Doing management history: One editor's views

David Van Fleet

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Purpose: Currently, only a small number of manuscripts dealing with management history are being submitted to journals, and few of those are being accepted for publication. What is needed to change this situation is more high-quality research that is more interesting to a wider audience. The purpose of this paper is to offer some suggestions for overcoming current deficiencies. Design/methodology/approach: The perspective of one editor about what is being done and what might be done in terms of publishing management history research is presented. Findings: The unique perspective of an individual who is a past editor of a major management journal and current editor of an online journal each of which has published a variety of management history articles is presented. Originality/value: The paper stresses that too few management history manuscripts submitted to journals are of high-enough quality or sufficiently interesting to merit publication and that more good quality research that is interesting to a wider audience is needed. The paper offers suggestions to management history scholars as a means of changing this situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-247
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Management History
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • Management history
  • Publications
  • Research
  • Research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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