Journal of Organizational Design

18 August 2012 at 4:30 am 5 comments

| Nicolai Foss |

Journal of Organizational Design is a newly started open-access journal that should be of considerable potential interest to readers of O&M. While I am generally skeptical of open-access journals in social science — “open access” still largely signals “low quality” — JOD seems likely to become a success story. First, organizational design is making much of a come-back as a research field in management research and in economics organizational economics/the economics of the firm is fundamentally about organizational design issues. However, the established organization studies/theory journals do not seem to publish much organizational design research, and perhaps JOD can partially preempt this niche. Second, the editors (Børge Obel and Charles Snow) are assisted by impressive editorial board members and associate editors. Third, the journal is supported by an organized community. In any case, there is much interesting reading in the first two available issues of the journal, such as John Mathews’ interesting article on supra-firm architectures. Enjoy!

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  • 1. Timothy M. Santos  |  18 August 2012 at 11:53 am

    on a somewhat related note, does anyone have an explanation as to why open access journals are not associated with low quality in physical sciences (especially biological sciences), but are considered low quality in social sciences?

  • 2. stevepostrel  |  18 August 2012 at 6:36 pm

    If it’s open access, why do I have to register and deal with a captcha (which is unreadable on my iPad)?

  • 3. Robert David Steele Vivas  |  18 August 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Journal of Human Design would be a cooler title. In any event, Open Access is one tiny part of the Open Source Everything spectrum, and until organizations, and nations, realize that we have to go “all in” on all the opens, not much progress is going to be made. The headline above is included in tonight’s Open Source Everything Highlights, twitter hash #openall short url to the stack is http://tinyurl.com/OSE-ALL

  • 4. mikemarotta  |  21 August 2012 at 6:32 am

    Hot stuff! Thanks. I will be sure to register (on my other computer).

    To rely to Timothy M. Santos in 1 above, I think that perhaps the key is that in the sciences, the research is replicated for use. Sociologists still after 150 years do not share a common paradigm. Organization Theory, at least, has some opportunity for trial and error as people create firms, clubs, governments, etc., and the results are apparent.

    I note that we do not question why our republic has a president and secretaries and so on. The founders modeled their organization on the philosophical and scientific societies of their day, not on the civil governments of inherited rulerships supported by ecclesiastic ministers. Now, our clubs follow the “constitutional” method we learned in school, assuming it to be somehow written in the stars. Even in college, the marketing club typically follows that model, rather than a true business nomenclature.

  • […] Nicolai’s post at O&M made me aware of a new journal, Journal of Organization Design.  I definitely think org design deserves to experience a renaissance/comeback, so I welcome a journal dedicated to the topic. (Though, I do think we have far too many journals in strategy/management – many of them are of suspect quality.) […]

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