PDW Chair: Chinmay Pattnaik, The University of Sydney Business School

2022 Affiliate PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Asia Academy of Management (AAM) invites scholars interested in relevant business and management issues, in organizations in Asia to submit thought provoking proposals for its Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) at the Academy of Management 2022 Annual Meeting to be held in person and virtually. 

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) provide a platform for scholars to share their knowledge and expertise and to foster the professional development of the participants attending the PDWs. The PDWs provide an opportunity to develop pioneering and innovative workshops that will benefit the Academy members. 

The mission of the Asia Academy is to assume a global leadership position in the advancement of management theory, research and practices as well as education of relevance to Asia. It is a global organization that welcomes researchers and practitioners who are interested in management issues relevant to Asia.

The AOM2022 meeting is of great significance to us as it focuses on the theme of "Creating A Better World Together" which has been an issue called for attention by many management scholars. We have the opportunity and responsibility to create a better world with our research-based knowledge. The Asian century has attracted tremendous attention of businesses from all over the world. However, the global pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to almost all the businesses. The urgency is increased given that the key challenge for businesses in the current extremely uncertain global environment is survival and then development. With the dramatic changes in social-political and economic arena, together with typical challenges such as rapid population ageing, sustainable development, employee health & well-being, businesspeople are more eager than ever to find ways to cope with these rapidly increasing pressures from both internal and external. Our knowledge of crisis management is to be updated given so many unknown situations. More common themes related to the business reality, say the various management issues in the digital economy, are being aware of, raised and discussed among business scholars and business leaders. With the deepening of globalization, increasing number of business practitioners as well as scholars divert their attentions to these and more emerging issues in Asia. More dialogues are needed among scholars and practitioners. The paramount amount of interactions between countries and among organizations call us to consider out-of-box and take both short- and long- term view. A broadened mindset is critical as well to business people who are competing in the current highly turbulent and competitive business world; and in this aspect, there are something to learn from Asia.

The Asia Academy of Management invites and encourages scholars to submit proposals for PDWs and symposia on the Academy of Management 2022 conference theme and the related areas. We suggest some topics which requires greater scholarly discourse below: 

  • How can our impact, if any, on business practices be realized; especially under the “New Normal”?  

  • Any useful lessons from organizations of Asian countries, in terms of the topic of “how firms learn to become more resilient”?  

  • How can we promote research that is not only academically rigorous as well as practically relevant? How can the “balance” be achieved and are the corresponding implications differ across countries in Asia?  

  • Under the current pandemic, is there any Asian approach that helps organizations to continue to survive and maintain competitiveness? Are there research findings useful to Asian firms and can also be applied to other countries?  

  • Is there any unique issue emerging in Asian countries, related to the “balance of scientific rigor with the demands for quick publications”?  

  • How to develop further the business education, through say case teaching, in Business schools in Asia, so that we can cultivate more qualified future managers for businesses?  

The issues listed above are representative examples. We invite and encourage you to be creative & forward-looking, proposing new ideas relevant to Asian management. Such academic activities could comprise:

  1. Panel sessions

  1. Developmental workshops for junior faculty and doctoral students

  1. Round table discussions on specific research areas/topics

  1. Feedback on preliminary research ideas by experienced journal reviewers

  1. Any other creative forms of scholarly activities

Any proposals for sessions organized in collaboration with other divisions, associated or affiliated societies of the  Academy of Management will also be highly appreciated.

The deadline for proposal submissions is Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 5pm ET (NY Time). Please submit your proposal through the online Submission Center. You are welcome to connect with A/Professor Chinmay Pattnaik for enquires and if needed, coordination before you submit your final proposal.