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Article Type: Editorial From: American Journal of Business, Volume 31, Issue 1.
Moving forward – new positions, new names and faces at the AJB Spring 2016
The AJB Editorial Board is again undergoing some additions and some departures. First, I would like to thank Richard Reed and Susan Storrud-Barnes for their work as editors over the past four years. Richard and Susan worked hard to increase the visibility of the journal through adding to the Editorial Advisory Board and the Editorial Review Board along with their constant efforts to publishing good quality articles.
Richard stepped down in April 2016 to meet the needs of his college and university in an administrative role which has transformed into taking on the Interim Dean role. Susan continued into the summer with the journal and is now back teaching and managing graduate education at her institution.
Over the past year Stephen Callaway, The University of Toledo has ended his term and Marcelo Alvarado-Vargas has stepped in as the new Associate Editor representing Toledo. Matt Marvel is the new Associate Editor for Ball State University as Ray Montagno stepped down in April 2015 after many years of service to the AJB closing out as an esteemed Associate Editor always willing to provide his knowledge and learned history of the journal. Chad Stefaniak of Central Michigan has stepped down as Associate Editor for Central Michigan University as of December 2015 to take his talent to another university outside of our group; we wish him well and look forward to his contributing as a reviewer and author in the future. Chad is being replaced by Spenser Robinson from the Department of Finance, Director of Real Estate and the relatively new Department of Entrepreneurship at Central Michigan. Sheldon Langsam, from the Department of Accountancy, Western Michigan University has been appointed their Associate Editor as of January 2016.
In late November, early December David Burnie (Western Michigan University) and Mark Rosenbaum (Northern Illinois University) were elected as co-editors of the American Journal of Business. The pair completed initial work on a revision to the Aims and Scope of the journal before the fall session was out. The period of time until now has been the marked with some hitches. Due to unfortunate circumstances Mark has been unable to fulfill his duties as co-editor. In agreement with the publisher the AJB has reverted to one Editor-in-Chief.
The new editor plans to continue the growth of the journal through striving for increased quality in published articles yielding a higher rank among the academy, supporting the replication of seminal works in business and continuing the AJB to be an accessible outlet with relevance for researchers, practitioners, and the student. The journal is in the continuous hunt to be recognized widely as a prime outlet for business research, including cross-disciplinary research, from North America and across the business disciplines throughout the world.
The American Journal of Business is a peer-reviewed academic journal focussing on the fields of accountancy, finance, information systems, management, marketing, operations management and strategic management; the Editorial Board has recently agreed to clarify the topics areas in business by adding business ethics and law, entrepreneurship, human resources, international business, organizational behavior and augmenting operations with "and Supply Chain Management" to more clearly cover all areas within the traditional, but expanding, business fields.
The AJB was founded in 1985 as the Mid-American Journal of Business, adopted its current name in 2007 and is sponsored by ten universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, these are Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, Central Michigan University, Cleveland State University, Miami University, Northern Illinois University, Ohio University, the University of Akron, the University of Toledo and Western Michigan University. The journal continues to be open to all; visit the webpage to learn more or submit your work.