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Social Issues in Management (SIM) Call for Submissions

 Call for Submissions 

Program Chair: Andy Wicks, The Darden School - University of Virginia;

The SIM Division is a research community actively examining business ethics, stakeholder management, environmental management, social entrepreneurship, base-of-the-pyramid activities, corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, workplace diversity, corporate governance, business-government relations, corporate political strategy, and corruption, among other topics. SIM Division members engage in theory building and theory testing to understand the antecedents, impacts, and institutional settings that shape managerial and organizational decision-making around such topics. SIM Division members seek to understand responsible behavior and contributions to the greater good at the individual, organizational, and trans-organizational levels. Further, we study international impacts with regard to whether, how, and under what conditions managerial, organizational, and trans-organizational responses to social concerns vary based on formal and informal institutional contexts, including laws, customs, traditions, and beliefs.

SIM seeks proposals for the main program sessions (Sunday, August 11, Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13) at the 2019 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The common logic of scholarship in the SIM Division is our shared interest in understanding responsible managerial behavior at the individual, organizational, and trans-organizational levels.

Paper and symposium proposals may choose to incorporate this year’s conference theme: Understanding the Inclusive Organization. This theme holds great promise to inform and highlight numerous critical themes within SIM – particularly around such topics as diversity, inclusion, ethics, sustainability, creating value for stakeholders, corporate responsibility (and many others). Submitters are encouraged to reflect on the conceptual and practical links their work offers to the program theme: Understanding the Inclusive Organization

While we encourage proposals related to the conference theme, we also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics within the SIM including, but not limited to, ethical decision-making, corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, natural business ethics, stakeholder engagement and relations, environmental management, base-of-the-pyramid, social entrepreneurship, moral development, public policy, and corporate political strategy. PDW workshops may have a variety of structural forms, including roundtable discussions, interactive panels, site visits, service-learning activities, creative/artistic sessions, entrepreneurial incubators, and other activities that help SIM members develop professionally.

The SIM Division also sponsors numerous awards, including best paper, best student paper, best ethics paper, best sustainability paper, best dissertation, and best book. The winners of these awards are announced at the SIM business meeting held on Monday afternoon during the conference.

Submission Details: The submission system opens up in Late November 2018 and the deadline for papers and symposia is January 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Please try to submit earlier if possible.

Please pay particular attention to all of the submission guidelines. The Program Chairs have agreed to apply them rigorously and reject non-conforming papers. All submissions must be made online at  

If you have any questions that cannot be clarified through the website, please contact Andy Wick, 2019 SIM Division Program Chair ( before December 15, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

 Andy Wicks

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