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Strategic Management PDW Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions




Strategic Management (STR)

PDW Chair: Heather Berry, George Washington University;


The Strategic Management (STR) Division invites submissions of creative proposals for PDW sessions for the 2019 AOM Conference in Boston. The original goals for professional development workshops involved providing experiences that would serve the personal and professional needs of Academy members to develop and update their practical, professional and intellectual skills and the division seeks innovative, diverse and interactive PDW proposals for the 2019 preconference portion of AOM.    

Because these are professional development workshops, we encourage you to experiment with new session topics and formats that might not fit easily within the confines of the regular conference program. For instance, session formats might include roundtable discussions, methods workshops, town hall meetings, debates, technology demonstrations, breakout group sessions, research incubators, meetings with relevant non-academic speakers, and even off-site events. PDW topics could include cutting edge methods, emerging theoretical and phenomenological developments, connections between strategic management and other fields and disciplines, and paper development sessions. Also encouraged are PDWs that address teaching (topics and methods), applied research and links to practice, and other tasks such as service, outreach and fundraising/grant seeking. Sessions with standard paper presentations are more appropriate for traditional symposia.  Further, sessions that can be mistaken for a symposium (well-known academics talking in the front of a room of listeners) should be modified to fit the spirit of the PDWs. 

As PDWs are intended for professional development, proposals should explain how their session will foster interaction and personal development among participants, and what audience they will aim to attract. Befitting this interactive component, PDWs are typically at least two hours long, though sessions may be as short as 1.5 hours.

PDW proposals that are of interest to other divisions besides the STR Division are encouraged, although this is not a requirement for acceptance. Please indicate in the submission document what divisions and interest groups may be suitable to be invited by the Assistant Program Chair as potential co-sponsors. Particularly relevant are proposals addressing the overall AOM 2019 conference theme, “Understanding the Inclusive Organization”.

PDW proposals may be submitted online at beginning late November 2018. Early submissions and expressions of interest are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019, at 5PM ET (New York time). The PDW program runs from 8 am Friday through 8 pm Saturday (August 9-10, 2019). All named PDW participants must commit to participation in advance. All proposals require a statement indicating that all named participants have consented to participate in the PDW. The AOM’s “Rule of Three” for the PDW program is that “no one may submit or be associated with more than 3 PDW submissions; or appear in more than 3 PDW sessions during the preconference from Friday to Saturday, regardless of whether the sessions are held on-site or off-site.”

Contact Heather Berry, Assistant Program Chair, at for general inquiries and informal discussions about ideas for STR PDW sessions.



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