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Iberoamerican Academy of Management (IAM) PDW Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions




PDW Chair: Carlos J. Alsua, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship University of Arizona,

The Iberoamerican Academy of Management (IAM) would like to invite the submission of creative proposals for its Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions that will take place at the Academy of Management (AOM) meeting on Friday, 7 August and Saturday, 8 August 2020. The Academy’s PDWs are a great platform for colleagues to share knowledge and expertise and foster the professional development of workshop participants.

The two primary objectives of IAM are

  1. to foster the general advancement of knowledge in the theory and practice of management among Iberoamerican scholars and/or any academics interested in Iberoamerican issues, and
  2. to perform and support educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in the field of management within an Iberoamerican context. IAM emphasizes its Iberoamerican focus (Latin America, Latino populations in North America, and Spain/Portugal), but is open to integrate participants, dialogues, and proposals from different perspectives, backgrounds, and regions to enrich its objectives. You can find more information about IAM at

The theme for 2020 is “20/20: Broadening Our Sight.” In its evolution, Management and Organizations has cemented solid foundations of rigorous scholarship. Nevertheless, our robust academic paradigms can stunt our discipline and take away relevance if they prevent us from expanding our horizons towards new ways of understanding management. For management to maintain its relevance, both in the academic and the practitioner world, we must expand our paradigms and be open to new ways of understanding scholarship, teaching, and practice. We must Broaden Our Sight, revisit our assumptions and welcome crosspollination and collaboration from other disciplines and other regions of the world.

We would like to suggest some potential topics that may be consistent with the conference theme:


  • What paradigms, perspectives and worldviews from other disciplines could be helpful in enriching the field of management and increasing the health of Iberoamerican firms?
  • What opportunities and challenges are unique to Iberoamerica? What can we learn from other parts of the world? What can we teach to other parts of the world?


  • How does the Iberoamerican experience contribute to add knowledge in the field of management? How can collaboration with other disciplines and regions enrich the Iberoamerican experience?
  • How does neo-nationalism, both in Iberoamerica and in the World, impact international collaboration? How do academics and practitioners broaden their sight in an increasingly nationalistic world?

Broaden our sight:

  • Old problems with new lenses. Can we confront the traditional challenges to Iberoamerican organizations from new perspectives?
  • How do we go from here? New opportunities and challenges to the traditional organization: Management in the age of AI, cybersecurity, and fake news.

We welcome proposals that advance management theory, research, education, and practice within the scope of IAM objectives. PDWs can take a variety of forms including round tables, panel sessions, developmental workshops, practitioner focused sessions, and doctoral consortia, to name a few. Acceptance of PDW proposals will be based on relevance to IAM members’ interest, novelty, creativity, and potential to be engaging. We encourage PDWs that are:

  • Innovative (experiment with new formats, models, processes and ideas)
  • Provocative (energize participants before, during, and after the meeting)
  • Experiential (incorporate principles for practical learning)
  • Interactive (seek engagement of participants to offer alternative points of view)
  • Inclusive (provide value to students, faculty, practitioners and international members)
  • Integrative (bridge divisional lives and international borders)
  • Developmental (allow participants to network and capitalize on physical presence)
  • Valuable (enrich participants with experiences, tools, thoughts, relationships or projects)

We welcome proposals of interest to members of other AOM divisions. Please indicate in the submission document which divisions and interest groups may be suitable as potential co-sponsors. All proposals require a statement indicating that all PDW participants have consented to participate in the PDW. According to AOM’s “Rule of Three” for the PDW program, no one may submit or be associated with more than three PDW submissions or appear in more than three PDW sessions during the preconference from Friday to Saturday. Proposals that violate this rule may be rejected. Space and time allotted for PDW sessions is limited and we cannot guarantee acceptance of all proposals. Submissions for PDW Proposals will begin early December 2019 and will close Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). Please follow the Academy of Management's PDW Guidelines for Submissions. Please submit using the PDW Submission Center at:

We look forward to your proposals and to your participation in the IAM PDWs in Vancouver!

For any comments or additional questions, please contact the 2020 IAM PDW Chair.

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