For many potential authors understanding the process by which we evaluate and decide upon proposals is quite different from what they normally see in the journal process. To aid those thinking of submitting a proposal to AMP we are making available—with the agreement of authors—examples of successful proposals. The proposals seen below are simply meant to be indicative of some proposals that made it through the process all the way to the final publication of the paper or symposia.
A few things should be noted when looking at these proposals.
First, we have purposely provided proposals that were essentially rejected at the first go. In these cases we gave advice as to what might be acceptable to us, given that we believed there was some value in the topic. This also gives you the opportunity to see how proposals can be improved.
Second, the Editorial Team reviews proposals in the first instance. Once the paper is submitted there can be substantial changes in how the proposal is operationalized. We, as editors, are not infallible and the editorial review board and ad hoc reviewers help us refine the paper. Hence, it is useful for you to look at both the proposals and the final published paper, as there can be very significant differences between what we think of an idea in a proposal and how the final paper actually works out.
Third, it is important to note that these proposals are only EXAMPLES. They are not an idealization of a 'perfect' proposal. Hence, when you examine them, please understand that they can provide assistance to you when working on your proposals but they are not templates. Proposals vary quite dramatically in tone and orientation. What is important, however, is to keep to the guidelines outlined when submitting your proposal.
Article Proposal Examples:
The two examples of proposals given here were ultimately bundled together as a symposium, with one additional paper. However, they were submitted as independent proposals over a two-year period of time. The decision to integrate them as a symposium was made later by the editors. This highlights how AMP can be very different in the active management of the mix of articles.
The first example is the proposal related to
The second example is the proposal related to an article on a related topic.
Unlike the prior example, the proposal for this paper was
accepted in its original form. It is also in line with the
guidelines as specified on the website.
Symposium Proposal Example:
At present we have few examples of proposals using the new guidelines as we are only now publishing a symposium in every issue. However, the example below is a good one in that it
comes closest to addressing the components we demand in a good symposium proposal. This set of papers was an integrated symposium on non-market strategies published in 2016. The related articles are:
- Institutions, Economic Freedom, and Entrepreneurship: The Contribution of Management Scholarship, by Steven W. Bradley and Peter Klein, August 2016 30:211-221.
- An Embedded Agency Approach to Entrepreneurship Public Policy: Managerial Position and Politics in New Venture Location Decisions, by Jeffery S. McMullen, Matthew S. Wood, and Alexander S. Kier, August 2016 30:222-246.
- Two-Way Streets: The Role of Institutions and Technology Policy in Firms' Corporate Entrepreneurship and Political Strategies, by R. Michael Holmes, Jr., Shaker A. Zahra, Robert E. Hoskisson, Kaitlyn DeGhetto, and Trey Sutton, August 2016 26:247-272.
- Untapped Riches of Meso-Level Applications in Multilevel Entrepreneurship Mechanisms, by Phillip H. Kim, Karl Wennberg, and Grégoire Croidieu, August 2016 30:273-291.
- Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth: What Do We Know and What Do We Still Need to Know?, by Christian Bjørnskov and Nicolai J. Foss, August 2016 30:292-315.
Note that this proposal was submitted before we instituted the new template for proposals. It is here to show (a) the value of the template in comparing proposals and (b) how proposals evolve
and the vast difference that can occur as the idea and work evolves.