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Journal of Management Studies
JMS Bulletin Spring 2010


Editors Corner

Welcome to our Spring 2010 JMS e-news bulletin. Twice a year, we publish this bulletin to keep you informed of recent and forthcoming content in the Journal. We realise that for many colleagues a lot of effort goes into surveying journal web pages to keep abreast of latest developments. We therefore like to think that with this news-bulletin we can come to you with an easy to navigate update of new material in JMS and with click-through links to the journal's main webpage.

Whilst we encourage you to click through to the website and digest in detail recent and forthcoming content in JMS, we would like to highlight two features here.

First of all we would like to point you to a stimulating Point-CounterPoint (PCP) debate on path dependence available in the current issue of the Journal. This PCP explores various theoretical and methodological perspectives on path dependence, which gets under the skin of the issues and suggests theoretical clarifications and methodological recommendations that could help this research stream move forward. We invite you to have a look at the debate and to post anything you have to say on this theme on our new correspondence website; read on for further details.

A second feature that we would like to highlight is the new Classics series. With the 50 year anniversary of JMS approaching in 2013, we wanted to pay tribute to some of the classic articles that have appeared in JMS over the years. We identified groundbreaking articles drawn from the Journal's long and distinguished history and asked a new generation of scholars to review and reflect upon their legacy. These reflections are published alongside commentaries from the original authors of these classic papers. The first set in the series builds on Weick's classic 1988 paper on enacted sensemaking in crisis situations. We will follow this introduction to our classics in future issues by reviews and commentaries on several other classic papers from luminaries in our field.

In between the two editions of our news bulletin, you can of course stay in touch at our website at, where you have access to forthcoming content of the journal and as mentioned, through our correspondence site you can post anything you have to say. You can also e-mail us at We'd love to know what you think.

With the Summer upon us, we hope you had a productive academic year and we look forward to meeting you at one of the academic conferences this Summer.

Joep Cornelissen, Andrew Delios and Steven W. Floyd
General Editors

Have your say with the new JMS correspondence site

If you would like to comment on a JMS article - whether to agree or disagree - then now is your chance with our introduction of the new JMS correspondence site.

In keeping with the journal's history of innovation and cutting-edge research, the correspondence site aims to encourage intellectual discussion and debate by giving our readers the opportunity to comment on topics and papers published in the journal.
  Join the conversation... Have your say with JMS correspdence site

To comment on an article or react to one of the recent "Point-Counterpoint" debates, simply visit the site, browse the Journal's contents for the relevant article and then "submit a response". We also welcome general feedback. Would you like to see more research on a particular topic? Is there a burning issue you wish to share with JMS readers? Use the correspondence site to share your ideas.

Visit the site to see what comments have already been made.... then join the conversation!

Celebrating Classic JMS articles

The Classic series is a new twice-yearly feature in which we celebrate the legacy of groundbreaking articles published in JMS over its long history. JMS has over the years been a real breeding ground for intellectual developments in management and organizational research. The Journal's breadth and openness has given authors ample space to freely explore and test their ideas. These ideas have in many cases developed into theories that have become commonplace in our academic community.
  Classic JMS

The first article that features in the series is Karl Weick's (1988) classic on enacted sensemaking in crisis situations. In the article, Weick analyzed the Bhopal disaster and elaborated the importance of enactment and sensemaking in the context of crises. In a novel review of the article, Sally Maitlis and Scott Sonenshein revisit the theme of enacted sensemaking laid out in Weick (1988). They trace its influence across the increasingly vast sensemaking literature on organizational crises and change and elaborate a number of themes (emotions, politics and embodiment) as important but largely neglected opportunities for sensemaking research.

In his own commentary, Karl Weick revisits his original article and the Bhopal disaster. More than 20 years after his original analysis, he connects the case with theoretical developments and his own ideas on sensemaking since. In doing so, he nicely contrasts his original sensemaking reading of the case with a revised version.

Both articles provide a range of ideas and reflections on traditional and newer formulations of sensemaking, and offer up a number of novel themes and pathways for future research. In a few months time, this celebration of Weick (1988) will be followed by a similar one on Bill Starbuck's paper on learning in knowledge-intensive firms (1992). From next year onwards, we will publish reviews and reflections on classic papers by Mats Alvesson; Joe Porac, Howard Thomas and Charles Baden-Fuller; Andrew Pettigrew; Jan Johanson and Finn Wiedersheim-Paul; Herbert Simon; and Hugh Willmott. When we publish these reviews and reflections, we will also make the original articles available free online on the journal's website.

Spotlight on Point Counterpoint: Path Dependence versus Path Creation

Point Counterpoint is a twice-yearly feature of JMS in which we invite differing perspectives on a topical issue in the management field. The latest Point Counterpoint articles are available free online:
  Point - Counterpoint

Path dependence has been a topic of continuous and enduring interest in strategy research on capabilities and routines, in entrepreneurship and innovation research on technological design trajectories, and in institutional economics research on the persistence of institutions and governance structures. Given the recent surge in research on path dependence, we invited scholars with an interest in path dependence to debate its definition and application across the management and organizational literatures.

The result is a simultaneously provocative and inspiring debate, as captured in the Point-CounterPoint. Although we do not wish to steal any of the thunder from the authors of the Point and CounterPoint, suffice it to say that they take substantively different perspectives on the definition and usefulness of the notion of path dependence. At the same time, they recommend drastically different methods for researching the creation and persistent influence of strategic, technological or institutional paths over time.

We hope you enjoy the debate that unfolds in the Point-CounterPoint and, as always, we encourage you to engage with it using the new Correspondence feature on the JMS website at


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New and Forthcoming Special Issues

47:2, March 2010 - The Family and Enterprise: Unpacking the Connections
Guest edited by William S. Schulze and Eric R. Gedajlovic
Introduction: "Whither Family Business?" Free

Coming Soon: July 2010 - Business History and Management Studies
Guest Edited by Mary O'Sullivan, Christopher McKenna and Margaret Graham
Introduction: "Moving Forward by Looking Backward: Business History and
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JMS Special issue Call for Papers

Professions and Institutional Change
Guest Edited by Daniel Muzio, David Brock and Roy Suddaby
Submission Deadline: 31 December 2010

In this Call for Papers, the Special Issue editors invite submissions relate to a substantial re-theorization and empirical re-examination of professions and professional service firms and their relationship to the dynamics of institutional change.

Read the full call for papers

Meet the JMS editors

The JMS editors will be attending the following forthcoming conferences and are happy to discuss any submission ideas or feedback you may have:

Joep Cornelissen
Andrew Delios
AoM (Asia), AIB (SE Asia) & SMS
Steven Floyd
Allen Amason
Andrew Corbett
AoM & Babson
Bill Harley
Davide Ravasi
AoM, EGOS and Reputation Institute Conference
André Spicer
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

If you would like to arrange to meet any of our editors, please email them directly using the email addresses above.

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