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SAJGBR call for papers

Journal call for papers from South Asian Journal of Global Business Research

We are pleased to invite submission of scholarly papers, research notes, commentaries, country perspectives, policy reviews, conference reflections, CEO perspectives and book reviews for 2014 and 2015 issues of the South Asian Journal of Global Business Research (SAJGBR). All submissions are subject to a double blind review process and are due by Jan 15, 2014.

Why publish with SAJGBR?

SAJGBR is unique in its scope and mission- “The mission of SAJGBR is to advance theoretical and empirical knowledge of business issues facing multinational and local organizations of South Asia and South Asian diaspora. We are committed to providing a unified platform to publish research that links scholarly communities in South Asia with the rest of the world. We are open to all empirical methods including qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches. To be published in SAJGBR, a manuscript must use one or more South Asian countries as the context of its study. We use The World Bank definition of South Asia [available at:], which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka”. Hence, 
1. SAJGBR offers the opportunity to showcase new, context-rich and high-quality research related to one of the world’s most dynamic, fastest growing (World Bank, 2011), and  most populous regions in the world (Bloom and Rosenberg, 2011; World Bank, 2011), that has been neglected in the literature.
2. Khilji and Matthews (2012) argue that several South Asian countries provide rich contexts for questions that have recently been raised in IB and management literatures. SAJGBR allows for publishing research that explores and exploits, and applies theory as well as creates theory that relates to South Asia.
3. We offer a quick turnaround of 90 days or less. In most instances, authors receive detailed and constructive feedback from the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) within the first two weeks of submission. 
4. As the only business journal dedicated to focusing upon South Asia, SAJGBR offers a globally wide readership. Different statistics provided by Emerald Publishers indicate significantly high usage and downloads for a new journal such as SAJGBR. This is likely to result in increased citation of your work. 

Editorial Criteria

SAJGBR is multidisciplinary in scope. We accept submissions in any of the business fields—Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing and Technology—and are open to other disciplines that enhance understanding of international business activity, including anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology, etc. However, authors must clearly underline how their study relates to the advancement of international business theory and/or practice. We are especially interested in manuscripts that integrate theories and concepts taken from different fields and disciplines.
We aim to publish high quality research articles, policy reviews, book reviews, country/practitioner/personal perspectives, conference reflections and commentaries, which contribute to the scholarly and managerial understanding of contemporary South Asian businesses and diaspora. We encourage authors to study relevance of mainstream theories or practices in their fields of interest, critique and offer fresh insights on South Asian businesses and diaspora, as well contribute to the development of new theories.

Paper Types

Scholarly Paper: Scholarly paper refers to a manuscript that is innovative, insightful, interesting and makes important theoretical and/or empirical contribution. It should clearly articulate a compelling business issue, be embedded in strong, theoretical and rigorous methodological frameworks, and clearly apply the research, practice and/or policy insights derived from the South Asian context to broader international business theory and/or practice. Authors should also emphasize potential research, practice and/or policy implications. It should be presented within an 8000-word limit.

Research note: Research notes must clearly identify a particular phenomenon that should be presented in an innovative and interesting way; and in a manner that proposes new and provocative ideas thereby makes an important contribution to the selected field. The selected phenomenon must have real world significance and be able to advance scholarship. Its evidence and theoretical foundation must be relevant, convincing, and compelling. We particularly encourage emphasis on integration of diverse theories and empirical findings that inform scholars and/or practitioners. Research notes should be based on accumulated evidence and arguments and not author's opinion. Research notes are expected to have the same rigor, style and tone as a research article and be composed within 4,000 to 6,000 words.

Commentary: A commentary would be written as a description of one hotly debated business topic. It should capture practical, insightful, interesting, and counterintuitive findings about the selected topic, summarize different interpretation of these findings, and provide a critique of the arguments found in the literature. In particular, the commentary should draw implications for South Asia or any one South Asian country. It should be between 4,000 and 5,000 words.

Country Perspective: The country perspective should focus on one business topic as practiced in one or more South Asian countries. It should be presented as a scholarly contribution and cite critical sources related to the chosen topic and also describe the methodology used to collect data. It should be presented within an 8000 word limit.

Policy Review: The policy review discusses the impact of economic or social policies on the business environment within South Asia. It does not have to be primary research; however, it should develop original and thought provoking critiques of policies within individual (or a group of) countries in the South Asian region. It should be presented within an 8000-word limit.

Conference Reflection: The conference reflection refers to documentation of personal experience of attending a conference. It should relate back to business issues in South Asia. It is not treated as a scholarly contribution; however, attempts should be made to provide a methodology framework or analysis that guided the author's documentation. It should be presented within a 4000-word limit.

CEO Perspective: An interview with the founder/CEO/president that engages in business within South Asia or a South Asian country with multinational outreach. The CEO Perspective is opinion based. It provides industry leaders' view related to a specific business issue that relates to South Asia and offers insights into challenges and opportunities in doing business in South Asia and abroad. It may highlight the role that an entrepreneur is playing. Since this is a perspective piece, care must be taken to ask interesting, relevant and thought-provoking questions that should be original to capture a useful contribution. It should be presented within a 4000 word limit.

Book Review: The book review should be related to a book that focuses upon South Asian business issues in general and covers at least one South Asian country. Authors of the Review should highlight the relevance and significance of the selected book as it connects to the study of South Asian business. It should be presented within a 1500 word limit.

Editorial team includes:

Founding Editor-in-Chief: Shaista E. Khilji (The George Washington University, USA)
Senior Editor (Management): Naresh Khatri (University of Missouri, USA)
Associate Editor (International Management): Masud Chand (Wichita State University, USA)
Associate Editor (Marketing/HRM): Henry Chung (Massey University, New Zealand)
Associate Editor (Finance/ Accounting/ Economics): Shrimal Perera (Monash University, Australia)
Associate Editor (Finance/ Accounting/ Economics): Laurens Swinkels (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Associate Editor (International Management): Florian Taeube (EBS Business School, Germany)
Associate Editor (International Management & Quantitative Methodology): Tassilo Schuster (University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
Book Review Editor: Keith Jackson (University of London, UK)
Book Review Editor: Pramila Rao (Marymount University, USA)

Key Features of SAJGBR

• Provides a much-needed platform for showcasing high-quality academic & practitioner research related to business & management practices, policies and strategies in South Asia.
• Provides empirical evidence & advances theoretical understanding of issues relevant in the world’s most populous & economically vibrant region.
• Creates a repository of knowledge of South Asian business issues, & integrates South Asian perspectives & approaches to international business and management literatures.
• SAJGBR heightens awareness & understanding of issues facing South Asian organizations and managers.
• SAJGBR stimulates interest in South Asian business theory & practice.


Submission guidelines and further information

Please submit all papers to: by January 15th.

Please e-mail [email protected] for additional inquiries.
For full author submission guidelines and editorial team details see:
SAJGBR is published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


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Khilji, S. E. and Matthews, C. D. (2012), “Published South Asian research: Current standing and
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