Vol. 67, No. 3–4 (Autumn-Winter 2018)
This issue of the Nordic Journal of Business (NJB) contains four peer-reviewed articles. In the first article, Per Lekvall (The Swedish Corporate Governance Board) reviews the Nordic Corporate Governance Model and discusses the conceivable sustainability implications of the Nordic model. The second article by Jussi Karjalainen, Jyrki Niskanen, and Mervi Niskanen from the University of Eastern Finland focuses on accounting conservatism by examining whether differences in tax alignment affect the supply and demand for tax-induced conservatism. In the third article, Matti Keloharju and Antti Lehtinen from Aalto University provide a comprehensive descriptive analysis of the demographic patterns in employee and executive stock option grants in Finland. Finally, the fourth article by Antti Rautiainen and Timo Tohmo from the University of Jyväskylä examines the learning approaches and wellbeing of Finnish business students. I hope you enjoy reading these interesting articles.
As the current issue completes NJB’s Volume 67, I take this opportunity to provide a brief retrospective account of our recent activity. During the last two years, NJB has received and processed 41 article submissions. Out of these submissions, 37 percent have been accepted for publication after peer-review, 19 percent are currently in the review process, 20 percent were rejected after review, and 24 percent were desk rejected by the editor without external reviewers. For most of the articles sent to the external peer-review process, the first-round decision has been reached within three months.
NJB has now been operating under the new name and with a refined focus on Nordic business research for four years. Although most articles published in NJB have still been written by scholars from Finnish universities, the authorship of articles has become distinctly more international since the change of the journal’s name to NJB, and about 20 percent of the published articles have been written by authors from Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and U.K. universities and business schools. The five most prolific institutions in terms of authorship, each with a share of about 10 percent, are Aalto University School of Business, Hanken School of Economics, LUT University, University of Jyväskylä, and the University of Vaasa.
NJB’s Editorial Board has remained almost unchanged over the last four years. I am now honoured to welcome two new colleagues Sebastiano Lombardo (BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship) and Jon Bingen Sande (BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Marketing) to the Editorial Board. With the addition of Sebastiano and Jon, NJB’s Editorial Board now has 16 members who represent different disciplines of business studies, and come from 12 different universities in six different countries.
I am also happy to announce that NJB is now listed in all official journal and publication channel lists used in the Nordic countries. NJB is indexed in scientific level 1 in the Danish BFI publication list, in level 1 in the Finnish JUFO Publication Forum list, and level 1 in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.
Please consider the Nordic Journal of Business as an outlet for your research.
Nordic Journal of Business
Per Lekvall – The Nordic Way of Corporate Governance
Jussi Karjalainen, Jyrki Niskanen and Mervi Niskanen – Tax Alignment and Tax-Induced Conditional Conservatism: An Empirical Analysis of European Private Firms
Matti Keloharju and Antti Lehtinen – Stock Option Grants in Finland
Antti Rautiainen and Timo Tohmo – Approaches to Learning, Wellbeing, Study Success and Employment Expectations in a Finnish Business School
The whole issue as PDF here