Organization Studies: Aims and Scope

The journal Organization Studies – published in collaboration with the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) – is a global, peer-reviewed journal that promotes the understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized, and the societal relevance of that understanding.

Organization Studies prompts engagement with organizations and organizing as psychological, social, economic, cultural, political, historical, and philosophical phenomena, and is the leading journal in the development of relevant and impactful knowledge of how organizations and organizing shape and are shaped by societies.

Organization Studies welcomes innovative, high-quality research from all paradigms and disciplines that advance organization research.

  • It promotes multi-disciplinarity through research that engages across disciplinary boundaries.

  • It invites all social science methodologies and methods that provide insights into organizations, organizing, and the organized in and between societies.

  • It encourages studies that reflect on the broader implications of their results.

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Organization Studies (OS) is a highly ranked and globally respected, multidisciplinary journal with over 40 years history of publishing excellent organization research. OS aims at advancing our knowledge of organizations, organizing and the organized in and between societies. It is broadly rooted in the social sciences and promotes an understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized as phenomena that shape and are shaped by the societies of which they are part.
 
OS invites innovative high-quality research from a wide range of philosophical traditions, disciplines, and methodological approaches. It encourages the interplay between theorizing and empirical research, in the belief that they are mutually informative.
 
OS welcomes articles that push organization theory forward through research that fully or partly draws on empirical data to research studies based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. Further, we accept conceptual articles that develop theory without reliance on empirical data. In the medium term, OS will focus on empirical manuscripts and will advise authors of manuscripts that do not draw on empirical data in any form to submit to the journal Organization Theory instead.

Our commitment

We are committed to OS being the leading hub of a community of scholars – authors, reviewers, editors and readers –, whose defining characteristics are a passion for ideas, open-minded intellectual curiosity, collegiate critique, and uncompromising adherence to the highest scholarly standards.
 
We expect every article published in OS to provide meaningful insights that challenge and exceed existing knowledge in the area of organization studies. We encourage bold research, driven by academic curiosity that crosses existing boundaries and dares to explore novel ground. We are looking for original research, but do not seek novelty as an end in itself, but rather as the result of the passion to advance our scholarly community and move our journal entrepreneurially ahead.
 
We are open to paradigmatic plurality and multidisciplinary research, but each article must have a solid theoretical grounding and must strive to develop further the tradition to which it adheres. We are committed to the accumulation of knowledge and demand that all articles engage seriously with existing literature. Submissions need to clearly communicate which conversations they wish to be part of or challenge, and what the novel theoretical insights are that their research contributes in relation to existing organizational literatures.
 
We are open to a wide range of epistemologies, methodologies and methods and expect empirical submissions to account for and motivate the approach chosen. Empirical studies must display professional rigour in data collection and analysis appropriate for the specific approach.
 
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Types of Submissions

Organization Studies welcomes the following types of submissions:

  • empirical or conceptual ‘research articles’;
  • shorter, essay-style ‘X and Organization Studies’;
  • ‘perspective articles’ that serve as introductions to virtual Special Issues; and
  • ‘method/ology articles’.