Do you have an R&R in a sustainability-related topic? Join the next GRONEN Reading Group meeting (May 28)


Dear colleagues,

If you have a sustainability-related paper at the ‘revise & resubmit’ stage (preferably with a journal that is at least ranked 3 in the ABS list), we would like to invite you to participate in our next GRONEN Reading Group (GROReG) . GROReG is the platform of the GRONEN network to discuss papers that are at advanced stages in the revision process. The goal is to help scholars (at all stages of their careers) to publish their work on sustainability-related topics in high quality academic journals, in a non-competitive and constructive atmosphere. Here is what some of our previous participants have to say about the group (and links to the papers they shared with us in the R&R stage):

“These GRONEN Reading Group meetings are one-of-a-kind. It´s a highly collegial, intimate and thrustful atmosphere that the organizers create and it truly gives authors a chance to discuss all the questions they have about their paper in progress they would probably not get answers for elsewhere. I can only strongly recommend anyone with a relevant paper and an R&R in one of those high-pain-high-gain journals to participate in one of their meetings.”

Christopher Wickert, Associate Professor in Ethics & Sustainability, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Wickert, C., & De Bakker, F. G. (2018). Pitching for social change: Toward a relational approach to selling and buying social issues. Academy of Management Discoveries , 4 (1), 50-73.

GRONEN combines first-class and spot-on feedback with a friendly and supportive environment: warmly recommended.

Maja Tampe, Assistant Professor, ESADE

Tampe, M. (2021). Turning rules into practices: An inside-out approach to understanding the implementation of sustainability standards. Ecological Economics , 184 , 106947.

“I found the GRONEN reading group a huge help in deciding my revision strategy. Having a discussion focused on the reviewers’ comments helped my work through how to approach conflicting recommendations, to weigh what concerns were most crucial and how to remedy them, and to talk through the finer points of theoretical concepts in my paper with experts who could point out any potential theoretical difficulties and opportunities. Plus everyone was incredibly supportive and friendly. The GRONEN Reading Group approach really is a model of how academics should approach any R&R.”

Greg Molecke, Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, University of Exeter
Molecke, G., & Pinkse, J. (2017). Accountability for social impact: A bricolage perspective on impact measurement in social enterprises. Journal of Business Venturing , 32 (5), 550-568.

The next GROReG session will be held online on Friday, 28th of May 2021 , between 12.30-4.30pm GMT (1.30-5.30pm CET; 7:30-11:30am EST).

The half-day event will consist of one or two tracks, each hosting the discussion of three papers. Each track will have a maximum of 15 participants, including authors and core members of the reading group. Each paper will be assigned to a one-hour time slot. After a brief presentation (15 minutes) of the main challenges regarding the revision process of the paper by the author(s), a discussant gives her/his view before the general discussion is opened. Participants receive the papers as well as the review reports and the editorial letter before each session and are expected to have read these documents beforehand, committing to confidentiality. We also check that participants are not involved in the blind review process of any paper. The focus of the discussion is on how to deal with reviewer and editorial comments to improve the papers and increase their likelihood of acceptance.

GROReG sessions are facilitated by a group of the following core members:

  • Elisa Alt (King’s College London, UK)
  • Grace Augustine (City University of London, UK)
  • Luca Berchicci (Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL)
  • Fred Dahlmann (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Frank Figge (Kedge Business School Marseille, France)
  • Panikos Georgallis (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Tobias Hahn (ESADE Business School Barcelona, Spain)
  • Jörn Hoppmann (University of Oldenburg, Germany)
  • Kerstin Neumann (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Desirée Pacheco (IESE, Spain)
  • Jonatan Pinkse (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Sara Soderstrom (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Franziska Sump (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Amanda Williams (ETH Zurich)

Our group has helped many papers succeed through the publication process since 2014, and currently benefits from members with editorial board positions in Academy of Management Review , Journal of Management , Journal of Business Venturing , Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice , Organization Studies , Business & Society , Business Strategy and the Environment , Long Range Planning , Strategic Organization, and Organization & Environment .

If you are interested, please respond to this email by contacting the reading group coordinator Elisa Alt ( by May 10 . Please send your paper as well as the decision letter including the reviewer reports. All submissions are treated confidentially and are shared only with the participants of the session/track. Please feel free to pass on this invitation to colleagues who might be interested in participating.

We hope you will be part of this initiative and look forward to seeing you at our next session on May 28!

With best wishes,


Dr Elisa Alt

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Entrepreneurship

King’s College London | King’s Business School

Bush House N3.19, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG

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