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Organizational Behavior (OB) Call for Submissions

 Call for Submissions 

Program Co-chair: Daan Van KnippenbergDrexel University;
Symposium Chair: Ronald F. Piccolo, University of Central Florida;

Submissions for the OB Division Scholarly Program for 2019 are welcomed, and the submission system will open on late November 2018. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00pm ET (NY Time).  See the Academy of Management website for additional details.

To better understand whether to submit to the Organizational Behavior division, please see the Mission and Domain statements below:

Mission Statement: The Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management exists to advance the development of scholars and scholarship within the content domain of organizational behavior. Scholarship occurs in the practice of both research and teaching. Through scholarship, we strive to positively influence management thought and practice. 

Specific Domain: Organizational behavior is devoted to understanding individuals and groups within an organizational context. The field focuses on attributes, processes, behaviors, and outcomes within and between individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Major topics include:

individual characteristics such as beliefs, values, personality, and demographic attributes, and individual processes such as learning, perception, motivation, emotions, and decision making;

interpersonal processes such as trust, justice, power/politics, social exchange, and networks;

group/team characteristics such as size, diversity, and cohesion, and group/team processes such as development, leadership, decision making, and cooperation and conflict;

organizational processes and practices such as leadership, goal setting, work design, feedback, rewards, communication, and socialization;

contextual influences on individuals and groups such as organizational and national culture, and organizational identity and climate;

and the influence of all of the above on individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational outcomes such as performance, creativity, attachment, citizenship behaviors, stress, absenteeism, turnover, deviance, and ethical behavior.

Although submissions may reflect any of the above topics, we also encourage submissions that relate to the theme for the 2019 Meeting, "Understanding the Inclusive Organization."  Please see details about the theme at:

The OB Division will continue the Spotlight, an initiative to focus attention on a pertinent issue that is relevant to organizational research and practice.  For the 2019 meeting, our Spotlight is on Pathways for Inclusion, which will encompass scholarly OB research on the many facets of diversity and inclusion, including challenges, concepts, processes, policies and practices involving managers, employees, and organizations.  We encourage submissions that relate to these and other inclusive processes, and we welcome a very broad approach to the topic, which might address for example, inclusion of individuals who are diverse in terms of race, gender, age, culture, religion or other affiliations and features.  We invite submitters to propose sessions that are engaging, provocative, and meaningful.  If you have any questions or ideas, contact the Organizational Behavior Division Chair Cristina Gibson (

 II. Description of Paper and Symposia Submissions

       The OB Division has two types of scholarly submissions to the Annual Meeting. The first type is a paper submission, where author/s submit a paper which, if accepted, is then assigned by the Program Chair to a paper session.  The other type of submission is a Symposia submission, which can either be a presenter symposia or a panel symposia.   Please see the submission section of the Academy of Management Meeting website for all the details of paper and symposia submission: .  We offer some additional information about making symposia proposals more interactive and innovative:

Panel Symposia

In recognition of the popularity of professional development workshops (PDWs), the OB Division wants to bring some of the innovative and interactive aspects of workshops into the regular program using panel symposia. We encourage those of you who are considering submission of a PDW focused on a research topic (i.e., research incubators, panel of experts, interactive symposium to gather like-minded scholars) to submit instead to the scholarly program using a panel symposium format.

A panel symposium is intended to be an interactive session. Typically, it engages a group of panellists in an interactive discussion, around a research topic, set of issues and challenges, or important questions. The term "panel" can be interpreted broadly, meaning that you do not need to have a formal line-up of experts at the front of the room who handle questions. Rather, you should feel free to find other ways to stimulate discussion and achieve the objectives of your session. 

In your submission, include your proposed interactive format and a set of people who are committed to lead and facilitate the session. Proposals for panel discussions should also include clear descriptions of the topics to be discussed, objectives, and the procedures that will be used to manage the discussion among the facilitators and the audience. Special guidelines will be distributed to reviewers of symposia to ensure that the spirit of this new initiative is considered, so you can rest easy that your innovations will be reviewed with open minds! 

Please direct any questions to the OB Symposium Chair Ronald Piccolo (

Innovative Formats for Paper Sessions:  The OB Division has joined an Academy-wide effort to enliven the scholarly paper sessions at the annual meetings by introducing alternatives to the traditional format (i.e., where each author presents his or her paper for 15 minutes, with discussion and questions at the end). We are using this opportunity to notify submitters about the different, innovative paper-session formats that the OB Division is encouraging session chairs to use at the 2019 meetings. These include:

Short Introductions plus Break Out Discussion (3-4 papers per session):  Presenters of each paper give a 3-minute introduction.  After all papers have been introduced, presenters move to break out groups to take questions and further discuss the papers.  Audience members can join any group they choose.  After 30 minutes of discussion, audience members have the opportunity to switch groups for a second round of discussion.

Insights First Presentations (3-4 papers per session): Presenters devote the first half of their presentation to discussing their insights and findings, focusing what they discovered.  Presenters use the second half of their presentation to discuss implications and future research directions. Lengthy literature reviews are not included. Audience members ask questions and make comments between each presentation.

Questions First Presentations (3-4 papers per session):  Each presenter starts with a list of 1-3 questions they would like answered about their findings and insights.  They then deliver a 10-minute presentation that provides information relevant to answering their questions.  Audience members then take up to 15 minutes to provide ideas for answering one or more of the questions.  This process is repeated for each paper.

We invite the chairs of the paper session to choose and coordinate these new session formats.  Alternative formats may also be proposed by session chairs, working with input from the presenters in their session.


OB Division Conference Awards:  Six recognition awards will be given to papers and symposia on the Academy program:

Best Paper Award, recognizing the best overall paper (may be co-authored; sponsored by the Organizational Behavior Division)

Best Dissertation-Based Paper Award,* given to the best paper based on a doctoral dissertation completed within the past three years (must be sole-authored; sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Journal of Organizational Behavior)

Most Innovative Student Paper Award,* for the best paper in which a student was in the lead role (a student must be the sole or first-author; sponsored by Sage Publications)

Most Outstanding Practical Implications for Management Award, for the paper with the most significant managerial implications (may be co-authored; sponsored by Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute)

Best Paper with International Implications Award, recognizing the paper whose theme and content best reflects an awareness of business and management across national boundaries (may be co-authored; sponsored by the Organizational Behavior Division.

Best Symposium Award, given to the symposium on the Academy program that best exemplifies interesting, important, and high-impact research (sponsored by Cambridge University Press)

*Please note: To be considered for any of these four awards, you could select the appropriate Orientation when you submit your paper in the online submission system, as follows: (a) for the Best Dissertation-Based Paper Award, select "Newman Award Nominee"; (b) for the Most Innovative Student Paper Award, select "Student Paper"; (c) for the Most Outstanding Practical Implications for Management Award, select "Practice"; and (d) for the Best Paper with International Implications Award, select "International."

For additional information details concerning the criteria for these awards, visit the OB Division website using the following link:

Other OB Division Awards: Five annual awards for other OB-related activities will also be given:

Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, recognizing significant research achievement during one's early to mid-career stage (sponsored by the OB Division Endowment)

Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing significant research achievement across one's career (sponsored by the Organizational Behavior Division)

Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award (sponsored by the Emerald Group Publishing on behalf of the Journal of Managerial Psychology)

Outstanding Practitioner-Oriented Publication in Organizational Behavior Award (sponsored by the Management Education Research Institute (Graduate Management Admission Council).

Organizational Behavior Mentorship Award, recognizing a scholar who has excelled at helping others achieve their career objectives (sponsored by the Antwerp Management School)

For details about these awards, see the Publications, Scholarship, and Mentorship Awards links at the following website:

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