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Article Type: Editor’s introduction From: Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, Volume 9, Issue 2
In this issue of Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management (MRJIAM), I want to start by thanking all scholars that, through their submissions or their review work, are strongly bringing about the development of the journal. Although as readers of academic journals, we tend to consider the authors as the major contributors, as editor, I cannot thank enough to all reviewers, who anonymously help the authors shape and produce better articles. In the same vein, co-editors of special issues are significantly enhancing the impact of the journal for its readership and the academic community. Submissions are slightly increasing, which is good news. But, in order to really boost the impact of the journal, we need submissions of good research work to keep increasing. I remind all Iberoamerican scholars that you may submit in English, Spanish or Portuguese, and the review process will be in the same language.
Let me now briefly introduce the contributions for this issue. As usual, we have a diversified set of papers, two of them coming from Portugal and one from Puerto Rico.
In the first paper, Miguel Pereira Lopes, Miguel Pina e Cunha and Arménio Rego use the positive organizational studies approach to discuss paradoxical relationships between optimism and pessimism. In this interesting paper, the authors argue that research should move beyond the positive/negative dichotomy, through the development of the paradoxical optimist personality trait.
The second paper, by Tânia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Joaquim Pinto Coelho and Jorge F.S. Gomes, uses structural equation modeling to test a model of the impact of strength of the HRM system on improvisation behaviors, an organizational performance outcome. This study was conducted in a sample of call center workers and results show a direct impact of HRM strength on improvisation behavior and a moderating effect of corporate culture in the relationship between HRM strength and organizational climate.
Orlando Félix Rodríguez, Fernando Fernández and René Soto are the authors of the third article. The objective of the paper is to analyze the impact of certification in the career success of IT professionals in Puerto Rico. Their results suggest that experience, rather than certification, has an impact in the recruitment and selection of these professionals, whereas neither certification nor professional experience affect compensation decisions and performance evaluation.
Finally, in our special section “A life in research”, Santiago Ibarreche interviews Luis Gomez-Mejia. I have no doubts readers will enjoy this interview that flows like a chat over a drink, in a local coffee shop. The conversation is friendly and Gomez-Mejia candidly talks about his research strategies, providing several insightful hints, as well as his views about collaboration with colleagues and the risks and benefits of working in different management areas, together with interesting life stories.
For all these reasons, this issue of MRJIAM is worth your full attention. Bridging to the first paragraph, keep submitting!
Rita Campos e Cunha