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Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Call for Submissions

 Call for Submissions

Program Chair: Renate Meyer, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business;

The 2019 Academy of Management meetings in Boston, Massachusetts, USA will run from August 9th - August 13th, 2019. The OMT Executive Board thanks all of our members who have submitted and volunteered in prior years to make OMT the place to be! We are counting on you to continue submitting your best research papers and most creative symposia. We especially invite PhD students and faculty who have not yet submitted research to the Academy or to the OMT Division before. The OMT Division aspires to advance robust theoretical understanding of organizations, organizing, and management and encompasses a diverse range of theories, topics, and people. Our membership is eager to engage with new ideas and to welcome new members. 

Specific Domain:  Organization and management theory involves building and testing theory about organizations, management, and organizing processes at multiple levels including intra-organizational relations, organization-environment relations, and the role of organizations in society. OMT scholarship undergirds research and teaching across various domains such as management, organizational behavior, strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, and human resources. In addition, popular theories and topics in recent years have included networks and embeddedness; innovation and creativity; organizational design and new organizational forms; decision making; inequality; economic sociology; sensemaking, learning and routines; paradoxes; social change; ethics and responsibility; culture; capabilities; institutional theory and institutional logics; pluralism; categories and categorization; corporate governance and top management teams; power and dependence; work and occupations; identity and identity work; social movements; alternatives to capitalism; practice and process theories of organizing. More information about the division can be found on the OMT website ( 

Special Instructions: OMT encourages the submission of symposia or papers that develop new theory or that apply our existing theory base to emerging management domains. The division celebrates theoretical novelty, methodological pluralism, international research collaborations, and linkages between theory and practice.  Submissions focused on this year's Academy theme - Understanding the Inclusive Organization - are particularly encouraged. If you have questions about the appropriateness of your submission for OMT, please feel free to contact the Program Chair. The submission system opens in late November 2018, and closes on Tuesday, January 9, 2019 at 5pm ET (NY Time).

Reviewing for OMT:  The norm in the collegial community of OMT is that if you submit a paper or symposium that you also help to develop the program by signing up to review. The sign-up system opens in late October 2018 - so sign up soon before you forget! The success of the OMT program relies upon your active participation in the review process. Your reviewer assignment will be based on the keywords that you indicate are your areas of expertise. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer and contribute to the program in this important way by providing thoughtful and timely reviews. If you have not yet had a chance to review, 2019 is the year to start!

OMT Division Awards

Each year the OMT Division presents a number of awards at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes scholars who have been central to the intellectual development of the field of organization and management theory.

The Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award recognizes scholars who have blazed trails and paved the way for new ideas during the course of their careers (given every other year; to be given in 2020).

The Distinguished Educator Award recognizes scholars who have had a significant impact through their teaching and interactions with students (given every other year; to be given in 2019).

The Best Published Paper Award recognizes a journal article published in the previous year that advances our theoretical understanding of organizations, organizing, and management.

The Best Paper Award recognizes an empirical or conceptual paper submitted to the annual meeting that offers significant contributions to the field of organization and management theory.

The  Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award recognizes the best paper based on a dissertation in the refereed scholarly program.

The Best International Paper Award recognizes research regarding themes and content of interest internationally.

The Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices recognizes research that advances our understanding of environmental and social dimensions of organizing.

The Best OMT Entrepreneurship Paper recognizes a paper in the scholarly program that advances understanding of entrepreneurship drawing on organization and management theory.

The Best Student Paper recognizes a paper authored solely by students and included in the refereed program.

The Best Symposium Award recognizes an event submitted to the annual meeting that stimulates, integrates, or extends discussions about organization and management theory.

The Research Committee Award recognizes the valuable service provided by the most dedicated members of the research committee.

The Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award recognizes reviewers who were deemed worthy of special acknowledgment for the helpfulness, extensiveness and insight of their reviews.

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