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Special Issue of the Irish Journal of Management

The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on management and organisational related issues

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2020

Guest Editors: Professor Anthony McDonnell and Matthias Beck (Cork University Business School, University College Cork)

The Irish Journal of Management is seeking to publish a special issue of well-written, insightful articles that consider the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic on management and organisational related issues in both Irish and international contexts.

In December 2019, a new pneumonic disease began to appear in Wuhan, China. Since then, the Coronavirus (Covid 19) has demonstrated itself to be a highly infectious disease that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people across the world. This ongoing pandemic has seen society, economies and individuals’ lives turned upside down with severe lockdowns implemented across many countries across the world. We have seen organisations close down (temporarily and permanently) leading to some of the highest unemployment rates every experienced in such a short period of time. We have witnessed a mass move to remote working across all industrial sectors. Manufacturers have changed their operations in a rapid way to shift production to essential items that include hand sanitisers, face masks and ventilators. Governments across the world have adopted detailed but different plans on how to best manage the pandemic from a health perspective but also on how to try best support individuals and organisations that have been hit most significantly. People, organisations and society have sacrificed often taken for granted personal liberties for the greater collective good and we have all had to adopt new ways of communicating, connecting and working together. In sum, Covid-19 arguably represents the most fundamental and unprecedented implications that we have faced in our lifetime.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation and one where the impacts will continue for some time. Given its rapidly unfolding nature, individuals, organisations, governments are faced with challenges and decisions that are highly complex with exceptional levels of uncertainty and where survival appears to be the most pressing priority. This ongoing situation is likely to lead to substantial reflection and rethinking on how organisations across public, private and third sectors strategize, organise and manage to navigate through these unprecedented times. Individuals are also faced with pressures perhaps never before experienced and decisions that will shape not only how they manage and cope through this crisis but how they emerge from it and what the future will mean.

Given this context, the Irish Journal of Management invites submissions that consider the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisational and management related matters in both the Irish and international context. We would especially be interested in producing a special issue that demonstrates multi-disciplinary perspectives on this unprecedented crisis and what it means for organisation and management. Papers that consider the crisis and its impact (both negative impacts and positive opportunities) on all aspects of organisation and management are welcome once they fit within the overall mission of the Irish Journal of Management.

We welcome submissions adopting quantitative and qualitative research approaches, along with more conceptual focused papers and scholarly insights or critiques. Articles for consideration in this special should normally be between 6,000 and 8,000 words but shorter scholarly insight or provocation typed articles are welcome. Detailed submission guidance can be found below. 

The Guest Editors would welcome informal enquiries from prospective authors: Prof. Anthony McDonnell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Prof. Matthias Beck (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The submission deadline is 1st November. We encourage submissions at any time up this date for consideration in the special issue. Early submissions will be considered and processed accordingly on receipt rather than after the deadline. The Irish Journal of Management operates an Ahead of Print policy so any papers that are accepted will be available online before going into the relevant issue.


The Irish Journal of Management 

The Irish Journal of Management aims to publish well-written and well researched articles that will contribute to the understanding of management-related issues in both Irish and international organisations. The Journal welcomes contributions from a wide range of management viewpoints including inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives as well as traditional disciplines and functions. Papers are welcomed from both traditional management disciplines and from the new and emerging interdisciplinary areas. The journal is currently published twice each year.


Subscription Information

The Irish Journal of Management is an open access journal. Recent issues are available here and an archive of back issues is available here.


Publishing in this journal

Articles should normally be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length for research and teaching paper submissions, and 1,000 and 2,000 words for book reviews.  IJM articles are indexed by ABI Inform and Business Source Premier.
Specifically the Journal seeks the following types of submissions:

  • Research Papers publishing quantitative and qualitative research approaches, literature surveys, conceptual papers and critiques.
  • Teaching Submissions: These can range from case study contributions, critiques and retrospective contributions on pedagogical issues related to teaching issues across discipline areas.
  • Book Reviews.
  • Special Journal Issues Submissions: The editors of the Journal seek submissions for special issue themes that are in keeping with the overall focus of the Journal.



The journal does not have article processing charges or article submission charges.


Submission Guidelines

Articles should conform to article style guidelines which are available here. All articles must be submitted to the journal through an online Editorial Manager system. More details are available here.

Articles submitted for consideration in the Covid 19 Special Issue should choose Special Issue: Covid 19 in Article Type on the Editorial Manager system. 



Dr. Jonathan Lavelle, University of Limerick

Dr. Michelle O'Sullivan, University of Limerick


IJM Editorial Board Members 2019-2020

Prof. Lisa Anderson, University of Liverpool, UK

Prof. Naomi Birdthistle, Griffith University, Australia

Prof. Niamh Brennan, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Sinem Bulkan, University of Reading, UK

Prof. John Burgess, RMIT University, Australia

Prof. Chris Callaghan, University of Withwatersrand, South Africa

Dr. John Cassidy, University College Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Jeanette Cleveland, Colorado State University, USA

Prof. David Collings, Dublin City University, Ireland

Prof. James Cunningham, Northumbria University, UK

Prof. Jimmy Donaghey, Monash University, Australia

Prof. Tony Dundon, University of Limerick, Ireland 

Prof. Anthony McDonnell, University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Na Fu, Trinty College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Anne Clare Gillon, University of the West of Scotland, UK

Dr. Michelle Hammond, Oakland University, USA 

Dr. Brian Harney, Dublin City University, Ireland

Prof. Denis Harrington, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Prof. Graham Heaslip, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

Dr. Margaret Heffernan, Dublin City University, Ireland

Prof. Malcolm Higgs, University of Southampton, UK

Dr. Rachel Hilliard, NUI Galway, Ireland

Prof. Thomas Lawton, University College Cork, Ireland 

Prof. Margaret Linehan, Cork Institute of Technology

Prof. Alma McCarthy, NUI Galway, Ireland

Prof. Aoife McDermott, Cardiff University, UK

Prof. Peter McNamara, Maynooth University, Ireland

Dr. Colm O'Kane, University of Otago, New Zealand

Prof. Lisa O'Malley, University of Limerick, Ireland

Dr. Chris O'Riordan, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Dr. Kristal Miller, Ulster University, N. Ireland

Prof. Tazeeb Rajwani, University of Surrey, UK

Prof. William K. Roche, University College Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Gerard Ryan, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain

Dr. Simon Stephens, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland

Prof. Jim Stewart, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Prof. Geoffrey Wood, University of Essex, UK 

Prof. Malcolm Beynon, Cardiff University, UK

Dr. Gordon Cooke, Memorial University, Canada

Dr. Joe MacDonagh, Technological University Dublin, Ireland


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