the quantitative or qualitative evidence presented in supporting the premise and eliminating alternative explanations for the discovery. Papers will also be judged on writing style, structure, and length. Poor presentation is sufficient reason for the rejection of a manuscript. All articles published in AMD must be accessible to the Academy's wide-ranging readership. Manuscripts will be evaluated by the action editor in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio. They should be written as simply and concisely as possible without sacrificing meaningfulness or clarity of exposition. They should also be double-spaced, use one-inch margins and Times New Roman (or equivalent) twelve-pitch font.

AMD is an electronic journal designed to leverage online technologies to achieve rapid and broad dissemination of important research, engage authors and readers in meaningful conversations, and promote meaningful applications. Authors of accepted articles will be invited to post short videos that illustrate their discoveries and its significance. Authors also will be encouraged to participate in online conversations about their work using the journal's online social media tools.

Submission Requirements

Authors should prepare their manuscripts in accordance with AMD's Style Guide, which appears on the AMD web page (http://aom.org/amd/). In the Abstract (of no more than 200 words) authors should briefly describe the discovery presented in their paper and its potential implications for advancing management knowledge and practice. Manuscripts that do not follow this style guide will be returned to their authors without review.

To submit a manuscript, first make sure you have a Word file from which the title page and all author-identifying references have been removed. Then go to the Manuscript Central's website and follow the directions. If you need assistance uploading your paper, please contact the Manuscript Central helpline on weekdays between 3:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. EST at 1-434-817-2040, ext. 334 (United States), or 001-434-817-2042, ext. 334 (international).

When authors submit their manuscripts to AMD for publication consideration, they agree to abide by the journal's publication requirements. Violation of any of the following requirements listed below will be treated as a violation of the Academy of Management's Code of Ethical Conduct and will result in appropriate penalties.

Authors must state affirmatively that a manuscript submitted for review and possible publication in Academy of Management Discoveries:

  • Is prepared and formatted according to the journal's Style Guide for Authors.
  • Has NOT been submitted previously to AMD for review.
  • Is NOT under review for publication elsewhere.
  • Will NOT be submitted to another publication entity until AMD makes a final publication decision.
  • Does NOT use data that are reported in any other manuscript, published or not, except as explained in the cover letter to the Editor.

Submission of manuscripts previously published in the Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings or previously presented at a conference or currently under consideration for presentation at a conference is acceptable. Submission of a manuscript to AMD also carries an implicit quid pro quo: willingness to review for AMD. The cornerstone of the editorial process at AMD is the willingness of colleagues to provide each other feedback through peer review. Authors who submit manuscripts to AMD for review are expected to reciprocate by reviewing for AMD if called on to do so.

Review Process

AMD strives for quick publication and dissemination of important research results. The journal's review process is designed to efficiently evaluate whether articles submitted for review are worthy of publication.

Upon receiving a manuscript, the editor will complete a preliminary screening to assess the degree to which it fits the criteria described above. A submission that fails to satisfy these criteria or one that the editor considers to have little chance of becoming publishable after one round of revision will be returned to the authors without further review. Manuscripts that the editor considers suitable for peer-review will be assigned to an action editor and then go through a double-blind review process. The action editor will make a publication decision based on his or her own evaluation taking into consideration the comments and recommendations of the reviewers.

Communicating a discovery often requires the unique voice of the author to appreciate its nature and context. Therefore, AMD will strive to use review processes that leaves the authors' voice intact rather than over-imposing the voices of the reviewers or editors. To accomplish this, papers will be assessed from the author's framework and perspective rather than those of the reviewers or editors. Moreover, we will strive to make final publication decisions after no more than one revision.

Thank you for your interest in submitting a paper to AMD!

The AMD Founding Editorial Team,

email icon Andrew H. Van de Ven, Editor

email icon Soon Ang, Associate Editor

email icon Africa Ariño, Associate Editor

email icon Peter Bamberger, Associate Editor

email icon Curtis LeBaron, Associate Editor

email icon Chet Miller, Associate Editor

email icon Frances J. Milliken, Associate Editor

email icon Susan Zaid, AMD Managing Editor, Assistant Director of Publishing

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