BJM Call for Papers - Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Management & Organisation


For a Special Section of the British Journal of Management

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Management & Organisation


Submission Deadline: 31 July 2020


Background of the Call

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is now felt globally by most businesses and organisations, though its intensity varies across contexts (e.g., sectors, and global supply chains). Its economic, health and safety, social, and geo-political (amongst other) implications are both phenomenal and unprecedented. Governments, organisations and decision makers are trying hard to make sense of the rapidly unfolding threats caused by the pandemic and pursuing strategies to protect the lives and health of their citizens and employees on the one hand and reorienting operations, as well as providing support to reduce the critical threat of complete collapsing of established systems on the other hand.

The ‘new normal’ evolving due to the pandemic can be characterised as one contributing towards an extreme degree of uncertainty, unprecedented demands on available national, organisational and individual resources in order to survive (amongst others); demanding testing and implementing novel approaches, support and cooperation of key stakeholders towards establishing ways of doing things in the challenging environment. The immediate short (coming months) to medium (next year or so) time period is expected to be highly critical, volatile and unpredictable. Such developments demand a rethinking on how to manage and organise businesses and key resources, including our approaches towards creativity and innovation. The key challenges include how to safely get back to work, restart economies, and control the pandemic (amongst others).

To this end, BJM invites submissions related to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the various aspects of managing and organising to enrich our understanding not only about its adverse effects and threats caused but also about the opportunities caused by it leading to the creation and development of novel approaches contributing towards adjustment, adaptation and improving both individual and organisational performance.

We are looking for submissions which are multi-disciplinary in nature, are theoretically driven, based on sound empirical investigations within the full range of business and management disciplines making novel contributions. We are open to all methodologies, research philosophies and levels of analysis.

Submissions and Publication

The deadline for submission of fully developed manuscripts for this special issue is 31 July 2020.

Authors should ensure they adhere to the journal author guidelines which are available at:

Submissions should be uploaded to the BJM ScholarOne Manuscripts site at  Authors should select ‘special issue paper’ as the paper type, ensure they answer ‘yes’ to the question ‘Is this submission for a special issue?’ and enter the title of the special issue in the box provided.

We aim to publish the accepted papers as soon as possible.

Prospective authors are welcome to address informal enquiries to BJM editors - Pawan Budhwar ( and Douglas Cumming (


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