80th Annual Meeting Day 1 Recap: AOM kicks off first ever virtual Annual Meeting

07 Aug 2020
Over 7,000 attendees from 83 countries participated in AOM’s first virtual Annual Meeting.

AOM2020VirtualPlatformLandingPageAnnual Meeting landing page at

The meeting kicked off with a 6:00 AM EDT session on broadening the AOM experience for emerging international members and concluded its first day at 22:00 PM EDT with a session hosted by the editorial team of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management and a virtual cafe for members from Asia and Australia. Due to the flexibility that comes with a virtual meeting, sessions are held at all hours of the day-ensuring attendees from many global time zones are able to fully participate and collaborate.

Over 400 real-time sessions and more than 1,600 pre-recorded and on demand sessions will take place at this year's meeting.

  • 7,058 Registered Attendees
  • 2,410 Narrated Video Uploads
  • 1,607 Supporting File Uploads
  • 433 Speaker Ready Room Appointments

AOM2020Session_ImpactingGrandChallengesA screen from "Impacting Grand Challenges: A 'Both/And' Approach."

AOM Vice President and Program Chair Herman Aguinis, George Washington University, was frank about the accomplishment of creating this virtual meeting in a matter of months. "I'm going to be completely honest with you: just a few months ago we were not sure that a virtual conference would be possible," he said. "But we--and I emphasize we, because this has been an incredible team effort--have put together a program with more than 1,600 sessions. The program engages more than 10,000 contributors from more than 80 countries around the world. Every single Academy of Management division and interest group is represented in the program. There is something of interest to everyone."

Here’s what’s happening on social media

So excited for the first virtual AOM! No jetlag, no running across buildings, and no missing sessions!
Selina Cao, Imperial Business

Academic in the middle of a pandemic - Safe at home & joining in #AOM2020 to hear the editors live with over 800 attendees. Cognizant of the privilege, delighted & grateful! #broadeningoursight.
Shagun Tripathi, IESE

Enjoying #AOM2020 so much already! Great to hear about such amazing research being done + actually helpful advice from many incredible scholars.
Emma Vaast, McGill University

The #AOM2020 begins today! For the first time, in virtual format enabling us to connect in these challenging times of the pandemic.
Chrysavgi Sklaveniti, University of St Gallen


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While the primary business of the Annual Meeting is professional and academic, attendees connected on a personal level as well. One conversation stream is set up to showcase children's art work; another is for pet photos.


AOM2020PetsAndKidsArtArtwork and pets from the "Pause for Paws" and "Kids Artwork" discussion boards.

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