Vikalpa in Sanskrit carries a rich repository of meanings: Diversity, Alternatives, Logic, and Freedom of Choice. The journal seeks to reflect this range of meanings vis-à-vis management research, managerial problem solving, and decision-making. It is a peer-reviewed journal. Its objective is to disseminate knowledge and good practice of professional management. By encouraging research and thinking, it attempts to contribute to a better understanding of management theories and the context, resources, structures, systems, processes, and performance of organizations. Its focus is on applied research and reflections relevant to practising managers and academicians. It lays special emphasis on management issues of emerging economies.
Vikalpa seeks a creative dialogue between management academicians and practitioners and aims at being essential reading for those scholars, policy makers, and management practitioners interested in growth, change, and innovation in developing societies.
Every issue of the journal carries many features:
- Perspectives presents emerging issues and ideas that call for action or rethinking by managers, administrators, and policy makers in organizations.
- Research includes research articles that focus on the analysis and resolution of managerial and academic issues based on analytical and empirical or case research.
- Interfaces presents articles focusing on managerial applications of management practices, theories, and concepts.
- Colloquium includes debate on a contemporary topic. Both academicians and practitioners discuss the topic.
- Management Case describes a real-life situation faced, a decision or action taken by an individual manager or by an organization at the strategic, functional or operational levels.
- Diagnoses presents analyses of the management case by academicians and practitioners. The case problems are examined, their causes are analysed, and issues of relevance are discussed.
- Book Reviews covers reviews of current books on management.
- Notes and Commentaries present preliminary research, review of literature, and comments on published papers or on any relevant subject.