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Please support JWB for FT 50 list

  • 1.  Please support JWB for FT 50 list

    Posted 12-14-2020 13:37

    Dear esteemed colleagues,

    As you may know, the Financial Times is seeking input for updating its FT50 list of leading academic journals. In this cycle, they are soliciting feedback from business school leadership as well as the broader scholarly community. The survey can be found in the link below: 




    We are writing to ask for your support for the including the Journal of World Business in the FT50 list. Please allow us to explain why we think JWB should be included in the FT50 list, and why it is important for the HR scholars:  


    1. Leading outlet for IHRM work: JWB is a leading IB journal (more on this in the next point) with a rich history of publishing many groundbreaking papers in the IHRM domain. In fact, it has emerged as one of the leading IB journals that is receptive to IHRM work. I am listing below some of the recent work published in JWB that is relevant for the HR scholars:


    Andersson, U. R., Brewster, C. J., Minbaeva, D. B., Narula, R. & Wood, G. T. (2019). The IB/ IHRM interface: Exploring the potential of intersectional theorizing.


    Crane, B. & Hartwell, C. J. (2019). Global talent management: A life cycle view of the interaction between human and social capital.


    Sarala, R. M., Vaara, E. & Junni, P. (2019). Beyond merger syndrome and cultural differences: New avenues for research on the "human side" of global mergers and acquisitions (M&As).


    Liu, Y. & Meyer, K. E. (2020). Boundary spanners, HRM practices, and reverse knowledge transfer: The case of Chinese cross-border acquisitions.


    Zhou, A. J., Fey, C. & Yildiz, H. E. (2020). Fostering integration through HRM practices: An empirical examination of absorptive capacity and knowledge transfer in cross-border M&As.


    1. Performance metrics: JWB has consistent and high impact factors (IF) outperforming the median of FT50 journals. In 2019, JWB's 2-year IF was 5.19, and the 5-year IF was 6.77. JWB's cite score – another measure of academic impact – is 11.9, placing it as #8 in the Business and International Management category and #2 in the Finance category. Only eight FT50 journals had a higher cite score in 2019. In 2020, JWB's acceptance rate has been 6%, similar to the very top journals in IB, Strategy, and Management. We have put together a table with comparative statistics for leading IB and select strategy journals at the end of this message.


    1. Rigor and relevance: JWB takes pride in publishing articles that address timely topics of relevance to both academics and practitioners without compromising on scientific rigor. For example, we have recently published articles on Industry 4.0, China's One-Belt-One-Road initiative, environmental sustainability by multinational corporations, international entrepreneurship and migration, and the impact of COVID-19 on IB activity. JWB's research is particularly relevant to many pressing societal and global issues on the minds of business school educators, policymakers, and managers.  


    1. Global journal with a global reach: With a rich history of 55 years, JWB is a global journal in content and readership. We regularly publish articles in macro and micro areas and encourage submissions on topics such as the role of multinational corporations in achieving the UN's sustainable development goals and the future of the global workplace. Since 2019, 38% of our submissions have come from Europe, 32% from Asia, 16% from North America, and the rest from Africa and South America. Our readership is similarly global – 24% of article downloads were in the UK, 10% in the USA, 8% each in Australia and China, and the remaining 50% globally dispersed.


    Please visit JWB's website to learn more about the journal, our editors, and the interesting special issues that are forthcoming.


    Summary data on IB and select strategy journals:

    In addition to your support, I hope you can mobilize institutional support for JWB at your school. If you have any questions or need any additional input, please feel free to reach out to me.


    Yours sincerely

    Fang Lee Cooke
    Consulting Editor
    Journal of World Business


    PS: FT survey occasionally returns an error message. For suggesting new journals, please use the mouse to slide/drag the journal up or down so the numbers appear in green (as shown in the picture below); otherwise, you may get an error when submitting.



    Fang Lee Cooke
    Monash University
    Melbourne VIC
    0061 3 99034666