• Submissions must be in English
• between 7,000 words and 10,000 words (all inclusive)
• double-spaced throughout
• 10-point Times New Roman font
• 2.5 cm or 1 inch margin all around
• formatted for A4 size paper
• text should be left-aligned
• page numbers at the bottom of each page
• Save your file in doc/docx format (Word versions)


Please use no more than four levels of displayed headings.


The abbreviation and definition should be shown as they appear in the text and used consistently thereafter.


Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables. Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols. Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

Title Page

Authors are requested to upload a separate title page. On this page, list:

• Title of the manuscript
• Title, full names, affiliation and addresses of all authors including full postal address, telephone and fax, and email addresses. These must be placed on the Title Page and should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
• Suggestions for a short running title of no more than 40 characters (including spaces)
• Acknowledgements of financial or research assistance, places where the manuscript has been presented, thanks to discussants etc. These must be placed on the Title Page and should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Author order and corresponding order must be correct as soon as the article has been accepted
• If available, the 16-digit ORCID of the author(s)


Your manuscript should start with an abstract page that includes the title of the manuscript and an abstract of up to 100 words in length. Please be sure that the abstract page does not contain any information that could identify the author(s). Please do not put reference citations in the abstract. Manuscript titles should be short, and abstracts should be informative for non-specialists. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


When submitting via the ABM online system, you will be asked to include keywords that describe your paper for indexing and for web searches in your manuscript. Authors should choose three to six keywords. A keyword (or the first word in a keyword phrase) is capitalized. In addition, you will be asked to include three to nine classifications (keywords) from an existing list. These classifications are only for internal purposes to facilitate the selection of reviewers.

Body of the paper

The manuscript should be structured like a typical business and management journal article (for samples see: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/journal/41291/volumes-issues/free-articles ). The introduction should clearly state the importance of the topic, the context of the study, highlight gaps, and expected contribution of the study. The theory section should elaborate on the underlying theory(ies) and be limited to the articles, books and other items that have a direct bearing on the topic being addressed. The empirical section (if an empirical study) should provide appropriate citations to the statistical methodology used and a complete explanation only if the methodology is new. The following results section should provide full details of the statistical analyses. The discussion should briefly summarize key findings, elaborate on theoretical and practical implications, acknowledge limitations, and provide suggestions for future research.

Citing references in the text

When citing a list of references in the text, put the list in alphabetical order and separate authors by semicolons, e.g.: Prior studies (Hennart, 2015; Sekiguchi, Froese, & Iguchi, 2016)… If a work has two authors, give both names every time you cite it. For three through six authors, give all names the first time the work is cited and then use the first author's name and "et al." for all subsequent citations, , e.g. Sekiguchi et al. (2016). For works with seven or more authors, use the first author's name and "et al." for all in-text citations, including the first citation. To cite a direct quotation, list the author, year of publication and page number, e.g. Hennart (2015) concludes that “guanxi is not specifically Chinese, since similar types of governance have been identified in other Asian countries, in the industrial districts of Italy and Germany, and in some US industries.” (p. 277). If the author is not named in a signal phrase, list the name, year, and page in parenthesis, e.g. : “Guanxi is not specifically Chinese” (Hennart, 2015, p. 277), because...


For preparing the references, Asian Business & Management uses APA style guide. The reference list should follow the notes at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order by author name (use the “corporate author” or the journal name where no individual author's name is given). This list must include all the works you have cited, and only the works you have cited. Authors should confirm that the reference for each citation in the text is complete, and that the cited dates and the spellings of the authors' names in the text and references are in agreement. Please prepare references as follows:

Journal/periodical articles

Hennart, J.-F. (2015). Leveraging Asian institutions to deepen theory: A transaction cost perspective on relational governance. Asian Business & Management, 14(4), 257-282.
Sekiguchi, T., Froese, F.J., & Iguchi, C. (2016). International human resource management of Japanese corporations: Challenges and future directions. Asian Business & Management, 15(2), 83-109.


Hemmert, M. (2018). The evolution of tiger management. London: Routledge.

Chapters in edited books

Varma. A., Budhwar, P., & Norlander, P. (2017). Performance management practices in Asia. In F.L. Cooke & S. Kim (Eds.), Routledge handbook of human resource management in Asia: (pp. 149-165), New York, NY: Routledge.

Online documents

JETRO (2017). JETRO Invest Japan Report 2017. Retrieved from https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/reports/report2017/ch1.html.


Use either UK or US spellings consistently throughout. For UK spellings take as a guide the new edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors; Webster’s Collegiate for US spellings.

Transcription conventions

Names, phrases and words from languages using the Roman alphabet (e.g. English, Spanish, Pilipino) should be unchanged. In the case of Vietnamese, the standard orthography should be adapted. Authors should not use tone marks (a in preference to a, á, à, ã, ả, ạ), and use of other diacritics should be considered optional if their use or non-use is applied consistently (either â, ă, ê, o’ and u’ or a, a, e, o, u).
Transcriptions of names, phrases and words from languages that use non-Roman scripts should be individual or idiosyncratic only in the case of:

• major place-names with standard English versions, e.g. Seoul, Delhi, Rangoon, Bangkok in preference to Soul, Dilli, Yangon, Krungthep;
• company names that are internationally known or which customarily use their own romanisation, e.g. Hyundai, Daewoo in preference to Hyondae, Taeu;
• names of certain figures. Name transcription is particularly thorny to the prevalence of idiosyncratic romanisations used by individuals for their own names, and, in the case of Chinese, romanisations according to Cantonese, Hokkien or other dialects. The following are broad recommendations:

1. in the case of Chinese outside the PRC (in which case idiosyncratic, personal or dialect-based transcriptions are very common), use the romanisations that the particular individual him/herself uses where these are known. Otherwise use Pinyin;
2. in the case of academics and writers of any East Asian nationality who publish in English, to use the transcription of his/her name under which he/she is published;
3. in all other cases, use idiosyncratic romanisations only in very common and internationally accepted names, such as Syngman Rhee for I Sungman, Roh Tae-woo for No Taeu.
Otherwise, transcription should be in accordance with the general principles for transcribing such languages, and usage should be consistent throughout a paper. Diacritics should normally not be used, except to clarify a linguistically relevant point. Words and phrases other than names should be italicised.

• For Chinese - both regarding the PRC and Taiwan, Singapore etc. - the Pinyin system should be used in preference to the Wade-Giles or Gwoyeu Romatzyh. The only diacritic that should be used is ü where appropriate; tones should not be represented unless necessary.
• For Korean, the McCune-Reischauer system should be used, without macrons, i.e. o and u in preference to o and u or eo and eu.
• For Japanese, the Hepburn system is recommended without macrons for vowel length, i.e. o and u in preference to o and u or oo and uu. However, the use of macrons will be allowed if the author accepts responsibility for proofreading.