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Vikalpa

The Journal for Decision Makers
Published in Association with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Editor
Rama Mohana R Turaga Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India


eISSN: 23953799 | ISSN: 02560909 | Current volume: 42 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers is the journal of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (www.iimahd.ernet.in). Launched in January 1976, this peer-reviewed journal is published quarterly. The word Vikalpa, in Sanskrit, carries a rich repository of meanings: diversity, alternatives, logic, and freedom of choice. The journal seeks to reflect this range of meanings vis-à-vis management research, managerial problem solving, and decision-making in two ways: by adopting a broad understanding of management, viewed from the context of emerging economies including India, and by publishing a mix of research-based academic articles, reflective perspectives, management cases and commentaries, and colloquia.

Vikalpa adopts a broad understanding of management that encompasses the various functional areas within management as well management practice. Thus, the content covered in recent years spans the latest developments in the following:

• Accounting and Control
• Agriculture and Rural Development
• Communication
• Economics
• Finance and Banking
• General Management
• Information Technology and Systems
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• International Management
• Marketing
• Operations Management
• Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
• Public Systems, including Health and Education, and Government
• Strategic Management and Leadership

The regular features of Vikalpa include the following:

Perspectives include reflective contributions on emerging issues and ideas that call for action or rethinking by managers, administrators, and policy makers in organizations.
Research articles, which are based on rigorous theoretical or empirical research, contribute to the academic literature while illustrating the practical applicability and/or policy implications of the research undertaken.
Colloquium includes a debate on a contemporary topic by about five to eight academicians and practitioners. Vikalpa usually invites respected academics to organize Colloquia; persons interested in organizing Colloquia may also write to the Editor.
Management Case describes a real-life situation faced, a decision or action taken by a manager or by an organization at the strategic, functional or operational levels.
Diagnoses are invited analyses of the management case by respected academicians and practitioners.
Book Reviews include invited reviews of current books on management.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers is a peer-reviewed journal from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (www.iimahd.ernet.in), published four times a year. The word Vikalpa, in Sanskrit, carries a rich repository of meanings: diversity, alternatives, logic, and freedom of choice.

The journal welcomes original papers from both academicians and practitioners dealing with any of the functional areas of management like Finance & Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management, the foundations of management like Organizational Behaviour and Economics, and the integrative and perspectival dimensions of management like Strategic Management, Leadership, Communication, Information Technology, Innovation and Operations, or with sectoral management in areas like Agriculture and Rural Development, Public Systems, including health and education, Government and other new sectors in emerging economies.

Every issue of Vikalpa features the following: Perspectives (discussion of an emerging issue or idea that calls for action or rethinking by managers, administrators, and policymakers in organizations); Research (academic research articles by people in academia or the world of practice); Management Case and Diagnoses of the case; Colloquium (a debate on a contemporary topic); and Book Reviews. The mix of formats is designed to encourage a dialogue between academics and researchers on the one hand, and practitioners and policy makers on the other. It also makes it possible to present the knowledge generated by academic thinking and reflection to a wide range of practitioners and policy makers in the private, public, governmental and civil society sectors, and academics.

Associate Editors
George Kandathil Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Ramanathan Subramaniam Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Rakesh Basant Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Pradeep K. Chintagunta The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, USA
Sanjiv Das Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, USA
Elizabeth George Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Aseem Prakash University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Nagesh Rao MICA-The School of Ideas, Shela, Ahmadabad, India
Dilip Soman Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada
Marti G. Subrahmanyam Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, USA
Asoo Vakharia Warrington College of Business, University of Florida, USA
Jayanth R. Varma Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Editorial Associate
Diana Joseph Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
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  • Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers, primarily addresses people engaged in the practice of management. The mix of research-based articles, reflective perspectives, cases, notes and commentaries, and debate, that Vikalpa carries, aims at communicating management knowledge generated by academic thinking and reflection to practitioners and policy makers in the private, public and governmental sectors. We invite contributions that serve this purpose by communicating new concepts, fresh conclusions from research, lessons from practice, and insights into management excellence. Papers based on theoretical or empirical research should especially emphasize the practical applicability and/or policy implications of the work described. All contributions are peer-reviewed.

    Manuscripts must be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vik. For manuscript submission related questions, please contact dianaj@iima.ac.in.

    The manuscript should be accompanied by the following:

    (1) An abstract of 80–100 words;
    (2) An executive summary of about 400 words along with five key words;
    (3) A brief biographical sketch (60–80 words) of the author/s describing current designation and affiliation, specialization, number of books and articles published in refereed journals, and membership on editorial boards and companies, etc.

    Vikalpa has the following features:

    Perspectives presents emerging issues and ideas that call for action or rethinking by managers, administrators, and policy makers in organizations. Recommended length of the article: up to 6,000 words.

    Research includes research articles that focus on the analysis and resolution of managerial and academic issues based on analytical and empirical or case research. Recommended length of the article: up to 6,000 words.

    Interfaces presents articles focusing on managerial applications of management practices, theories, and concepts. Recommended length of the article: up to 6,000 words.

    Notes and Commentaries present preliminary research, review of literature, and comments on published papers or on any relevant subject. Recommended length of the articles: up to 6,000 words.

    Colloquium includes debate on a contemporary topic. Both academicians and practitioners discuss the topic.

    Management Case describes a real-life situation faced, a decision or action taken by an individual manager or by an organization at the strategic, functional or operational levels. (Cases should be accompanied by a teaching note.) Recommended length of the case: about 3,000 words.

    Diagnoses presents analyses of the management case by academicians and practitioners. The case problems are examined, their causes are analysed, and issues of relevance are discussed.

    Book Reviews covers reviews of current books on management.

    All tables, charts, and graphs should be in black and not in colour. Wherever necessary, the source should be indicated at the bottom. The number and the complexity of exhibits should be as low as possible. All figures should be indicated in million and billion. Endnotes, italics, and quotation marks should be kept to the minimum.

    Authors are expected to adhere to standards of correct academic writing. References should be complete in all respects, with authors’ surnames arranged alphabetically, following conventional citation styles. We request authors to follow the APA Style developed by the American Psychological Association. Please refer to the following resources (or any recent updates) for more information:

    American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6thed.). Washington, DC: Author.

    American Psychological Association. (2007). APA style guide to electronic references (PDF). Washington, DC: Author.Available from www.apa.org/books/

    In this style, the in-text citation for a journal article appears as follows: Datta (2012, p. 25) concludes that “high license fee leads to a fall in the average physical investment in the telecommunication industry.” The full reference in the list of references will be:

    Datta, D. (2012). Spectrum auction and investment in telecom industry: A suggested policy. Vikalpa, 37(1), 19–30. Please refer to the resources indicated earlier for information on how to cite other kinds of sources like books, electronic material, websites, unpublished material etc.

    Copyright Wherever copyrighted material is used, the authors should be accurate in reproduction and obtain permission from copyright holders, if necessary. Articles published in Vikalpa should not be reproduced or reprinted in any form, either in full or in part, without prior written permission from the Editor.

    Review Process Two or more referees review all contributions by following the ‘double blind’ system. There view process usually takes about three months to one year. Vikalpa reserves the right to make editorial amendments to the final draft of the manuscript to suit the journal’s requirements.

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