Analyzing Cultures of Excellence

Call for papers for: Measuring Business Excellence

This special issue will open for submissions: 1 April 2021 
The deadline for submissions: 30 June 2021

Special Issue Scope
MBE now invites scholarly articles and research notes for a special issue on "Analyzing Cultures of Excellence". 

Much of the focus on business and operational excellence is concerned with aspects of process and with leveraging improvement tools.  Unfortunately, often the social aspects of excellence are missed both by practitioners and researchers.  Yet, social aspects such as multiple and overlapping levels of culture likely account for some variability in an organizations’ abilities to continuously improve, reduce waste, and problem solve effectively – all activities associated with excellence.

According to Kassem, Ajmal, Gunasekaran, & Helo (2019), there have been very few studies that have examined culture and excellence together.  As one of the few, they note several limitations of their approach (related to a narrow portrayal of culture) and call for a further understanding of the link between culture and excellence.

Ferdowsian (2016) suggests that the limited number of research examining culture and excellence could be due to the challenges associated with the complexity of examining both of these phenomena together.  Both excellence and culture are so complex that there is a need for a concentrated approach (such as this special issue) to examine the interplay more thoroughly.

This special issue will allow social elements influenced by multiple overlapping levels of culture to be more conclusively examined.  In doing so, it will provide future researchers with a basis for further studying social elements of continuous improvement, waste reduction, and problem solving.  It will also help to give practitioners new ideas regarding how they must consider culture as they adjust their processes and tools to promote excellence.

This special issue has the following aims:
1.    To understand the influence that organizational, geographic, and other social cultures have on continuous improvement, waste reduction, and problem solving activities in organizations.  This will be met through conceptual and empirical articles that examine how cultural assumptions, values, and artifacts impact organizational processes and operations.
2.    To assess specific cultural elements that are most closely related to excellent business practices.  This will be met through conceptual and empirical articles that examine specific cultural attributes and link them to best practices in organizations.
3.    To make recommendations for ways in which organizations can create their own cultures of excellence despite potential limitations that they might face (including limitations related to a geographic culture in which an organization might operate).  This will be met through conceptual and empirical articles that consider the interplay between different overlapping cultural influences in suggesting new and improved ways in which organizations might operate.

To find out more about Measuring Business Excellence (MBE) visit the journal homepage insert MBE homepage here.

Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit papers for inclusion in this special issue of Measuring Business Excellence (MBE). Topics of interests in management and business include, but are not limited to, the following issues:
-    The influence of multiple levels of culture on business excellence
-    Specific cultural elements related to continuous improvement, problem solving, and waste reduction
-    Ways that organizations can create an internal culture of excellence despite broader external cultural challenges
-    The relationship between a culture’s assumptions, values, and artifacts and the individual traits of employees that facilitate excellence initiatives
-    How different cultures interpret the idea of business excellence

Guest Editor:
The guest editor for this special issue is:
Dr. Michael J. Urick (Graduate Director of Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence and Associate Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at Saint Vincent College, USA)

Publication Schedule
Manuscript Submission Deadline: 30 June 2021
Reviewer Reports: 1 September 2021
Revised Paper Submission: 1 December 2021
Notification to Authors: 8 January 2022
Publication: Approximately within 9 – 12 months of Acceptance

Author Submission Guidelines
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers is available here

Online Submission through ScholarOne:
Submissions to Measuring Business Excellence are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available here.

For any further inquiry about this special issue, please contact the guest editor:
Michael Urick – [email protected]

Ferdowsian, M. C. (2016). Total business excellence–a new management model for operationalizing excellence. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

Kassem, R., Ajmal, M., Gunasekaran, A., & Helo, P. (2019). Assessing the impact of organizational culture on achieving business excellence with a moderating role of ICT. Benchmarking: An International Journal