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From the Editor-in-Chief’s Desk
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It has been almost 11 months since Emerald Publications officially approved launch of the South Asian Journal of Global
Business Research (SAJGBR) as a journal dedicated to advancing theoretical and empirical knowledge of business and management
issues facing multinational and local organizations within South Asia. What exciting and busy months these 11 months have been
for me! With the help of friends, supporters and an Advisory Committee, I have managed to hire a highly professional Editorial Team
as well expand membership of our Reviewer Board. Currently we have a total of 50 reviewers on SAJGBR Reviewer Board, who
represent 11 countries and are based in North America, Europe, Australia, Middle East, and South Asia.
In the past several months, we have focused upon developing a solid infrastructure for SAJGBR, including a centralized
submission system, a review process that aims to provide prompt and detailed feedback to authors, and established a partnership
with the South Asian Academy of Management (SAAM). We have been happily overwhelmed with abundant queries and feedback that
we have received with respect to publishing and reviewing for SAJGBR.
We received our first submission in Dec 2010. Since then there has been a steady flow of submissions. Our first Call for
Papers also generated much interest among the scholarly community and resulted in a total of 21 submissions within a two-month
period. Currently, we have 9 submissions in process and an additional 17 manuscripts are with the authors for revisions.
We are aware that we are a brand new journal, and realize that it is critical that we establish our reputation as a worldclass
Journal that publishes high-quality research articles, insights and reviews which contribute to the scholarly and managerial
understanding of contemporary South Asian business issues. We have taken several measures to establish a credible image in the
market. Our competitive advantage, in addition to providing a unified platform to publish high-quality research that links research
communities in South Asia with the rest of the world, is the strength of our review process. So far we have maintained a turnaround
time for a decision on a submitted manuscript of 67 days (we promise our authors a 90-day time period). In addition, between May
and June I have desk-reviewed 43% of all manuscripts and communicated a decision to several authors with substantial feedback
within a 7-day period. I want to thank all of the blind reviewers who have helped us exceed our goals of timely and detailed
With its launch about eight months away, we are working hard on finalizing the first issue; which is expected to be
published in March 2012 and Early Cited in Jan 2012. Finally, I would like to thank Candice Matthews and Kitson Davidson Mony for
their hard work and contribution to designing and developing the first issue of SAJGBR Spotlight.
I look forward to your continued support. Please feel free to email your questions, feedback and manuscripts to us at
Shaista E. Khilji
South Asian Journal of
Collaborates with South
Asian Academy of
We are pleased to introduce
the partnership between
SAJGBR & SAAM. Recently
SAJGBR became the official
journal of SAAM. This
partnership will be
celebrated at the 2011
Academy of Management
Annual Meeting in San
Antonio, Texas, USA.
SAAM is “a professional
association for scholars
dedicated to creating and
about management and
organizations in South
For more information, please
As of April 2011, SAJGBR
uses an online submission
system. All documents can
be uploaded at: http://
Meet the Editorial Team
Editor-in-Chief: Shaista E. Khilji Editorial Assistant: Candice Matthews (The George Washington University, USA)
Senior Editor (Management): Naresh Khatri (University of Missouri, USA)
Associate Editor (Marketing): M. Sajid Khan (American University, Sharjah, UAE)
Associate Editor (Finance/ Accounting/ Economics): Shrimal Perera (Monash University, Australia)
Associate Editor (Finance/ Accounting/ Economics): Laurens Swinkels
(Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Managing Editor: Qaisar Abbas (COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan)
May Total June Total
Submissions Received (March 2011-June 2011)
0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14
Desk Reviews (May 2011-June 2011)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
As of June 2011, we
have received a total of
36 submissions. 9 of
these submissions were
beyond the scope of the
Journal. The numbers
presented below are
reflective of the articles
that are within the
scope of SAJGBR and
have undergone a desk
review and/or a blind
Sri Lanka: 2*
*Included in India count as well
Other manuscripts in
SAJGBR appreciates all of our reviewers who have invested their personal time and effort in providing detailed and
prompt feedback to our authors. The success of the Journal rests upon their dedication and support.
At the beginning of every year, we will acknowledge all of the reviewers who have contributed to improving the
quality of submissions made to SAJGBR. In addition, we will provide a Best Reviewer Award to an outstanding reviewer
who has provided:
Prompt and timely responses
High quality reviews
Development focused reviews with an emphasis on providing constructive feedback
Please contact our Editorial Team if you are interested in serving as an occasional reviewer for us.
Sneak Peek Into the First Issue
Our Spring 2012 inaugural issue will go into production in early December 2011. We have received a variety of
submissions including topics such as:
Foreign Direct Investment
Global Competence for Managers
Transformational Leadership in Global Organizations
Corporate Social Responsibility
Internationalization from Emerging Economies
National Human Resource Development and Human Resource Development
Exports to the European Union
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1
We Are Looking For:
In addition to research articles, we will also like to include features in each issue. Please consider contributing to SAJGBR
in one (or more) of the following ways:
A Book Review should be related to a book that focuses upon South Asia [Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka] in general, or covers at least one South Asian country. Authors of the Review should highlight
relevance and significance of the selected book as it connects to the study of South Asian business and management.
It should be presented within a 1, 500 word limit.
The Book Review will undergo a prompt Desk Review and a double-blind peer review process before being accepted for
publication. SAJGBR aims at a 10-day Editor-in-Chief Desk Review and a 30-day peer review. All Book Reviews should be
emailed to the Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2011.
View from the Ground
Each issue, SAJGBR will include “View from the Ground”. It will present a dialogue with a well-known industry expert
with an interest in South Asia or someone currently engaged in business in the region.
If you would like to nominate a person to be interviewed for “View from the Ground” please contact us.
If you are interested in conducting interviews with industry-experts, please e-mail us. Doctoral students, scholars, and
practitioners are welcome to participate.
The feature will be approximately 2,500 words and is subject to a desk review and a double-blind review process before
being accepted for publication.
Are you attending a professional conference? If so, we would like for you to consider submitting a scholarly reflection of
your experience throughout the conference. Each issue will have a particular theme. Once this theme is announced, we will
welcome your insights as they connect to the selected focus. This reflection should be between 4,000 and 4, 500 words. All
conference reflections should be emailed to email@example.com and are subject to desk review and a double-blind
review process before publication.
Special Issues & Guest Editors
If you are interested in guest editing or have an idea for a Special Issue, please email us a draft proposal.
Excellent research is often a result of collaboration. We are looking for people who want to collaborate with other
colleagues around the world on issues related to and relevant for South Asia. SAJGBR would like to serve as a forum for
potential partnerships to help advance the theoretical and practical topics related to international business.
We need your help in the promotion of SAJGBR. If you are attending any conferences in the upcoming year, please email
us. We can provide you with promotional materials to share with your colleagues.
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