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Management Decision (MD) is a leading business science journal with the distinction of being the oldest and longest-running scholarly publication focused specifically on the area of management.

ISSN: 0025-1747
eISSN: 0025-1747

Aims and scope

Research in Management Decision (MD) features interesting and novel questions, robust conceptual and theoretic foundations, rigorous methodologies, provocative findings, and bold implications.

The journal advances the field of management with novel informative content and powerful implications for business scholars, leaders, and professional managers around the world. Founded in 1967, Management Decision has made an outstanding international impact. Specifically, the following three items set the journal apart:

  1. The oldest management science journal that has stayed relevant for our day (i.e., academic journal with over a half-century of management research that has recently developed a high impact factor).  
  2. An international general business journal that is management-focused (i.e., multidisciplinary view on managers’ challenges and opportunities in organizations across the world according to the variety of tasks required by the role).
  3. Emphasis on application of research to organizational implementation of managerial decision making (i.e., contribute to practice through theoretically sound intervention tools for managerial problem solving).

Areas of coverage:

  • Entrepreneurship and social enterprise
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability
  • Business policy and strategic management
  • International management and organisations
  • Organisational behaviour and HRM
  • Operations management and logistics research
  • Controversial issues in management and organisations
  • Turnaround, corporate entrepreneurship, and innovation
  • Legal issues, business ethics, and firm governance
  • Managerial accounting and firm financial affairs
  • Non-traditional research and creative methodologies
  • Managerial marketing research

Management Decision considers submissions representing a wide range of scholarship, including qualitative and quantitative research as well as conceptual papers (please see the ‘Article classification’ subsection under the ‘Manuscript requirements’ section below).


Submitting special issue proposals to Management Decision

Special issue (SI) enquiries should first be directed to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Brandon Randolph-Seng ([email protected]). Initial SI proposals should outline why the SI is important to management science, including the currency of the topic. You should also include a well-written and developed “call for papers” (CfP). Following submission to the Editor, for proposals with the potential to generate high-quality submissions, the editor will send Guest Editor Candidates a proposal form which once completed should be sent (along with the approved CfP) to the Emerald Commissioning Editor, Chloe Campbell ([email protected]) for preliminary checks. These checks will look at various element of a SI proposal, relating to its content and the individuals involved – aiming to ensure that they match the standards of the journal. In particular, the coherence of the SI will be examined (in terms of the CfP). Once a SI proposal passes this stage, the Commissioning Editor will then inform the Editor-in-Chief and then the SI will be subject to peer review (which usually takes 4-8 weeks). Following the review process, special issues which are commissioned will join the pipeline of special issues for Management Decision to be advertised and launched as soon as possible. 

Featured special issue call for papers

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
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