PDW Chair: Florence Villesèche, Copenhagen Business School
2022 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division invites proposals for professional development workshops (PDW) to be held at the hybrid 2022 Academy of Management meeting. PDW sessions may take place any day during the Annual Meeting, from Friday, 5th August through Tuesday, 9th August. Note that some virtual sessions may be scheduled for the day before and the day following the on-site meeting (4-10 August).

We welcome PDWs that expand our thinking, fostering the generation and contemplation of new possibilities. The theme of this year’s Academy of Management meeting is “Creating a Better World Together, which encourages us to engage with how organizations (will) look like in the new normal. The aim of the PDW program is to provide experiences that promote the personal and professional development of our members – enhancing our members’ knowledge and skills with respect to research, teaching, and practice in the GDO domain.

The interactive nature of PDWs offers opportunities to energize participants through deep engagement and can even culminate in plans for scholarly and practical action. Given our division’s longstanding interest in the topic area, we encourage you to think broadly about how the design of a PDW can advance our conversations related to diversity and inclusion. Researchers have been investigating how the current health crisis affects some demographic groups more than others and in which contexts, and we need more work to push a change agenda. As highlighted in the AOM thematic call, “What, where, how, when, and why will business organizations, managers, and stakeholders seek to adapt to what exists or create a world in which we will all be better off together?” PDWs are a great place to start such important conversations and connect researchers with a wide range of stakeholders, such as managers, business organizations, and civil society. PDW proposals should be innovative, interactive, inclusive, integrative (fostering connections), developmental, valuable, and provocative. PDWs provide an opportunity to experiment with new ideas and approaches that do not fit within the confines of the regular program, so proposers are encouraged to be bold in workshop design.

The division is committed to extending our reach – socially, culturally, geographically and across different roles. We welcome proposals designed to facilitate connections and collaborations between our members around the globe.  Submissions with an interdisciplinary focus that could be relevant for sponsorship between multiple divisions are especially welcome.

PDW proposals must be submitted through the Academy of Management’s electronic Submission Center. The Submission Center will open in early December 2021, and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 17:00 (5:00 PM) ET (NY Time). Earlier submissions are encouraged. If you have questions or would like to discuss a potential workshop idea, please contact the GDO Division’s PDW Chair, Florence Villesèche.