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AMLE BRR Guidelines

Book and Resource Review Guidelines


The objective of the Books and Resource Review (B&RR) section of AMLE is to provide our readers with insightful and informative reviews of a diverse array of resources.  We define the term "resources" broadly - such that we are interested in reviews of not only books but also software, hardware, internet sites, training programs, experiential exercises, simulations, and other tools that may assist management educators and practitioners in developing their knowledge, skills, and awareness.  Additionally, the current editorial board has made a strategic decision to include reviews of resources drawn from outside of the management domain.  As a result, we are particularly interested in reviews of applicable resources drawn from across the disciplines (e.g., Computer Sciences, Engineering, Education, Journalism, Humanities, Law, Medicine & Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences), as well as those specifically targeting management educators. 


Although the editors will initiate the review of both popular and classic media, we encourage editorial board members, and indeed Academy of Management members, to recommend specific reviews that AMLE should undertake. It should be stressed that AMLE will strive to address the range of interests represented by all divisions and interest groups of the Academy.  In addition, we will strive to represent alternative, unique, and emerging viewpoints from across the disciplines and around the globe, both in the selection of resources and the selection of reviewers.


What follows is a recommended format for the reviews.  We encourage you to follow this but also to consider whether an alternative approach might be appropriate given the nature of the resource, and the nature of the review undertaken.  If an alternative approach is preferred, please contact the B&RR section editor, Megan Gerhardt before beginning the review, using the phrase AMLE Book and Resource Reviews in the subject line.


The Review


1.         Titles and Pre-Review Information: At the beginning of your review, place the following information:


Copyright Academy of Management Learning and Education


Book Review: (Title) The Great American Novel about Management

By Jane R. Doe and John M. Doe. New York, NY: Universal Publishers, 2001. 545 pages, hard cover.

Reviewed by J. B. Arbaugh, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh



2.         First paragraph: Explain as briefly as possible what the resource (book, video, exercise, simulation, etc) is about. Try to capture the reader's attention in the opening.


3.         Middle: Relate the main points of the work. Expand on these points so that the reader can very quickly get a good feel for the material. You can use quotes as long as they are not too long. If quotes are used, indicate the page numbers after the quote. Please do not use footnotes. You can include references to other works.  In fact, we encourage review authors to consider if there are additional resources, particularly those that are freely available online, that would be beneficial for readers to know about.  If there are, please include them, and the reasons why you have found them useful, in your review.  If you do reference other works, place the author(s)'s last name, year of publication, and, if appropriate, the quoted page numbers within parentheses after the sentence (see the Format Section for an example). Include the reference in the Bibliography Section. You do not have to use references in a review; they are optional and should be used only if they will enhance the quality of your review.


4.         In the latter paragraphs of the review, indicate the strengths of the work and your concerns, such as questions you have about the presentation or generalizability. Ensure you adopt a constructive tone.  Help the reader to understand why you have concerns. Notice that we stayed away from the word "problems" or "weaknesses", since those terms may not help readers to understand the ways in which the work can be useful. However, since this is your review, we leave it to your discretion to determine whether the use of such terms is appropriate.


5.         End: Conclude your review by succinctly giving your overall opinion. Include how you plan to use the work in your research and/or courses, if appropriate.  Finally, if applicable, how could practitioners benefit from this material?


The Format


1.         Length: Maximum is 1500 words (about six typed double spaced pages). Although there is no minimum, please use 1000 words (about four pages) as a guide. If the review should run shorter or longer, please contact the section editor, Megan Gerhardt.


2.         Type: 12 point, including all titles. Times New Roman is the font. No bolding. Use Italics to highlight a word or phrase. Place book titles in Italics when used in the body of the review.


3.         Headings: No subheadings. No page headers. Page numbering at the bottom center of the page.


4.         Margins: Use 1" margins all around.


5.         Citing References (optional): Use author's last name and year, and page number if a quote is cited.  For example: (Ferris, 2001: 22) or (Ford & Jones, 1998: 125-127)


6.         Bibliography (optional): Please follow the AMLE style and formatting guidelines (posted on this site under the "Authors" menu).


The Submission

  1. Contact Megan Gerhardt about the particulars regarding your review.  MS Word or Adobe Acrobat are preferred file formats.  She will confirm acceptance with a tentative timeline for review.
  2. Submit your review through the AMLE system. Visit How to Submit to AMLE for instructions on the process. If you have any questions about your review submission or the submission process itself, please contact

Dual Perspectives: A New AMLE Book and Resource Review Feature  

At AMLE, we are always searching for new and interesting ways to bring you insight on management education and learning resources. In keeping with this, we are excited to introduce an occasional new feature, Dual Perspectives. This feature will showcase the review of one resource by two different scholars. It is our hope that providing side-by-side reviews will allow you to compare how the work has been received by different audiences, and as such, better allow you to decide how this may benefit your work. Enjoy!

We encourage readers interested in writing reviews and those who have suggestions of materials for review to contact:

Megan Gerhardt

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