Advances in Health Care Management – Volume 22

Advances in Health Care Management (AHCM) is an annual research publication. Contributions are double-blind peer reviewed and are indexed by MEDLINE and Scopus.

AHCM began as a research annual, first publishing in 2000. As conceived by the founding editors – John D. Blair, Myron D. Fottler, and Grant T. Savage – the series provides a forum for leading research on healthcare management. For each annual edition, the editors seek to identify current and pressing issues in the field. The 2022 issue will focus on Research and Theory at the Intersection of Grand Health Care Challenges.

AHCM publishes research on all types of health care services and health care-related organizations, so long as it focuses on questions of interest to the broad discipline of management. We invite interested scholars to contact the editor to propose themed volumes and to serve as volume editors. 

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2022

Call for papers                           


We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Volume 22 of Advances in Health Care Management (AHCM), an annual research series published by Emerald Publishing Group. The past few volumes have focused on identifying and setting a research agenda for grand healthcare challenges (see Preface, vol. 20, Hefner & Nembhard 2021). Through informed commentaries from prominent scholars in health care management, volume 21 (Shortell, Burns, & Hefner, in press) highlighted the challenges of health system digitization, DEI, COVID-19, performance improvement, network governance, inter-sector alliances, alterative payment models, and social determinants of health. Despite volume 21’s focus on one challenge per chapter, health care management scholars must avoid siloing these challenges and instead develop solutions at their intersection.


Therefore, this year’s call is for papers focuses on work at the intersection of these challenges. For example, performance improvement is inextricably linked with both health system digitization and alternative payment models. As are social determinants of health and inter-sector alliances. To present these grand health care challenges as separate was an intellectual exercise meant to highlight each challenge but is not reflective of real-world scenarios. Instead, the next volume will focus on the development of research and theory across challenges, guided by, and expanding upon, the insights presented in the past few AHCM volumes.


A related aim of this, and future volumes, is to devote a section to theory building within health care management. Many of the chapters in volume 21 highlight the important place for theory in addressing health care challenges and guiding future research. AHCM wants to acknowledge this by becoming a recognized venue for papers focused on theory development or reliant on existing theory for research design and/or results interpretation.


Submissions to this call for papers can be empirical studies, literature reviews, conceptual frameworks, case explorations, and discussions of policies and implications.


Submissions: Accepted at on a rolling basis until Nov. 15, 2022. This website includes manuscript formatting instructions. Contact the editorial team if you have questions. Additionally, chapter authors can select open access publishing upon acceptance.


Key dates:

  • Dec. 15, 2022: Last day for manuscript submissions via the online portal,
  • Feb 1, 2023:  Reviews returned to authors
  • March 15, 2023: Revised final manuscripts due
  • April 1, 2021: Final decisions
  • October 2023: AHCM Volume 22 published by Emerald

Principal contact

Jennifer L. Hefner, MPH, PhD