Genesis and Journey Of FBR – The New Age Management Journal

The pursuit of knowledge and management excellence is a central driver for FIIB. Committed to this reason, FIIB Business Review – FIIB’s new age international management journal was established in 2011. Providing quality research, perspective, cases and review, FBR offers a unique publication basket. With an interdisciplinary approach to management, authors from all around the world from various disciplines have published their articles in the journal. This is how FBR built a knowledge network of academicians, management scholars, policy makers, and practitioners by establishing a dialogue through insightful articles on emerging themes. In the 8 years, FBR has come a long way, take a look at how it all began!

The Genesis:

It is India in 2011, smartphones were more of a luxury than a need, WhatsApp and Snapchat haven’t had taken over the world, ‘startup’ was still a buzzword, and phone calls weren’t free. But it was all about to change, if you could recall those times, you could remember being on the brink of a technological revolution, so much that you could feel it in the air around you, businesses were changing, jobs were evolving.  A whole new world was opening up – bringing endless opportunities, possibilities, and of course with it, the challenges that tag along. It was also when FIIB realized it is the perfect time to bring both sides of management world – the academicians and the practitioners on one page (pun intended). With the intent to promote research in contemporary management themes and act as a vehicle of communication for people who study and practice management, FBR took birth. The Editors and Editorial Board of FBR is as diverse as it gets with people belonging to various geographics and demographics – who are experts in different sectors of management

The Journey:

FBR is a peer reviewed journal which is published quarterly with one volume having four issues per year. Although, initially published in-house, FBR is now published with SAGE publications.  FBR is in its 8th volume with 30 issues so far in which there were 2 special issues. Volume one focused on Sustainability – an issue that’s as relevant to management as ever, it’s also one of the pillars FIIB is built upon, from then FBR has touched various contemporary issues and threw light upon some of the complex management challenges. FBR has been always led by some of the most driven and experienced editors.

“I took over FBR in September 2013 and remained Editor till December 2014. These were starting years for FBR and my major contribution was streamlining the publication process, making the release of FBR on time, increasing the quality of articles published and increasing the reviewer list. Since then FBR has taken many leaps starting from becoming online to indexing with EBSCO and other prominent databases and I wish continued success to FBR and eagerly wait for its listing with ABDC category journals” Dr. Asheesh Pandey. Editor, FBR 2013-15

In its nascent stages, FBR was a print only journal, but soon enough, FBR became accessible online to management enthusiasts. “When I took over the Editorship in 2015, my key responsibility was to take the Print Volume into the online platform for global readers and did it through collaboration with Indian journals and FBR Archives. FBR was loved by its readers and we wanted it to reach more people, Good work spreads by itself, when we moved FBR online,  it got indexed in CNKI Scholar, EBSCO Discovery, Google Scholar, ProQuest and UGC Listed. The sheer joy we felt after such hard work still makes me feel at loss for words” Dr. Amiya Kumar Mohapatra, Editor-in-Chief, FBR 2015-17. Equipped with a focused outlook towards Management Research and Practice the journal now has also been indexed in prestigious indices like ProQuest, JUFO, and Cabell’s Direction.

In the last 8 years, the journal has achieved tremendous growth not just in terms of output, but also in becoming one of the fastest growing journals. Some of the prestigious universities from which the journal has received submissions are Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi, IITs, IIMs, IISc, etc from India. Across the world the journal has received submissions from La Trobe University – Australia, University of Houston Texas-USA, Qatar University, Qatar, etc to name a few. Every paper in the journal goes through a series of reviews, starting with a scrutiny for originality at the beginning. Similarity test using Turnitin Software is run to ensure that the journal follows the best ethical practices in academic publishing.

Output of FBR

*Counting the top 10 cases of Katastasi – Case Writing Competition of FIIB, which were published in the special issue of Volume 5.

Global Reach:

To capture management research globally, FBR has continuously attracted authors from around the world, resulting in a steady increase in representation of international submissions. FBR has a 20.5% international representation now compared to 7.6% just 2 years ago.

Year Total No of Papers Received International
2017 109 8
2018 195 35
2019 73* 15

*Till May 2019

Not just the submission, readership of FBR has also increased globally, researchers and professionals alike, FBR is being accessed all over the world, in the initial years where it was limited to Asia centric regions, FBR now has the 2nd highest readership from the US, closely followed by Australia which is another testimony of the pace in which FBR is growing.


Source: ProQuest

Way Forward:

“The journal now aims to widen its readership even more and reach to a larger international audience to facilitate its aim to promote and highlight best practices in management. The Reviewers list too boasts of eminent names in the field of management. Staying on the path of progressive growth, we want to bring in a wider range of management issues on FBR at the same time increasing its readership in countries like China where publication is booming” Dr Sudhir Rana, Editor, FBR, 2017-Current. This is the story of a new age management journal and its commitment to management research and excellence and how it is growing leaps and bounds after taking baby steps.