|2024 Conference Theme||Innovating for the Future|
|Submission System Opens||Early December 2023|
|Submission Deadline||Tuesday, 9 January 2023 17:00 ET (UTC-5/GMT-5)|
|PDW Program||Friday-Sunday, 9-11 August 2024|
The Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Interest Group cordially invites you to submit a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposal for the 84th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2024) to be held in person 9-13 August 2024 in Chicago, IL, USA. As a global community, MSR affirms its commitment to the continual process of becoming conscious of, and then working to dismantle, structures of oppression in the spaces of our work and practice. This includes spaces of teaching, research, and service. It also includes the processes and practices related to academic research conferences, including this MSR PDW proposal process.
Towards that end, five characteristics of an exemplary PDW submission are described here.
1: PDWs are intended to be developmental—they are investments in deepening our scholarly practices (e.g., research, writing, teaching, etc.) while remaining conscious of alternative ontologies, epistemologies, and ways of being and relating in the world.
2 & 3: PDWs offer space for creativity and for experience as one way to move out of the domain of intellect and cognition, and to recognize and value the knowing that occurs through movement, art, music, etc., and;
4 & 5: PDWs are often spaces for community building and scholarly activism. Cross-generational, cross-national, and cross-AOM division relationships can be forged in PDWs through careful planning and mindful attention in PDW design. Consciousness of structures of oppression and how they manifest around the world can catalyze scholarly activism, emancipatory pedagogies, and transformational research methods based on, for example, indigenous ways of knowing or non-Western logics.
PDWs are distinct from scholarly program sessions because PDWs focus on personal and professional skill development. This is an opportunity to ‘teach the teacher’ or ‘develop the researcher’ by sharing your expertise to generate opportunities for learning and development. As such, PDWs should not mimic scholarly sessions; for example, it is not appropriate to suggest a series of academic papers with minimal audience involvement. Rather, the goal of PDWs is on learning and development of scholar/educator skills and ways of being a scholar/educator.
While all submissions will be rigorously and fairly reviewed, submissions that focus on developing research and publishing expertise will be favored. This includes a warm welcome to alternative, indigenous, and newer genre methods and paradigms.
PDWs are places for experiencing diverse modalities of learning and development beyond the typical intellectual/cognitive processes found in traditional scholarly research presentations. PDWs can take a variety of forms: tutorials intended to develop research or teaching skills, debates, creative/artistic sessions, roundtable discussions, interactive panels, site visits, service-learning activities, and other activities that could help attendees develop professionally. The possibilities are endless as long as an event deepens scholarly practice and/or brings skill enhancement to the participants in terms of their professional activities.
PDWs are spaces for active engagement in discussion or experiential activities rather than passive listening. Scholars and educators bring their whole selves into the PDW for growth and development, and experiential opportunities are a critical component of the pedagogy. Movement, drawing/journaling, debates, games, and facilitated conversations are all elements that can catalyze deep learning and development in a PDW.
PDWs offer an excellent opportunity to move outside the boundary of a single division to explore issues and ideas across divisions. When you submit a PDW proposal, consider how you might design the session to attract and involve a broad audience from across the AOM membership. PDWs are excellent opportunities to learn about research and teaching practices in other countries and to develop potential collaborative projects. They can be a vehicle to bridge research and practice by engaging practitioners and scholars in dialogues on their mutual challenges and aspirations.
Especially for the domain of MSR, developing expertise in or consciousness of the role of activist teaching, research, and service for the betterment of humanity and the planet is highly valued. Scholarly activism can catalyze social change through research,
teaching, and service, and it can impact real world events, narratives, and trends.
You may choose to focus your PDW proposals on the AOM Conference theme, Innovating for the Future, as described by AOM 2023 Vice President and Program Chair: Tammy L. Madsen. Professor Madsen wrote:
The dramatic technological shifts coupled with amplifying environmental and public concerns serve as the backdrop for the 2024 theme. Instead of focusing on organizational reactions to the ever-changing complexities of our world, Innovating for the Future urges scholars to delve deep within organizations. By reimagining the organization from the inside out and considering the interplay of innovation, policy, and purpose, the theme seeks to unlock a wave of innovative insights and evidence-based contributions that pave the way for a brighter future for workers, managers, organizations, and society at large.
As described above, there is ample opportunity for us, who teach, research, and guide others in business performance, to join forces toward more intense collaboration, with greater mutual acceptance, and transcendence of limiting biases and other mental boundaries. PDWs focused on this theme are welcome, but we also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics within the MSR domain including, but not limited to, developing our members’ capacity to research and teach about the nature, influence and relationship of spirituality and religion in management and organizations.
All participants attending the Annual Meeting must be AOM Members and registered for the Annual Meeting.
Submitters who are unclear about the submission process, please review the submission guidelines.