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Analytics for Business Decisions

Special issue call for papers from Management Decision

Guest editors:
Manish Gupta, Department of HR, IBS Hyderabad, a Constituent of IFHE, Deemed to be University, India.
Weiguo Fan, Henry B. Tippie Chair in Business Analytics Department of Management Sciences Tippie College of Business University of Iowa, USA.
Aviral Kumar Tiwari, Montpellier Business School, Montpellier Research in Management, France.

Analytics is increasingly gaining popularity among practitioners and academics.  It is primarily because of the role of analytics in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the businesses considerably. Usage of analytics makes it easy to carry-out the four basic functions of management including planning, controlling, organizing, and directing. Organizations typically collect data on several parameters and store them for political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental purposes in the form of huge databases. Analytics helps organizations analyze these data and derive meaning out of it. Such data-driven and evidence-based results have positive consequences for organizations. However, experts suggest that there are several challenges in using business analytics including human resource issues such as adaptability of employees, marketing management issues such as reliability and validity of market segmentation, financial management issues such as high initial investment for long-term return on investment, operational issues such as quantifying all the activities, and information systems such as understanding the technical know-how.  Moreover, the ever changing macro level factors external to the organization also have a role in the extent to which analytics is used in the businesses. Thus, it is important to know the ways in which analytics affects and gets affected by several micro and macro level factors.

Special issue aim:
Analytics in businesses does not work in isolation but does impact the business outcomes significantly. As the research relating to the antecedents and consequences of using analytics in business is very limited especially in management functions, this special issue has the following objectives:

  1. To understand the factors affecting the usage of analytics in businesses
  2. To explore the decisional implications of using analytics in businesses
  3. To critically examine the process of using analytics in a particular company or an industry.
  4. To capture the dynamics of variables in the field of marketing, finance, human resource, organizational behavior, operations, and information systems on introducing analytics in an organization.

Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Human resource management through analytics
  2. Managing marketing through analytics
  3. Factors supporting business analytics
  4. Real cases on implementation process of business analytics
  5. Marketing through business analytics
  6. Business analytics in information systems
  7. Database management through analytics
  8. Improving operations using business analytics
  9. Creating an organizational culture for promoting business analytics
  10. Financial issues and management through business analytics
  11. Implications of using analytics in businesses

Submission procedure
Submissions to the special issue should be sent electronically through the "Management Decision" ScholarOne System. The manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines for authors given in the website of the journal "Management Decision":

Authors need to clearly indicate in their submission information and letter that their manuscript is for the Special Issue on "Analytics for Business Decisions" All submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process followed by "Management Decision" Journal. All manuscripts must be original, unpublished works that are not concurrently under review for publication elsewhere. Questions about this special issue may be directed to the guest editors.

For any queries, contact all the guest editors (refer contact details below):
•    Manish Gupta ([email protected])
•    Weiguo Fan, ([email protected])
•    Aviral Kumar Tiwari ([email protected])

Submission Deadline:

•    Submission deadline: January 31, 2020.

Guest editors' bios:

Manish Gupta is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Resource at IBS Hyderabad, a Constituent of IFHE, Deemed to be University. His PhD thesis is in the area of ‘work engagement’. Manish is a recipient of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and National Eligibility Test (NET) certificate awarded by University Grants Commission, Government of India. He has both teaching and industry experience. He is Editorial Team Member of Australasian Journal of Information Systems (The University of Queensland, Australia), International Journal of Knowledge Management (IGI Global, USA), and Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations (IGI Global, USA). Recently, he has completed his special issue editorial assignments for Advances in Developing Human Resources (Sage, USA), Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing (Emerald, UK), Industrial and Commercial Training (Emerald, UK), Australasian Journal of Information Systems (UoQ, Australia), and International Journal of Knowledge Management (IGI Global, USA). He is also editing special issues for Human Resource Management Review (Elsevier, UK), International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing (John Wiley and Sons Ltd), International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK), and Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations (IGI Global, USA). He is also Consulting Editor of The HRM Review (IUP press, India).  He has authored a book on Practical Applications of HR Analytics: A Step-by-Step Guide (Sage, India) and has edited a book on Qualitative Techniques for Workplace Data Analysis (IGI Global, USA). He is in final stage of editing a book on Engaging Diverse Workforce (AAP - a member of the Taylor & Francis Group, USA). Manish has contributed book chapters on employee engagement, green marketing, and goods and services tax, among others with Palgrave Macmillan, Apple Academic Press, and IGI Global respectively. His upcoming book chapters are with IGI Global, USA, and AAP - a member of the Taylor & Francis Group, USA. He has conducted a workshop on academic writing. He has recently won the AIMS International Outstanding Young Management Researcher Award 2019. He has also won the ADHR best issue of 2018 award. His work has received media coverage in international magazines, newspapers, blogs and news channels. He is a permanent reviewer for Cogent Education (an imprint of Taylor & Francis) and Paradigm (Sage, India). He has reviewed articles for Studies in Higher Education (Taylor & Francis), International Journal of Organizational Analysis (Emerald), Journal of Further and Higher Education (Routledge), Evidence-based HRM (Emerald), Leadership & Organization Development Journal (Emerald), and Journal of Management Education (Sage) to name a few. He has contributed several research papers to the SSCI impact factor, Scopus abstracted, and ABDC ranked journals that have been published with APA, Springer, Emerald, Sage, Wiley, Elsevier etc. He has eight conference proceedings to his credit and two case studies in The Case Centre, UK..

Weiguo (Patrick) Fan is Henry B. Tippie Chair in Business Analytics at the Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2002, a M. Sce in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore in 1997, and a B. E. in Information and Control Engineering from the Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China, in 1995. His research interests focus on the design and development of novel information technologies --- information retrieval, data mining, text/web mining, business intelligence techniques, data science, business analytics --- to support better business information management and decision making. He has published more than 200 refereed journal and conference papers. His research has appeared in journals such as Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Production and Operations Management, Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Information and Management, Journal of the American Society on Information Science and Technology, Information Processing and Management, Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems and Applications, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, Pattern Recognition, IEEE Intelligent Systems, Information Sciences, Journal of Informetrics, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Pattern Recognition Letters, International Journal of e-Collaboration, and International Journal of Electronic Business, Chinese Management Studies. He currently serves on the editorial boards for several well known information systems journals: MIS Quarterly, Journal of Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Information and Management, Information Technology and Management, and Journal of Database Management. His research has been cited more than 7100 times according to Google Scholar (H-index 44). His research has been funded by five NSF grants, two China NSF grants, one PWC grant, one KPMG grant, and several other industrial grants.

Aviral Kumar Tiwari is post-doctoral fellow in Montpellier Business School (MBS), France since 1st December 2016. Prior to joining MBS he was the Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at IBS Hyderabad, India. With a doctoral degree from ICFAI University Tripura, India in 2015, Dr. Aviral has achieved signal success in showcasing his outstanding research competencies in multifarious ways. He has contributed six A* and 30 A category research papers in the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) journal quality list. He has published over 200 scholarly research papers in journals of international repute. He has participated in several international and national conferences. Dr. Aviral is one of the top five research economists in India according to Repec database. One of the books written by Dr. Aviral—Liberalization and Wage Inequality: Evidence From Indian Manufacturing Industry-- has been published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany in 2011. Besides, he is also Life member of Indian Economic Association and International Academy of Business and a member in the Euro Area Business Cycle Network (EABCN). His biography has been included in the list of 2000 outstanding intellectuals and his name has been nominated for the award of –Man of the Year & International Educator of the Year, 2012 by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. He has been conferred the Best Researcher Award, 2015 by GRABS Educational Charitable Trust, Chennai. He has recently bagged the prestigious Prof. M J Manohar Rao Award for 2014 from The Indian Econometric Society for his outstanding research contributions.