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European Journal of International Management
European Journal of International Management


Thematic Issue: "Contextualizing Top Management Teams"

Guest Editors:
Sibel Yamak, Galatasaray University, Turkey
Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Alessandro Minichilli, Bocconi University, Italy
Alejandro Escribá-Esteve, University of Valencia, Spain

Top managers are considered the most influential decision-makers for firms’ strategy and a large body of research presents evidence for executive effects in different settings. Yet only recently have researchers started to pay attention to the role of the social and environmental contexts in which top management teams (TMTs) are embedded. Top executives are often informed, influenced and sometimes constrained by others both inside and outside the organization. As a result, upper echelons face diverse challenges and opportunities when operating in a variety of different contexts. Contextual factors at the team, organizational, industry and country level are considered not only important determinants of executive composition but also moderating forces shaping the consequences of executive characteristics for firm strategy and performance. In addition, the extent to which top managers matter and exert an influence on their firms differ with national level institutional settings and there is an increased interest in the cross-national variation in executive effects.

This thematic issue aims to advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the interplay between top management teams and different layers of context as well as the dynamic interactions between the contexts and firm strategies (such as international and business strategies). We encourage in particular new theoretical and empirical approaches that introduce a more European perspective.

Selected papers will be published from the 2011 Workshop on “Top Management Teams & Business Strategy: Contextualizing TMTs”, Istanbul, 31 March–1 April, 2011. At the same time, we also welcome submitted papers from authors from all over the world. We invite submissions that discuss implications for international management in Europe and beyond.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Literature reviews and state-of-the-art papers, which will encourage the debate about the role of context in top management team research and discuss theoretical and empirical challenges for future TMT research.
  • Conceptual papers focusing on the theme of the thematic issue. We particularly welcome papers that use an interdisciplinary approach and combine different theoretical perspectives to explain the impact of contextual factors on the antecedents and consequences of TMT strategic behavior.
  • Empirical papers contextualizing different TMT research topics, such as:
    • the role of social, organizational, national, global and environmental contexts on TMT motivational and cognitive bases
    • TMT dynamics and behaviour;
    • interactions and power relations between TMT and other stakeholders
    • executive compensation, turnover and succession
    • etc

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double-blind review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Final paper submission deadline: 31 July, 2011