Management Education & Development (MED) 

PDW Chair: Arran Caza, Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina Greensboro

2022 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Management Education & Development Division (MED) invites you to submit a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposal to the 82nd Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting which will be held in hybrid format 5 - 9 August 2022.

We are looking for PDWs which:

  1. Genuinely focus on professional development by giving participants skills or tools that will improve their practice; and

  1. Are interactive, inclusive, innovative, and energizing. 

MED is the education theory, practice and policy research division of AOM. We welcome research insights that address challenges and opportunities that educators, leaders, students and administrators face, including: education and learning research on practices and policies that drive learning and student engagement, technology supported learning challenges and opportunities, business school governance and accreditation, leadership development, pedagogic theory development (e.g. design-based research), course/program curriculum, and pedagogy; assessment designs, innovative technological solutions, effective teaching or learning tools, case studies, and experiential learning exercises, and scholarly writing and publication processes relevant to undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, executive and non-credit bearing management education programs.

This year's conference theme is " Creating A Better World Together".

PDWs should be designed to support the development of our members’ professional skills in collaborative research, learning, teaching, or professional practice, and envisioning our future as educators, developers and disseminators. We welcome novel and even provocative ideas, tools, techniques, concepts and perspectives that explore issues within the MED domain and that also cross divisions and geographies. To promote engagement, we urge PDW proposals to allocate at least half of the planned time for participant interaction and dialogue (e.g., discussion, experiential activities). 


For the upcoming conference theme of "Creating A Better World Together," the focus is on how managers and management educators can contribute to helping all stakeholders establish a new normal in which we learn from the past to shape a better future. We are seeking PDWs with breakthrough ideas and perspectives that will both broaden our vision and focus our attention on the future of management education. Along these lines, the following are example questions to consider as you prepare your PDW proposal:

  • What should management educators do to develop and inculcate the capability to address important problems? 
  • What should we do to best utilize the capabilities we already have?
  • How do existing institutions and practices need to be changed? How will we create those changes?
  • How can we make management education respond to its many stakeholders and changing contexts?
  • How should doctoral education prepare students as future scholars, management practitioners, and educators who will thrive and enact positive change?
  • As society calls on business organizations to help solve social and ecological problems, what does that expectation mean for management education? How can we develop and teach the new skills, models, approaches, and partnerships do we need? That our students need?


We encourage a variety of non-lecture formats, including workshops, town hall meetings, debates, panels, tours, roundtable discussions, case study exercises, and more. These are only examples. We encourage imaginative and innovative formats.

We expect each PDW to allocate at least half of its time to engaging participant interaction and dialogue.

We also encourage proposals that: facilitate international and diverse participation; take an interdisciplinary approach; and/or include an awareness of practitioners and their concerns alongside researchers and educators.

Early career stage individuals may self-nominate their proposal for the inclusion of your PDW proposal in our Doctoral Student /Junior Faculty Consortium showcase.


Please be sure to follow the AOM's 2022 general submission guidelines for PDWs. You must submit your proposal via the AOM Submission Center.

Note these key dates as you plan your submission:

Submission Center Opens: 2 December 2021

Submission Center Closes: Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time)

For a link to more information on this year's conference theme, please visit:

The PDW program takes place over the 5 days of the Annual Meeting. The minimum duration of a PDW is 1.0 hours. Please note that the PDW chair may shorten the submission without contacting the submitters to manage the overall program and to maximize appeal to the greatest number of members and to better serve the division’s member experience. When preparing your PDW proposal, please anticipate how your session may fit into a 75 to 90 minute time slot. Lengthy sessions are discouraged.

The “Best AOM MED Division PDW Award” will be given to the workshop that meets the guidelines, and is judged to make the most significant contribution, in relation to the terms of reference offered here. 

The PDW proposals should include the following criteria:

Value: How will the PDW provide real value to the attendees? What will be the take-away for attendees? What is the “unique value proposition” of the PDW?

Creativity: How is the PDW delivering novelty and originality?

Interaction and integration: How does the PDW enable communication, exchange between participants, and cross-fertilization across fields and methodologies?

Design and formal quality: Does the PDW follow the guideline for the text, the quality of the writing, and the required information? How well is the logistical component of the PDW described?

Ability to draw an audience: Will the PDW interest a large audience?

Please remember that PDWs submitted to MED should specifically target our domain, as described above, rather than be an “all academy” submission.

If you have any questions, please contact Arran Caza, PDW Program Chair.