Management Consulting (MC)
Olumba, University of Michigan; firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the Management
Consulting Division is to advance the knowledge and understanding of management
consulting and to aid in the development of consultants from the perspectives
of research, practice and teaching. The division is focused on the discipline
of consulting, as well as the consulting industry with an underlying goal of
creating a bridge that integrates scholarship and practice. The Division very
much encourages interdisciplinary and integrative approaches related to
established and major practice areas of consulting. At the MC division, we
strongly believe that to help organizations, research and practice must to be
Members are encouraged to
submit workshops that share useful ways to develop management theory from practice
with clients, as well as application of management theory in the field.
Professional Development Workshops are encouraged, but not required, to
tie in with the Annual Meeting theme.
This year’s theme, “Understanding the
Inclusive Organization” gives us an opportunity to thoroughly
explore what it means to work as management consultants. Inclusive
organizations are open systems of opportunity in which all stakeholders have
access to information, resources, and the capacity to fully contribute to their
functioning. The development of inclusive business approaches is a key goal for
sustainable economic growth. To be effective in the field, consultants are
boundary spanners between organizations and the external environment, allowing
for effective inclusion practices along with moving from one context to the
next with one foot inside the organization and the other in our own firms,
practices, or universities. Accordingly, the 2019 theme invites members to
understand the inclusive organization.
Thus, you may consider PDW
submissions that either address issues in the field of
management consulting (consulting processes, consulting outcomes,
research in the consulting industry, teaching management consulting…), or
issues connected with the Annual Meeting theme, for example:
we as scholar-practitioners can build relevant theory from organizational
practices that improve their members lives.
consulting methods, tools and approaches we use to communicate and apply theory
effectively to improve our clients’ lives.
practices and processes we teach our clients (including students) that contribute
to a more inclusive society and the health and well-being of diverse
we collaborate with each other and our client organizations to build solutions (individually
or collectively) to ensure the health of the planet and, thereby, improve
societal health and well-being.
we help organizations deal with increasing inequity between the “haves” and the
“have-nots,” such as employed/unemployed, wealthy/poor,
we can build “improving lives” into our consulting and teaching practices.
today’s “gig economy,” what we as consultants can do to stay solvent and
improve our own and others’ lives.
we as consultants can do to assist our clients leverage digital technology and
robotics to better serve the life and well-being of both their customers and
we as teachers can better prepare our students to work as scholar-practitioners
and bridge the interface between theory and practice.
the submitted PDW proposals will be made based on:
Bridging: Does this
proposal explicitly link theory/practice and/or academics/consultants/practitioners?
this PDW provide immediate usable advice, tools, and templates for our members?
Is this PDW enhancing sharing actionable knowledge among participants? What are
the implications of applying the knowledge across industries?
Novelty: Does the
proposal hold something new? Is there an innovative, provocative and/or
interesting take-on the topic, method or format?
will the content be presented? How will participants be engaged in the workshop
(format, activities, interaction…)? Extra consideration will be given to
designs that actively engage the participants.
The MC Division is highly
diverse and globally-oriented, so we welcome and encourage innovative
and integrative wide-reaching submissions for PDWs at the 2019 Annual
Meeting (to be held in Boston, MA, USA). Our division prides itself on
welcoming scholars and practitioners, and including both established
professionals and students. Submissions from established members of our
division, as well as newcomers who are interested in the field of management
consulting and research, and/or would like to explore new research issues, are
Proposals must include:
description of the workshop and activities
requirements of the workshop (shorter workshops preferred)
(contact person) and presenter(s) information, including name, affiliation,
address, phone, and e-mail for each person
or Interest Group sponsor solicited and why
Division or Interest Group co-sponsors (which are highly recommended given
the limited time slots we have in the Academy’s overall PDW program)
you intend to create a productive audience interaction and participation
Please note that the “Rule of
3” applies to PDW submissions. Therefore, no one can submit or be a part of
more than 3 PDW submissions (this is in addition to the Rule of 3 for the main
scholarly program). Note also that
having shorter sessions will allow us to have more PDWs, so focusing on
delivering quality content in a shorter time frame will be appreciated.