Executive Insights Series

“Discovery is the journey, insight is the destination.” - Gary Hamel

The South Asian Journal of Business Studies has launched a new category of manuscripts within the journal titled “Executive Insights.” The papers submitted to this section should be developed based on personal interviews with top-level South Asian managers in Multinational or South Asian companies, or with emerging entrepreneurs of South Asian origin. These manuscripts should be approximately 3000-4000 words in length and should synthesize the theory and practice of management. In other words, the interviews should describe the CEO’s personal journey and experience, as well as offer insights on management to scholars and practitioners. The manuscripts should be framed within some theoretical context which readers could relate to.

The specific insights can cover many interesting aspects of management theory. Some illustrative examples include:

  • Decision making in a multi-national context or within the context of South Asian countries;
  • Leadership styles and development of an innovative organizational culture;
  • Building long term orientation within the organization;
  • How to adapt subsidiary strategy and performance in an International context;
  • Building sustainable organizations globally;
  • The meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility in different parts of South Asia;
  • Managing a multi-cultural workforce.

This list of topics is illustrative and not exhaustive. The Insight pieces need to throw light on the South Asian background of the manager/CEO or the challenges of managing in a South Asian context.  The interview data should be supplemented with recent published data about the company.

The papers will be peer-reviewed based on several key criteria:

  1. Has the author demonstrated why the interview with the CEO/manager/Entrepreneur is interesting?
  2. Are the interview responses framed in a way that synthesizes management theory to the practice of management?
  3. Has the author demonstrated an understanding of theories that they are trying to illustrate?
  4. Has the author presented the interview results in a way that there is a clearly articulated take-away for management theorists and practitioners.
  5. Can the author tie the interview to reasons why the CEO/manager was successful or failed within the context that they were in?
  6. Key takeaways from the study.

We welcome your submission to this new series within SAJBS. If you have additional questions, please email the editorial assistant at [email protected].