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Tribute to our reviewers: best reviewer awards 2021

When looking back on 2021, the Journal of Management Control proceeded on its path to become an even more internationally recognized and successful journal in the field of management control. In 2021, we received 133 submissions; this is double the number of submissions of 2018. In addition, our journal is becoming more and more international with corresponding authors coming from 39 different countries and reviewers from 22 different countries in 2021. Both the increase in the number of submissions as well as the diverse set of authors and reviewers suggests that the strategy to pursue international growth and recognition appears to have been implemented successfully.

The average time between the receipt of the manuscript and the first decision (submission to first decision) is only 50 days and stable over the years. While we aim for a fast decision, we do not want to further drive down this relative low response time for the first decision; we want to encourage and enable reviewers to thoroughly review a paper without too much time pressure and allow editors to make solid final decisions which are helpful for authors to further develop their papers. During the Covid-pandemic, we experienced that reviewers also needed the time, given the conflicting demands and pressures that they were facing. The first round rejection rate is 81.0%, standing for the high standards of our journal and the rigor in our review processes.

The editors of the Journal of Management Control want to express our gratitude and appreciation for one of the most valuable resources of a journal: our highly skilled reviewers that help to bring papers to their final publication. We are very grateful for the continuous support of so many respected scholars from all around the world. We list all reviewers who finished a review report in the calendar year 2021 below in alphabetical order, and would like to thank them for their excellent services to the journal:

Title First name Last name Affiliation Country
Mr Roy-Ivar Andreassen NTNU Business School Trondheim NORWAY
Prof. Dr Marcus C Arnold University of Bern SWITZERLAND
Dr David Bedford University of Technology Sydney AUSTRALIA
Prof Iryna Berova Alves ISCAL Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa PORTUGAL
Prof Josep Bisbe Vinas ESADE Business School SPAIN
Mrs Xenia Boerner Technische Universität Dresden GERMANY
Prof David A Brown University of Technology Sydney AUSTRALIA
Prof. Dr Michael Burkert University of Bern SWITZERLAND
Prof. Dr Martine Cools Katholieke Universiteit Leuven BELGIUM
Prof. Dr Anne D' Arcy Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien AUSTRIA
Prof Ivo De Loo Nyenrode Business Universiteit NETHERLANDS
Prof Charl de Villiers University of Auckland NEW ZEALAND
Dr Antonio Durendez Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Murcia SPAIN
Prof. Dr Christoph Endenich ESSEC Business School FRANCE
Dr Jan Endrikat Technische Universität Dresden GERMANY
Prof. Dr Christoph Feichter Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien AUSTRIA
Mr Marc Feldmann WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management GERMANY
Mrs Maria Teresa Felicio ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management PORTUGAL
Prof. Dr Andrea Fried Linköping University SWEDEN
Prof Laura Gómez Ruiz Universidad Pablo d'Olavide SPAIN
Prof. Dr Lukas Goretzki Handelshogskolan i Stockholm SWEDEN
Prof. Dr Thomas Guenther Technische Universität Dresden GERMANY
Dr Benita Gullkvist Hanken School of Economics FINLAND
Dr Sven Hartlieb University of Bamberg GERMANY
Mr Oliver Henk Nord University Business School NORWAY
Prof. Dr Martin Hiebl University of Siegen GERMANY
Prof. Dr Susanne Homölle Universität Rostock GERMANY
Prof. Dr Sophie Hoozée Universiteit Gent BELGIUM
Prof. Dr Thomas Kaspereit University of Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG
Dr Aleksandra Klein Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien AUSTRIA
Prof. Dr Thorsten Knauer Ruhr University of Bochum GERMANY
Prof Stephan Kramer RSM Erasmus University NETHERLANDS
Prof. Dr Jennifer Kunz Universität Augsburg GERMANY
Prof Tim Lindquist University of Northern Iowa UNITED STATES
Prof Irene Eleonora Lisi Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ITALY
Prof. Dr Clemens Loeffler Fachhochschule Wien AUSTRIA
Prof Sofia Margarida Lourenꞔo Lisbon School of Economics and Management PORTUGAL
Prof. Dr Thomas Loy University of Bremen GERMANY
Prof Kari Lukka University of Turku FINLAND
Dr Hakim Lyngstadaas Handelshoyskolen BI—Campus Trondheim NORWAY
Prof. Dr Karen Maas Open University NETHERLANDS
Dr Ricardo Malagueno University of East Anglia UNITED KINGDOM
Prof. Dr Klaus Möller Universität St. Gallen SWITZERLAND
Dr Nathan Clive Morris Technische Universität Dresden GERMANY
Dr Benedikt Müller-Stewens University of St. Gallen SWITZERLAND
Prof. Dr Pascal Nevries University of Kassel GERMANY
Prof Kimitaka Nishitani Kobe University JAPAN
Dr Christian Nitzl Universität der Bundeswehr München GERMANY
Prof. Dr Christian Ott EM Strasbourg Business School FRANCE
Prof Emilio Passetti University of Padova ITALY
Prof Jukka Pellinen University of Jyväskylä FINLAND
Prof. Dr Arthur Posch University of Bern SWITZERLAND
Dr Martin Quinn Queen's University Belfast UNITED KINGDOM
Prof. Dr Evelien Reusen Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Rotterdam School of Management NETHERLANDS
Prof. Dr Robert Rieg Aalen University GERMANY
Prof. Dr Peter Roetzel Universität Stuttgart GERMANY
Prof. Dr Anna Rohlfing-Bastian Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main GERMANY
Prof. Dr Remmer Sassen Technische Universität Dresden GERMANY
Prof. Dr Utz Schaeffer WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management GERMANY
Prof. Dr Daniel Schaupp WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management GERMANY
Dr Ivo Schedlinsky University of Bayreuth GERMANY
Prof. Dr Frank Schiemann University of Bamberg GERMANY
Prof. Dr Maël Schnegg University of St. Gallen SWITZERLAND
Prof. Dr Jens Robert Schöndube Leibniz Universität Hannover GERMANY
Prof. Dr Barbara Schöndube-Pirchegger Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg GERMANY
Prof. Dr Anja Schwering Universität Potsdam GERMANY
Prof. Dr Gerhard Speckbacher Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien AUSTRIA
Prof Breda Sweeney National University of Ireland, Galway IRELAND
Prof. Dr Sandra Tillema Rijksuniversiteit Groningen NETHERLANDS
Prof Berend van der Kolk IE Business School SPAIN
Dr Sebastiaan van Doorn University of Western Australia AUSTRALIA
Dr Jeroen van Raak University of Amsterdam NETHERLANDS
Prof. Dr Paula Van Veen-Dirks Rijksuniversiteit Groningen NETHERLANDS
Prof. Dr Patrick Velte Universität Lüneburg Leuphana GERMANY
Prof. Dr Friederike Wall University of Klagenfurt AUSTRIA
Prof. Dr Barbara E Weissenberger Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf GERMANY
Prof. Dr Paul Wentges University of Ulm GERMANY
Dr Leona Wiegmann Monash University AUSTRALIA
Prof. Dr Martin Wiener Technische Universität Dresden GERMANY
Prof. Dr Andreas Woempener University of Duisburg Essen GERMANY
Prof. Dr Arnt Wöhrmann Justus Liebig Universität Giessen GERMANY
Prof Huaxiang Yin Nanyang Technological University SINGAPORE

On behalf of both the authors and the editors, we appreciate the help of our reviewers for their tremendous input in time and dedication in improving author submissions. The editors of the Journal of Management Control believe that the guidance and recommendations given by reviewers contribute strongly to making good papers even better. Again, thanks to all of you for your expertise and support.

For 2021, the editors of the Journal of Management Control are happy to honour four scholars in particular. They are representative for the above list of reviewers, as they have shown continuous high-quality support of our review processes and have consistently delivered high quality review reports which help the authors to further develop their papers:

Best Reviewer Award 2021: Aleksandra Klein, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Distinguished Reviewer Award 2021: Martin Hiebl, University of Siegen, Germany

Charl de Villiers, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Martin Quinn, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Congratulations to our four award winners.

Finally, we would like to draw your attention to a forthcoming special issue on risk management and risk governance:

Topic: “Courageous Risk Governance: Enabling Resilience, Autonomy, and New Thinking”


Martin Hiebl, University of Siegen, Germany, and Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Deadline: December 31, 2022

For further information, please see the call for paper on our website:

We hope that the readers of the Journal of Management Control may draw new insights from this issue. The authors have contributed to this journal to expand our knowledge in management accounting and control, both for practice and research.

Dresden, May 2022

For the team of editors

Frank Verbeeten

Thomas W. Guenther

Managing editors


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Guenther, T.W., Verbeeten, F.H.M. Tribute to our reviewers: best reviewer awards 2021. J Manag Control 33, 145–149 (2022).

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