2023 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions

Program Chair: Dr. Elizabeth A.M. Searing, University of Texas at Dallas

The Public and Nonprofit (PNP) Division of the Academy of Management brings public and nonprofit scholars together to elevate the quality and substance of research on public and nonprofit organizations, sectors, institutions, and personnel. The broader Academy setting in which our meetings take place provides a unique opportunity to examine public and nonprofit scholarship in a rich interdisciplinary management context. The full paper and peer review submission process, professional development workshops, doctoral consortium, and expanded catalogue of offerings provide enhanced opportunities for scholars to interact, making the Public and Nonprofit Division meetings among the premier academic conferences in our field.

This year’s All-Academy Theme is “Putting the Worker Front and Center.” As this year’s AOM Program Chair, Dr. Peter Bamberger, observes: “the 2023 theme calls for our community to rebalance our attention, and pivot towards those at the very core of productive enterprise, namely the workers.” This theme has particular relevance for public and nonprofit scholars and practitioners, whose work often focuses on both providing for our own paid and volunteer workforce while also providing for those who need complex services. The timeliness of this theme even more deeply resonates at a time when public and nonprofit organizations have been at the front lines of global responses to the Covid-19 pandemic plus ongoing social and political unrest. We encourage you to consider this Academy theme as you prepare proposals.

In addition to theme-related proposals, all topics relevant to the PNP Division’s core mission are also welcome. Our members study a variety of important topics including, but not limited to, bureaucratic politics and decision making, cross-sector collaboration and networks, design and delivery of public services, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, government procurement, human capital management, innovation and organizational change, leadership, management of humanitarian and international organizations, motivation and performance of employees, strategic planning and management, social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the management, transparency, and accountability of public and nonprofit organizations.

The PNP Division encourages and welcomes diverse research methods and approaches including econometrics, the use of ethnographic studies, laboratory and field experiments, survey research, simulation and systems dynamics modeling, and textual/natural language processing.

In-Person and On-site Annual Meeting

The current plans are for a fully in-person on-site Annual Meeting from 4-8 of August, 2023. ALL sessions will be hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, USA across seven local meeting facilities. Selected in-person on-site sessions will also be video recorded for on-demand access during and following the conference.

Instructions for Submission

Complete papers and proposals for panels and symposia must be submitted by  Tuesday, 10  January 2023 at 17:00 ET (GMT-5/UTC-5). Only electronic submissions through the AOM Submission Center will be accepted. Submissions must follow the AOM guidelines to be considered. The Submission Center will open 6 December, 2022. View the submission guidelines for more information.


The PNP Division relies on the work of volunteers. Please consider becoming a PNP Division Reviewer for the 2023 AOM Conference.

PNP Division Awards

Conference submissions are eligible for the following PNP Awards:

  • Best Doctoral Student Conference Paper Award 
  • Carlo Masini Award for Innovative Scholarship in Public and/or Nonprofit Management 
  • Charles J. Levine Award for the Best Conference Paper 

The PNP Division is also home to the following awards which will be announced at the PNP Business Meeting: 

  • Best Article Award for publications in the previous calendar year 
  • Best Book Award, from published works of the last three years 
  • Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 
  • Keith G. Provan Award for significant contributions to Public Administration 
  • Top Reviewer Awards 

For more information on the awards and nomination processes, watch for calls in the coming weeks and see the PNP Division’s website . Questions and comments should be addressed to the PNP Division’s 2023 Program Chair, Dr. Elizabeth A.M. Searing.


AOM 2023 Key Dates

  • Submission Center Opening:
    December 2022
  • Submission Deadline:
    10 January 2023
    (17:00 ET UTC-5/GMT-5)
  • Review Period:
    19 January-23 February
  • Registration/Housing Open:
    Early March 2023
  • Decision Notifications:
    Late March 2023
  • 83rd Annual Meeting:
    4-8 August 2023