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Specialized Conference Models

AOM Special Thematic Conferences


AOM Special Thematic Conferences (AOM STCs) are programs that focus on the deep exploration of interesting and relevant themes within and/or across specific management disciplines. AOM STCs are driven by highly innovative content and opportunities for connecting around thought-provoking topics that stimulate discovery and research.

Special Thematic Conferences are envisioned to feature innovative content that bridges the interests of two or more divisions or interest groups. Original concepts that provide new and interesting opportunities to gather around focused themes or single management disciplines are also welcomed. Members are invited to collaboratively develop and co-create this proposed new conference model. 

Conference Model At-A-Glance:
•    Location: Outside of the U.S.
•    Expected Attendance: 350-500
•    Conference Development Timeline: 18-24 months
•    Expected Program Duration: 2-4 Days
•    Primary Delivery Mode: Face to Face
•    Outputs: AOM Specialized Conference Proceedings
(other possibilities: Publications/Special Issues, Video Components, Social Communities)


AOM Professional Development Conferences


AOM Professional Development Conferences (AOM PDCs) are designed to provide members with skills and knowledge for both professional development and career advancement. These interactive conferences offer a high quality and high level learning experience that has significant positive impact on the professional growth and advancement of attendees. AOM PDCs offer a mix of creative and innovative elements that provide skills training and advanced learning on topics for continued advancement and immediate application.

AOM Professional Development Conference Example:
•    Academy of Management Teaching & Learning  Conference 

Conference Model At-A-Glance:
•    Location: Varied, 350+
•    Expected Attendance: Varied
•    Conference Development Timeline: 14-18 months
•    Expected Program Duration: Varied, 2-5 Days
•    Primary Delivery Mode: Face to Face (Hybrid, Virtual)
•    Outputs: Media Components/Archived Resources/Teaching Resources or other Professional Development Materials


AOM Regional Immersion Conferences


AOM Regional Immersion Conferences (AOM RICs) provide an opportunity for the Academy’s global membership to deeply engage and explore local scholarship and regional phenomena in an interactive and intimate setting. These meetings are held in rich contextual environments, marked by highly innovative, experiential content that fosters deep intellectual discovery and mutual learning.
 
At the core of the AOM Regional Immersion Conference model are experiential learning journeys. Experiential learning and immersion activities embedded throughout the conference are designed to provide deep engagement opportunities and spark new scholarly discourse and exchange. In addition to experiential attributes, AOM RICs feature scholarly papers, symposia, and interactive workshops and may include a variety of other session types and events that encourage dialogue, stimulate new research and offer unique learning opportunities for members. 

The best scholarly papers presented at AOM RICs will be published in the Academy of Management Specialized Conference Proceedings. 

AOM Regional Immersion Conference Example:
•    Academy of Management Africa Conference

Conference Model At-A-Glance:
•    Location: Outside of the U.S.
•    Expected Attendance: 350-500
•    Conference Development Timeline: 24+ months
•    Expected Program Duration: 3-5 Days
•    Primary Delivery Mode: Face to Face
•    Outputs: AOM Specialized Conference Proceedings
(other possibilities: Publications/Special Issues, Video Components, Social Communities)
 

Special Acknowledgement:  The Academy of Management acknowledges outstanding contributions from Jim Walsh, Helena Barnard, Phil Mirvis, and Stella Nkomo, whose tireless work developing the AOM Africa Conference provided a unique and transformative model for future AOM Regional Immersion Conferences.
 

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