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Not the 'from the editors': On guarding 'topness'

Willmott, H. ORCID: 0000-0003-1321-7041 (2021). Not the 'from the editors': On guarding 'topness'. Organization, doi: 10.1177/1350508420972091


The paper reflects on the experience of preparing a ‘From the Editors’ (FTE) editorial for The Academy of Management Review that went through a process of editorial evaluation prior to its rejection. It provides a detailed example of an encounter between orthodox and heterodox forms of scholarship, illuminating their distinctive value-orientations and forms of engagement. Its specific focus is upon evaluative criteria applied, accountability of decision-making and the mobilization of scholarly aspirations and ethical principles in the preparation and assessment of the FTE. Its intent is to stimulate debate on what it means to ‘challenge conventional wisdom’ – an aim that is broadly shared by ‘top’ journals in the field of management and organization.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: Accountability, ethical principles and practice, evaluation processes, heterodox scholarship, orthodox scholarship, secrecy
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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