Mays Business School has long been known for the quality of its management research, but the stakes just got higher: the management department now houses two more top-rated academic journals and a new entrepreneurship journal.

Management Department Head R. Duane Ireland was just named editor-elect of the prestigious Academy of Management Journal. International business expert Lorraine Eden, a management professor, will start vetting manuscripts this summer as editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Business Studies. And Distinguished Professor Michael A. Hitt is serving as founding co-editor of a new journal in the field of entrepreneurship: the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. The trio of journal editors joins Fouraker Professor Richard W. Woodman, who is already editing the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science from his office at Mays.

Hitt also previously served as editor of Academy of Management Journal, making Mays one of only three schools in the 50-year history of that journal to have had two Academy of Management Journal editors on faculty. The University of Washington and University of Oregon are the only other schools to hold that distinction.

Ireland, also Bennett Chair in Business, served as associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal for three years. No stranger to the research management role that an editor must fulfill, Ireland has also been associate editor for Academy of Management Executive and consulting editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Management, has published more than 70 scholarly articles and is a co-author of 10 books.

Eden will assume editor-in-chief duties for the highly rated Journal of International Business Studies in January 2008, making her the first woman and second Canadian to take on the role for the Academy of International Business.

Hitt’s Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal is a new creation sponsored by the Strategic Management Society. That’s the same society that publishes the Strategic Management Journal, one of the most prestigious journals in the management field. Hitt’s emphasis on the strategy of new ventures and the management of innovation are guaranteed to produce important academic results that will advance knowledge of entrepreneurship. The new journal is scheduled to publish its first issue in 2007.

Management faculty members are also associate editors and members of editorial boards for some 35 other scholarly publications, including Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management and Journal of Business Venturing.

“The Mays management faculty has long been dedicated to the importance of giving back to the scholarly community through editorial service,” Ireland says. “People are asked to serve as members of editorial review boards and are selected as editors on the basis of the quality of their published research and in light of their ability to provide constructive and timely feedback to others when reviewing manuscripts for journals. Our management faculty remains widely recognized for the high quality of its research and for its skills in handling editorial responsibilities.”