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MANAGEMENT CONSULTING DIVISION (MC)

2024 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions

Program Chair: Jérémy C. Salmeron, ISEOR


Management Consulting Division (MC) is a division of the Academy of Management. The membership of MC comprises scholar-practitioners in public and private sectors, including higher educational institutions spread around the world. The mission of MC is to bridge the gap between theory and practice in all areas of management through a pluralistic approach to understanding and applying management knowledge. The purpose of the MC is to advance the knowledge and understanding of management consulting through teaching, research and publication, and active consulting practices. The division recognizes the vast disciplinary fields related to consulting, including human resources management and management of human potential, organization behavior, change management, leadership, supply chain management, health care management, digital transformation, financial management, project management, risk management, entrepreneurship, education, public policy development and governance, strategy, philanthropy, globalization, and a host of other fields. The division promotes scholar-practitioners (the consultants, the discipline of consulting, and the consulting industry with the underlying goal of elevating the intersection of scholarship and practice. The division also encourages the adoption of interdisciplinary and integrative approaches to consulting for maximum benefits to consumers of consulting services and products. MC brings experienced and emerging management consultants together as scholar-practitioners to co-create, co-learn, and co-transfer knowledge with appropriate tools, techniques, technologies, frameworks, and methodologies to prepare our society for current and future challenges and opportunities.

AOM 2024 Theme: Innovating for the Future - Policy, Purpose, and Organizations

The priority of MC in 2024 aligns with the AOM’s 2024 theme, “Innovating for the Future - Policy, Purpose, and Organizations,” which allows for exploring all aspects of innovation. This year is the perfect occasion to present your works, papers, PDWs, and symposia, as you belong to a dynamic organization.

Call for Submissions

This call is open to all researcher-practitioners worldwide, including MC members, members of other AOM divisions, and broader management consulting community members. Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are a unique opportunity to create scientific knowledge through guided interactions around Academy of Management themes between participants and experienced presenters. In line with this orientation, the Management Consulting Division's PDWs are a space for dialogue and cross-fertilization between academics and practitioners, as well as with other divisions, whose collaborations enable our members to enrich exploitable knowledge in the fields of transformative intervention dynamics, research methods, strategic management, organizational change, social responsibility, among other exciting topics.

Submitters may consider various submissions that address issues in all facets of the discipline of management consulting and issues connected with the AOM’s Annual Meeting theme: Innovating for the Future - Policy, Purpose, and Organizations.

This year, the Academy of Management Annual Meeting theme gives us the opportunity to explore the interplay of innovation, policy, and purpose as a lens for rethinking conventional ways of leading, managing, organizing, and consulting. The Management Consulting Division invites you to reflect on these questions:

  • What innovations have there been in consulting organizations? What practices and challenges do consultants encounter in their organizations?
  • How can we innovate consulting for companies such as pure players, VSEs, start-ups, NGOs, and Public Agencies?
  • The relationship between Artificial Intelligence and Consultants: What is the consultant's added value in the face of digital innovation and artificial intelligence? How can we better integrate digital and AI tools into our practices?
  • What are the challenges of maintaining an ethical practice while using innovation, especially from the Consultant's perspective?
  • What are the innovative processes to discover and practice in our VUCA world?
  • How do you innovate with the client? What is at the interface between the Client and the Consulting Company?
  • How to integrate Open innovation methodologies in consulting practice, such as ambidextrous innovation processes incremental and radical innovation processes?
  • How to pursue doctoral studies while being a consultant?
  • How do you connect workers, managers, top managers, and CEOs in innovation practices?
  • DEI challenges in consulting companies or consulting work in the 21st Century.
  • How to manage innovation inside organizations in a connected world?

We provide NINE themes that will help you shape your propositions (the following themes are common for scholarly and professional development workshop submissions).

  1. Cross-section of consultancy organizations
  2. Innovations in Consulting Practices around the globe;
  3. IA and consulting
  4. Consulting for “special” companies
  5. Doctoral Studies (PhD, DBA, DM, Exec-PhD …)  and Consulting Practice
  6. Innovating as scholar-practitioner
  7. Ethical practices and innovations
  8. Innovation methodologies
  9. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion perspectives in Management Consulting

Types of Submissions

We invite submissions that fit any of the ten categories in the table below. You should indicate the type of submission you choose directly in the request, beside the abstract.

Type of SubmissionsDescription of SubmissionDeadline
SCHOLARLY PROGRAM 
1Scholarly papers-These papers focus on theoretical, conceptual, philosophical, or methodological development and contribution to the consulting field.
-This submission will be included as a scholarly paper in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.
9 January 2024
2Empirical papers-These are fully developed based on empirical analyses with practical and theoretical implications for management consulting.
-This submission will be included as a scholarly paper in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.
9 January 2024
3Application papers-These are the results of scholarly work applied to practices or, in reverse, where practitioners demonstrate that their practices were used to enhance scholarly work.
-This submission will be included as a scholarly paper in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.
9 January 2024
4Case studies-Case studies provide reports based on an in-depth study of one organization or an in-depth study using a comparative inquiry of two organizations to generate a conclusion that might become useful to similar organizations in the same industry or sector.
- This submission will be included as a scholarly paper in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.
9 January 2024
5Dissertation Review/Doctoral student paper
(Indicate Doctoral Paper in the Submission
-This allows graduate students to engage and write a paper about their dissertations/doctoral work in progress, focusing on the empirical and theoretical findings and implications for the management consulting field.
- To qualify, please indicate at the beginning of the abstract the mention: DOCTORAL PAPER. This submission will be included as a scholarly paper in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.
9 January 2024
6Symposia:
Panel submission
Presenter submission
-This allows scholars, practitioners, and industry executives who are experts on a particular topic in management consulting to present and deliver their opinions and viewpoints. Two options:
  • Panel session
  • Presenter session

-Maximum duration: 90 minutes
-Each symposium will be reviewed for acceptance by a dedicated MC Past Chairs committee
-This session will enroll you as a panelist of a dedicated symposium that will be included as a scholarly paper in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.

9 January 2024
7Developmental Papers
(Specific Symposium)See details aside
DEADLINE ON 31 DECEMBER 2023
-This allows scholar-practitioners and doctoral students to present their research ideas, conceptual frameworks, research questions, problems of practice, research methodologies, work-in-progress study plans, etc. The goal of the developmental session is to provide feedback that helps the authors develop their research studies further.
-This format will require that you submit  your proposal directly to MC Program Chair, Dr. Jérémy C. Salmeron at salmeron@iseor.com before 31 December 2023
- The submission consists of an extended abstract (4 pages maximum) formatted as:
  • Page 1: Contact Details + Title + Abstract (150 words maximum)
  • Page 2: Research Object, Research Question and Hypothesis
  • Page 3: Theoretical Framework and Methodology Used
  • Page 4: Results or Expected Results

-By sending a submission, you accept to prepare and present three slides maximum (in Portrait Mode), 10 minutes maximum per panelist.
-Once your proposal is sent to the MC Program Chair, he will connect you with the two chairs of this session to finalize your submission.
-This session will enroll you as a panelist of a dedicated symposium that will be included as a scholarly paper in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.

31 December 2023
8Caucuses-These are planned based on submissions by the author(s) that are no more than two pages detailing the ideas for discussion.
-The sessions are informal for members with shared interests.
- This session will enroll you as a panelist of a dedicated symposium that will be included as a scholarly paper in the AOM Program and does not count for the rule of 3 + 3.
9 January 2024

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Deadline
9Professional Development Workshops-The Professional Development Workshop (PDW) is a unique occasion to create an interaction between participants and experienced presenters around topics of practical importance that are relevant to the AOM’s theme.
-See the additional Call for Professional Development Workshop (PDW) for the specific requirements. If you have questions, please get in touch with MC PDW Chair Carole Bousquet.
-This session will enroll you as a presenter of a dedicated PDW that will be included as a PDW submission in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.
9 January 2024
10Management Consulting Doctoral Consortium-See the additional Call for Professional Development Workshop (PDW) for the specific requirements. If you have questions, please get in touch with MC PDW Chair Carole Bousquet.
-This session will enroll you as a presenter of a dedicated PDW that will be included as a PDW submission in the AOM Program and count for the rule of 3 + 3.
31 December 2023

 

Methodologies

The MC Division is open to different theoretical and methodological submissions based on quantitative studies, qualitative studies, quantitative-qualitative mixed methods, critical reviews, and submissions establishing new positions. These methods may include correlational, descriptive, quasi-experimental, survey-based, or secondary data studies. They may also have phenomenological studies, action research, ethnography, case studies, organizational or institutional reflective narratives, or studies using grounded theory and other methods.

Submission Review Methods

All paper submissions are double-blind reviewed. In this case, the author or submitter’s information is unknown to the reviewers, and the reviewers’ information is anonymous to the author or submitter. Three reviewers will be recruited to ensure a fair assessment of all submissions: academics, practitioners, and industry executives. These reviewers will review submissions based on the categories they belong to.

A specific committee will review all symposia submissions according to their relevance to the Annual Meeting Theme. Symposia are single-blind reviewed. The reviewers see the names of the presenters, participants, and organizers. Proposals for symposia are judged based on overall quality, interest to AOM members, relevance to the Management Consulting Division, innovation, and contribution.

All professional development workshop submissions will be reviewed according to their relevance to the Annual Meeting Theme, their ability to provide an enhanced experience for our members, and their compliance with the criteria of the Management Consulting Division. Please refer to the Professional Development Workshops Call for Submissions for further information.

Please note that NO information considering the acceptance or rejection decision will be announced before the official reviewing period.

Submission Contacts

  • Contact the MC Program Chair, Jérémy C. Salmeron for all inquiries on submissions regarding items 1 to 8 in the table.
  • Contact the MC PDW Chair, Carole Bousquet for all inquiries on submissions regarding items 9 to 10.

Important Dates and Deadlines

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 9 January 2024 at 17:00 ET (UTC-5/GMT-5). Requests should be made online (open for submissions from early December 2023). Early submissions are encouraged.

Please note that the “Rule of 3” applies to paper submissions. Therefore, no one can submit or participate in more than three paper submissions.

Interested in discovering research questions tailored to each Division and Interest Group (DIG)?
Explore the Theme-related Research Questions offered by the Program Chairs and PDW Chairs of each DIG.



AOM 2024
Key Dates

  • Call for Submissions Available:
    Early November 2023
  • Submission Center Opens:
    Early December 2023
  • Reviewer Sign-up Opens:
    Early December 2023
  • Submission Deadline:
    Tuesday, 9 January 2024
    (17:00 ET GMT-5/UTC-5)
  • Submission Finalization Deadline:
    Wednesday, 10 January 2024
    (23:59 ET GMT-5/UTC-5)
  • Review Period:
    18 January-22 February 2024
  • Registration/Housing Open:
    5 March 2024
  • Decision Notifications:
    Late March 2024
  • Annual Meeting Program
    May 2024
  • 84th Annual Meeting:
    Held in person
    9-13 August 2024
    Chicago, IL, USA

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