2014 OMT Professional Development Workshop: Call for Proposals

The Organization and Management Theory division is a community built from a common desire to develop and promote understanding of organizations and organizing. We stand at the intersection of micro and macro analysis, providing a context for mutually beneficial intellectual engagement across disciplinary and other boundaries.

In Philadelphia, August 1-5, 2014, we would like to see PDW sessions creatively and innovatively addressing the Division's Mission of attracting, developing and serving academics and practitioners who wish to advance understanding of organizations and organizing. Possible PDWs might, for example, introduce participants to novel, under-utilized or developing theoretical perspectives, and offer insight into directions for future research. Methodological PDWs that offer tutorials and discussions around approaches to research design, data collection and analysis are always very much appreciated. PDWs may also address participants’ needs as teachers, trainers and mentors of graduate students. Finally, sessions that contribute to engaging organizational scholars with practitioners are also welcome. Or perhaps you have ideas for stimulating topics and formats we have not thought of? Please let us hear them.

We would particularly like to see submissions that address the conference theme of "The Power of Words."  We think this is an exciting theme that offers all kinds of possibilities. For example, this would seem to be a particularly good time to put forward theoretically oriented PDW proposals that consider issues of discourse, rhetoric and communication, or methodologically oriented PDW proposals that address ways to use and interpret textual and verbal data. Let the theme inspire you, though of course we are open to a wide range of different topics that will interest the OMT community.

In addition, we also encourage proposals that are of interest to members of other AOM divisions (e.g., ENT, BPS, MOC, etc.).  PDW sessions have a very flexible structure but should have greater participant interaction than symposia in the regular program. Feel free to be creative and contact Ann Langley on the e-mail above if you would like to discuss potential submissions.

All submissions are to be submitted electronically at this site: http://submissions.aomonline.org/2014/

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST.  This is the same date as regular scholarly submissions. Since we are interested in proposals that address the interests of a broad segment of Academy of Management members, we ask proposal submitters to note whether their PDW will be of interest to members of divisions other than OMT.

In your submission, you will be asked for the following information:
  • The title of your session;
  • Contact information for submitter and names and affiliations of all facilitators;
  • A brief (2 page) outline of the proposed session, including a statement of planned activities, rationale for workshop, and the target audience;
  • Ideal room setup and time frame. Innovative proposals and those that address the 2011 AOM conference theme are particularly encouraged;
  • Other divisions to which the session would be of interest.


January 15, 2014

at 5:00 PM EST


Organization & Management Theory (OMT) PDW Chair:  Ann Langley, HEC Montréal, ann.langley@hec.ca