The Organizational Neuroscience Interest Group (NEU) of the Academy of Management (AOM) invites you to submit Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposals for the 84th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2024), to be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA 9-13 August 2024. The NEU PDWs will be scheduled for Friday, 9 August through Sunday, 11 August 2024. All sessions will be in person.
The Organizational Neuroscience (NEU) interest group encourages knowledge generation through theory development and/or empirical evidence pertaining to the neural mechanisms, as well as other biologically-based phenomena, associated with behavior and actions in the workplace. We broadly define organizational neuroscience as brain-related phenomena, including biological/physiological processes (e.g., genes, hormones, heart rate) related to the nervous system. Concurrently, the interest group seeks to understand how the environment, culture, and institutions can affect organizational actors' behavior through nervous system functioning. By considering neuroscience at different levels of analysis in organizations (i.e., micro, meso, macro), we encourage interdisciplinarity and multi-methods research. Moreover, we stress ethical considerations when using neuroscience and other biologically-based technologies in workplace research.
The most successful PDWs at NEU ignite thought-provoking discussions, sparking passionate reactions among participants and fostering an engaging environment that encourages active involvement. These sessions not only cultivate enthusiasm but also inspire attendees to maintain deliberate engagement even after the event concludes. We value innovative approaches that actively contribute to enhancing the growth and knowledge acquisition of NEU members and the broader Academy of Management community. We applaud PDWs that significantly reinforce learning experiences and we encourage organizers to break away from conventional scholarly frameworks and instead curate an experience that distinctly embodies the essence of a “NEU PDW”.
PDW sessions serve as a platform for NEU members to engage in fresh and inventive interactions. We aim to support PDW sessions in a diverse array of formats, encompassing workshops, panel discussions, tutorials, breakout sessions, debates, round tables, and so forth. However, our particular interest lies in proposals that demonstrate innovation, integration, developmental focus, and inclusivity. We strongly encourage submissions that push the boundaries by experimenting with novel formats or exploring condensed, dynamic forms of interaction. Proposals that promise distinctive and engaging experiences for participants are highly encouraged.
When shaping your proposals, keep in mind that at NEU, we value PDWs that foster connections across diverse theoretical approaches and methodologies pertaining to organizational neuroscience. We encourage initiatives that facilitate the building of bridges between different perspectives within the field and across the wider DIGs at the Academy of Management.
We also encourage you to think about the AOM 2024 theme "Innovating for the Future" when developing your PDW proposals.
We will give priority to submissions that: (a) are truly PDWs comprising some interactive or skill-development component, and that take a particular focus on community building; (b) do not duplicate previous PDWs; (c) are intellectually stimulating; and, (d) are likely to appeal to a broad range of members within and beyond NEU.
Please be sure to follow the Academy of Management's PDW Guidelines for Submission in preparing your submission.
PDW submissions should be made through the Academy's Submission Center website. The Submission Center will open in early December 2023. The submission deadline is Tuesday, 9 January 2023 at 17:00 ET (UTC-5/GMT-5).
You are welcome and encouraged to discuss potential PDWs PDW Chair Sebastiano Massaro before submitting your proposal.