Academy of Management Discoveries

The AMD mission 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.

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


These are the central features that define AMD: 

  • AMD is a premier journal for the empirical exploration of data describing or investigating compelling phenomena where there is a lack of clear, explanatory, existing theory. The goal with every AMD paper is to use empirical explorations, and the novel theoretical explanations such findings suggest, to open new lines of inquiry in management research.

  • At AMD, we encourage transparency and openness in presenting research. Authors are able to present the results of data mining without the need to “reverse engineer” any theoretical framework or hypotheses (HARKing). AMD publishes discoveries resulting from the exploration of both quantitative and qualitative data sources.

  • Research appearing in AMD explores phenomena that are not well understood. AMD is not a journal for deductive theorizing or hypothesis testing. As such, AMD papers should be written in a way that is more phenomenon-forward rather than theory-forward.  The goal of the front end of an AMD paper, unlike other journals, should primarily be to demonstrate the novelty/interestingness of the phenomenon and why current theory fails to explain such phenomenon. This should culminate in one or more research questions that motivate the empirical exploration.

  • AMD strongly supports creativity in writing and presentation. While such creativity is encouraged in every AMD submission, AMD “Discoveries-through-Prose” are specifically designed to promote this objective. Our goal is to work with authors to use their own voice to turn stylized facts (with the same level of methodological rigor) into compelling stories for any audience. These submissions should look more like a magazine feature article rather than an academic article. Information on how to craft a Discoveries-through-Prose submission can be found here.
  • Part of our mission as a journal that supports creativity is how we present AMD research papers. AMD authors have the opportunity to work with our media team to create animated whiteboards, record their experiences conducting the research, talk to practitioners about research, and build unique data visualizations.

  • As a journal that is committed to the principles of responsible research, AMD is pleased to welcome Registered Reports. Submitting a study idea as a registered report promotes transparency in scientific research by making a clear distinction between a priori and post hoc procedures or analyses. For AMD, registered reports are particularly beneficial for research questions where the presence of a non-finding would be particularly compelling or challenging to the field. Information on how to submit a registered report to AMD can be found here.

For additional information about AMDsee 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 multiple paper-development workshops each year. 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. The next workshop will be virtual and held in the Fall of 2021.

AMD Events and Updates


AMD Special Research Forum: A Whole Different Ball Game—Exploring the Modern Organizational Context Through the Lens of Sports

Sports represent a microcosm of society that both embodies and reflects the broader societal context in which they operate. For example, the ubiquity of sports, sports figures, and the sports calendar have drawn attention to the #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements, employee COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and other social and political issues.

AMD Special Research Forum: The Human Side of the Future of Work

In management, research on this topic includes alternative work arrangements, telecommuting, artificial intelligence, work and employment policy, generational differences in values, and more.

AMD Discoveries-through-Prose

Discoveries-through-Prose empower authors to craft their manuscripts in nontraditional ways that make for tighter, more engaging narratives.

Registered Reports

In cases in which results (whether present or not) may have important theoretical or practical implications, scholars are encouraged to follow a Registered Report submission approach.

Discoveries Videos

What Makes AMD Unique?

Aug 5, 2018

What Makes AMD Unique and Why You Should Publish Your Next "Discovery" With Us

This video highlights the difference between AMD and conventional management journals. Providing insight into empirical exploration and how it links to theory development, this video will help scholars better understand the mission of AMD, how it fits into the portfolio of AMD publications, and the benefits AMD offers to its authors.

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