Training and development are increasingly important strategies for addressing major societal, organisational and individual challenges. Developing human potential is often viewed as a prerequisite for enhancing national and corporate economic performance, the realisation of individual and collective potential, and the fulfilment of social goals. The Journal of Management in Government is a scholarly forum for debate, theoretical development and the reporting of high-quality original, conceptual or empirical research - whether quantitative or qualitative – aimed at the academic and wider communities, as well as those engaged in public policy formulation and implementation.

Aim & Scope

The Journal of Management in Government (JMIG) is an international forum for the reporting of high-quality research. Multidisciplinary, international and comparative in approach, the journal publishes research which ranges from the empirical, theoretical, conceptual and methodological to more policy-oriented types of work. The scope of the Journal is training and development, broadly defined. This includes:

The aims and purposes of training and development

_ interrogating the rationale for training and development activities
_ understanding training and development in rapidly changing social, ecological and economic conditions
_ interrogating the concepts of training and development and how these are deployed discursively

The determinants of training

_ identifying and analysing specific factors which give rise to a need for training and development as well as the processes by which those needs become defined,
_ examining the potential for optimising training and analysing explanatory variables,
_ the training and development implications of various techniques, such as appraisal and assessment,
_ the analysis of competence

Training and development practice

_ the design, development and delivery of training,
_ the learning and development process itself, including non-formal and informal learning,
_ approaches to training and development,
_ evaluation of training,
_ trainers and their development needs

Policy and strategy

_ aims and scope of training providers
_ organisational aspects of training and development
_ public policy issues related to training and development
_ the role of training and development within the wider education system
_ infrastructure and technological needs
_ issues relating to the training and development profession

The Journal’s scope encompasses organisational, corporate, and public policy analysis. International and comparative work is particularly welcome, as is research which embraces emerging issues and developments.

For details of the types of material published please see the author guidelines.

The scope of the JMIG is not limited to the areas specified above and potential contributors should not be put off if their work falls outside those areas. The ultimate requirements are that the research lies within the training and development field and is of high quality.

The JMIG’s emphasis

Because the principal purpose of the JMIG is to encourage an international dialogue in the field of training and development, the editors are particularly interested in work which is international or comparative. Evaluations or empirical studies that focus on training programmes or testing of a model without a wider contextual discussion and engagement with conceptual issues will not be accepted.

The Journal also seeks to be genuinely multidisciplinary and this concern is reflected in editorial policy. Articles adopting an interdisciplinary approach are particularly welcome.

The JMIG’s editors are keen to strengthen the links between academic work and policy and practice and wish to encourage research which can demonstrate a potential significance in this respect.