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    Introducing the IMP-Journal


    From the editors:

    Hakan Hakansson, David Ford and Ivan Snehota

    The reserach of the IMP Group is based on the idea that business is not an isolated activity that occurs within independent organisations, but that it consists of interaction between interdependent companies, whether as customers, suppliers, development partners, facilitators or competitors.

    A large number of research studies have investigated interaction between individual companies and organisations, and the wider network that surrounds them. This research has led to the development of ideas on the characteristics of business relationships and networks, on the processes within them and on how individual companies can operate in these arenas.

    It is now time to create a new forum for high quality of research into business interaction; The IMP Journal. We hope that the journal will not only record the best of an increasing volume and standard of research, but will also stimulate further development in the field. The content of the journal will not be restricted to articles from marketing or purchasing. We also welcome contributions from researchers in the areas of strategy, operations, logistics, information systems or human resources who are also concerned about interaction between companies and other organisations, and how this relates to their own areas.

    Contemporary ideas on business interaction have mainly appeared through empirical studies within and between companies. Although we welcome excellent submissions of conceptual work, we would like the journal to continue this strong empirical tradition.

    We will publish up to twelve articles each year and the articles from each year will comprise a single volume. Contributions may be of any length appropriate to their content, which will give opportunities to include rich case studies.

    All submissions will be double blind refereed by members of the editorial review board. We also plan to publish the final comments of the reviewers on each article on publication, explaining why they believe it worthy of publication.

    As well as completed manuscripts, we would also like to welcome contributors to contact us at the early stage of development of manuscripts. We will then be happy to work with those contributors in the development of their work to achieve the highest possible quality of publication.

    The journal will be electronic and will be located on the IMP Group website This means that it will be freely available to all researchers, without subscription.

    Contributions should be submitted in electronic format to one of the three editors:

    Hakan Hakansson:

    David Ford:

    Ivan Snehota:


    Helen Anderson, Jönköping International Business School

    James Anderson, Northwestern University

    Luis Araujo, Lancaster University

    Björn Axelsson, Stockholm School of Economics

    Keith Blois, Oxford University

    Anna Dubois, Chalmers University

    Geoff Easton, Lancaster University

    Lars Erik Gadde, Chalmers Univesity

    Hans-Georg Gemünden, Technical University of Berlin

    Lars Hallen, University of Sundsvall

    Lars Gunnar Mattson, Stockholm School of Economics

    Kris Moller, Helsinki School of Economics

    Thomas Ritter, Copenhagen Business School

    Robert Salle, Lyon Business School

    Asta Salmi, Helsinki School of Economics

    Robert Spekman, University of Virginia

    Annalisa Tunisini, Urbino University

    Peter Turnbull, Birmingham Business School

    Alexandra Waluszewski, Uppsala University

    Ian Wilkinson, University of New South Wales

    Louise Young, University of Technology, Sydney

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