Associate Professor, Management
Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
Publishing in academic journals can seem daunting. Particularly for new PhD students, sitting down to write a 30-40 page paper can be confusing without guidance on where or even how to start. And to make matters worse, after months of effort your cherished final manuscript can then be met with a firm “reject” from journals. My talk describes tips and tricks intended to make this writing process easier and, ideally, more likely to lead to a publishable paper. In particular, I will cover a “fill-in-the-blanks” article structure used by most management journals that, once known, simplifies the writing process considerably. I will then cover some of the more effective ways to fill in those blanks (i.e., how to frame the contributions of your article), as well as general approaches for dealing with reviewer comments.
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Lance Ferris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Prior to joining Broad, Lance was an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University from 2008-2011, and an Associate Professor at the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University from 2011-2017. He currently serves on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology. His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology.