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Unravelling top managers: Who are they and do they really matter?

Date limite de soumission : 31/07/2024
Top managers are said to be important for organizations. But who are they and do they really matter? With this call for papers, we invite the submission of innovative papers that challenge the status quo and represent the latest thinking on top managers in various types of organizations. Under the umbrella of “Unravelling top managers: Who are they and do they really matter?” and consistent with the European Management Journal’s aims and scope, our Management Focus section invites innovative papers that challenge the status quo and represent the latest thinking on top managers. We envision this to happen in at least three ways:
  • Dialogue between different perspectives and fields: We invite papers from disciplines beyond those that were traditionally the home of research on top managers, such as strategy or corporate governance: sociology, anthropology, psychology, etc.

  • Comparisons across time and space: We value papers that rely on data from various countries or geographies and represent cross-country, cross-cultural comparative approaches, longitudinal investigations or historical accounts.

  • Rarely studied contexts: We appreciate studies on top managers and boards in contexts that have received only limited empirical attention: non-US firms, companies other than the S&P 1500 firms, non-listed firms, etc.

The European Management Journal is an especially appropriate home for these types of contributions.

Contact :

  • The Management Focus section will be published at the end of 2026.

  • To prepare a platform for papers to be developed for the Management Focus section, the following are planned: a) a track for EGOS 2025 in Athens, Greece, b) an EIASM Workshop on Strategic Human Resource Management in spring 2025 in Fribourg, Switzerland.

  • Submission of papers must be completed by 31st of July 2025.

  • All submissions should respect the journal's general publication guidelines (see website) and be submitted electronically to between the 1st and 31st of July 2025. When submitting your manuscript please select the article type “SI: Unravelling top managers”.

  • Please direct any pre-submission questions to Eric Davoine (, Monika Hamori ( or Stefan Schmid (

  • All submissions deemed suitable will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process.

  • Revision rounds are planned for the period September 2025 to August 2026, with accepted papers appearing online in September 2026.

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