A retrospective and prospective of how to develop managers, framed by post-pandemic experiences of digital transformation



After the world has been reduced to a screen for two years, there is a need for scholars to reflect on what can be learnt from the pandemic experiences of digital transformation. The purpose of the special issue is to explore and identify best practices regarding how to develop managers in an age of uncertainty, with specific reference to responsible management development. The intention is to span boundaries beyond the conventional ideas of “developing managers” for the corporate world – and instead explore new approaches that can be considered more inclusive, sustainable and that have social impact. 
To this end, papers are welcomed from different contexts. Emphasis is given to scholars who examine the impact of pandemic-driven digital disruption on responsible management development, with a view to introducing new approaches to developing management skills. The focus is on how to prepare individuals for future (unforeseeable) management challenges, exploring ways to build resilience, and above all, distilling the lessons that can be learnt from the pandemic experiences of digital transformation.  

List of topic areas:

  1. New business models for encouraging greater collaboration and cooperation with the intention of developing innovative management)
  2. Investigations into social learning and peer learning through digital learning environments
  3. New development in change management intervention, crisis management and agile approaches to sustainable management.
  4. Live action role play (LARP) for responsible management development, 
  5. Use of simulation process (offline and online) including place-based simulation and multiple partner for sustainable collaboration from a management perspective (with ASIB – Association of Society in Business), 
  6. Industry collaboration (e.g., EDUMONDO & LJMU), 
  7. Gaming and gamification for management education and management development,  

Management Development often has a strong facilitative emphasis that draws upon the experience of managers and leaders. The editorial team welcome papers that explore this dimension, framed by the themes listed above. 

Guest Editors: 

Dr Madeleine Stevens: 
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Monika Foster
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Yvonne Dickson-Todd
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Submissions Information:

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jmd

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/jmd#author-guidelines

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key deadlines

Opening date: 10th of October 2022
Closing date: 31st of March 2023    
Closing date for abstract submission: 08th January 2023    
Email for submissions:  [email protected][email protected] and [email protected]