SMS

Vision Statement

Global Strategy Journal is the leading journal for global strategic management research and a top tier scholarly journal in management. The domain of the journal is the study of the interaction between the global context of organizations and their strategies and strategic management. Global strategy and GSJ are about strategy in context; about the boundary and moderating influences of place in the array of nations on strategy and strategic management. By strategy we mean the analysis of decisions and actions that enable an organization to achieve its objectives and improve its success. By organizations we mean not only for-profit multinational enterprises, but also small-and-medium-sized firms as well as non-governmental organizations and supra-national entities. By global context we mean not only activities that take place in multiple countries or cross national borders, but also activities in single countries that differentiate multinational and local organizations or that test or develop concepts in global strategy or management and comparisons of activities across countries and comparisons of organizations that originate in different countries.

We welcome theoretical pieces that aim to extend current thinking and introduce new ideas, concepts, frameworks, models or relationships explaining global strategic management. We are open to extending any theoretical base, and welcome studies that establish links between strategic management and other disciplines (e.g., economics, political economy, history, law, psychology, sociology, geography, international relations, etc.) as long as the focus of the study is on global strategy and impact the general discipline of strategic management. We expect that the effects of the international context will be explicitly included in any conceptual modeling or analytical outcomes. 

We are open to any type of empirical studies (large-sample quantitative analyses, small number comparative studies, single case studies, simulations, etc.) that analyze any dimension of global strategy. We also seek studies that contribute to a better understanding of research methods in global strategy, as well as studies that clarify previous empirical findings and offer more solid understanding of empirical relationships of know theoretical mechanisms. Studies with data from one country are welcome as long as they analyze some global dimension of strategy, for example comparing the strategies of organizations from different nations operating in one country, analyzing the international activities of organizations from one country, or studying the influence of foreign activities on organizations in the country. Studies with data from multiple country studies need to explicitly analyze the influence of some country characteristics on the behavior of organizations.

We are also interested in proposals for perspective pieces that shape the academic conversation by providing clarification of past ideas and guidance for future research on new topics and concepts. They can take the form of point-counterpoint in which two opposing sides analyze one topic, discoveries in which new concepts or ideas are introduced, critical reviews in which past knowledge is clarified and evaluated, or special issues in which several articles analyze one topic.

Finally, GSJ is specifically committed to respect methodological and philosophical differences across national and regional scholarly traditions, while still maintaining high standards of academic quality and rigor. 

Manuscripts are double-blind reviewed by an Editorial Review Board of experienced and research-active peer scholars. Reviews are open minded, developmental, and timely as well as rigorous and demanding. The Board is supported by a team of editors (Co-Editors and Associate Editors) who have deep research and editorial experience. In turn, these editors are advised by a Senior Editorial Board of respected scholars from the international strategy field. The journal editors are responsive to the requirements of the Publications Committee of the SMS Board and to the policies of the Joint (SMS & the publisher) Advisory Board. The editors establish and monitor the policies governing the GSJ’s editorial review process, content and quality standards, which are based on scientific method, relevant theory, tested or testable propositions, and appropriate data and evidence, replicable by others and representing original contributions.  These policies have established and will maintain GSJ as a journal committed to high standards of intellectual rigor, while explicitly avoiding cultural or institutional biases in favor of or in opposition to any specific research type or method, or any specific source of such research. When deemed appropriate and necessary, data and other sources of information will be archived by the journal and made available to other researchers as a means of meeting the publication standards of GSJ.