Program Chair: Eric Sanders, Loyola University, Chicago/Marquette University; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Management Consulting (MC) Division invites and encourages
MC division members and colleagues from other divisions to submit
academic papers, field reports, case studies, and symposia
proposals for the 2019 conference. Our Division is committed to
developing and supporting scholar-practitioners, and as such
encourage both qualitative and quantitative research. Topics may
include the application of theory in the field, generation of new
theory from the field, and papers with a strong practical and/or
experience-based orientation. We are looking forward to submissions
that relate to all aspects of the field of consultancy (theory,
research, teaching and practice), especially as applied to the 2019
Annual Meeting of Academy of Management theme: "Understanding the
We live in an increasingly heterogenous world, yet we still see
organizations of all sizes struggling with how to embrace both
diversity and inclusion. When we know that the best organizations
thrive by including all their members, whatever their backgrounds.
We see organizations focusing on surface-level diversity
(demographic characteristics such as race and gender) and
forgetting the more important deep-level diversity (including
values, beliefs and attitudes). The 2019 theme invites members to
understand the inclusive organization. Extending that to the
specific work we do in management consulting, we may consider a
variety of research questions:
- What are the characteristics of inclusive organizations? Are
these characteristics generalizable across cultures?
- How do organizational structures, cultures, and/or identities
contribute to, or detract from, organizational inclusiveness?
- What does an inclusive consulting practice look like?
- How can consulting interventions contribute to a more inclusive
society and the health and well-being of diverse
- How have our clients thrived by building inclusive
- How do institutional or societal contexts impact organizational
- How can consultants build shared understanding of the meaning
and import of inclusion across stakeholder groups?
- How can we create more inclusive learning environments, both on
campus and in client organizations?
This is just a sampling of the many topics around inclusions
that you can develop to share your skills and knowledge with others
in our division. In short, this year's theme raises the
question: How can we as consultants contribute to the
organizations we serve in ways that will increase inclusion in all
its many facets? We look forward to receiving your papers
to help answer this highly relevant question.
Let us stress that submissions - research papers, symposia or
field-based consulting cases (rich descriptions of interventions
with a discussion of lessons learned) - may be about any topic in
the area of management consulting whether it relates to the overall
conference theme or not.
We strongly encourage submissions from practitioners and
scholar-practitioners (including doctoral students) who want to
share and reflect on field experience that is either connected to
existing theory or generates new theory. Our division is proud to
offer a place where seasoned scholar-practitioners share warmth and
wisdom, and junior faculty members and doctoral students enjoy a
golden opportunity to develop their work. We pride ourselves on the
quality of our review process, particularly the quality feedback
given by our reviewers. Submitting a paper to the MC Division
offers an excellent opportunity for growth to both senior scholars
and novice writers alike.
The MC Division depends on wonderful reviewers annually and we
hope you will join us in providing high quality reviews to our
members yourself, whether or not you submit a paper.
Submission Process: Please carefully
review all the
submission guidelines and formatting
instructions before submitting. All
submissions must be made through the AOM
submission website. All authors of multi-author papers must be
noted as such by the lead or contact author when they are
submitted. Student papers should be clearly identified as such
during the online submission process to take advantage of the extra
development opportunities and awards available for students.
Please make a note of these key dates as you prepare your
submission and sign up to review. The submission system will be
available starting in late November 2018 and closes
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time).Earlier submissions are encouraged, as the submission system
may slow down during the last few
Division Awards: The MC Division offers several best
- The Information Age Publishing Outstanding Doctoral Student
- The Thomson South-Western Award for Outstanding Research Based
Paper on Management Consulting;
- The Benedictine University Award for Best Paper on Ethical
Issues in Consulting and Scholar-Practitioner Research Award;
- The Management Consulting Division Award for Best Field
All award winners will be celebrated at the MC business meeting,
which will take place during the conference in Boston.
We look forward to your contributions!