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The Journal for Decision Makers
Published in Association with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

eISSN: 23953799 | ISSN: 02560909 | Current volume: 49 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

'Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers' is a quarterly peer-reviewed open access journal published by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad ( since January 1976. The journal adopts a broad view of the management discipline and encourages the publication research output under several formats such as:

Research articles: Research articles published in Vikalpa are expected to have substantial original contribution to the body of knowledge in management or allied disciplines. The research could be theoretical or empirical. The journal is open to publishing articles with qualitative or quantitative methodology. The recommended length of the article is up to 6,000 words. You may go through published research articles in Vikalpa for a better understanding (Click here for a sample)

Perspectives: Perspectives articles present a synthesis of the knowledge in a specific sub-field of management offering valuable lessons to management practitioners and policy makers. Typically the Perspectives call for action or rethinking by managers and policy makers in organizations. The Perspective article need not necessarily be backed by original field research. The recommended length of the article is up to 6,000 words. You may go through recently published Perspective articles in Vikalpa for a better understanding. (Click here for a sample)

Management Case: The case feature of Vikalpa encourages authors to publish real-life managerial decision contexts in the form of instructional cases for the benefit of the academia. The decision context could be centered around an organization or an individual. The case should present ample data to facilitate a rich analysis of the situation. Vikalpa publishes cases related to the various managerial sub-disciplines such as business strategy, marketing, finance, organizational behavior and human resources management etc. Each case should be accompanied by a detailed teaching note, which presents an in-depth analysis of the situation and data presented in the case by the author. The author must obtain explicit written permission from the organization involved in the case to be eligible for publication of the case. The recommended length of the case is about 3,000 words, excluding the teaching note. You may go through recently published cases in Vikalpa for a better understanding. (Click here for a case and Click here for a diagnoses)

Colloquium: Colloquium presents an intense debate among various stakeholders on a contemporary management issue where each of the stakeholders presents their view on the issue. The Colloquium is expected to educate the audience of the journal on the various facets of issue. Typically the Colloquium engages the academia, practitioners, policy makers and civil society to elicit their perspective about a certain issue. If you are interested to coordinate a Colloquium please contact with a short proposal and a brief profile of the coordinators. (Click here for sample)

Book review: Vikalpa encourages the publication of short review of recently released titles in management and allied disciplines. The recommended length of the case is about 2,000 words. You may go through recently published published book-reviews in Vikalpa for a better understanding. (Click here for a sample)

The journal strongly believes that a healthy mix of the article formats would promote a deeper and more meaningful engagement among the academia, practitioners, policy makers and the civil society. To download the detailed description of the article formats, please click here.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The journal welcomes original papers from both academicians and practitioners in the following management disciplines:

• Accounting and management control
• Agriculture management
• Managerial communication
• Economics
• Finance and Banking
• Information Technology
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Marketing
• Operations Management
• Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
• Public Systems, including Health and Education, and Government
• Rural Development
• Strategic Management and Leadership

Chief Editor
Subhadip Roy Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Editorial Advisory Board
Rakesh Basant Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Pradeep K. Chintagunta The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, USA
Sanjiv Das Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, USA
Elizabeth George University of Cambridge, UK
Aseem Prakash University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Nagesh Rao Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, USA
Dilip Soman Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada
Marti G. Subrahmanyam Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, USA
Asoo Vakharia Warrington College of Business, University of Florida, USA
Jayanth R. Varma Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Associate Editors
Sujoy Chakravarty Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
Joshy Jacob Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Amit Karna Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
George Kandathil Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Sanket Mohapatra Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Soumya Mukhopadhyay Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Viswanath Pingali Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Kannan Raghunandan College of Business, Florida International University, Miami, USA
Dasaratha Rama College of Business, Florida International University, Miami, USA
M S Sriram Visiting Faculty, Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India
Rama Mohana R Turaga Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Shankar Venkataraman Bentley University, Boston, USA
Akshaya Vijayalakshmi Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Review panel of Vikalpa includes academics from around the world
Venkatesh Alladi University of California Irvine, USA
Sajid Anwar University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Coskun Arslan Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey
Anita Basalingappa Mudra Institute of Communications, India
Sanjai Bhagat University of Colarado Boulder, USA
Sumon Kumar Bhaumik University of Sheffield, UK
Shouvik Chakraborty University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Prabal Roy Chowdhury Indian Statistical Institute Delhi Centre, India
Anubha Dadhich Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, India
Ganga Dhanesh National University of Singapore, Singapore
Partha Gangopadhyay Saint Cloud State University, USA
Maria Madlberger Webster University - Vienna Campus, Austria
Kirti Sharma Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India
Rahul Sheel XLRI Jamshedpur, India
Jatinder Singh EADA Business School, Spain
Gordhan Saini Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
Sridhar Samu Indian School of Business Hyderabad, India
Paresha Sinha University of Waikato, New Zealand
Kenji Tanaka The University of Tokyo, Japan
Manoj Kumar Tiwari Director at National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India
Kelly Tian University of Wyoming, USA
Anshuman Tripathy IIM Bangalore, India
Abhijeet K Vadera Singapore Management University, Singapore
Venugopal Venkataraman Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherlands
Brinda Viswanathan Madras School of Economics, India
Ching-Chow Yang Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan
Manager, Vikalpa Editorial Office
Diana Joseph Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Pala Detharia Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
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  • The Journal for Decision Makers

    'Vikalpa​​: The Journal for Decision Makers' is peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

    Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

    Article processing charge (APC)

    Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad sponsors the journal by covering the Article Processing Charge (APC), so there is no APC payable by authors.

    Manuscripts must be submitted online at Submissions through mail or e-mail will not be processed for review.

    First-time authors will be required to create a Manuscript Central user account in order to proceed. Each submission must adhere to the style guidelines (click here); those that do not follow the guidelines will be returned to the author for correction. For any queries related to manuscript submission, please contact The Editorial team has also put together a guideline (click here) that outlines key points for preparing primary research manuscripts for submission to Vikalpa. Following these guidelines will improve the chance of publication in Vikalpa.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    As part of the submission will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Vikalpa may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    Declaration of conflicting interests

    Vikalpa encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and strongly recommends you to review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics' International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    The manuscript should be accompanied by the following:

    1. An abstract of 80–100 words
    2. An executive summary of about 400 words along with five key words
    3. A brief profile (60–80 words) of the author/s describing current designation and affiliation


    Vikalpa and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Vikalpa publishes manuscripts under  Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial.


    Wherever copyrighted material is used in the article, the authors should be accurate in reproduction and obtain permission from the copyright holders, if necessary.

    Review Process

    Each article submitted to Vikalpa goes through the first round of editorial review by the Editorial team. Subsequently, if selected, Vikalpa reviews each article following a double blind review process. The review at each round takes about 12 weeks. Vikalpa reserves the right to make editorial amendments to the final draft of the manuscript to suit the journal’s requirements.

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