New paper on "Leadership as Practice"

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I received an email this week from the Journal of Public Affairs (Wiley), which read: "Congratulations — your article was one of our top downloaded articles in recent publication history!" I am not sure how significant the download statistics are, but I was intrigued.  Sometimes the publication process feels rewarding and sometimes it feels like a bit of a slog. This one was memorable in that I felt like an outsider. I have never worked as a public affairs professional, nor do I have public affairs-related degrees. The double-blind peer-review process was arduous and memorable. Terms were used in unfamiliar ways and there were mentions of rules written in margins with exclamation points, which didn't seem to apply in journals I read. When I finally satisfied one reviewer, the other found the paper had lost impact and relevance. Despite (or because of) that, the effort appears to have been worthwhile.

I post this to encourage you to think of journals that may not be on your radar for your research and interests. It may be that readers of "unlikely" journals will find your insights especially valuable. 

Alice MacGillivray works with the Schools of Leadership Studies and Environment and Sustainability. Her new paper is titled Leadership as practice meets knowledge as flow: Emerging perspectives for leaders in knowledge-intensive organizations.