Publishing Journal Papers Workshop

Publishing Journal Papers Workshop

Workshop July 1st, 2021

17.00 - 19.00


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Daniel Hjorth, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and Nottingham Business School, the UK

Editor-in-chief, Organization Studies




Purpose of the Workshop

The experience from many years serving as Senior Editor and then Editor-in-Chief at Organization Studies, and from being a member of Editorial Review Boards for several other journals, will be used for this Workshop as we tackle the question of how to publish well-crafted papers that galvanize our field. Such papers are crucially important within our academic “ecosystem” of management and organization journals, where they foster new ways of thinking and (re)direct lines of research. A particular focus will be paid to the theoretical contribution made by papers.

Developing and writing papers with a clear conceptual contribution brings particular challenges. Oftentimes, prospective authors perceive writing theory as more difficult than writing empirical, methods-driven papers. We believe this is at least partly the case because they have had relatively little training in developing and writing such theory papers (Byron & Thatcher, 2015). There are also no straightforward formulas or templates for writing theory papers (Ragins, 2012; Cornelissen and Höllerer, 2020). However, problematizing this, and training for this will benefit journal paper writing and publishing more generally.

When looking specifically into writing journal papers and the theoretical contribution as part of this, we have to consider that there are different styles, or genres, of theory papers (Delbridge and Fiss, 2013; Hjorth, Meyer and Reay, 2019), based on whether the main arguments are configured into a set of propositions, a process model, a theoretical essay, or are presented as part of a comprehensive typology (Cornelissen, 2017). Furthermore, implicit expectations about what a journal such as Organization Studies expects from a paper may not be widely known; a more open discussion can help potential authors to overcome these potentially challenging and mystifying aspects of writing an early career paper for a journal (Rindova, 2008; Hjorth and Reay, 2018).

The purpose of this Workshop is therefore to help participants better understand the expectations regarding publishing a paper (with particular emphasis on making a theoretical contribution), and building on those expectations, help participants gain a good grasp of the different ways in which papers for a journal such as Organization Studies can be written. The first part of the workshop features a plenary session on writing and publishing journal papers, a discussion of common issues and expectations regarding a theoretical contribution. We will then in the second part of the workshop discuss participants’ particular questions and/or concrete challenges related to work-in-progress.

Application guidelines

We invite participants to bring questions regarding work-in-progress such that concrete challenges can be tackled at the Workshop. The workshop mainly targets early career researchers and doctoral students. We particularly encourage scholars who have not yet written theory papers for Journal Publication (particularly Organization Studies).

Everyone interested in this workshop is invited to apply; however, priority will be given to scholars in earlier stages of their careers.



  • Byron, K., & Thatcher, S.M.B. 2016. Editors’ Comments: “What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then”—Teaching Theory and Theory Building, Academy of Management Review, 41: 1-8.
  • Cornelissen, J.P. 2017. Editors’ Comments: Developing propositions, a process model or typology? The challenges of writing theory without a boilerplate, Academy of Management Review, in press.
  • Cornelissen, J., and Höllerer, M. A. (2020) An Open and Inclusive Space for Theorizing: Introducing Organization Theory, Organization Theory, Jan.
  • Delbridge, R., & Fiss, P. C. 2013. Styles of theorizing and the social organization of knowledge, Academy of Management Review, 38: 325-331.
  • Hjorth, D. and Reay, T. (2018) Organization Studies: Moving Entrepreneurially Ahead, Organization Studies, 39(1): 7-18.
  • Hjorth, D., Meyer, R. and Reay, T. (2019) Introduction to the X and Organization Studies Issue, Organization Studies, 40(10): 1443-1444.
  • Holt, R. and den Hond, F. (2013) Sapere Aude, Organization Studies, 34(11): 1587-1600.
  • Ragins, B. R. 2012. Reflections on the craft of clear writing, Academy of Management Review, 37: 493-501.
  • Ragins, B.R. 2015. Editor's Comments: Developing our authors, Academy of Management Review, 40: 1-8.
  • Rindova, V.P. 2008. Editor's Comments: Publishing Theory When You Are New to the Game, Academy of Management Review, 33: 300-303.


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