SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION (MSR)
PDW Chair: Chris Laszlo, Weatherhead School of Management, Case
Western Reserve University; firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission System Opens: Late November 2018
Submission System Closes: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST
PDW Program: Friday,
August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
The Management, Spirituality and
Religion (MSR) Interest Group cordially invites you to submit a Professional Development
Workshop (PDW) proposal for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting PDW
Program in Boston, Massachusetts, August 9-10, 2019. PDWs should be
creative, developmental and experiential.
PDW is an experience intended to update and develop member’s professional
skills related to research, teaching, and professional practice such as
consulting. PDWs can take a
variety of forms: tutorials intended to develop research or teaching skills,
debates, roundtable discussions, interactive panels, site visits, service-learning
activities, creative/artistic sessions, and other activities that help MSR
members develop professionally. The possibilities are endless as long
as an event brings skill enhancement to the participants in terms of their
PDWs are distinct from scholarly
program sessions in their personal and professional skill orientation. This is
an opportunity to ‘teach the teacher’ or ‘develop the researcher’ by sharing
your expert knowledge to build others’ capacity. As such, PDWs should
not mimic scholarly sessions; for example, it is not appropriate to suggest a
series of academic papers with minimal audience involvement. Rather, PDWs
should focus on widespread participation and skill development.
Skills are better enhanced through
active engagement in discussion or experiential activities rather than passive
listening. PDWs offer an excellent opportunity to move outside the boundary of
a single division to explore issues and ideas across divisions. The aim is to
attract and involve a broad audience from across the AOM membership. PDWs are
excellent opportunities to learn about research and teaching practices in other
countries and to develop potential collaborative projects. They can be a
vehicle to bridge research and practice by engaging practitioners and scholars
in dialogues on their mutual challenges and aspirations.
To Theme or Not to Theme?
PDW proposals may focus on the AOM Conference theme, Understanding
the Inclusive Organization which, as described by AOM 2019 Vice
President and Program Chair Quinetta Roberson, asks several question such as “What
are the characteristics of inclusive organizations? Are these characteristics
generalizable across cultures? How do inclusive organizations differ from
porous or boundaryless organizations? What is inclusive practice? What are the
effects of inclusion on employee, organizational, or societal outcomes? How do
organizational structures, cultures, and/or identities contribute to, or
detract from, organizational inclusiveness? How do institutional or societal
contexts impact organizational inclusiveness? Do the meaning and import of
inclusion differ across stakeholder groups? Are there critical perspectives on
organizational inclusion that move beyond managerialism? What methodologies may
be used to study inclusive organizations? How can we create more inclusive
We also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics
within the MSR domain including, but not limited to, developing members’
capacity to research and teach about the nature, influence and relationship of spirituality
and religion in management and organizations.
This includes developing our collective capacity around innovative
research methods that align with our inquiries (Tackney et al, 2017).
PDW proposals must include:
A title and AOM assigned submission
number (in the proposal and in the file name),
A primary sponsor and other potential
An abstract of up to 250 words,
A 3-5 page workshop overview,
A case for why the PDW would be of
interest to MSR and potential co-sponsors,
A description of the chosen format for
An attendance commitment. Upon
acceptance, at least one author or participant must commit to attending the
conference. An explicit written statement of commitment is required (e-mail is
Key words capturing the most important
aspects of your proposed session PDW.
any of these items means proposals will not be reviewed or evaluated for
technical rules’ to keep in mind:
PDWs proposals must be for a minimum of
1.5 hours in duration. However, when submitting the PDW in the online
submission system, it will still need to be submitted with a minimum duration
of 2 hours (this is an artifact of the AOM submission system). If the proposal
is accepted, the PDW Chair will reduce the duration to 1.5 hours on the
The PDW Chair has the ability to decrease the
duration of any submitted Professional Development Workshop if
he/she feels it would better serve the Interest Group’s member experience. The
minimum amount of time a PDW can be reduced to is 1.5 hours.
The "rule of three" applies:
individuals may submit, appear in, or be associated with up to three PDWs.
Robertson, Q., (2018). AOM 2019
Conference Theme: Understanding the Inclusive Organization. Available at: https://aom.org/annualmeeting/theme/
Tackney, C. T., Chappell, S., Harris,
D., Pavlovich, K., Egel, E., Major, R., Finney, M., Stoner, J. (2017).
Management, spirituality, and religion (MSR) ways and means: A paper to
encourage quality research. Journal of
Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 14(3), 245-254.