Academy of Management Review (AMR) - Jay Barney

09-24-2019 11:58

This is the ninth episode of Listen to the Editors, a series of interviews with journal editors to unveil the trends in research for Operations and Supply Chain Management.

In this episode, we are interviewing the editor-in-chief for the Academy of Management Review, Jay Barney.

I believe it is vital to increase the reach of OM/SCM research to a broader audience. That would attract more students to our Ph.D. programs and keep our vibrant area alive. So I decided to reach a non-OSCM journal to a) make their processes more visible to our community and b) learn how we can appeal to their readers. I also asked some editors from OM/SCM journals to send me questions, and I am immensely indebted with them for their insights.

The following is an outline of the interview (on most podcast players, you can click on the timestamp and jump to the point of the audio file):

(2:17) Jay reflects on the mission of the AMR
(3:45) Jay discusses changes in the mission of the journal over time.
(5:03) General information on the journal: issues/year, sections of the journal, papers/year.
(6:04) Submission levels
(6:36) Acceptance rates of the journal.
(7:08) Editorial process. Breakdown of the rejects by stage. Main causes for desk-rejects.
(11:31) Distinctive editorial policy for AMR: two rounds of reviews.
(14:05) Term of the editor
(14:15) Why Jay Barney decided to be the editor-in-chief for AMR
(18:35) Why AMR does not have an OM/SCM department or associate editor.
(23:15) How do the authors suggest associate editors?
(26:07) The main KPI for AMR is time: if the editor or the reviewer takes too long to act, Jay sends them a personal email.
(28:55) AMR had 7.3 million downloads in 2018.
(30:19) Breakdown of downloads by country.
(30:56) Why the diversity of the authors (i.e., non-native English speakers) is increasing in AMR.
(31:55) Open calls for papers
(34:21) How AMR papers are publicized outside academic audiences.
(37:06) How AMR impacts the managerial audience.
(41:27) What are phenomenal theories? How different are they from empirical studies.
(43:50) Building theories from cases, mathematical models, simulations.
(48:10) How to publish interventionist research on AMR
(49:29) Questions from editors-in-chief of OM/SCM journals: how can OSCM scholars have an impact on the general management theory.
(56:45) It is quite hard interviewing Jay Barney and not talking about RBV... I could not resist. In fact, I was just forwarding Tom’s question... ;-)

The host for this show is Iuri Gavronski, Associate Professor for the Graduate Program in Business for the UNISINOS Jesuit University.

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We referenced these papers in the podcast:

Barney, J. (2017). Editor’s Comments: Theory Contributions and the AMR Review Process. Academy of Management Review, 43(1), 1-4. doi:10.5465/amr.2017.0540

Barney, J. (2018). Editor’s Comments: Positioning a Theory Paper for Publication. Academy of Management Review, 43(3), 345-348. doi:10.5465/amr.2018.0112

Barney, J. (2018). Why resource-based theory’s model of profit appropriation must incorporate a stakeholder perspective. Strategic Management Journal, 39(13), 3305-3325. doi:10.1002/smj.2949

Meredith, J. R., and Pilkington, A. (2018), Assessing the exchange of knowledge between operations management and other fields: Some challenges and opportunities. Journal of Operations Management, 60: 47-53. doi:10.1016/j.jom.2018.05.004

Editor's Bio:

Jay Barney is a Presidential Professor of Strategic Management and the Pierre Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. He previously served as a professor of management and held the Chase Chair for Excellence in Corporate Strategy at the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business.

His research focuses on the relationship between costly-to-copy firm skills and capabilities and sustained competitive advantage. He has also researched the actions entrepreneurs take to form the opportunities they try to exploit.

He has served as an officer of both the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society and has served as an associate editor at the Journal of Management, senior editor for Organization Science, and co-editor at the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. His work has been published in numerous leading outlets, including the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and is among the most cited work in the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship.

In addition to his teaching and research, he presents executive training programs throughout the U.S. and Europe and consults with firms on large-scale organizational change and strategic analysis.

Dr. Jay Barney is an SMS Fellow as well as a fellow of the Academy of Management. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Lund (Sweden), the Copenhagen Business School, and Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Spain), and has had honorary visiting professor positions in New Zealand, the U.K. and China.


I want to thank the editors that sent questions for the interview. I hope I had relayed them correctly.

Mark Pagell
Co-Editor-in-Chief The Journal of Supply Chain Management

Why OSCM scholars look to general management for ideas and inspiration, but the reverse does not seem to occur?

Subodha Kumar
Deputy Editor and Department Editor, Production and Operations Management Journal

How can AOM journals reach out to the OM community and vice-versa?

Walter Zinn
Co-editor-in-chief Journal of Business Logistics

Please say hi to him in my name as he used to be at Ohio State for a while when I first got here.

Do you foresee that in the near future OM/SCM research might either gain or lose “space” in the general management literature? Why?

Tyson Browning
Co-editor-in-chief for Journal of Operations Management

It might be interesting to ask him what (theories, methods, etc.) the broad management community should be learning from the OSCM community.

Thomas J. Goldsby
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Business Logistics

1) What supply chain-related questions would be of interest to the AMR readership? Are there domains of particular intrigue that our community should consider?

2) Jay was instrumental in forwarding the RBV theory of competitive strategy. Clearly, SCM researchers have embraced it in a big way to frame and explain hypothesized relationships in their inquiries. Does he have any suggestions of limits to RBV or aspects of its application that he sees as ill-suited to SCM inquiry?

3) Conversely, how does he see RBV adapting to multi-organizational resource collaboration in SCM -- in other words, do you see SCM areas calling for further exploration and development with RBV application?

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