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The Human Side of Management

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Educational Management

The educational organization is an extension of the larger society created for the express purpose of achieving its stated goals. Any organization has got stable and predictable structured social systems of people working individually and in groups to attain common objectives (Champoux 2011; Greenberg 2011; Tosi, Rizzo, and Carroll 2986) and educational institution is not an exception. The environment of educational institution is more competitive (Richardson, Nwankwo, and Richardson 1995) as it faces varied pressure such as shrinking enrolments combined with rising maintenance costs, demographic changes, online competition, burdens of accreditation, and the likes (Hughes and White 2006). We are in the knowledge economy which asks for continuous renewal of knowledge and skills of human resources (Duderstadt, 2000) as educational institutions face competition for resources as well as quality of faculty & students (Lorange, 2002). This literature suggest to the maximization of human potential towards achievement of organizational goals. It is possible, if the educational organization is organized as an organic entity by putting emphasis on the human side of management as it is the people who have become the core competitive weapon to succeed in the 21st century.

It is under this backdrop that the issue on "The Human Side of Management" is to compile a solid research work and present it to the academia, the practicing managers, the consultants, and the policy makers for competing through the human side of educational organizations in the 21st century. The select empirical and theoretically sound papers, matching with the theme of the Special Issue, presented in the 3rd International Conference on Organization and Management (ICOM) being organized by Abi Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi in association with Asia Academy of Management on November 19-20, 2017 at Abu Dhabi, UAE will be shortlisted and then communicated to these authors to submit using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. All the submitted papers for this Special Issue will undergo IJEMs standard reviews and revisions before being accepted for publication.

This Special Issue of ICOM2017 in the International Journal of Educational Management (IJEM) will be a kind of pioneer to publish quality research papers, after reviews & revisions, aimed at creating insights in educational leaders and managers towards the human side of management of their educational enterprises. The papers to be submitted for publication, after reviews and revisions, will be the original work of the author(s).

  • Aligning individual and organizational vision
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Educational leadership and organizational culture
  • Formalized informal learning practices
  • HRM practices for learning enterprise
  • Knowledge sharing behavior
  • Leadership support to teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Lean six sigma in educational institutions
  • Leveraging parent-teacher interactions
  • Managing diversity at workplace
  • People involvement in educational enterprise change initiatives
  • Performance-based rewards
  • Role of community involvement
  • Role of people to learn by doing
  • Strategies to creating community of learners (ie., teaching & non-teaching staff)
  • Team learning and system thinking
  • Use of social media
  • Workplace collaborative learning

Important Dates:

Paper Submission Opens: November 25, 2017
Paper Submission Deadline: March 15, 2018
Planned Publication Date: September 2018

Notes for Prospective Authors:

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (The ICOM2017 papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper). All papers are refereed through the journal's usual peer review process. You will have opportunity to meet with the Guest Editor during ICOM2017 Special Issue in IJEM to discuss your papers for submission.

Guidelines on Submission:

  • The papers submitted for this special issue of the IJEM will initially be filtered by a Guest Editor and then will undergo a double-blind peer review process. The manuscript submitted to this Special Issue on "The Human Side of Management" needs to be methodologically sound and academically challenging. Needless to say that your work should be original.
  • Please visit the International Journal of Educational Management homepage at to know more about the manuscript requirements. Submissions to the International Journal of Educational Management must be made through ScholarOne manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available through When submitting your paper, please ensure you select the correct Special Issue title from the dropdown menu on the fourth page of the submission process.

Guest Editor:
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh
- College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Email - [email protected]


Champoux, J.E. (2011), Organizational Behavior: Integrating Individuals, Groups, and Organizations. 4th ed. New York: Routledge.
Duderstadt, J. (2000), "A University for the 21st Century", The Michigan University Press, Ann Arbor, MI.
Greenburg, J. (2011), Behavior in Organizations. 10th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Huges, S., and White, R.J. (2006), " Competitive Intelligence in Higher Education: Opportunities and Threats", Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 10(2): 67-81.
Lorange, P. (2002), "New Vision for Management Education: Leadership Challenges", Pergamon, Oxford.
Richardson, S., Nwankwo, S. and Richardson, B. (1995), "Strategic Issues for Higher Education Strategists in the UK: A Political Contingency Perspective", International Journal of Public Sector Management, 8 (6): 7-16.
Tosi, H.L., Rizzo, J.R. and Carroll, S.J. (1986), Managing Organizational Behavior. Boston: Pitman.