In commenting Meyer's article "Asian management research needs more self-confidence" in APJM (2006), Yang and Terjesen (Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 24(4):497-507, 2007) described ground realities in Australia that may have inhibited the development of a robust management research community. As an Australia-trained and Australia-based Asian management scholar, I extend the "P" perspective by exploring how the formal and informal institutions interact in shaping Australia-based scholars' publication strategies and research performance. Reflecting on my experience in Australia, I argue that like in any other businesses, institutions matter in our business of research and publication. They matter because they can shape the local "rule of the game" within which a country's or a region's scholars conduct and publish their research. A full institutional account of the current state of management research in the Asia Pacific region requires a deeper understanding of both formal and informal local institutions. From such an institutional perspective, this commentary concentrates on why Australian management research lags behind that in the US and Europe and yet leads the Asia Pacific region.