Management Education & Development (MED) 

PDW Chair: Mairead Brady, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Business School, Dublin, Ireland,

2021 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Management Education & Development Division (MED) invites you to submit a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposal to the 81st Academy of Management (AOM) virtual meeting which will be held online 30 July - 3 August 2021. Please remember that we are looking forward to experiencing PDWs which are interactive, inclusive, innovative, energizing, and will help participants to become or to continue to develop as more effective management education educators, practitioners and scholars.  

This year's conference theme is: Bringing the Manager Back in Management. 

MED is the management education theory, practice and policy research development division of AOM. We welcome research and researched practice applications that addresses challenges and opportunities that educators, leaders, students and administrators face. This broadly includes education research and learning policy and practices, pedagogic theory development (e.g. design-based research), course/program curriculum and pedagogy (e.g. assessments, new technologies, technologies used in a new way, effective teaching and tools, case studies, and learning exercises), and scholarship to improve undergrad, grad, doctoral, executive and management development programs as well as business school governance and accreditation, leadership development and extends our understanding of the wider management education ecosystem. For 2021 we are also critically focusing on any pandemic and online challenges that will support our educators during these challenging times.  

PDWs should be designed which support the development of our members’ professional skills related to collaborative research, learning, teaching, professional practice, and envisioning our future as educators and management education developers and disseminators. We welcome novel and even provocative ideas, tools, techniques, concepts and perspectives that explore issues within the MED domain and that also cross divisions and geographies. To promote engagement we urge PDW proposals to allocate at least 50% of your planned time for participant interaction and dialogue (e.g., discussion, experimental activities). 


For our upcoming virtual conference ‘Bringing the manager back in management’ the focus is about how our research and teaching can shape what managers do on a day-to-day basis and to showcase how our research addresses issues confronting practicing managers, management educators and scholars. The tenor of our time suggests that seeking to help managers deal with the issues confronting them is a valuable contribution to the world we live in, helping us all in exploring, navigating and potentially reconciling the tensions and also the opportunities we experience as teachers, scholars and professionals. We are eagerly seeking PDWs with breakthrough ideas and perspectives that will both broaden our sight and focus our vision on the future of management education and research. Along these lines, here are some exemplar questions to consider as you prepare your PDW proposal: 

What pioneering learning models should we contemplate focusing on given the disruptive changes faced by traditional universities? How do we get there? 

How is ubiquitous technology and social distancing due to the pandemic changing how people—especially younger generations—learn and how educators teach or support that learning? What can we do to overcome the downsides and leverage the upsides of these dynamics? 

How should we explore the future of management education from a variety of perspectives to include the many stakeholders and the changing context of ME, the developing philosophy and content, innovative practices, emerging dynamics of accreditation and external regulation, government policy, societal considerations and organisational practices.  

What role, if any, should management education and research play in addressing climate change, environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility?  

What should or could a new educational ecosystem look like cognisant of the evolving dynamics of the market? 

How can MED’s international multilingual members and stakeholders build cohesion and mutual multicultural understanding in an increasingly localized world? 

How can doctoral education prepare student as future scholars, management practitioners and educators who will thrive and enact positive change in an increasingly volatile world?  

You may self-nominate your proposal for the inclusion of your PDW proposal in our Doctoral Student /Junior Faculty Consortium showcase of great PDWs which are appropriate for early career stage individuals.  


We encourage a variety of (non lecture-intensive) formats that include but are not limited to: workshops, town hall meetings, debates, panels, tours, roundtable discussions, case study exercises etc. These are only examples. We encourage imaginative and innovative formats! We expect each PDW to allocate at least 50% of its time to engaging (without necessarily demanding) participant interaction and dialogue. We also encourage proposals that: facilitate international and diverse participation; and/or take an interdisciplinary approach; and/or include an awareness of practitioners and their concerns, as well as researchers and educators. 


Please be sure to follow the Academy of Management's guidelines for PDW submissions. You must submit your proposal via the AOM Submission Center.  

Please note these key dates as you plan your submission: 

Submission Center Opens: early December 2020 

Submission Center Closes: Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). 

For a link to more information on this year's conference theme, please visit: 

The PDW program takes place over the 5 days of the Annual Meeting. The minimum duration of a PDW is 1.5 hours. Please note that the PDW chair may shorten the submission without contacting the submitters in order to manage the overall programme and to maximize the overall number of PDWs that will appeal to the broadest number of our members and better serve the division’s member experience. When preparing your PDW proposal, please anticipate how your session may fit into a 75 to 90 minute time slot. Lengthy sessions are discouraged. 

The “Best AOM MED Division PDW Award,” will be given to the workshop that meets the guidelines, and is judged to make the most significant contribution, in relation to the terms of reference offered here. 

The PDW proposals should include the following criteria: 

Value: To which extent does the PDW provide real value to the attendees? What is its take-away for attendees? What is the “unique value proposition” of the PDW? 

Creativity: To which extent is the PDW thinking out-of-the box and delivering novelty and originality? 

Interaction and integration: To which extent does the PDW enables communication, exchanges between participants and facilitate cross-fertilization across fields and methodologies? 

Design and formal quality: To which extent does the PDW follow the guideline for the text, the quality of the writing, and the information that is required? How well is the logistical component of the PDW described? 

Ability to draw an audience: To which extent can the PDW interest a large audience? 

Please remember: PDWs submitted to MED should more specifically target our domain, as described above, rather than an “all academy” submission. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mairead Brady, PDW Program Chair, at

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