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Call for Papers! Special Collection on Corporate Headquarters in the 21st Century

New Content ItemThis Collection will shed new light on the design of corporate headquarters in 21st century corporations – including novel types, roles and designs, and their potential implications for organizational outcomes. Topics may include, but are not limited to: 
• new forms (e.g., virtual CHQs, dispersed CHQs)
• subunits and functions
• interfaces (i.e., internal and external linkages)
• formal and informal designs
• spatial designs and location choices
• staffing and key actors (i.e., the rise of CSO, CMO positions)
• tools and practices

When submitting your paper, reply "yes" when asked whether it is part of a "thematic series," and select Corporate Headquarters from the drop-down menu. Submissions will undergo double-blind peer review. 

About the Guest Editors 
Sven Kunisch,
Lead Guest Editor, is Executive Director of the Master’s program in Business Management at the U. of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has held visiting positions at Harvard Business School, Saïd Business School (Oxford U.), and WU Vienna. His work focuses on corporate strategy, strategic change, and executive successions. Markus Menz is Full Professor of Strategic Management at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (U. of Geneva). Previously he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. He researches strategic leadership and corporate strategy with a particular focus on chief strategy officers, top management team structures, and corporate HQs. David J. Collis of Harvard Business School is an expert on corporate strategy and global competition. The 65+ cases he has authored have sold over 1 million copies worldwide, and his articles over a quarter of a million copies, with more than 8,000 citations.

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    Authors: Børge Obel, Charles Snow, John Joseph and Metin Sengul

  2. Content type: Research Primer


    Authors: Julia Bodner and Laurence Capron

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The Journal of Organization Design publishes the following Collections on topics of special interest. 

Fading Hierarchies and the Emergence of New Forms of Organization
To be edited by: Stephan Billinger, Maciej Workiewicz, Børge Obel and Charles Snow
Open for submissions​​​​​​​

Designing and Managing the Digital Organization
Edited by: Børge Obel and Charles Snow
Publishing 1 March 2017 onward
Open for submissions

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SpringerOpen is proud to publish the Journal of Organization Design from Volume 5 onward. Previously it was published by the Organizational Design Community: Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4 are available in full. 

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The mission of the Journal of Organization Design (JOD) is to publish theoretical and empirical research on organization design. Organization design is an applied discipline based on the literature of the organization sciences. The relevant knowledge base is diverse, including concepts, theories, and research findings from fields such as economics, psychology, sociology, management, and information technology. Effective organization design requires both science and art, and the best theorists and practitioners have a deep understanding of how organizations work as well as how they can be redesigned and changed. JOD is eclectic in its interests, both in terms of topics and research methods. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, design thinking, sustainable designs, redesign and change, organizational agility and adaptation, multi-organizational collaboration, anticipating the future, strategic leadership, crisis management, and organizational performance. JOD is receptive to papers based on traditional research methods such as surveys and experiments but also encourages papers that are based on future-oriented approaches such as simulations, thought experiments, scenario development, and Delphi studies. JOD seeks to be relevant as well as rigorous. According to JOD's philosophy, rigor and relevance do not represent a trade-off. JOD wants to publish valid research that will be used by the designers and managers of organizations. The members of the editorial board share this philosophy and will favor papers that focus on significant organization design problems whose solutions can be understood and used by managers.   



The Journal of Organization Design is the official journal of the Organizational Design Community.

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