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Social Issues in Management (SIM) PDW Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions




PDW Chair: Katherina Pattit, University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business;

2019 Professional Development Workshops: Call for Proposals

The Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division seeks proposals for the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions (Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10) at the 2019 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Scholarship in the SIM Division is characterized by our shared interest in understanding responsible managerial behavior at the individual, organizational, and trans-organizational levels.

PDWs should promote attendee’s professional development – whether that be on teaching or research. PDWs differ from the Academy’s scholarly program and are managed separately from the All Academy Theme Program and the Scholarly Program's paper sessions, symposia, and caucuses. As such, PDWs should not mimic, for example, presenter symposia in which a series of academic papers is presented with minimal audience involvement. Rather, PDWs should focus on widespread participation and skill development. PDWs aim to attract and involve a broad audience, including members of other Academy Divisions. PDWs should be interactive, inclusive, provocative, and creative.

PDW Proposals may choose to incorporate this year’s conference theme: Understanding the Inclusive Organization. In her discussion of the theme posted on the AOM conference website, 2019 Academy Program Chair Quinetta Roberson notes: 

“Inclusive organizations are open systems of opportunity in which all stakeholders have access to information, resources, and the capacity to fully contribute to their functioning. […]

The development of inclusive business approaches is a key goal for sustainable economic growth, as indicated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Group of Twenty (G20), and other global organizations. In addition, countless organizations in both developed and developing nations, as well as across public and private sectors, call for practices and policies that drive the empowerment and contributions of all. Still, our knowledge of such approaches are relatively nascent, as the creation, operation, and consequence of inclusive organizations remain elusive to both scholars and practitioners. Accordingly, the 2019 theme invites members to understand the inclusive organization.

To gain such an understanding, several questions come to mind: 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 learning environments?”

[Note: Please visit the AOM website for the full text of the Call from the Chair:

This year’s theme has a strong connection to the SIM domain and has significant implications for the work we do as a division.  Submitters are encouraged to reflect on the conceptual and practical links their workshop offers to how we can build inclusive organizations – in business and academia.  Connections to the theme are sought after in all three PDW tracks: research, pedagogy, and professional development.

While we encourage proposals related to the conference theme, we also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics within the SIM domain including, but not limited to, ethical decision-making, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, 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.

In your PDW proposal, please include the following sections:

1) Research, Teaching, or Professional Development: Please indicate which PDW Track your submission fits into.  Efforts will be made to include an array of workshops on scholarly research, pedagogy, and faculty development ideas.      

2) Workshop Focus and Importance: What is the focus of this workshop and why is that important to SIM scholars/teachers?  If relevant, please indicate how it relates to this year’s Academy theme.

3) Structure and Audience Engagement: (a) How will the audience engage in interactive activity during this workshop? (b) How much time is needed and how will it be used?

4) Outcomes: What will be the valuable outcomes for participants? What useful outcomes can you envision from this workshop that could be shared with SIM members not in attendance?  Indicate clearly the goals of the workshop.

5) Key Biographies: Provide short biographies (~125 words) for each organizer and key presenter.

The PDW submission system opens in late November 2018, and the deadline for PDW proposals is January 15, 2019, at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time).

Acceptances will be done on a rolling basis, however, so you are encouraged to submit early. Please contact Katherina Pattit before December 12, 2018 if you would like to discuss proposal ideas or if you have other questions regarding PDW sessions. All submissions must be made online at  Please also email a copy of your proposal to Katherina Pattit at



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