STRATEGIZING ACTIVITIES AND PRACTICES (SAP)

Program Chair: Leonhard Dobusch, University of Innsbruck, aom@dobusch.net
2021 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions

The Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group invites intellectually bold and stimulating research for submission to the 81st Academy of Management's annual meeting 2021, held virtually. Over the past few years, the SAP interest group has established an inclusive and diverse community that sheds light on the everyday practices and activities that constitute strategy work in the established and more contemporary organizations. Some of the key questions for the SAP interest group are what, when, why, and how organizational members carry out strategic work - and how this work matters.

The theme of AOM 2021 is “Bringing the Manager Back in Management” and aims at addressing what managers do on a day-to-day basis in dealing with both ordinary challenges and extra-ordinary uncertainties such as the current global pandemic. The theoretical underpinnings of SAP research, such as various strands of practice theory, paradox and dialectics and other related theories is a particularly helpful lens to apply here. First, SAP research builds on an ontology that puts day-to-day management activities and practices centre stage. At the same time, practice theory and other related approaches invite scholars to also question the concept of the manager as a clear and stable category of organizational actors. From a practice perspective, bringing the manager back in requires first and foremost identifying (communicative) practices that constitute and demarcate managers from other employees and stakeholders, while at the same time acknowledging that management activities are increasingly accomplished by actors that would not self-identify at managers in the first place. The thematic stance of AOM 2021 therefore, is particularly close to key questions of interest to SAP research in general and strategy-related management practices in particular.

We encourage the submission of conceptual and empirical studies as well as methodological reflections that focus on the specific conference theme, works that address other issues within the general domain of the SAP Interest Group, and those that explore the intersections of SAP with fellow divisions such as STR, OMT, ODC, RM, TIM and MOC. We also warmly invite symposia that seek to change the conversation on existing scholarly approaches and develop new questions and ways of looking at strategy-related phenomena. Keeping the importance of "Bringing the Managers Back in Management" in mind, we strongly encourage the submission of manuscripts that address and question the role of managers in strategy and beyond.

The submission deadline for the 81st AOM Annual Meeting is Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). Paper and symposia submissions must be made through the AOM Submission Center (opens early December 2020). Please carefully review all the submission information and formatting instructions especially before submitting symposia. The scholarly program takes place from Friday, 30 July to Tuesday, 3 August 2021.

Last but certainly not the least, allow us to emphasize that strong scholarship requires good reviews. Reviewing peers' works is a fundamental process through which knowledge advances in a community. If you are submitting to the SAP Interest Group this year, please also consider reviewing for SAP! For more information on Strategizing Activities and Practices, please visit the SAP Interest Group website.

Key Dates
for AOM 2021

12 January 2021
Submission Deadline

21 January - 1 March 2021
Review Period

March 2021
Registration Opens

April 2021
Submission Decisions Announced

May 2021
Program Announcement

29 July-4 August 2021
Annual Meeting