Health Care Management (HCM) 

PDW Chair: Cheryl Rathert, Saint Louis University, 

2021 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Health Care Management Division has a rich history of innovative and engaging Professional Development Workshop sessions (PDWs). In 2021, the AOM conference will be held virtually from Friday, July 30th to Tuesday, August 3rd. We will convene our emerging scholars consortium for doctoral students and junior faculty on Friday, July 30th, followed by a day of PDW sessions open to all conference participants on Saturday, July 31st. We seek proposals from AOM members who wish to organize a PDW session for either the doctoral and junior faculty consortium on Friday, or the Saturday program for all members.

At the consortium on Friday, experienced faculty will interact with doctoral students and junior faculty. Discussion topics include dissertation preparation, finding the right first job, generating publications, the tenure process, achieving work-life balance, and the competing demands placed on emerging scholars. These sessions encourage networking, mentoring (both traditional and peer) and the development of new insights about career options and how to pursue them.

Saturday sessions should have a broader appeal to conference attendees at various stages in their careers. The goal with the Saturday workshops is to give attendees the opportunity to make new personal and intellectual connections that can enhance their research, education, and practice. Examples of past PDW topics include theory building in healthcare management, innovative research methods, exploring new teaching methods, career development, grant writing, international research issues, effective publishing strategies, and mentoring. 

We welcome new PDW session ideas and encores of successful sessions from years past. Additionally, we encourage sessions that incorporate the 2021 “Bringing the Manager Back in Management” theme. The most important selection criteria relate to participants’ learning needs and an interactive participant-centered format. Experiential learning and interaction must be promoted in every proposal. Additionally, clear and feasible logistical plans and firm commitments from all presenters are necessary proposal components. The standard session length is two hours; however, please indicate if you would like more or less time for your proposal. It is expected that two hours should generally suffice.

Individuals interested in organizing a session during either the consortium or the Saturday PDW program are encouraged to contact Cheryl Rathert ( by December 15th to discuss their ideas. PDW submissions must be submitted online through the Academy of Management Online website: http// The closing date for submissions is 12 January 2021, 5 PM ET (NY Time).

Annual Meeting
Key Dates

2021 Annual Meeting

  • Papers available for viewing: through 31 October 2021

  • Sessions available for viewing: through 31 December 2021

2022 Annual Meeting
5-9 August