Call for Manuscripts: Management Communication Quarterly Special Issue
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
all for Manuscripts: Management Communication Quarterly Special Issue on Communication Dynamics of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
Special Issue Editors: Brittany Peterson and Lacy McNamee
Lacy McNamee, Lacy_McNamee@baylor.edu
Brittany Peterson, email@example.com
In recent decades, the reach and power of nonprofit organizations in almost every country around the globe have grown substantially. For example, in the United States alone, nonprofit organizations constitute the nation’s third largest workforce, and an estimated 63 million individuals volunteer for nonprofits in some capacity. Thanks in part to Laurie Lewis’s groundbreaking essay “The Civil Society Sector,” featured in MCQ in 2005, scholars have unearthed theoretical and practical insights into the distinctly communicative elements and dynamics of this sector over the past 15 years.
Nonetheless, the nonprofit landscape has changed dramatically since Lewis’s initial call to examine nonprofit organizations’ social capital functions, messages of mission effectiveness and accountability, governance and decision-making processes, and volunteer relationship dynamics. New questions, complexities, and challenges ripe for scholarly exploration and insight have emerged. For instance, despite charitable organizations’ increase in numbers, how and why is it that the wellbeing of many communities and groups is stagnant if not deteriorating? What relational, structural, technological, rhetorical, symbolic, and technical communication problems and possibilities therein lie? These and other questions relevant to the ever-growing and changing nonprofit sector warrant thoughtful scholarly inquiry.
In keeping with Management Communication Quarterly’s commitment to promote novel theoretical insights and practices about communication and organizing, this special issue will examine persistent and emergent communication problems in and of nonprofit organizations. Paper topics should have relevance to communication and organizing generally but with specific uniqueness or centrality to contemporary nonprofit and non-governmental contexts. Submissions that examine emerging trends and concerns in nonprofit organizing or underexplored contexts are particularly encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
● Interorganizational, cross-sector, and community collaborations
● Nonprofit organizing across international boundaries and in non-U.S. contexts
● Non-charitable organizations (e.g., political action committees, labor organizations, business leagues)
● Engagement with marginalized and stigmatized populations
● Intersectional identities in nonprofit organizing (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, age, ability, class)
● Contested, controversial, or hidden missions or practices
● Disruptions and threats (e.g., crisis, turnover, ethical transgressions)
● Power and role negotiations (among board, staff, volunteers, donors and stakeholders)
● Emotionality, exhaustion, burnout, and resilience in client interaction
All methodological orientations and approaches are welcomed, including qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, discourse analytic, and rhetorical work. We seek submissions that demonstrate clear linkages between theory and praxis. Given this focus, stand-alone theoretical pieces will not be considered. Papers should appeal to an audience of scholars interested in robust theory-testing and building as well as practitioners seeking useful knowledge and insight for communicating with staff, volunteers, boards, donors, clients, organizational partners, and various other constituencies. Ideal submissions may demonstrate how theory informs practice, but also how praxis informs and challenges existing theories. For example, essays may point out blind spots in theories that have been modeled after for-profit organizations or employment contracts exclusively.
Submitting your Paper:
Manuscripts should adhere to Management Communication Quarterly’s standard submission guidelines for full-length articles, Submissions should be no more than 10,000 words, including abstract and references. All papers should be formatted in APA style. Submissions will be accepted until March 2, 2020.
Please submit your manuscript through the journal’s online submission system (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mcq). You will need to create a user account if you do not already have one, and you must select the appropriate Special Issue at the “Manuscript Type” option. This option will be available after September 1, 2019. The Special Issue Editors handle all manuscripts in accordance with the journal’s policies and procedures. For further information or questions, please contact Special Issue Editors Brittany Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lacy McNamee at Lacy_McNamee@baylor.edu. As part of MCQ’s efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse review panel, we also invite any individuals who would like to participate in the review process for this special issue to email us directly. Individuals are also invited to create their own account in the MCQ database by using https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mcq and choosing the “create an account” tab. By entering key words and uploading a current CV, individuals will become part of the database automatically searched by MCQ’s editorial team. For administrative support and general queries, you may contact Rebecca J. Meisenbach, Editor in Chief of Management Communication Quarterly, at email@example.com.