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Management Consulting (MC) Call for Submissions

 Call for Submissions 

Program Chair: Eric Sanders, Loyola University, Chicago/Marquette University;

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 Inclusive Organization."

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 communities? 
  • How have our clients thrived by building inclusive organizations?
  • How do institutional or societal contexts impact organizational inclusiveness?
  • 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 days.

Division Awards: The MC Division offers several best paper awards: 

  • The Information Age Publishing Outstanding Doctoral Student Paper Award; 
  • 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; and 
  • The Management Consulting Division Award for Best Field Report/Practice Paper.

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!

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