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Dear colleagues,

We are proud to announce the call for papers for the Special Issue of European Journal of International Management: Contextualizing Top Management Teams.  

Guest Editors:

Sibel Yamak, Galatasaray University, Turkey
Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark & University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Alessandro Minichilli, Bocconi University, Italy
Alejandro Escribá-Esteve, University of Valencia, Spain 


Top managers are considered the most influential decision-makers for firms' strategy and a large body of research presents evidence for executive effects in different settings. Yet only recently have researchers started to pay attention to the role of the social and environmental contexts in which top management teams (TMTs) are embedded. Top executives are often informed, influenced, and sometimes constrained by others both inside and outside the organization. As a result, upper echelons face diverse challenges and opportunities when operating in a variety of different contexts. Contextual factors at the team, organizational, industry and country level are considered not only important determinants of executive composition but also moderating forces shaping the consequences of executive characteristics for firm strategy and performance. In addition, the extent to which top managers matter and exert an influence on their firms differ with national level institutional settings and there is an increased interest in the cross-national variation in executive effects.   
This special issue aims to advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the interplay between top management teams and different layers of context as well as the dynamic interactions between the contexts and firm strategies (such as international and business strategies). We encourage in particular new theoretical and empirical approaches that introduce a more European perspective. At the same time, we welcome papers from authors from all over the world. We invite submissions that discuss implications for international management in Europe and beyond. The following list is indicative of the types of contributions which may be appropriate. However it is not intended to be exhaustive and rather is illustrative: 

Subject Coverage
1. Literature reviews and state-of-the-art papers, which will encourage the debate about the role of context in top management team research and discuss theoretical and empirical challenges for future TMT research. 
2. Conceptual papers focusing on the special theme "Top Management Teams & Business Strategy: Contextualizing TMTs". We particularly welcome papers that use an interdisciplinary approach and combine different theoretical perspectives to explain the impact of contextual factors on the antecedents and consequences of TMT strategic behavior. 
3. Empirical papers contextualizing different TMT research topics, such as: the role of social, organizational, national, global and environmental contexts on TMT motivational and cognitive bases; TMT dynamics and behavior; interactions and power relations between TMT and other stakeholders; executive compensation, turnover and succession; among others.

Notes for Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
All papers are refereed through a peer review process.  A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page (

Important Dates
Final paper submission deadline: July 31, 2011 
Publication release: January 2013

Editors and Notes
You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to:

Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School
Department of International Economics and Management
Porcelanshaven 24a
2000 Frederiksberg
Tel. +4538152524
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With an email copy only to: 
EJIM Editorial Team
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IEL Editorial Office
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Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editors.

The following supporting events will be associated with this special Special Issue:

2011 Workshop on "Top Management Teams & Business Strategy: Contextualizing TMTs", Istanbul, 31 March - 1 April, 2011. 

2011 EURAM Track on Top Management Teams & Business Elites. Tallin 1-4 June, 2011.

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