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Practice Theme Committee (PTC) PDW Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions



Practice Theme Committee (PTC)  

PDW Co-Chair: Christof Backhaus, Aston Business School;

PDW Co-Chair: Emmanuel Monod, SUIBE Shanghai University of Intl Business and Economics;

2019 Professional Development Workshops: Call for Proposals

 Academy of Management Meeting, August 9-13, 2019 | Boston, Massachusetts, USA

To develop or to enquire about the fit of your PDW proposal with the PTC’s mission, please contact Christof Backhaus or Emmanuel Monod at

 The Practice Theme Committee (PTC) is an All-Academy Committee that aims to:

Develop greater awareness of what practice means: inform our scholarship in terms of both research and teaching through better conceptualization and understanding of practices, practicing, practice theory, etc.;

Identify exemplar initiatives that bridge theory and practice: engage practitioners and academics in the co-creation of knowledge and collaborative practices that increase and enhance knowledge uptakes;

Create platforms for ongoing engagement with practitioners and industries: produce relevant and applicable knowledge through active sharing, meaningful exchanges, generative dialogues, reflexive debates, evidence-based validation, contextual sensitivity, and adaptive reliance to serve the rapidly evolving global community;

Explore the meaning and measurement of scholarly impact: discuss measurements and value of our research beyond publication in highly-ranked journals and in a social ecosystem.

We call for exciting, innovative, and interdisciplinary PDWs involving both researchers and practitioners. Encompassing inclusive approaches to “bridge the gap”, the conference theme “inclusive organization” is well-suited for PTC submissions. Inclusive organizations are defined as “open systems of opportunity in which all stakeholders have access to information, resources, and the capacity to fully contribute to their functioning”. Among our major stakeholders, we believe the practitioners have access to information, resources and the capacity to contribute to the functioning of AOM and so should have a greater voice. Furthermore, inclusive research organizations provide tremendous opportunities to leverage the impact that academic work has within and beyond the scientific community. To do so, the PTC suggests that we “make use of employees’ individual and collective talents” by encouraging them to contribute to the PTC PDW, rewording their experience for an academic audience and using their communication talents for sharing them and bridge the theory/ practice gap. Here are some possibilities offered by the practice approach:

Including practitioners in research, as full stakeholders, exemplified practitioner research partnerships in organizational problem solving;

Producing inclusive knowledge teaching with “evidence-based practice,” and “practice-based evidence”;

Making educational, business and governmental policies more inclusive to move from the mute relevance vs. rigor debate to collaborative problem-solving among professionals, communities, mindsets, world views, powers, and individual differences;

Bridging gaps that move from research utilization and knowledge translation to co-production;

Questioning reflexively and innovating adaptively to stay relevant, measure impact, and effect impact in an inclusive way having all stakeholders in mind.

Several tracks are proposed this year, and submissions should ideally be connected with one of them:

Scholarly impact: how to understand and measure the impact of our scholarship on non-academic audiences;

Practices that foster inclusion and diversity in the AOM: how to build synergistic collaboration between the PTC and the DITC in fostering inclusion and diversity and making the AOM meaningful to all;

Empowerment for knowledge co-production: how to initiate, design and conduct collaborative research projects that work for both academics and practitioners;

Empowerment for dissemination: how to strengthen academics in their ability to engage with outer-world communities and effectively disseminate their research;

Practice-oriented executive programs (Professional doctorates and DBAs as well as MBAs and MS) that impact: how to improve research and teaching by drawing on academic research that matters and has impact;

Practice that is inclusive at the international level: promote the inclusion of practitioners from other geographies at the AOM;

Leadership, presence, mindfulness, and reliability: how leaders build on personal and organizational practices to collaboratively create shared meaning and a sustainable, healthy, and safe world.

We encourage you to discuss your PDW ideas with us in November or December, preferably prior to submitting through the AOM website. Since All-Academy committees are allocated a limited number of hours for workshops, we encourage you to think of the PTC as a co-sponsor if your topic is also a strong fit for a division, particularly the larger divisions, as PDW hours are allocated in large part based on the number of members in the given division. We are increasingly partnering with divisions across the AOM, so do check with us about your co-sponsorship ideas! Offsite PDW’s are welcome if the location of the workshop has a direct bearing on the PDW and adds value to the session. The offsite venue should be a key component of the session providing a specific learning or relationship-building experience, something that a traditional meeting room cannot provide. If accepted, these types of sessions should be in close proximity to the conference and arranged for by the submitter. Please use the AOM guidelines for submitting a PDW proposal. To develop or inquire about the fit your PDW proposal to the PTC, please contact Christof Backhaus or Emmanuel Monod at

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