PDW Chair: Patrice Rosenthal, Fielding Graduate University,
2021 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

“For a field named “management,” it is odd how little of our focus is on “managers”, whether at the frontline, middle, or executive level, or at the organizational, geographic, or global level…  The tenor of our time suggests that seeking to help managers deal with the issues confronting them would be a valuable contribution to the world we live in.”
- Amy Hillman, Vice President and Program Chair

The Organization Development and Change (ODC) Division welcomes Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposals for the virtual 2021 Academy of Management meeting. PDWs provide opportunities for professional development. PDWS are unique spaces for engagement around compelling topics, skill acquisition, and sharing of expertise. They are spaces where scholarship and practice meet, inclusively, to advance our research, practice, and teaching.

This year, PDWs will be scheduled throughout the annual meeting period between 30 July and 3 August 2021.

While not required, we seek proposals that are linked to this year’s all-academy theme “Bringing the Manager Back in Management” – a theme with particular resonance for ODC scholars and practitioners.

In ODC, we have never taken the manager out of management. Scholar-practitioner engagements that make a positive difference to managers and organizations are the DNA of the Division. Forces of change in contemporary society (the pandemic, social unrest, social media, and economic distress) fold new uncertainties into existing ones for organizations.  This year you might consider myriad themes relating to how managers at different levels frame, facilitate, and respond to uncertainty and change in their organizations.  The Annual Meeting call suggests several specific questions and directions.

Proposals need not align with the annual meeting theme.  We welcome proposals on a range of topics consistent with the ODC Division’s emphasis on change and changing.  You can find the Division’s domain statement here.

Think outside the virtual box and propose innovative designs. PDWs may take the form of workshops, town hall meetings, debates, cafes, breakout sessions, round tables, research incubators – or new forms you may envision. We are open to a range of different topics and formats that will interest the ODC community.

Successful proposals will be highly interactive, create an engaging environment, provoke new ideas and learning, and integrate cutting-edge scholarship with applied ideas, processes, and practices. Proposals should be inclusive of participants from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds.

Since ODC-related work is broadly interdisciplinary, we especially encourage PDWs that facilitate interactions between ODC academics, ODC practitioners, and members of other divisions. We encourage submissions on research, teaching, and/or practice. Finally, we welcome submissions from those who made successful proposals for the 2020 annual meeting, but whose workshops were not included as synchronous sessions.

Proposals require a statement indicating that all named participants have consented to participate in the PDW. The AOM’s “Rule of Three” for the PDW program is that “no one may submit or be associated with more than 3 PDW submissions; or appear in more than 3 PDW sessions during the conference.”

PDW proposals must be submitted through the Academy of Management’s electronic submission center here.  The deadline for submission is Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 17:00 (5 pm) ET (NY Time).

If you have questions or would like to discuss a potential workshop idea, please contact the ODC Division’s PDW Chair, Patrice Rosenthal,

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