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Welcome to LSE Business Review
Businesses, firms and markets play an integral part in the development of human civilization. So how they work, what evidence firms use, and what norms they follow, are of crucial significance for us all. LSE Business Review is a new knowledge-exchange initiative designed to share the best of modern social science ideas, theories and evidence with business decision-makers and professionals, and to learn from them in turn. We present the expertise of professors in finance, economics, business studies, law, management, accounting, social psychology, mathematics, public policy, sociology, geography, philosophy, media, cultural and gender studies, and political science, in accessible and relevant ways for business. And LSE Business Review hosts business professionals and experts with knowledge to give and advice to offer academics. Our focus is topical, tackling the issues of today (and not of yesteryear). And our writing is direct and clear, designed for an audience with much else to get done.
What gets published on LSE Business Review:
Articles based on business decision-making experience:
- Decision makers (leadership roles) in business, government and not-for-profit organisations based on their experience and/or on their organisation’s research.
Evidence-based pieces based on research (links to published research, articles, etc):
- Think tank experts who write evidence-based pieces.
- Our large alumni network, composed of professional leaders in a wide range of businesses, universities and third-sector organizations spread all over the world.
- Researchers from LSE and other academic institutions in the UK and the world – PhD student and above.
LSE Business Review contributor guidelines:
- Length: 800-1000 words.
- Audience: corporate heads and executives in all different areas of activity, professionals and professional bodies, academics, students, not-for-profit organisations.
- Language: We strive to use simple, direct and jargon-free language. We’re aware of the curse of knowledge, which keeps some people from being good at explaining things to audiences that don’t have the same knowledge background.
- What to avoid: repeated words, acronyms (don’t use them to avoid repeating words; they block the flow of the text), capital letters (unless strictly necessary), expressions in Latin; overusing adverbs. If you would like more complete guidance, we recommend The Economist’s style guide, available online here.
- Editing process: The editor will go over each post. If we have any questions and/or suggestions we will get back to you before publication, but we will not rewrite your piece. This is your voice and your signature. It works best when you turn in a final or close-to-final copy. Due to time pressures, you may have less than 24 hours to approve our edits. However, once articles are published, we are very happy to make further edits.
- Evidence: We welcome links, numbers, graphs, illustrations, that are appropriate for a general business audience.
- Citations: We use links, instead of the traditional academic citation format. We prefer open access links whenever possible. We avoid footnotes.
- First person: Our blog posts use the voice of their authors, so it’s ok to leave first person references, such as “my/our research”, “I/We believe”. It’s best when authors use a more conversational tone.
- Headshot and bio: Please include (a) headshot (s) and short bio(s) with your blog post.
- Title and subtitle: Your suggestions are welcome, but we must “own” the title and sub-title to make sure they fit our format and presentation style. Think of them as LSE Business Review introducing your article to our audience.
- Time lag between submission and publication: We plan our content way ahead of time. It takes weeks between submission and publication. We do try and publish posts as soon as possible, but have to allow ourselves a large time window in order to organise a varied selection of posts each week. Thank you for your patience.
- For academics: If you have never written a blog post from a journal article and would like inspiration, check out this how-to: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2016/01/25/how-to-write-a-blogpost-from-your-journal-article/
The submission of an article does not guarantee its publication. If your article does not fit our remit of business-relevant research and experience-based insights by business decision-makers, we may ask you to rewrite it. Owing to events and other circumstances beyond our control, we may have to change our posting order at very short notice.
As part of our processes, the blog team will refer the following types of articles to the General Editor (which may cause your blog’s publication to be delayed or cancelled):
- Articles that are potentially libellous or defamatory
- Articles that the blog team has concerns about author’s potential conflicts of interest
- Articles that are insufficiently evidence-based or lacking in academic rigour
- Any other articles that may impact on the reputation of the author, the LSE, or the LSE Public Policy Group
All of our original articles are published under the Creative Commons licence, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) and other blogs and publications are free to use them, as long as they credit LSE Business Review and the article’s authors (please use the same bio provided in our article), and link back to the article.
Caveat: this licence does not extend to articles originally published in other websites which LSE Business Review reposts with permission. When we repost from other sites we write it on top of our Notes section. Please always read the Notes before republishing. Always refer to the original website’s guidelines and permissions.
Featured image: we generally use Creative Commons images and link to the site in which the licence is explained.
LSE Business Review has agreements to share content with a number of other blogs, including those in the LSE family.
If you do not wish for your article to be republished anywhere else, please let us know.
Patrick Dunleavy – General Editor. Patrick is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the Government Department at the LSE, where he has worked since 1979. He teaches mainly on the LSE’s Executive MPA and MPA programmes and is chair of the LSE Public Policy Group (PPG). Patrick is also Centenary Research Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. He studied PPE at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and then took his D.Phil at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he was also Research Fellow. Patrick has lead many PPG research projects funded by and working with major corporations, including the future of digital government for EDS and HP Enterprise Systems, governance reform for ICANN, and consultancy and MPA capstone projects with major consultancy firms. PPG also works closely with government agencies including recently the European Court of Auditors, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Patrick is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and has received two impact awards from the UK Political Studies Association (in 2003 and 2013). He is a board member of the Campaign for the Social Sciences. His two most recent books (co-authored) are The Impact of the Social Sciences (Sage, 2014) and Growing the Productivity of Government Services (Elgar, 2013). He tweets at @PJDunleavy and @Write4Research. Email: email@example.com
Helena Vieira – Managing Editor. Helena joined PPG in March 2015 to help set up the blog. She has lived and worked in four continents as a journalist and communications consultant. Her experience includes the roles of reporter and editor for international media organizations such as Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and Brazil’s Globo group. She holds an M.A. in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Sc. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University in New York. She tweets at @helenavieira1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LSE Business Review blog is run by staff from the LSE Public Policy Group (PPG). We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Economic and Social Research Council and its Impact Acceleration Accounts.