BJM seeks new Co-Editors-in-Chief

British Journal of Management (BJM)

Appointment of Co-Editors-in-Chief (two posts available)

Person specification

It is essential for the candidate to:
• Have demonstrable experience, knowledge and understanding of journal publishing evidenced by factors such as being a journal editor, an associate/consultant editor or an editor of special issues of top-quality academic journals.
• Have a world-class research record as evidenced by publications in top-ranked relevant academic journals coupled with other relevant factors
• Have a demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the different sub-fields of management research evidenced by publication/grants/roles in university or other bodies
• Have a demonstrable capacity to handle a demanding workload
• Have a demonstrable ability to work constructively with others in the publishing community, in particular co-editors, associate editors, authors, reviewers and the British Academy of Management (the Academy)
Job Description
• At all times to work closely with the other Editor(s) in Chief, to achieve the job description and objectives set down by the British Academy of Management, and to maintain good communications about all aspects of the journal with the Academy’s Executive Committee and relevant sub-committee. The Editors report to the Vice Chair(s) for Research & Publications
• Develop and implement a strategy to further enhance the position of BJM in the academic community and in relation to other leading management journals, and to obtain support for significant changes in direction from the Academy’s Executive Committee and Research & Publications sub-committee
• Oversee the manuscript commissioning and review processes that include: working with the Co-Editor in Chief and a team of Associate Editors to decide whether to commission special articles and to decide when an article should be accepted for publication; to commission and oversee the production of special issues; to build the reviewer community of the journal
• Work closely with the Managing Editor and the office of the journal to achieve the highest level of performance in the eyes of its stakeholders
• To manage the day to day relationships with the publisher (currently Wiley), to monitor their performance with respect to the journal, and to advise the Academy’s Executive Committee on all strategic issues relating to this relationship
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• To lead the editorial team in its work in an energetic and appropriate manner as ambassadors for the journal in the BAM, and wider academic, community
• Attend Council Meetings, Meetings of the Research & Publications Sub-Committee and the Academy Annual Conference in September
• To continue to build and enhance the quality, rigour and significance of papers published in the Journal
• To work towards maintaining and improving the position of BJM in relation to other journals as regards impact factor and journal rankings
• To work closely with Associate Editors to ensure that authors are offered constructive and developmental feedback
• To be aware of the publishing ‘landscape’ within the business and management community, and to ensure that BJM keeps up to date with new practices and editorial procedures
The British Academy of Management supports the publication of its high-quality journals for the benefit of its membership and the wider community.

Key Data

The BJM was first published in 1990, under the editorship of Professor Sir Cary Cooper, and is in its 30th Volume. The journal is currently jointly edited by Professors Geoffrey Wood and Pawan Budhwar, who both reach the end of their terms of office in December 2019. Its international reputation has grown rapidly in recent years and its 2017 impact factor stands at 3.059, placing BJM 39th (out of 140) for business journals and 54th (out of 209) for management journals.
Overview BJM is the flagship journal of the British Academy of Management. It provides an excellent outlet for research and scholarship on management-related themes and topics. It publishes articles which are of a multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and internationally significant nature, and which are committed to making a positive social impact through thoughtful scholarship. With contributions from around the globe, the journal includes empirical and methodological articles across the full range of business and management disciplines, including: • General Management • Human Resource Management • Organizational Behaviour • Management Development • Accounting and Finance • Business Ethics • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion • Strategic Management
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• Marketing • Operations Management • R&D Management • Business Economics • Public Sector Management • Research Methods BJM does not accept review papers and papers based on surveys of students. BJM complements the other publications produced by the British Academy of Management and is deliberately targeted at a wide readership interested in business and management. The journal publishes authoritative literature surveys and reviews. These address the intellectual and academic needs of the broad academic management community both in the UK and on a wider global scale.
The journal receives in excess of 400 manuscripts a year (this has increased substantially under the current editors) and the average time for first decisions (which is accept, revise & resubmit, or reject after a first round of review) is 80 days. The average time for desk rejection is 7 days.
BJM is part of the Academy’s growing portfolio of journals which includes the International Journal of Management Reviews. It publishes four or five issues a year. The Co-Editors-in-Chief sit on BAM’s Council and so make a significant contribution to its broader communication / publishing strategy. In addition, they make an important contribution to the annual September conference.
The selection of the Co-Editors-in-Chief will be made by the Academy’s Research and Publications Committee and the persons appointed will be expected to work closely with that Committee in developing the future strategy of the journal.
All applications will be treated confidentially.
Applications should be made by sending a CV and covering letter to Madeleine Barrows, CEO, British Academy of Management at by noon on Friday 31st May 2019. Interviews with the Academy’s Research & Publications Sub-Committee Appointments Panel will take place in June 2019.
The successful candidate will be expected to work with and ‘shadow’ the existing editor during a transition period prior to taking up the role in January 2020 or soon thereafter. The appointment is for 3 years, renewable once by mutual agreement.
Applicants can contact Emma Bell ( or Nelarine Cornelius (, Co-Vice Chairs of the BAM Research and Publications Sub-Committee, for an informal discussion of the nature of the editorial task and support that BAM gives its Editors.
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The British Academy of Management
The British Academy of Management was founded in 1986 and is the leading community for management scholars. The organisation has a current membership of approximately 2000 individuals, about 20% of whom are internationally based. The Academy provides a variety of training and development workshops and programmes for academics at various stages of their career. A 3-day annual conference and 1-day Doctoral Symposium are also held in September at various locations within the UK. Revenue is generated primarily from the two journals, the annual conference, and other training and development activities.
The Academy also has a significant role in representing the community to government and research councils and has established links with a number of related organisations both in the UK and internationally.
Further information about the journal may be found on its dedicated webpages at .
Further information about the Academy is available on its website:, where links to its social media presences may also be found.