Academy of Management Discoveries

The mission of Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD) is to publish phenomenon-driven empirical research that theories of management and organizations neither adequately predict nor explain. Data on these poorly understood phenomena can come from any source, including ethnographic observations, lab and field experiments, field surveys, meta-analyses, construct validation research, and replication studies. AMD welcomes exploratory research at the pre-theory stage of knowledge development, where it is premature to specify hypotheses, and which generates surprising findings likely to stimulate and guide further exploration and analysis. 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.

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Academy of Management Discoveries publishes quarterly in March, June, September and December

There are several things that distinguish AMD from many other empirical journals: 

  • AMD is a premier journal for the empirical exploration of data describing or investigating compelling phenomena. AMD is not a journal for deductive theorizing or hypothesis testing. Authors are encouraged to present findings without the need to “reverse engineer” any theoretical framework or hypotheses (HARKing). AMD publishes discoveries resulting from the data mining of both quantitative and qualitative data sources.

  • AMD articles are context-forward rather than theory-forward. This means that AMD papers look quite different than articles sent to other empirical journals. The goal of the front end of an AMD paper should primarily be to demonstrate the novelty/interestingness of the phenomenon and why current theory fails to explain such phenomenon. It is in the discussion of an AMD paper where a plausible theoretical explanation (the theoretical contribution) is provided.

  • AMD strongly supports creativity in writing and presentation. While such creativity is encouraged in every AMD submission, AMD “Discoveries-in-Brief” are designed to promote this objective, specifically. Our goal is to work with authors to use their own voice to turn stylized facts into compelling stories for any audience. The AMD team collaborates with authors to determine which submissions are most appropriate for full-length manuscripts and which are best suited for “Discoveries-in-Brief”. Information on how to craft a Discoveries-in-Brief submission can be found here.
  • AMD welcomes preregistration studies. Study preregistration promotes transparency in scientific research by making a clear distinction between a priori and post hoc procedures or analyses. For AMD, study preregistration is particularly beneficial for research questions where the presence of a non-finding would be particularly compelling or challenging to the field. Information on preregistration and how to submit a registered report to AMD can be found here.

For additional information about AMD, see the following resources:

Frequently Asked Questions: On this page many questions about AMD and the types of papers published in AMD are answered.

Submitting to AMD: On this page you will see a template for an AMD article and other information to help you prepare your manuscript.

Reviewing for AMD: At AMD we use a Reviewer Template to facilitate reviews. Whether submitting to AMD or reviewing for AMD, we suggest you familiarize yourself with this document.

Paper Development Workshops

AMD is committed to running three virtual paper-development workshops in the next year: November 2020, March 2021, and July 2021. Prior to each workshop, interested participants will be able to submit an extended abstract for possible acceptance in the workshop. If accepted, attendees should expect a mixture of the following activities:

  • Overview of AMD as a journal (mostly pre-work by attendees)
  • Question and answer sessions with the editor, associate editors, and/or editorial review board members about AMD.
  • Individual working sessions for each author with a member (or members) from the editorial team.
  • Networking between authors

Each virtual workshop lasts 3 hours and are scheduled to accommodate as many time zones as possible. After each workshop, we will gather feedback in order to ultimately decide whether to extend the virtual workshops past July 2021.

  • PDW: November 2020 AMD Virtual Paper Development Workshop

    Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD) is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for management scholars to develop their empirical exploration papers, the AMD Paper Development Workshop in November 2020.

  • PDW: March 2021 AMD Virtual Paper Development Workshop

    Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD) is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for management scholars to develop their empirical exploration papers, the AMD Paper Development Workshop in March 2021.

Discoveries Videos

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