IACMR Young Scholar Development Series #12

IACMR · Wiley Webinar Series: Publishing successfully on international Management journals

Theme: Theorizing through Literature Reviews: Are you a Miner or a Prospector?
Date and Time: Tuesday 26th July 8-9:30 am (London Time); 3:00-4:30 pm, Tuesday, 26th July (Beijing Time)
Language: English
Platform: Zoom
Host: Jiwen (Linda) Song, University of Leeds
Speaker: Dermot Breslin (Rennes School of Business, France)
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Literature reviews play an important role in the advancement of knowledge within business and management research. Reviews allow scholars to take stock of research within a domain, and at the same time, set out new directions for the future. Drawing on over 10 years of editorial experience with the International Journal of Management Reviews (IJMR), Dermot Breslin will outline strategies authors can use when theorizing through literature reviews. He presents these strategies in terms of the different approaches taken by researchers, from focused and disciplined miners to more adventurous and innovative prospectors. Dermot will further explore the pathways between miners and prospectors including the choices they made, risks borne and benefits gained. IJMR is a theory-driven literature review journal, jointly owned by the British Academy of Management and Wiley Publishing, and has a 2-year impact factor of 13.42. This puts IJMR  2nd out of 153 Business journals, and 3rd out of 226 Management journals. IJMR is therefore at the forefront of theory development through literature reviews.

Recommended reading

Breslin, D., Gatrell, C., & Bailey, K. (2020). Developing insights through reviews: reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the International Journal of Management reviews. International Journal of Management Reviews22(1), 3-9.

Breslin, D., & Gatrell, C. (2020). Theorizing Through Literature Reviews: The Miner-Prospector Continuum. Organizational Research Methods, 1094428120943288.

Post, C., Sarala, R., Gatrell, C., & Prescott, J. E. (2020) Advancing theory with review articles. Journal of Management Studies, DOI:10.1111/joms.12549.


15:05-16:05Theorizing through Literature Reviews: Are you a Miner or a Prospector?Dermot Breslin
16:05-16:30Q&ADermot Breslin


Dermot Breslin is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Rennes School of Business, France. He has previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield, UK, Tor Vergata University, Italy, the University of Saarlandes, Germany and Lincoln Business School, UK. His current research focuses on evolutionary approaches in organization studies, organizational learning and creativity. Dermot is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Management Reviews, and he sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Studies, International Small Business Journal and the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research. His research has been published in leading business and management journals including International Journal of Management Reviews, Organization StudiesOrganizational Research MethodsWork Employment and SocietyTechnological Forecasting & Social Change, European Management Review and Studies in Higher Education. Before entering academia, Dermot worked in the steel, aluminium and paper industries, in engineering design, operations and sales management.