Program Chair: Richard Stackman, University of San Francisco / Co-chair: Patrice Rosenthal, Fielding Graduate University
2022 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions

To celebrate the Organization Development and Change Division’s recent 50th anniversary, year-long events in 2021 explored our understanding of factors and practices that build dynamic, flourishing organizations and relationships. Emphasis was placed on research and practices that create and ensure vibrant and humane organizations and communities. This focus on sustaining vibrant and humane organizations and communities – reflective of the values shared by division members – naturally fits with the AOM theme of Creating a Better World Together.

The ODC Division invites submission of innovative empirical or conceptual papers and symposia that are relevant to research on organizational development and change. We especially encourage submissions that align with this year's AOM theme. This theme invites researchers and practitioners to develop research, practices, and teaching that addresses the roles of organizations, managers, stakeholders in confronting such societal challenges as environmental degradation, inequality, and poverty. Business organizations, managers, and stakeholders “shape what managers do on a day-to-day basis.” In a year when the AOM theme itself acknowledges that organizations will need to adapt and change to a new normal, the ODC Division’s history of engaging scholars, educators, managers, practitioners, and students is particularly important. This call for papers and symposia is an invitation for you to participate.

This theme is especially relevant to the values the ODC Division endorses. ODC scholars have long sought to enlarge our understanding of both change and changing in ways that connect to practicing managers in addressing seemingly intractable challenges. This connection, given the events of the past several years, should be particularly urgent. Every industry has in some way changed or transformed because of the pandemic and emerging unrest focused on the human condition. Adapting the questions outlined by Sharon Alvarez, the AOM 2022 Program Chair, when announcing the conference theme, submissions could consider how the organization development and change field can play a central role in:

  • Creating future institutions, relationships, systems, and processes that are different from the past
  • Improving existing relationships, structures, systems, and processes
  • Developing future skills needed by managers
  • Helping organizations, managers, and stakeholders navigate ambidextrously with uncertainty
  • Enhancing capabilities to anticipate and agilely respond to the aftermath of pandemics, other worldwide concerns, and new challenges
  • Advancing interorganizational development and change so that organizations and governments can work more closely together
  • Imagining a future focused on advancing the humanistic values central to organization development

These questions are aligned with the ODC Division's identity as a community that is engaged with change and changing. To submit to the ODC Division, please review the submission instructions and refer to the section on information for papers and symposia. The submission deadline is January 11, 2022 at 5pm (ET/New York), but earlier submissions are strongly encouraged. Before writing your submission, we also encourage you to review the ODC Division domain and mission statements. Please contact the Program Chair, Richard Stackman with any questions.

If you would like a paper to be considered for an award, please indicate it at the time of submission by making a note on the title as well as in the accompanying email to indicate the award for which you want the paper to be considered. Division Awards, some with an honorarium, will be given for the best paper in the following categories:

  • Best Paper Overall
  • Rupe Chisholm Best Theory-to-Practice Paper
  • Best Paper based on a Dissertation (student must be the sole author)
  • Best Student Paper (student must be first author, but paper can be co-authored)
  • Best Action Research Paper
Papers based on a dissertation must be written by students as first author. Papers written about action research may include any study in which research and practice co-occur. The ODC Division also recognizes a Best Reviewer Award. All award winners will be celebrated at the ODC business meeting, which will be held during the 2022 meeting. Please refer to our website for additional detail on all awards.