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Management Communication Quarterly

Management Communication Quarterly

2017 Impact Factor: 1.444
2017 Ranking: 141/209 in Management | 37/84 in Communication
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product
An International Journal

Patricia M. Sias University of Arizona, USA
Former Editors
JoAnne Yates, 1987 - 1991 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Paul C. Feingold, 1987 - 1991 University of Southern California, USA
C. Christine Kelly, 1987 - 1992 New York University, USA
Larry R. Smeltzer, 1991 - 1994 Arizona State University, USA
Katherine I. Miller, 1992 - 1997 Arizona State University, Visiting Professor, USA
Patrice M. Buzzanell, 1997 - 2000 Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, USA
Theodore E. Zorn, 2001 - 2003 Massey University, New Zealand
Charles R. Conrad, 2004 - 2006 Texas A & M University, USA
James Barker, 2007 - 2012 Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Ling Chen, 2013-2015 Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

eISSN: 15526798 | ISSN: 08933189 | Current volume: 33 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Management Communication Quarterly (MCQ), peer-reviewed and published quarterly, is an essential resource for scholars of organizational and managerial practice and offers valuable and timely insights for professionals, consultants, and trainers. MCQ publishes conceptually rigorous, empirically-grounded, and practice-relevant research from across the organizational and management communication fields and has strong appeal across all disciplines concerned with organizational studies and the management sciences.

About the Title

Management Communication Quarterly is an essential resource for scholars of organizational and managerial practice and offers valuable and timely insights for professionals, consultants, and trainers. MCQ publishes conceptually rigorous, empirically-grounded, and/or practice-relevant research from across the organizational and management communication fields and has strong appeal across all disciplines concerned with organizational studies and the management sciences.

Cross-Disciplinary, Global Approach with Complete Coverage

A unique and valuable peer-reviewed journal, Management Communication Quarterly articles cover all aspects of communication in management and organizational contexts. Our authors cross the disciplinary boundaries of academic management study and explore a variety of contemporary organizational problems by conceptualizing or applying cutting edge theories and methodologies.

Management Communication Quarterly exposes its readers to the best thinking from a global network of organizational scholars. MCQ’s Editorial Board spans every continent and provides expertise for reviewing scholarship relating to the broad realm of management, communication, and organizational studies.

Each issue of MCQ presents the latest theory development and empirical research on a wide range of topics related to management and organizational communication from different perspectives and areas, such as:

  • Communication Technology
  • Conflict Processes
  • Corporate Communication
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Crisis Communication and Risk Management
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Diversity Management
  • Culture and Values
  • Decision Making
  • Harassment, Violence, and Psychological Abuse in Organizations
  • Emotion and Emotional Labor
  • Employer-Employee Relations
  • Gender, Race and Ethnicity
  • Globalization
  • Information Processing
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge Management
  • Organizing for Social Change
  • Organizational Ethics
  • Organizational Identification and Identity
  • Organizational Learning
  • Organization Change
  • Participation and Democracy
  • Power and Control
  • Public Relations
  • Sustainability
  • Virtual Organizations

Regular Features

Each issue of Management Communication Quarterly features a range of original studies. There is a regular Forum section devoted to provocative essays and commentaries on evolving issues in the field. The journal also publishes research notes on emerging areas of inquiry, empirical explorations and reviews of current books and texts.

Management Communication Quarterly presents conceptually rigorous, empirically-grounded, and practice-relevant research from across the organizational and management communication fields and has strong appeal across all disciplines concerned with organizational studies and the management sciences. Authors are encouraged to submit original theoretical and empirical manuscripts from a wide variety of methodological perspectives covering such areas as management, communication, organizational studies, organizational behavior and HRM, organizational theory and strategy, critical management studies, leadership, information systems, knowledge and innovation, globalization and international management, corporate communication, and cultural and intercultural studies. Criteria for publication include originality, provocative character, conceptual significance, methodological rigor, and relevance to scholars of communication in management and organizational contexts. MCQ also occasionally publishes manuscripts that introduce innovative research methods to the organizational and management communication fields. Such manuscripts must articulate details of the method and provide empirical evidence of the method’s efficacy for organizational and management communication research. Research method articles are shorter than regular articles, running approximately 4,000-5,000 words total. In addition, MCQ features a regular Forum section that includes themed essays, commentaries, debates, conference discussions, and book reviews.

Associate Editors
Boris Brummans University of Montreal, Canada
Dawna Ballard University of Texas, Austin, USA
Vernon Miller Michigan State University, USA
Keri Stephens University of Texas, Austin, USA
Erik Timmerman University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Editorial Board Members
Myria Allen University of Arkansas, USA
Mats Alvesson Lund University, Sweden
Donald Anderson University of Denver, USA
James Anderson University of Utah, USA
Marc Anderson Iowa State University, USA
Karen Ashcraft University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Yannick Atouba The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Joshua Barbour University of Texas, USA
James Barker Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Hamilton Bean University of Colorado at Denver, USA
Brenda Berkelaar University of Texas at Austin, USA
Ryan S. Bisel University of Oklahoma, USA
Sarah Blithe University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Justin Boren Santa Clara University, USA
Isabel C. Botero Stetson University, FL
Josh Boyd Purdue University, USA
Patrice M. Buzzanell Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, USA
Daniel J. Canary University of Utah, USA
Theresa Castor University of Wisconsin, USA
George Cheney University of Colorado, Colarado Springs, USA
Rebecca Chory Frostburg State University, USA
Irene Hau-siu Chow Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
Phillip G. Clampitt University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, USA
Timothy Clark University of Durham, UK
Charles Conrad Texas A&M University, USA
Tim Coombs Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
Francois Cooren University of Montreal, Canada
Scott d'Urso Marquette University, USA
Menno de Jong University of Twente, Netherlands
Penny Dick University of Sheffield, UK
Marya L. Doerfel Rutgers University, USA
William Donohue Michigan State University, USA
Debbie S. Dougherty University of Missouri, USA
Tomasz Fediuk Marquette University, USA
Kathryn Fonner University of Wisconsin, USA
Cindy Gallois University of Queensland, Australia
Shiv Ganesh Massey University, New Zealand
Johny Garner Texas Christian University, USA
Rebecca Gill Massey University, New Zealand
David Grant Griffith Business School, Australia
Michael Gross Colorado State University, USA
Maurice Hall Villanova University, USA
Zachary Hart Northern Kentucky University, USA
Lynn Harter University of Ohio, USA
Renee Heath University of New Hampshire, USA
Robert L. Heath University of Houston, USA
Raymond L. Hogler Colorado State University, USA
Sherry Holladay Texas A&M University, USA
Michele H. Jackson University of Colorado, USA
Gouwei Jian Cleveland State University, USA
Jeff Kassing Arizona State University, USA
Loraleigh Keashly Wayne State University, USA
Elizabeth Kelley Dalhousie University, Canada
Sora Kim Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China SAR, Hong Kong, China
Michael Kramer University of Oklahoma, USA
Kathleen Krone University of Nebraska, USA
Tim Kuhn University of Colorado, USA
Daniel Lair St. Louis University, USA
John Lammers University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Greg Larson University of Montana, USA
Jaesub Lee University of Houston, USA
Paul Leonardi University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Kenneth Levine University of Tennessee, USA
Laurie R. Lewis Rutgers University, USA
Luo Lu National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Kristin Lucas University of Louisville, USA
Owen H. Lynch Southern Methodist University, USA
John Martin Wright State University, USA
Steve May The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Bernard McKenna Queensland University of Technology, Australia
David McKie University of Waikato, New Zealand
Rebecca Meisenbach University of Missouri, USA
Katherine Miller Arizona State University, Visiting Professor, USA
Rahul Mitra Wayne State University, USA
Jennifer Scott Mobley Grove City College, USA
Jennifer Butler Modaff University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, USA
Dennis Mumby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Karen K. Myers University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Majia Nadesan Arizona State University, USA
Eddy Ng Dalhousie University, Canada
Anne Nicotera George Mason University, USA
Stella Nkomo University of Pretoria, South Africa
David Novak DePaul University, USA
Amy O'Connor University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA
James Olufowote University of Oklahoma, USA
Cliff Oswick City University London, UK
Patricia Parker University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Scott Poole University of Illinois, USA
Alison Pullen Swansea University, UK
Linda Putnam University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Kevin Real University of Kentucky, USA
Robyn Remke Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Ron Rice University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Brian Richardson University of North Texas, USA
Daniel Robichauld Universite de Montreal, Canada
Charo Rodriguez McGill University, Canada
David Rooney University of Queensland, Australia
Philip Salem Texas State University, USA
Dennis Schoeneborn Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
Clifton Scott University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Craig Scott Rutgers University, USA
Matthew W. Seeger Wayne State University, USA
Timothy L. Sellnow University of Central Florida, USA
Vivian Sheer Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
John Sherblom University of Maine, USA
Michelle Shumate Northwestern University, USA
John Sillince Strathclyde University, UK
Jennifer Mize Smith Western Kentucky University, USA
Patricia J. Sotirin Michigan Technological University, USA
Krishnamurthy Sriramesh University of Colorado - Boulder, USA
Cynthia Stohl University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Dennis Tourish The University of Kent, UK
Sarah Tracy Arizona State University, USA
Paaige Turner Webster University, USA
Maarten Van der Sanden Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Shari R. Veil University of Kentucky, USA
Heather Vough University of Cincinnati, USA
Matthew Weber Rutgers University, USA
Andrea Whittle Cardiff University, UK
Jennifer Ziegler Valparaiso University, USA
Heather Zoller University of Cincinnati, USA
Ted Zorn Massey University, New Zealand
Assistant Editor
Scott d'Urso Marquette University, USA
Suchitra Shenoy-Packer DePaul University, USA
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