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Welcome to the JMS spring bulletin, where we bring you the latest news from our journal, and provide free access to JMSmost popular papers, classic articles, and point-counterpoint debates.

You may have noticed that JMS looks a little different. That’s because we’re marking our 50th anniversary by returning to our original blue cover design. Later this year we’ll also publish two anniversary issues of the journal: one reviewing how management scholarship has changed over JMS’ history, and the other looking forward to emerging issues in the field. Be sure to sign up for JMS content alerts to be notified as soon as these exciting issues are published.

We hope that you find the news and research in this bulletin an interesting read. Remember that you can stay up to date with the latest JMS content on our website: If you would like to discuss your idea for a paper, you can email Managing Editor, Jo Brudenell, at
Celebrating Classic JMS
The JMS Classic Article series is a twice-yearly feature, where we celebrate some of the landmark papers published in the journal, by asking a new generation of scholars to reflect upon the modern legacy of this research.

Our current Classic Articles are free in volume 50, issue 3.
  Classic JMS
This set of papers re-evaluate Hugh Willmott's ground-breaking 1993 article ‘Strength is ignorance; slavery is freedom: managing culture in modern organizations’, which explored the ‘dark side’ of corporate culturist efforts to secure employee devotion and productivity. [FREE]
Willmott critically examines his own work, revisiting the idea of ‘corporate culturism’ and its relevance for contemporary developments in management and organization. [FREE]
Peter Fleming praises Willmott’s article as one of the most important critiques of the desire to impose totalitarian-like discourses upon workforces. [FREE]
Point Counter-Point
JMS’ Point Counter-Point papers present differing viewpoints on topical issues in management studies. The latest Point-Counterpoint debates are free in volume 50, issue 1, and offer different perspectives on how to drive more impactful theory in management studies.   Point Counterpoint
Mats Alvesson and Jörgen Sandberg open this debate by arguing that there is a shortage of novel and imaginative theory development in management, because too much emphasis is placed on academic rigour, which side-lines the imagination necessary to drive truly novel insights. [FREE]
The companion piece by Lex Donaldson, Jane Qiu, and Ben Nanfeng Luo take the alternative position, and makes strong arguments for how rigour itself can serve as a means to achieve the imaginative scholarship that leads to novel theory. [FREE]
See what your Colleagues are Reading
Read the most downloaded JMS papers of the year so far:
1. A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations
Mats Alvesson, André Spicer
2. Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategic Implications
Abagail McWilliams, Donald S. Siegel, Patrick M. Wright
3. Kurt Lewin and the Planned Approach to Change: A Re-appraisal
Bernard Burnes
4. Has Management Studies Lost Its Way? Ideas for More Imaginative and Innovative Research
Mats Alvesson, Jörgen Sandberg
5. Soft and Hard Models of Human Resource Management: A Reappraisal
Catherine Truss, Lynda Gratton, Veronica Hope-Hailey, Patrick McGovern, Philip Stiles
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