Program Chair: Pauline Schilpzand, Oregon State University, College of Business,
2021 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions

The Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division (MOC) invites symposium and paper submissions for the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management to be held virtually from Friday, 30 July – Tuesday, 3 August 2021. MOC is aiming to have most of the papers and symposia presented live (synchronously). The MOC division is devoted to understanding individual, relational, and collective cognition in organizational contexts. MOC is open to, and provides developmental support for, a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to studying managerial and organizational cognition. 

Specific Domain: MOC encourages ideas at (and across) all levels of analysis that might speak to, but are not restricted to: social construction, culture and cognition, the nature and role of mental models and representations, judgment and decision making, attribution processes, individual differences, non-conscious forms of cognition (e.g., intuition), cognitive institutionalism, emotion, ideology, identity / identification, image, reputation, sensemaking / meaning making, symbols and artifacts, categorization, knowledge creation and management, individual learning, organizational learning and memory, and communities of practice.

Special Instructions: We are especially interested in encouraging innovative symposium submissions as they provide attendees the opportunity explore the connections between papers around a common theme, theory, issue, or question. The MOC division encourages submissions from scholars in all career phases, including doctoral students, and celebrates cross-level theorizing, methodological diversity, and linkages between theory and practice. We also encourage scholars to think about this year’s Academy theme “Bringing the Manager Back in Management", when preparing their submissions. Finally, MOC is sponsoring a new award starting this year: The Phillips and Nadkarni Award for Outstanding Paper on Diversity and Cognition (, and we encourage scholars to submit research on the intersection between diversity and cognition. If you have questions about the appropriateness of your submission for MOC, please feel free to contact the Program Chair, Pauline Schilpzand. Submission Center Opens: in early December 2020 (target is Tuesday, 1 December 2020). The Submission Center closes on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 17:00 (5 pm) ET (NY Time).

Reviewing for MOC: The MOC community consistently provides high quality, developmental feedback to submitters. In order to continue this, we need your support. Please sign up to review for the MOC division in early December 2019. Your reviewer assignment will be based on the keywords that you indicate to be your areas of expertise. We are grateful for your willingness to volunteer and contribute to the program in this important way. To help you, we will provide reviewers with helpful guidance to complete a review of a conference paper, symposium, or PDW.

MOC Division Awards: The MOC Division honors the following: (a) Best Paper submitted to MOC, (b) Best Student-Led Paper (the paper may be co-authored, but the student must be the first author), (c) Best Symposium, (d) Best Submission with Practical Implications, (e) Best Reviewers, (f) Best Paper on Diversity and Cognition (new award!), and (g) Most Innovative papers of the year, which will be presented in our ‘Tuesday Coolness’ session, which assembles a group of especially innovative papers in one session. Best Paper, Symposium Awards, and Innovative Papers presented at Tuesday Coolness are selected by panels of MOC scholars. Reviewer Awards are selected based on author feedback and reviews.


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