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Article Type: Editorial From: Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, Volume 9, Issue 3
This issue of Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management illustrates the multidisciplinary approach of the journal and the diversity of its contributors. The authors of the featured articles come from Portugal, Spain, Peru, Colombia and France and focus on different topics through various theoretical lenses.
The first paper, by Tânia Marques, Isabel Suárez-González, Pedro Pinheiro da Cruz and Manuel Portugal Ferreira, is yet another look at the effects of downsizing to organizations and their workers. The authors propose a model of the effects of job insecurity experienced by “survivors” on innovative behaviors, considering a mediating role for organizational commitment. Although downsizing and job insecurity are negatively related to organizational commitment and to innovative behaviors, the mediating effect of organizational commitment failed to reveal significance.
Veneta Andonova, Antonio Ladrón de Guevara and Eric Brousseau, in the second paper, examine the interactions between market potential for internet services and the diffusion of fixed and mobile telephony. An historical analysis of 214 countries, for the period 1991-2003, shows that mobile and internet services were fully complementary and that fixed line facilitated the diffusion of internet.
The third article in this issue is authored by Rachel Gabel-Shemueli and Simon Dolan. The authors discuss the role of emotional intelligence as a predictor of cross-cultural adjustment of managers and professionals in international assignments. Using survey data from 172 individuals in foreign postings, their results indicate that emotional intelligence is related to the three facets of cross-cultural adjustment (work, non-work and interaction), suggesting the inclusion of this variable in the selection process for international assignments.
Finally, in the special section “To, From and Beyond the Margins”, Luis Vives and Silviya Svejenova focus on the topic of business models, providing a general framework, and discussing issues of innovation in business models as well as fruitful avenues for future research. This “general framework” aims at helping to improve the understanding of the concept, and connecting it to the different relevant literatures and the other authors on the matter. They distinguish the building blocks of business models, considering:
the reason why of the business model;
its key elements;
the engine of profitability and sustainability;
the influence of the context; and
its growth engine.
The paper ends with a section that will suggest potential fruitful areas for future research.
This is therefore worth the attention of the readers of MRJIAM.
Finally, I want to inform that as of September 2011, MRJIAM has an online submission process that is common to Emerald journals – ScholarOne Manuscripts. For submitting authors and reviewers, this new process may present some challenges, but should you experience any problem, do not hesitate to contact me at the usual MRJIAM e-mail. Moving to this online system is another step in the improvement of quality, speed and transparency of the journal and we count not only on your understanding and support of the change, but also on your continuing contribution to the journal through your submissions and your work as reviewers.
As usual, my last word is to motivate you to keep submitting.
Rita Campos e Cunha