Administrative Science Quarterly
Business Ethics | Organizational Theory | Strategic Management & Business Policy
At the cutting edge since the field began, ASQ is the source of:
The best theoretical and empirical work in organization studies
ASQ regularly publishes the best theoretical and empirical papers based on dissertations and on the evolving and new work of more established scholars. Look to ASQ for new work from young scholars with fresh views, opening new areas of inquiry, and from more seasoned scholars deepening earlier work and staking out new terrain.
Interdisciplinary work in organization theory
ASQ publishes the best organizational theory papers from a number of disciplines, including organizational behavior and theory, sociology, psychology and social psychology, strategic management, economics, public administration, and industrial relations. Look to ASQ for work that transcends the bounds of particular disciplines to speak to a broad audience.
A range of perspectives and styles
ASQ publishes qualitative papers as well as quantitative work and purely theoretical papers. Beginning with a special issue on qualitative research in 1979, ASQ set the standard for excellence in qualitative research. Theoretical perspectives and topics in ASQ span the range from micro to macro, from lab experiments in psychology to work on nation-states. Look to ASQ for breadth and diversity.
Many papers published in ASQ over the years have won awards as the best paper in their area. A number of them have been awarded the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management's Organizational Behavior Division which is given each year for the most significant contribution to the field of organizational behavior. Look to ASQ for high-quality research that expands your thinking on organizational issues.
Informative book reviews
ASQ publishes thoughtful reviews of books important to the field, giving readers enough information about each book and its contribution so that they can judge for themselves whether the book will be helpful. In addition, in each issue a list of publications received alerts readers to the release of new books on organization studies and business management. Look to ASQ for new book information.
Members of the following affiliate societies qualify for a discounted subscription: American Psychological Association (APA); American Political Science Association (APSA); American Sociological Association (ASA); British Sociological Association (BSA).
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This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The ASQ logo reads, "Dedicated to advancing the understanding of administration through empirical investigation and theoretical analysis." We interpret "administration" in the broadest possible sense to include all of the processes involved in creating, coordinating, and transforming the social settings in which it occurs. ASQ seeks to advance the understanding of management, organizations, and organizing in a wide variety of contexts, including teams, business and nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and markets. Contributions to this enterprise can include the discovery and analysis of new phenomena, new theoretical accounts informed by empirical analysis, or the disconfirmation of existing theory.
|Christine Beckman||University of Southern California, USA|
|Joan Friedman||Cornell University, USA|
|Ashleigh Imus||Cornell University, USA|
|Christina L. Ahmadjian||Hitotsubashi University, Japan|
|Beth Bechky||University of California, Davis, USA|
|Stéphane Côté||University of Toronto, Canada|
|J. P. Eggers||New York University, USA|
|Greta Hsu||University of California, Davis, USA|
|Aparna Joshi||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Aleksandra Kacperczyk||London Business School, UK|
|Adam Kleinbaum||Dartmouth College, USA|
|Siobhan O’Mahony||Boston University, USA|
|Erin Reid||McMaster University, Canada|
|Christopher I. Rider||University of Michigan, USA|
|Amanda Sharkey||Arizona State University, USA|
|András Tilcsik||University of Toronto, Canada|
|David A. Kirsch||University of Maryland, USA|
|Wesley Sine||Cornell University, USA|
|Amy Zhao-Ding||Technical University of Munich, Germany|
|Mabel Abraham||Columbia University, USA|
|Ramon J. Aldag||University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA|
|John Almandoz||University of Navarra, Spain|
|Shaz Ansari||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Michel Anteby||Boston University, USA|
|Callen Anthony||New York University, USA|
|Stefan Arora-Jonsson||Uppsala University, Sweden|
|Noah Askin||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Justin Berg||Stanford University, USA|
|Yerodin Bermiss||University of North Carolina, USA|
|Ethan Bernstein||Harvard University, USA|
|Marya Besharov||University of Oxford, UK|
|Emily C. Bianchi||Emory University, USA|
|Matthew Bidwell||Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Emily S. Block||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Tristan Botelho||Yale University, USA|
|Matthew Bothner||European School of Management and Technology, Germany|
|Anne Bowers||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Raina Brands||University College London, UK|
|Andrew Brodsky||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Joseph Broschak||University of Arizona, Tucson, USA|
|M. Diane Burton||Cornell University, USA|
|Rodrigo Canales||Boston University, USA|
|Albert A. Cannella, Jr.||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Teresa Cardador||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA|
|Seth Carnahan||Washington University in St. Louis, USA|
|Brianna Barker Caza||University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA|
|Cassandra Chambers||Johns Hopkins University, USA|
|Curtis Chan||Boston College, USA|
|M. K. Chin||Indiana University, USA|
|Jillian Chown||Northwestern University, USA|
|Marlys Christianson||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Daisy Chung||City University of London, UK|
|David Clough||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|J. Adam Cobb||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Lisa Cohen||McGill University, Canada|
|Jason A. Colquitt||University of Notre Dame, USA|
|Thomas D'Aunno||New York University, USA|
|Julia DiBenigno||Yale University, USA|
|Nancy DiTomaso||Rutgers University, USA|
|Laura Doering||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Anne-Laure Fayard||NOVA University, Portugal|
|Fabrizio Ferraro||University of Navarra, Spain|
|Justin Frake||University of Michigan, USA|
|Russell J. Funk||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Daniel Gamache||University of Georgia, USA|
|Cheng Gao||University of Michigan, USA|
|Martin Gargiulo||INSEAD, Singapore|
|Joel Gehman||George Washington University, USA|
|Marta A. Geletkanycz||Boston College, USA|
|Vern Glaser||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Lindred Greer||University of Michigan, USA|
|Matthew Grimes||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Oliver Hahl||Carnegie Mellon University, USA|
|Benjamin L. Hallen||University of Washington, USA|
|Donald C. Hambrick||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Derek J. Harmon||University of Michigan, USA|
|Sarah Harvey||University College London, UK|
|Emily Heaphy||University of Massachusetts, USA|
|Exequiel Hernandez||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Shon Hiatt||University of Southern California, USA|
|Jennifer Howard-Grenville||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Songcui Hu||University of Arizona, USA|
|Zhi Huang||University of Kentucky, USA|
|Ruthanne Huising||EMLYON Business School, France|
|Stephen E. Humphrey||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Michael Jensen||University of Michigan, USA|
|Nan Jia||University of Southern California, USA|
|Aseem Kaul||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Katherine Kellogg||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA|
|Yong H. Kim||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Sharon Koppman||University of California, Irvine,USA|
|Rajiv Kozhikode||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Ann Langley||HEC Montreal, Canada|
|Brandon Lee||Melbourne Business School, Australia|
|Matthew Lee||Harvard University, USA|
|Yonghoon Lee||The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong|
|Ming Leung||University of California, Irvine,USA|
|Michael Lounsbury||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Razvan Lungeanu||Northeastern University, USA|
|Jiao Luo||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Felipe Massa||Loyola University, USA|
|Mary-Hunter McDonnell||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Jennifer Merluzzi||George Washington University, USA|
|Mark S. Mizruchi||University of Michigan, USA|
|Ivana Naumovska||INSEAD, Singapore|
|Chad Navis||Clemson University, USA|
|Olivia O’Neill||George Mason University, USA|
|Sarah Otner||Kingston University, UK|
|Emily Pahnke||University of Washington, USA|
|Sun Hyun Park||Seoul National University, South Korea|
|Jennifer Petriglieri||INSEAD, France|
|Elizabeth Pontikes||University of California, Davis, USA|
|Hart Posen||University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA|
|Cuili Qian||University of Texas at Dallas, USA|
|Ryan Raffaelli||Harvard University, USA|
|Hatim Rahman||Northwestern University, USA|
|Mia Raynard||WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria|
|Trish Reay||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Brent Scott||Michigan State University, USA|
|Taekjin Shin||San Diego State University, USA|
|Jean-François Soublière||HEC Montréal, Canada|
|David Tan||University of Washington, USA|
|Florenta Teodoridis||University of Southern California, USA|
|Anne ter Wal||Imperial College London, UK|
|Jose Uribe||University of Michigan, USA|
|Melissa Valentine||Stanford University, USA|
|Daan L. van Knippenberg||Rice University, USA|
|J. Cameron Verhaal||Tulane University, USA|
|James Wade||George Washington University, USA|
|Danqing Wang||The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong|
|Yanbo Wang||The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|James D. Westphal||University of Michigan, USA|
|Batia M. Wiesenfeld||New York University, USA|
|Adam Wowak||University of Notre Dame, USA|
|Tyler Wry||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Christopher Yenkey||University of South Carolina, USA|
|Peter Younkin||University of Oregon, USA|
|Lori Qingyuan Yue||Columbia University, USA|
|Pavel Zhelyazkov||The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong|
|Tiona Zuzul||Harvard University, USA|
|Michel Anteby||Boston University, USA|
|Peer C. Fiss||University of Southern California, USA|
|Martin Gargiulo||INSEAD, Singapore|
|Ivona Hideg||York University, Canada|
|Todd Rogers||Harvard University, USA|
|Brent Scott||Michigan State University, USA|
|Myles Shaver||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Olav Sorenson||University of California-Los Angeles, USA|
|Sameer Srivastava||University of California-Berkeley, USA|
ASQ Invitation to Contributors
Additional information is available through the following links:
- Writing Tips for ASQ Submissions
- Data and Methods Transparency
- Presentation of Evidence
- Procedure for Data Checking
- Formatting Guidelines
- FAQs for ASQ Authors
The ASQ logo reads, “Dedicated to advancing the understanding of administration through empirical investigation and theoretical analysis.” The editors interpret that statement to entail three criteria that affect editorial decisions. About any manuscript they ask: Does this research (1) advance our understanding of organizing in contexts such as teams, enterprises, or markets; (2) develop a new theoretical account or empirical findings about organizing that challenge previous understandings; and (3) address a significant and challenging problem of management? Theory is how we advance research and improve practice, but new empirical findings that disconfirm theory are also valuable. We have found that the combination of theory and empirical evidence generally offers the strongest contribution. We do consider theory-only papers, as well as those focused primarily on empirics or problems, but such papers have less often succeeded in our review process.
ASQ editors and reviewers ask, “What's interesting here?” But we take pains not to confuse interesting work with work that contains mere novelties, clever turns of phrase, or other substitutes for insight. Instead, we try to identify work that challenges prevailing assumptions and established research. Building a coherent, cumulative body of knowledge typically involves research that offers new syntheses or themes, identifies new patterns or causal sequences, or generates new propositions.
Authors should clearly articulate what we learn from their research that we did not know before. Some topics in organizational studies have become stagnant and repetitious. Research in mature fields that does not attempt to update a fundamental belief in previously published research is unlikely to advance understanding.
We attach no priorities to particular subjects for study, but we believe in studying important problems. We are receptive to multiple forms of grounding but not to a lack of theoretical grounding. We do not attach greater significance to one methodological style than another, but we value data. Consequently, we are open to work based on qualitative or quantitative data collected from archives, the lab, or the field, as well as simulations and formal models.
We refrain from listing topics of particular interest, as ASQ should publish articles on topics that have not previously appeared in the journal. However, articles should have a grounding in some organizational literature, conversation, or insight. Manuscripts that are inappropriate will be returned promptly.
Writing for ASQ
We are interested in compact presentations of theory and research, suspecting that very long manuscripts contain an unclear line of argument, multiple arguments, or no argument at all. Each manuscript should contain one key point, which the author should be able to state in one sentence. Digressions from one key point commonly occur when authors cite more literature than is necessary to frame and justify an argument.
We are interested in good writing, as poor writing often leads to unclear statements of contribution, confusing theoretical development, and other problems that are common in submissions that receive rejection decisions. We're looking for manuscripts that are well argued (clear and logical) and well written (accessible and well phrased). Clear writing reflects clear thinking. For tips on writing a paper for submission to ASQ, click here.
Obtaining and responding to comments from trusted colleagues before submitting a manuscript can help authors anticipate reviewers’ reactions and increase the probability of a favorable review.
Data and Methods Transparency
ASQ has developed guidelines for best practices for ensuring data and methods transparency, available here. Our aims include supporting authors who employ a diversity of methods, ensuring the trustworthiness of articles we publish, and helping readers understand how research was performed. Our aims do not include heightening authors’ anxieties or encouraging overly long submissions featuring every possible robustness check. We encourage evolving efforts that promote good science and the clear reporting of it.
Presentation of Evidence
We welcome submissions from authors who think seriously about how best to present their contribution, as the compelling presentation of supporting evidence is one key dimension of a submission’s quality. For our thoughts about how to use tables and figures effectively and creatively, please click here.
ASQ is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and adheres to its guidelines, which are available by clicking here.
A submitted manuscript should not be under review for publication in another outlet (e.g., book chapter, journal) while it is under review at ASQ. ASQ does accept submissions of papers that have been accepted for publication in a shortened form in the Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.
Authors should not resubmit a manuscript that ASQ has rejected at an earlier time, even if it is a substantial revision of a previously rejected submission. Authors should also disclose papers published in other journals or under review that are related to the current submission. One of the items authors respond to in ScholarOne when submitting to ASQ reads as follows:
Confirm that you have not submitted for review or published a paper with substantial data overlap with the submitted manuscript. For ASQ, any of the following constitutes “data overlap” between two manuscripts:
- The same explanatory construct, outcome of interest, or model; or
- The same variable as the dependent and/or independent measure; or
- The same sample; or
- A different sample from the same empirical context; or
- Any other similarity in the empirical analyses that might lead a reasonable reader to infer an overlap.
In many cases, data overlap is not a concern and will not exclude a submission from consideration. We ask that if there is any data overlap between this submission and one or more papers submitted or published elsewhere, you leave this item unchecked and in your cover letter describe in detail the precise nature of the overlap. Please attach the other paper(s) to your submission using the designation Additional Editorial File.
We value transparency in the submission process. Please engage thoroughly with this item by using the submission cover letter to explain the relationship between the current submission and prior submissions to ASQ and/or other papers of yours.
Authors should take reasonable precautions to preserve the integrity of the blind review process and avoid potential conflicts of interest. As part of the submission process, authors may suggest in their cover letter the names of peers who could be called upon to review their manuscript. (Note that ScholarOne no longer allows authors to list suggested reviewers as part of the submission process itself.) Suggested reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide objective assessments of the manuscript. When recommending reviewers, please keep the following in mind:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of the submission.
- The reviewer should not have collaborated with any of the authors.
- The reviewer should not have been a member of any author’s dissertation committee.
- The reviewer should not have the same institutional affiliation as any of the authors.
The editors are not obliged to accept authors’ suggestions for preferred or non-preferred reviewers.
Authors should also refrain from requesting handling editors who would have a conflict of interest in handling the paper.
Prior to submitting, authors should (whenever possible) remove from public websites any working paper or other version of the manuscript.
ASQ reserves the right to request additional information as appropriate for purposes of addressing reasonable claims of data errors or misuse. Any individuals involved in this process will use the information obtained only for this purpose and will treat it confidentially. See ASQ’s process for investigating data-related claims.
Submit your manuscript to ScholarOne at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/asq. You can upload either Word or PDF files, but be aware that should the article be accepted for publication, we will request Word files for copy editing and production.
For detailed information about how to format your submission, including text, tables, figures, citations, and references, click here.
Upload a title page, with contact information for all authors, and be sure that all authors’ names are entered into the manuscript submission form. Each author’s listed affiliation(s) should be the institution(s) where the research was conducted.
Copy and paste a cover letter into the submission form that lists people who have already viewed the paper, members of thesis committees and colleagues who would have a conflict of interest in reviewing the paper, and any other circumstances that might affect the integrity of the blind review process. It is not useful to include a description or summary of the paper in the cover letter. Do use the cover letter to tell the editor whether any of the data in the submitted manuscript have been published elsewhere or are used in manuscripts under review in other outlets and how the submitted manuscript differs.
If the submission uses the same data as a manuscript under review elsewhere, upload the other manuscript using the file designation “Additional Editorial File.” Files with this designation will be available to the editors but not to reviewers.
ASQ strongly favors manuscripts that offer high intellectual value per page. Submit the shortest possible manuscript that accomplishes your aims. Our suggested article length is 35 to 45 pages of text (12-point Times New Roman, double spaced) plus references, tables, figures, and appendices if needed. To save space, you can place supplemental material online (anonymized) and share a link to it in the manuscript. The length of a manuscript relative to its contribution is one of our evaluation criteria, and editors will unsubmit a very long manuscript and request cuts before considering it for review.
Include an informative abstract of 200 words or fewer. Avoid jargon, and prioritize readability. The better your abstract, the easier it is for others to engage with your work. See abstracts of published work at http://journals.sagepub.com/home/asq for examples.
Provide several keywords for the paper from the ASQ ScholarOne keyword list.
Cite your own previous work only when doing so is appropriate; excessive or unnecessary self-citations can compromise both your arguments and anonymity. If you cite your own published work or work in progress, include that work in your reference list with full bibliographic information. Reference your own work as you would the work of another scholar.
When submitting a manuscript that refers to racial and ethnic groups, please consult the APA style guidelines, which offer helpful conventions.
Use the active voice whenever possible, which can include first-person pronouns. Use “we” only for multiple authors.
Define a term accurately when it is first used, and use it consistently with that meaning throughout. Find the best way to express an idea once rather than repeating the same idea in different words. Avoid jargon.
For responses to frequently asked questions about the ASQ submission and review process, click here.