Workshop on Writing for Management Journals with Professor Roy Suddaby (registration open)

Date(s) - 07/07/2021 - 08/07/2021 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



This workshop is designed for management scholars who would like to improve their academic writing skills in order to better navigate the process of peer review. It is organized in two sessions. The first session focuses on a combination of lectures and discussions designed to identify and analyze the key structural and narrative elements of highly impactful papers in management and organizational theory.

The second section applies those insights to your own work through a series of exercises, examples and activities designed to help you develop different techniques and strategies for effectively communicating your ideas.

Advanced Preparation:

There is no advanced reading required. Participants should identify a paper within their discipline that has achieved external recognition (highly cited, awards) and which has influenced them in their own research.

Detailed Program July 20th July 21st
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Introductions Recap of Yesterday
2:15 – 2.45 p.m. Discussion: What makes a great management paper? Exercise 1: Path to a theoretical Contribution
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Lecture: The anatomical elements of a great management paper:

Premise (Conflict)





Exercise 2: Theory Building Apparatus Exercise


Exercise 3: Framing the Introduction

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Discussion: The anatomical structure of a great management paper:

Foreground vs Background

Inverted pyramid vs Hourglass vs Five Boxes

Show vs Tell

Voice & Echo

Cliché & Jargon

Exercise 4: Framing the Literature Review



Exercise 5: The structure of your argument

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Concluding Discussion Next Steps & Ongoing Learning

About Roy:

Roy is a past editor of the Academy of Management Review and has served, or continues to serve on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Perspectives, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, and the Scandinavian Management Review. He has won best-paper awards from the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada as well as the Greif Research Impact Award from the Academy of Management.