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Management History (MH) PDW Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions



PDW Chair: Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria/Liverpool University (UK): 


The Management History (MH) Division is seeking proposals for the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions for the 2019 Academy of Management meeting in Boston, MA, USA. You are encouraged to work with colleagues both within and outside the MH Division in developing proposals for PDW sessions, which are scheduled prior to the scholarly program between 8:00 a.m. Friday (August 9, 2019) and 8:00 p.m. Saturday (August 10, 2019).


The conference theme for the 2019 meeting is “Understanding the Inclusive Organization”. With this theme in mind, the MH Division encourages PDW submissions that will inspire participants to think broadly and creatively about the ways in which the concept of the inclusive organization has evolved historically and, alternatively, how history and historical practices are currently used by organizations to construct contemporary practices of inclusion in present-day organizations.


The Management History Division is a diverse and inclusive community of scholars devoted to the use of historical methods, historical reasoning and the adoption of a historical consciousness to the analysis of organizations, organizing and management. The division embraces a broad and multi-theoretical approach to the role of history and historical methods in understanding organizations, organizing and management characterized by plurality in the conceptualization of organizations in historical time, the use of historical methods in understanding organizations and how history is used in organizational practices.


PDW sessions provide the opportunity to experiment with new models and ideas for sessions that do not fit within the confines of the regular scholarly program. Think about sessions you wished were offered but have not seen elsewhere or sessions that provoke and extend the concept of management history into new and unexplored areas of research and theory. The MH Division encourages submissions from those without historical training and background but who are interested in the ways in which management theory and practice – and all the various subdisciplines within it – have developed over time.


In submitting your PDW proposal, please review the submission guidelines to ensure that your submission complies with the guidelines in all details. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, 5 p.m. ET (NY time) through the Academy’s submission website. Feel free to contact the MH PDW Chair, Roy Suddaby (  if you have any questions or would like to discuss your prospective PDW proposal.


All proposals require a statement indicating that all PDW participants have consented to participate in the PDW. The AOM’s “Rule of Three” for the PDW program is that “no one may submit or be associated with more than 3 PDW submissions; or appear in more than 3 PDW sessions during the preconference from Friday to Saturday, regardless of whether the sessions are held on-site or off-site”. Proposals that violate these rules may be rejected. Because space and time allotted for PDW sessions is limited, we cannot guarantee acceptance of all proposals. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!




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