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Management Communication Quarterly 20:4 (May 2007), pp. 430–431.

doi: 10.1177/0893318907299341


Copyright © 2007 Sage Publications. Used by permission.


In this issue we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Management Communication Quarterly. To do so we invited the previous editors to reflect on their experiences providing leadership for the journal. In what follows, each editor looks back on his or her vision for MCQ, how his or her hopes for the journal were realized (or not), and the challenges he or she faced during his or her tenure as editor. Management Communication Quarterly approaches its 21st year rooted in their collective experience of working to establish the journal’s reputation for quality, interdisciplinarity, and internationalization. Although its interdisciplinary roots have been challenged on pragmatic, conceptual, or institutional grounds, there remains a willingness to cultivate and remain open to those possibilities, particularly across the traditional disciplinary boundaries of management and organizational communication. As it turns out, what it means to be an interdisciplinary journal devoted to management communication is neither a clear nor a straightforward matter. Similarly, what it means to be an international journal of management communication remains a work in progress, but it is a challenge worth taking up over the next 20 years and beyond.