Author guidelines

This journal only publishes commissioned content, please do not submit speculative manuscripts.

Submit to the journal

  • Each article should be around 800 - 1,300 words long and should be typed in single-line spacing with standard margins. However, an exceptional article could go up to 1,500 words.
  • It is important that the article focuses on an area of strategy, leadership, management, etc.
  • Get to the point straight away. You do not need to "introduce" such and such, covering "the following six areas". Let the material speak for itself.
  • Please ensure that the article does not sound like an advertorial for a company. Blatantly promotional material will not be published.
  • Where possible, avoid technical jargon. Many of the readers are in non-English-speaking countries. Use USA spelling and other conventions e.g. 'organization' not 'organisation'.
  • Keep paragraphs short and sentences short and uncomplicated.
  • Use bullet point paragraphs for action points. Start each bullet point with lower case, and separate each bullet point with a semi-colon.
  • Use subheadings to break up the text.
  • Keep references to a minimum – no more than 5 – this is not meant to be a heavy academic journal
  • Please indicate a one-line heading with a second line providing a development on the main heading. For example, if the text is about a particular approach and it is used in a specific company this could look as follows:

    Developing knowledge workers on the factory floor
    The case of ABB-Alamo

  • Alternatively, the second line could add a comment to the main heading, for example:

    The manager's role in coaching
    Overcoming barriers to success
  • Please also submit a head and shoulders photograph, and any images you wish to accompany the article.

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  • Please log on to with your username and password. This will take you through to the Welcome page (To consult the Author Guidelines for this journal, click on the Home Page link in the Resources column)
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  • Click on the submit a manuscript link which will take you through to the Manuscript Submission page
  • Complete all fields and browse to upload your article
  • When all required sections are completed, preview your .pdf proof
  • Submit your manuscript

Review process

Each paper is reviewed by the editor, and if it is judged suitable for this publication, the editor will decide whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. Second opinions may be taken from experts in the field and the Editorial Advisory Board. Strategic Direction reserves the right to decide at any point not to publish an article, even after it has been accepted.

Editorial team
  • Editor

  • Publisher

  • Journal Editorial Office (For queries related to pre-acceptance)

  • Supplier Project Manager (For queries related to post-acceptance)

  • Editorial Advisory Board

    • Dr David Antonioni
      Executive Education - USA
    • Professor Ian Cunningham
      Strategic Developments International - UK
    • Mr J Paul Dittmann
      Whirlpool Corporation - USA
    • Pankaj Ghemawat
      IESE Business School - Spain
    • Gary Hamel
      Strategos - UK
    • Mr William E Hess
      Senco Products Inc. - USA
    • Professor Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
      INSEAD Global Leadership Center - France
    • Dr. Derrick Kon
      CEO Solutions Pte Ltd - Singapore
    • Mr Roger E Levien
      Strategy & Innovation Consulting - USA
    • Dr. Rajesh K. Pillania
      Management Development Institute, Gurgaon - India
    • B Joseph Pine II
      Strategic Horizons LLP - USA
    • Professor Yoko Sano
      Kaetsu University - Japan
    • Dr Naoto Sasaki
      DBL-Group - Bangladesh
    • Dr Christian Stadler
      University of Bath - UK
    • Professor Mark Thomas
      Grenoble Ecole de Management - France
  • In Memoriam

    • Martin Fojt, 1960 - 2014
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Strategic Direction is an essential management information resource for today's strategic thinkers.

ISSN: 0258-0543
eISSN: 0258-0543

Aims and scope

As a unique service, we scan through the best 400 management journals in the world and distil the most topical management issues and relevant implications for senior managers out of cutting-edge research.

We regularly present case study reviews of the Fortune 500 companies. Each briefing (no more than 2 to 3 pages long) is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the arguments in context.

Unique attributes

Strategic Direction offers CEOs powerful advantages by briefing them on the key ideas and major issues affecting business today.


As the business environment becomes more competitive, the quality of strategic thinking demonstrated by an organization can become a measure of its success. This journal is the first of its kind, built solely around the needs of the CEOs and their strategy teams, and is an essential tool in the conception and implementation of powerful strategies.