From the outoing editor, Christine Oliver.
Nothing expresses the collegium more deeply than all those members of the ASQ editorial board, past and present, who have labored anonymously to give authors such high-quality reviews of their work. I cannot begin to thank those who have served on the editorial board under my editorship. They were selected because they were the best, because they performed the excruciatingly difficult work of offering feedback that was simultaneously detailed, constructive, prompt, insightful, positive in tone, and exacting in its standards. I also wish to thank the many book reviewers who gave so selflessly of their time to provide such incredibly thoughtful and informative book reviews. And what could be a more apt expression of a giving collegium than the hundreds of external manuscript reviewers who offered up their time to provide some of the most penetrating and detailed reviews I've ever seen? I would personally like to thank all of them for what is perhaps the truest expression of a fellowship that gives of itself, simply because that is part of what it means to be a member of the collegium.
A meaningful fellowship of colleagues could not exist without the willingness of authors to entrust a journal with their work. At ASQ, a relatively low acceptance rate makes the act of paper submission an ego-defying leap of faith. My goal at ASQ has been to oversee an editorial process that tries to ensure fully developmental and comprehensive reviews that never belittle an author's efforts, whatever the outcome of the editorial decision. In truth, every paper makes a contribution; the question is the magnitude of that contribution's significance. A good editor starts from this premise and simply helps the author to increase this contribution and to base it on the most rigorously defensible logic and methods. I wish to thank all the authors who have chosen to entrust ASQ with their work.
An effective collegium needs continuity to ensure that the values and standards of its fellowship endure. This continuity is expressed for me in the absolutely outstanding colleagues I leave behind in stepping down from ASQ. I think that the unalloyed pleasure I feel at departure is deeply rooted in my admiration of my successor, Don Palmer, and ASQ's managing editor, Linda Johanson. When I became editor, one of my first decisions was to appoint Don Palmer as one of my associate editors. A deeply meaningful aspect of a trusting collegium is the ability to rely on someone's honor, high standards, and probity without knowing them personally. I had never met Don Palmer when I asked him to be an associate editor. I selected him because his work, throughout his highly prestigious career, epitomized excellence in scholarship and because I knew him to have what I considered the two most important characteristics for the job: unimpeachable integrity and extremely rigorous standards. I am fully persuaded that Don, in following a line of predecessors before me that were the best editors ever, will yet be the best editor that ASQ has ever seen. Of course, none of us who have served as editor during Linda Johanson's term as managing editor of ASc could have sought to achieve even mediocrity without Linda's guidance, knowledge, experience, compassion, and wisdom. I love Linda, as one can only love someone who has been so supportive, so generous, so fair-minded, so brilliant, and so determined to always do what is right, fair, and estimable. Thanks to Linda, ASQ is very successful, despite the editors like me who come and go.
The other colleagues I leave behind at ASQ have each, to a person, been absolute marvels. The associate editors with whom I've worked as editor, who include Dan Brass, Rod Kramer, Keith Murnighan, Reed Nelson, and Joe Porac, I now consider as dear and treasured friends. Each has put in more time and effort than anyone will ever know to ensure that the standards we hold sacred at ASQ are never compromised. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to Lisa Coots, Sally lacovelli, and Julie Pagliaro, the superb staff in the ASQ office. These highly professional and wonderful staff members have been an absolute delight to work with. They always put up with the editors' flaws and errors with perfect grace and tolerance, they are incredibly responsive not only to those of us who work closely with ASQ but to every person who requests their help, and they are very much at the heart of the journal's remarkably efficient operations and success. I also wish to pay tribute, in memoriam, to our beloved book review editor, Bob Stern, whose legacy of conscientiousness and enthusiasm for his work has been a true inspiration to us all. I am also inexpressibly grateful to that most open-hearted, dynamic, inspiring, and brilliant of colleagues, Steve Barley, my predecessor, for having the faith in me to hire me on as an associate editor in 1993. I am sure that I have been credited with numerous achievements and improvements to ASQ during my tenure as editor that owe much more to Steve than to myself.
In reflecting on the constituents of one's collegium, that fellowship of colleagues that gives honor, supportiveness, high standards, and personal value to our academic endeavors, I am especially grateful to those who have sustained me most by offering their unspoken, unvarying, and always unqualified supportiveness and acceptance of what I do and who I am. These are my dean and faculty colleagues, and particularly the three women in my department, Pat Bradshaw, Rekha Karambayya, and Hazel Rosin, who epitomize what I think is most important in the day-to-day realities of working as a colleague: compassion, fair-mindedness, incredible intelligence, total supportiveness, a willingness to serve something beyond oneself, and a sincere interest in the good of others. As the first female editor of ASQ, it is fitting that my female colleagues at York University have been the most important source of strength to me during my tenure at ASQ.
I look forward to the years ahead for the Administrative Science Quarterly and feel certain that the quality and creativity of our scholarship can only be further enhanced by a vigorous and collective commitment to the type of ingenuous collegiality I've been fortunate enough to witness during my years with ASQ.