New Horizons In Managerial And Organizational Cognition

New Horizons in Managerial and Organizational Cognition (NHMOC) is a series of themed collections that bring to light emerging ideas, theories, methods, or application of MOC. Each book is a distinct project where the series editors engage with a guest editor to create a volume with a focal concept. Chapters can be conceptual, methodological or empirical in nature with a common objective to challenge our understanding and use of managerial and organisational cognition. A key objective of the series is to create space for authors with new ideas that challenge our horizons. A key objective is for each book to provide a platform from which scholars in the field can draw inspiration and engage with emerging ideas that are articulated through rigorous engagement with theory. The book format provides a flexibility to achieve this goal in ways journals papers cannot.

Chapters selected for inclusion in the New Horizons in Managerial and Organizational Cognition series will engage state-of-the-art applications of MOC-related theories. We encourage critical reflection and theoretical or methodological advances. We are open to both conceptual and empirical work, and to both qualitative and quantitative work. Chapters must present depth in cognition theory and where appropriate in the focal domain. We are also open to studies that advance knowledge through the application of an established cognition theory or method to novel domain contexts (where the primary theoretical contribution will be to the books focal domain); or contributions that advance knowledge of cognition theory or method utilizing the focal domain as a context (where the primary contribution will be to cognition theory/method literature). We strongly encourage prospective authors to be clear about these objectives and approaches as early as possible in the submission.

All books involve an open call for papers which is linked in the Upcoming books section on this page (while the call is open) and editors may also invite submissions. All chapters are subject to desk review by the editors and double blind peer review before publication.


Volume 5: Thinking about Cognition (Forthcoming 2021) - Fifth Anniversary Volume

The call for this book is now open (closes 1 April 2020).

Editors: Kristian J Sund, Robert J Galavan

This book will appear as the fifth volume in the New Horizons in Managerial and Organizational Cognition series. Previous volumes have examined topics such as strategic uncertainty, innovation, business models, and methodological advances and challenges in MOC research. The 2021 anniversary volume will comprise a collection of contributions that discuss frontiers of MOC research, address the challenges we face, inspire other scholars, and provide guidance on how to proceed. We thus hope to produce a volume that will bring readers up to date and point to ways forward within MOC-related topic areas.

Download the full call for chapter proposals here


Volume 4: Business Models and Cognition (Forthcoming 2020)

The call for this book is now closed (June 2019)

Editors: Kristian J Sund, Robert J Galavan, Marcel Bogers

The business model construct has become very popular in the strategy and innovation literatures. Some studies of business models and business model innovation have accentuated the cognitive underpinnings of the construct or pointed to the role of cognitions in shaping business models and business model change. For example, it has been suggested that the business model can be studied as a form of cognitive structure (Doz & Kosonen, 2010), mental map, or schema (Martins, Rindova, & Greenbaum, 2015), of how the firm creates value. Several recent studies have also highlighted how managers’ cognitions and sensemaking influence business model design (Sosna, Trevinyo-Rodríguez, & Velamuri, 2010). Finally, process studies of business model innovation have, for example, highlighted the role of shared logics in enabling innovation (Bogers, Sund, & Villarroel, 2015), and how information and knowledge search behavior of managers affects the type of business model innovation (Snihur & Wiklund, 2018).

Recent reviews of the literature also emphasize the links between business models and cognition as an area in need of further research (Foss & Saebi, 2017). Yet, the cognitive underpinnings of business model elements are often mentioned but less frequently explicitly studied. With this volume, we engaged business model and cognition scholars to jointly explore these links and others. The collection of articles will take stock and provide examples of new developments at the intersection of business model studies, and studies of managerial and organizational cognition.

To submit a proposal to this series, please contact the series editors via email:

Robert J. Galavan
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Kristian J. Sund
Roskilde University, Denmark

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