Journal Publications (68)


Research Papers (48)


In Press

Billsberry, J. & O'Callaghan, S. (in press). The social construction of leadership, implicit leadership theories, leader development, and the challenge of authenticity. Journal of Leadership Studies.


Published Online (Ahead of Print)

Escobar Vega, C., Billsberry, J., Molineux, J., & Lowe, K. B. (in press). The development of implicit leadership theories during childhood: A reconceptualization through the lens of overlapping waves theory. Psychological Review.

Hughes, G., Billsberry, J., Swanson, S., & Todres, M. (in press). A typology of design archetypes in professional football leagues: Autonomy and openness as key factors explaining design variance. Journal of Sport Management.

Billsberry, J. & Alony, I. (in press). The MOOC post-mortem: Bibliometric and systematic analyses of research on massive open online courses (MOOCs), 2009-2022. Journal of Management Education.

Pitsi, S., Billsberry, J., & Barrett, M. (in press). A bibliometric review of research on intelligence in leadership studies. FIIB Business Review.


In Print

Abbasi, Z., Billsberry, J., & Todres, M. (2024). Empirical studies of the “similarity leads to attraction” hypothesis in workplace interactions: A systematic review. Management Review Quarterly, 74(2), 661-709.

Billsberry, J., Ambrosini, V., & Thomas, L. (2023). Managerialist control in post-pandemic business schools: The tragedy of the new normal and a new hope. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 22(3), 439–458.

Vleugels, W., Verbruggen, M., De Cooman, R., & Billsberry, J. (2023). A systematic review of temporal person–environment fit research: Trends, developments, obstacles, and opportunities for future research. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 44(2), 376-398.

Billsberry, J., & Vleugels, W. (2023). A consolidation of competing logics on selecting for fit. Academy of Management Perspectives, 37(3), 220-238.

Billsberry, J., Hollyoak, B. M., & Talbot, D. L. (2023). Insights into the lived experience of misfits at work: A netnographic study. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 32(2), 199-215.

Eichler, M., & Billsberry, J. (2023). There’s nothing as practical as understanding the nature of theory: A phenomenographic study of management educators’ implicit theories of theory. Management Learning, 54(2), 244-266.

Ambrosini, V., Billsberry, J., & Swanson, S. (2023). The myth of the altruistic university: Lessons from universities' sponsoring of events. Event Management., 27(8), 1151-1164.

Sun, Y., & Billsberry, J. (2023). An investigation into how value incongruence became misfit. Journal of Management History, 29(3), 423-438.

Subramanian, S., Billsberry, J., & Barrett, M. (2023). A bibliometric analysis of person-organization fit research: Significant features and contemporary trends. Management Review Quarterly, 73(4), 1971-1999.

Pitsi, S., Billsberry, J., & Barrett, M. (2023). Implicit measures in leadership categorization theory: The case for using cognitive mapping and verbal protocols to study cross-categorization phenomena. Baltic Journal of Management, 18(5), 668-682.

Billsberry, J., & Cortese, C. (2023). PhD by prospective publication in Australian business schools: Provocations from a collaborative autoethnography. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 18, 119-136.

Billsberry, J. (2023). A stepwise strategy for upgrading publication outcomes to A* in management. IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, 4(3) 233-240.

Munoz, A., Billsberry, J., & Ambrosini, V. (2022). Resilience, robustness, and antifragility: Towards an appreciation of distinct organizational responses to adversity. International Journal of Management Reviews, 24(2), 181-187.

Abbasi, Z., Billsberry, J., & Todres, M. (2022). An integrative conceptual two-factor model of workplace value congruence and incongruence. Management Research Review, 45(7), 897-912.

Tootell, A., Kyriazis, E., Billsberry, J., Ambrosini, V., Garrett-Jones, S., & Wallace, G. G. (2021). Knowledge creation in complex inter-organizational arrangements: Understanding the barriers and enablers of university-industry knowledge creation in science-based cooperation. Journal of Knowledge Management, 25(4), 743-769.

Swanson, S., Billsberry, J., Kent, A., Skinner, J., & Mueller, J. (2020). Leader prototypicality in sport: The implicit leadership theories of women and men entering sport management careers. Sport Management Review, 23(4), 640-656.

Arquisola, M. J., Zutshi, A., Rentschler, R., & Billsberry, J. (2020). Academic leaders' double bind: Challenges from an Indonesian perspective. International Journal of Educational Management, 34(2), 397-416.

Billsberry, J., Ambrosini, V., Garrido-Lopez, M., & Stiles, D. (2019). Towards a non-essentialist approach to management education: Philosophical underpinnings from phenomenography. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18(4), 626-638.

De Cooman, R., Mol, S. T., Billsberry, J., Boon, C., & Den Hartog, D. N. (2019). Epilogue: Frontiers in person–environment fit research. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 28(5), 646-652.

Vleugels, W., Tierensa, H., Billsberry, J., Verbruggen, M., & De Cooman, R. (2019). Profiles of fit and misfit: A repeated weekly measures study of perceived value congruence. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 28(5), 616-630.

Billsberry, J., Escobar Vega, C., & Molineux, J. (2019). Think of the children: Leader development at the edge of tomorrow. Journal of Management and Organization, 25(3), 378-381. 

Follmer, E. H., Talbot, D. L., Kristof-Brown, A. L., Astrove, S. L., & Billsberry, J. (2018). Resolution, relief, and resignation: A qualitative study of responses to misfit at work. Academy of Management Journal, 61(2), 440-465.

Billsberry, J., Mueller, J., Skinner, J., Swanson, S., Corbett, B., & Ferkins, L. (2018). Reimagining leadership in sport management: Lessons from the social construction of leadership. Journal of Sport Management, 32(2), 170-182.

Billsberry, J., & North-Samardzic, A. (2016). Surfacing authentic leadership: Inspiration from After Life. Journal of Leadership Education, 15(2), 1-13.

Billsberry, J. (2016). Once learned, never forgotten: Effective leadership development with social construction as a threshold concept. Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal, 30(6), 24-26.

Barton, L., Billsberry, J., Ambrosini, V., & Barton, H. (2014). Convergence and divergence dynamics in UK and French business schools: How will the pressure for accreditation influence these dynamics? British Journal of Management, 25(2), 305-319.

Cohen, M., & Billsberry, J. (2014). The use of marking rubrics in management education: Issues of deconstruction and andragogy. Journal of Management Education, 38(3), 352-358.

Billsberry, J. (2013). MOOCs: Fad or revolution? Journal of Management Education, 37(6), 739-746.

Billsberry, J. (2013). Teaching leadership from a social constructionist perspective. Journal of Management and Organization, 19(6), 679-688.

Rollag, K., & Billsberry, J. (2012). Technology as an enabler of a new wave of active learning. Journal of Management Education, 36(6), 743-752.

Edwards, J. A., & Billsberry, J. (2010). Testing a multidimensional theory of person-environment fit. Journal of Managerial Issues, 22(4), 476-493.

REPRINTED: Edwards, J. A., & Billsberry, J. (2020). Testing a multidimensional theory of person-environment fit. Journal of Managerial Issues, 32(1), 8-25. [Lead article in the 30th Anniversary edition of the Journal of Managerial Issues.]

Billsberry, J., & Birnik, A. (2010). Management as a contextual practice: The need to balance science, skills and practical wisdom. Organization Management Journal, 7(2), 171-178.

van Ameijde, J. D. J., Nelson, P. C., Billsberry, J., & van Meurs, N. (2009). Improving leadership in higher education institutions: A distributed perspective. Higher Education, 58(6), 763-779.

Ambrosini, V., Billsberry, J., & Collier, N. (2009). Teaching soft issues in strategic management with films: Arguments and suggestions. International Journal of Management Education, 8(1), 63-72.

Billsberry, J. (2009). The social construction of leadership education. Journal of Leadership Education, 8(2), 1-9.

Billsberry, J. (2009). The embedded academic: A management academic discovers management. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 2(3), 1-9. Available at:

Birnik, A., & Billsberry, J. (2008). Re-orienting the business school agenda: The case for relevance, rigor and righteousness. Journal of Business Ethics, 82(4), 985-999.

Coldwell, D. A. L., Billsberry, J., van Meurs, N., & Marsh, P. J. G. (2008). The effects of person-organization ethical fit on employee attraction and retention: Towards a testable explanatory model. Journal of Business Ethics, 78(4), 611-622.

Billsberry, J., & Gilbert, L. H. (2008). Using Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to teach different recruitment and selection paradigms. Journal of Management Education, 32(2), 228-247.

Billsberry, J. and Edwards, G. (2008) Toxic celluloid: Representations of bad leadership on film and implications for leadership development. Organisations and People, 15(3), 104-110.

Billsberry, J. (2007). Attracting for values: An empirical study of ASA’s attraction proposition. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 22(2), 132-149. [2008 Outstanding Paper Award: Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology in 2007.]

Wilks, L. J., & Billsberry, J. (2007). Should we do away with teleworking? An examination of whether teleworking can be defined in the new world of work. New Technology, Work and Employment, 22(2), 168-177.

Billsberry, J., Ambrosini, V., Moss-Jones, J., & Marsh, P. J. G. (2005). Some suggestions for mapping organizational members’ sense of fit. Journal of Business and Psychology, 19(4), 555-570.


Book, Film, and Software Reviews (6)

Billsberry, J. (2019). HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership Lessons from Sports. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18(1), 114-116.

Billsberry, J. (2019). Concussion (and Other Off-Field Sport Business Movies). Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18(1), 112-114.

Billsberry, J. (2014). CrazyTalk. Journal of Management Education, 38(2), 289-298.

Billsberry, J. (2013). English Vinglish. Journal of Management Education, 37(6), 868-872.

Billsberry, J., Talbot, D., Nelson, P. C., Edwards, J. A., Godrich, S. G., Davidson, R. A. G., & Carter, C. J. P. (2010). The people make the place: Dynamic linkages between individuals and organizations. Personnel Psychology, 63(2), 483-487.

Billsberry, J., Edwards, J. A., Talbot, D., Nelson, P. C., Davidson, R. A. G., Godrich, S. G., & Marsh, P. J. G. (2009). Perspectives on Organizatonal Fit. Personnel Psychology, 62(4), 880-883.


Editorial Introductions, Calls, Obituaries, etc. (14)

Billsberry, J., Köhler, T., Stratton, M., Cohen, M., & Taylor, M. S. (2019).  Introduction to the special issue on rhythms of academic life. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18(2), 119-127.

Billsberry, J., Kempster, S., & Jackson, B. (2018). In memory of Professor Ken Parry. Journal of Management and Organization. 24(3), 329-311.

Billsberry, J., De Cooman, R., Mol, S. T., Boon, C., & den Hartog, D. (2016). Experiencing fit and misfit: process views, dynamic interactions, and temporal considerations. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25(3). 474-475.

Billsberry, J. (2014). The rise and rise of management edutainment. Journal of Management Education, 38(2), 151-159.

Billsberry, J. (2014). Desk-rejects: 10 top tips to avoid the cull. Journal of Management Education, 38(1), 3-9.

Billsberry, J. (2013). A longitudinal empirical study into the buildup of fluff in my belly button. Journal of Management Education, 37(5), 595-600.

Cohen, M. & Billsberry, J. (2013). Making progress by glancing backward: Celebrating the introduction of the review article to the field of management education. Journal of Management Education, 37(4), 439-446.

Billsberry, J. (2013). From persona non grata to mainstream: The use of film in management teaching as an example of how the discipline of management education is changing. Journal of Management Education, 37(3), 299-304.

Billsberry, J., Kenworthy, A. L., Hrivnak, G. A., & Brown, K. G. (2013). Daring to be different: Unconferences, new conferences, and reimagined conferences. Journal of Management Education, 37(2), 175-179.

Billsberry, J. (2012). Times change and we with them. Journal of Management Education, 36(5), 607-613.

Billsberry, J., & Rollag, K. (2010). New technological advances applied to management education. Journal of Management Education, 34(1), 186-188.

Meisel, S., & Billsberry, J. (2009). Social responsibility in the management classroom. Organization Management Journal, 6(3), 164-165.

Billsberry, J., & Meisel, S. (2009). Leadership is in the eye of the beholder. Organization Management Journal, 6(2), 67-68.

Billsberry, J. (2008). Management education as an emotional science. Organization Management Journal, 5(3), 149-151.