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SAJGBR Spotlight

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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

development-oriented feedback.

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

Yours Sincerely,

Shaista E. Khilji


South Asian Journal of

Global Business

Research (SAJGBR)

Collaborates with South

Asian Academy of

Management (SAAM)

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

disseminating knowledge

about management and

organizations in South


For more information, please


ScholarOne Manuscript

Submission System

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)

SAJGBR Submissions

May Total June Total





13 8


June D.R.

May D.R.

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

review process.

Afghanistan: 0

Bangladesh: 0

Bhutan: 0

India: 14

Maldives: 0

Nepal: 0

Pakistan: 12

Sri Lanka: 2*

*Included in India count as well

Other manuscripts in


Afghanistan: 2

India: 1

Pakistan: 1

Reviewer Recognition

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

Stock Markets

Technological Innovation

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

Macroeconomic Variables



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:

Book Reviews

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 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.

Conference Reflections

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 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.

Promotional Opportunities

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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