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Division and Interest Group Domains

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Business Policy and Strategy

 

Specific domain: the roles and problems of general managers and those who manage multi-business firms or multi-functional business units. Major topics include: strategy formulation and implementation; strategic planning and decision processes; strategic control and reward systems; resource allocation; diversification and portfolio strategies; competitive strategy; cooperative strategies, selection and behavior of general managers; and the composition and processes of top management teams.

Careers

Specific domain: people's lifelong succession of work experiences, the structure of opportunity to work, and the relationship between careers and other aspects of life. Major topics include: individual career development; career management strategies; career planning; relationships between human resource systems and careers; life cycle interactions with work; race, culture, and gender effects on careers; labor force diversity; internal labor market structures and functions; cross-cultural careers; and effects of demographic and social changes on work.

Conflict Management

Specific domain: the nature and management of conflicts at the individual, group, organizational, interorganizational and societal level; power processes including influence, coalitions, coercion, deterrence, and persuasion; bargaining and negotiation, negotiator characteristics and behaviors; collaboration and competition; third party interventions (such as facilitation, arbitration, mediation); distributive and procedural justice and dispute resolution procedures. Major topics include application of the above conceptual foci to a wide variety of contexts including team interactions, intercultural relations, organizational diversity, labor relations, workplace disputes, community conflict and public policy development. (Revised 8/98)

Critical Management Studies

Specific Domain: CMS serves as a forum within the Academy for the expression of views critical of established management practices and the established social order. Our premise is that structural features of contemporary society, such as the profit imperative, patriarchy, racial inequality, and ecological irresponsibility often turn organizations into instruments of domination and exploitation. Driven by a shared desire to change this situation, we aim in our research, teaching, and practice to develop critical interpretations of management and society and to generate radical alternatives. Our critique seeks to connect the practical shortcomings in management and individual managers to the demands of a socially divisive and ecologically destructive system within which managers work.

Entrepreneurship

Specific domain: (a) the actors, actions, resources, environmental influences and outcomes associated with the emergence of entrepreneurial opportunities and/or new economic activities in multiple organizational contexts, and (b) the characteristics, actions, and challenges of owner-managers and their businesses. (Revised 8/2011)

Gender and Diversity in Organizations

Specific domain: Content relating to gender and diversity within and outside organizational boundaries including cultural, societal, and worldwide levels, and to the influence of group relations on the structuring of societies and the production of knowledge. Major topics include theory and research on: Gender and its intersections with race, class, and other institutionalized systems of power; the impact of group diversity on well-being and effectiveness at individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis; the impact of occupational and organizational structures on marginalized and dominant groups; experiences of members of different social groups, including (but not limited to) groups differentiated by gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, religion, culture, (dis)ability, and age; the impact of organizational policies, practices, and discourses on dominant and marginalized groups, including critical examination of seemingly neutral assumptions underlying such policies, practices, and discourses, and their differential impact on these groups; the intersection of work, family, and community in relation to one's social position; institutional and structural barriers to equality and equity across social groups; processes of change that create and foster inclusion, whether from external interventions or from individuals within groups or organizations; the impact of cultural, societal, and national diversity on workers and the workplace; diversity in academia, in general, and in the field of organization studies in particular; cross-national comparative approaches to all of the above. (revised 2/07)

Health Care Management

Specific domain: the health care industry. Major topics include: performance of health care workers and organizations; public policy issues, such as access to care, competition, cost control and quality of care, and their implications for managing health care organizations; health care finance and marketing; and empirical or conceptual application of theory in health care organizations, even on topics that might also fall within another division's domain. (Revised name 8/97)

Human Resources

The Human Resource Division is dedicated to a better understanding of how work organizations can perform more effectively by better management of their human resources. That is, we are interested in understanding, identifying, and improving the effectiveness of HR practices (whether in the U.S. or in other countries) in the various functions and activities carried out as part of HR and determining the optimal fit between these practices and organizational strategies, cultures, and performance. Major topics include acquisition, allocation, development, utilization, maintenance, and evaluation of humans as resources in work organizations. The emphasis is on the study of the employment relationship at the individual, group, organizational, societal, and cross-cultural levels of analysis and the impact of this relationship on outcomes critical to the organization and its applicants, both present and past employees and their representatives. (Revised 8/4/96)

International Management

The IM Division focuses on content pertaining to the theory, research, and practice of management with a cross-border or cross-cultural dimension.Major topics include: the cross-border management of operations, including multi-country, multi-unit, strategy formulation and implementation; evolving organizational forms and management practices in cross-border business; the cross-border differential impact of cultural, social, economic, technological, political, and other institutional forces on strategies, organizational forms, and management practices; the international competitiveness of firms, industries, and nations; and comparative management studies involving two or more countries. Papers that focus on a single country and have no international issues or implications should be submitted to another division of the Academy whose domain is appropriate for the paper's topic. (Revised 8/8/04)

Management Consulting

Specific domain: is to advance knowledge and understanding of management consulting and to aid in the development of consultants from the perspectives of research, practice and teaching. The focus of the Division is on the discipline of consulting, as well as the consulting industry. The Division encourages interdisciplinary and integrative approaches to management consulting which lead to the continuing development of the discipline. Major topics include: the consulting process, ethical issues in consulting, the roles and responsibilities of academics in the field, the role of consultants in leading change initiatives, the management of consulting firms, the marketing of consulting, and the expanding role of consultants in organizations and society. (Revised Statement and Name 3/99)

Management Education and Development

The Management Education and Development Division supports theory development and research in management education (academic) and leadership/management development (non-credit instruction). We also support the practice of management education and development by fostering the skill development of our membership through providing workshops in improving effective teaching, learning, and participation and engagement strategies. Major areas of focus include: theoretical advances or empirical evidence about effective and innovative instructional methods or technology; applications of learning theories; and evaluation of studies of the effectiveness of management education and development techniques. Research and benchmark practices in coaching, outcome assessment, learning styles, on-line learning across cultures and environments are of interest as the division serves its membership, the Academy as a whole and the society at large. (Revised 10/11)

Management History

Specific Domain: Pragmatic investigations into the historical evolution of managerial thought and action. Major Topics: The chronological tracing of the development of contemporary managerial concepts, techniques, behaviors, and practices with the intent of demonstrating (in) effectiveness within a given context, setting, or organization; reviews of how the discipline might learn from and avoid making the mistakes of the past; examples of how current research efforts are aimed at "rediscovering" existing knowledge and suggestions for the redirection of contemporary investigations; reevaluations of historical manuscripts based on present knowledge; explorations into the history, traditions and evolution of businesses and industries; comparative works which demonstrate how diverse individuals and groups influenced managerial thought and practice; application of history to unify extant concepts and bodies of literature that are highly fragmented; and investigation into how management history might be better taught and management history research better conducted, applied and utilized to enhance understanding of the field. (Revised 5/01)

Management, Spirituality and Religion

Specific Domain: the study of the relationship and relevance of spirituality and religion in management and organizations. Major topics include: theoretical advances or empirical evidence about the effectiveness of spiritual or religious principles and practices in management, from approaches represented in the literature including religious ethics, spirituality and work, and spiritual leadership, as well as applications of particular religions, and secular spiritualities to work, management/leadership, organization, and the business system; and evaluation studies of the effectiveness of management approaches that nurture the human spirit in private, non-public or public institutions. (Original 12/99; re-approved 8/00)

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Managerial and Organizational Cognition

Specific domain: the study of how organization members model reality and how such models interact with behaviors. Major topics include: attention, attribution, decision making, ideology, information processing, learning, memory, mental representations and images, perceptual and interpretative processes, social construction, and symbols.

Operations Management

Specific domain: focuses on the management of the transformation processes that create products or services. These processes are found in all organizations including profit and non-profit organizations. Conceptual, empirical, and methodological contributions are encouraged, as are cross-functional linkages and perspectives. Major topics include operations strategy, product and service development, supply chain management, project management, and quality management, as well as international, human resources, environmental, and IT issues facing operations. (Revised 11/99)

Organization and Management Theory

Specific domain: involves building and testing theory about organizations, their members and their management, organization-environment relations, and organizing processes. The area has a rich intellectual heritage. Theoretical advances in organization theory have included strategic choice, resource dependence theory, organizational ecology and institutional theory. More recently, we have provided a home for critical, feminist, cognitive, and post-modern theorists. We encourage new theory development and the application of our existing theory base to such emerging and continuing management challenges as quality improvement, strategic alliances, new technology implementation, organizational restructuring, governance and control, and strategic global diversity. The division celebrates theoretical activity, methodological pluralism and linkages between theory and practice.

Organization Development and Change

Specific domain: The ODC division is devoted to empirical research, theory development, and practical application concerning all forms of organization change. The ODC content domain focuses on the processes and outcomes of organization change and development at the individual, group, organizational, and institutional levels using multiple methods and perspectives. Major topics include:

  • the causes and dynamics of different forms and types of change, such as emergent change, evolutionary change, planned change, continuous change, and strategic change;
  • the forms, processes, and types of interventions—e.g. individual, group, and large scale—and the factors that influence their use and effectiveness;
  • the leadership and facilitation of organization change and development, such as forms and functions of leadership; leaders’ approaches, behaviors, and activities of leaders and change agents; leadership and change agent effectiveness, and the contextual factors that influence these;
  • the reactions and responses of people to change such as readiness for change, engagement in change, and resistance to change and the individual, interpersonal, and organizational factors that contribute to these responses and reactions;
  • the impact of contexts, such as organizational type, industry structure and dynamics, institutions, and nationality on the content and processes of organization change and development;
  • the integration of change outcomes such as human-social, financial, and environmental as system goals and measures of success;
  • the development of paradigms and methods that address values such as sustainability, justice, dignity, and integrity in ODC contexts and generate ethical, positive, and meaningful contributions as they relate to organizational change and its processes. (Revised 8/2013)

 

Organizational Behavior

Specific domain: Organizational behavior is devoted to understanding individuals and groups within an organizational context. The field focuses on attributes, processes, behaviors, and outcomes within and between individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Major topics include:

  • individual characteristics such as beliefs, values, personality, and demographic attributes, and individual processes such as learning, perception, motivation, emotions, and decision making
  • interpersonal processes such as trust, justice, power/politics, social exchange, and networks
  • group/team characteristics such as size, diversity, and cohesion, and group/team processes such as development, leadership, decision making, and cooperation and conflict
  • organizational processes and practices such as leadership, goal setting, work design, feedback, rewards, communication, and socialization
  • contextual influences on individuals and groups such as organizational and national culture, and organizational identity and climate
  • and the influence of all of the above on individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational outcomes such as performance, creativity, attachment, citizenship behaviors, stress, absenteeism, turnover, deviance, and ethical behavior.

Organizational Communication and Information Systems

Specific domain: The study of behavioral, economic, and social aspects of communication and information systems within and among organizations or institutions. Major topics include: interpersonal communication; verbal, nonverbal, and electronic communication; vertical, horizontal and diagonal communication; inter-group and intra-group communication; communication networks; applications of information technology in business and society; organizational adoption of communication and information technology; communication and information strategy and policy; communication and organizational culture; communication and information research methodology; managing information technology services; virtual teams, virtual work, and virtual organizations; the management of information systems professionals; e-communications; information systems development; managing IT-related organizational change; e-business, e-commerce, and e-markets; electronic value systems, value chains, and value webs; privacy and ethics; knowledge work, knowledge workers, and knowledge networks; IT infrastructure; governance of IT services; and organizational networks. (updated:05.09.03)

Organizations and the Natural Environment

Specific domain: research, theories and practices regarding relationships of organizations and the natural environment. Major topics include: ecological sustainability, environmental philosophies and strategies, ecological performance, environmental entrepreneurship, environmental product and service industries, pollution control and prevention, waste minimization, industrial ecology, total quality environmental management, environmental auditing and information systems, managing human resources for sustainability, ecological crisis management, natural resources and systems management, protection and restoration, interactions of systems management, interactions of environmental stakeholders, environmental policies, environmental attitudes and decision making, and international/comparative dimensions of these topics. As the natural environment is integral in all individual, organizational and societal activity, the interest group encourages holistic, integrative, and interdisciplinary analysis. It promotes joint exploration of these topics with all other disciplines and Academy units.

Public and Nonprofit Division

Specific Domain: State and civil society, which include public and nonprofit organizations such as government agencies, the military, social services, cultural and educational institutions, membership and professional associations, and advocacy, religious, and charitable organizations. Major topics include: decision making; strategy; organizational behavior and human resource management; political behavior; collaboration and conflict among public, nonprofit, and private organizations; service and community-building; organizational networks involving public and nonprofit organizations; theories of governance; public policy; and the social and ethical dimensions of public and nonprofit activity. Special attention to how distinctive qualities of the public and nonprofit sectors influence management and organizational processes. (Revised 5/01)

Research Methods

Specific domain: Philosophy of science, research design, qualitative and quantitative research methods and design. Major topics include but are not limited to: epistemology, theory development, experimental and nonexperimental research design, survey research, ethnography, evaluative research, cross-cultural and comparative methods, measurement development and evaluation, construct validation, statistical modeling, casual mapping, historical analysis, discourse analysis, textual analysis, scholarly writing and publication, and other methodological topics that advance research practice within the Academy. (Revised 6/97)

Social Issues in Management

Specific domain: encompasses the exploration and analysis of various environments' and stakeholders' influence upon the organization and the organization's effect upon these groups. Specifically, the domain includes: the Social Environment (which includes topics such as corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, stakeholder management, and corporate social performance); the Ethical Environment (which includes topics such as corporate codes of ethics, corporate crime, individual ethical behavior, the influence of the organization on ethical conduct, ethical implications of technology, and the assessment of personal values and corporate culture); the Public Policy Environment (which includes topics such as political action committees, and the legal and regulatory areas); the Ecological Environment (which includes topics such as environmental management and various ecological issues); the Stakeholder environment (which includes topics such as the impact of corporate use of technology, workplace diversity, corporate governance, and public affairs management) and the International Environment (which includes international dimensions of topics in each of the previously mentioned environments, plus the topic of how the nation-state system affects international organizations).

Strategizing Activities & Practices

To advance knowledge and understanding of strategy as something people do and not just something organizations have, and therefore the work involved in doing strategy. Empirically the focus is on the day-to-day-work, activities and practices of strategists, with an interest in how this work socially accomplishes a wide range of individual and organizational outcomes, and also relates to broader societal and institutional trends.The focus on strategists extends beyond concerns with upper echelons and even middle managers to include other influential players such as consultants, non executives and business school gurus, and beyond considerations such as demographics to a consideration of how aspects such as training, knowledge, identity and emotions can affect an individual's strategy making activity. The focus on the work of strategists includes both understanding at a micro level traditional areas of strategy process and content research and the generic practices (e.g. planning routines, discourse, tool-use) by which they are accomplished. Methodologically this research focus generates particular challenges in terms of closeness to strategic practitioners. Thus the interest group encourages methodological innovation through, for example, collaborative and mixed method approaches, action research interventions, executive development and coaching based relationships, video and narrative approaches. Theoretical pluralism is also encouraged with recognition of the potential contributions from a wide range of sociological and organization theories such as practice based, institutional, discourse, sensemaking, routines and cognition.

Technology and Innovation Management

Specific domain: encourages interdisciplinary scholarship and dialogue on the management of innovation and technological change from a variety of perspectives, including strategic, managerial, behavioral, and operational issues. The problem domain includes the management of innovation processes, research and development, information technologies, e-commerce, and process technologies. Participants in this broad academic endeavor come from a wide range of disciplines and draw on an extensive array of theoretical and research paradigms. We enter this complex problem domain in the spirit of dialogue, debate, and deepened understanding. Major topics include: studies of the strategic management of technology; innovation processes; innovation diffusion and the development, implementation and use of technologies; technology development trajectories; intellectual capital; organizational processes by which technically-oriented activities are integrated into organizations; product development strategies; technical project management; behaviors and characteristics of technical professionals; technological forecasting and policies; information technology; impacts of new technologies on organizational forms and electronic commerce. (Revised 11/99)

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