Academic journal article Journal of Small Business Management

A Time for Change

Academic journal article Journal of Small Business Management

A Time for Change

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Readers will note several changes in this edition of the Journal of Small Business Management, not only in form, but in substance and direction as well. The purpose of this editorial is to provide some insight into these changes, plus several prospective ones, an action which seems to be especially appropriate as we move into this new decade of the 1990s.

The most obvious changes implemented to date are concerned with editorship, both at the highest level and with respect to translations of article abstracts into several languages. In addition, however, more subtle alterations are being made in the orientation of the JSBM to reflect the changing and expanding interests of the memberships of its cosponsoring organizations - the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and the Small Business Institute Directors' Association (SBIDA).

First and foremost with respect to editorship, the crucial job of editor is now being handled by Fred Scherr, Associate Professor of Finance at West Virginia University, who recently took over the task from Jim Thompson. As JSBM readers will recall, Jim announced his retirement with the October 1989 issue, after serving admirably in that position for over twenty years.

Secondly, with this January edition we have initiated a new policy of providing abstracts in three other languages - English, German, and Spanish - as well as in French (the latter having being included in the JSBM since July of 1982). We believe this change is in accordance with the high priority that the ICSB has placed upon the goal of becoming a more truly international organization, with substantially increased membership outside the United States and Canada, and will better serve our readership which is presently spread over more than eighty countries. As with this and subsequent editions, all of the abstracts will be printed in a special section at the front of the publication, immediately preceding the articles themselves.

Expansion of the JSBM abstracting function was made possible through the cooperation of the Department of Foreign Languages at West Virginia University, and involves the gracious (and gratis) effort of several faculty members who have just recently joined our JSBM team - Axel Claesgaes and Jurgen Schlunk, who will be coordinating the translations of article abstracts in German, and Monserrat Vilarrubla, who will be doing them in Spanish. …

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