PDW Chair: Fleur Deken, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

2022 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group invites creative and forward looking proposals for the professional development workshops (PDWs) to be held during the 2022 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Given that the SAP Interest Group investigates what managers do when they take part in strategy making – both within and across organizational boundaries – SAP research is well-positioned to shed light on the role of business organizations and managers in “Creating a Better World Together, as reflected in the AOM 2022 theme. Practice theoretical concepts such as relationality, dialectics, and paradox can provide fertile ground to study strategizing in the context of societal challenges (e.g., climate change, health, and inequality). At the same time, however, a focus on a better world, calls for theoretical advancements in SAP research, such as how radical uncertainty affects strategizing processes and how to organize the participation of wider (external) stakeholders. One way forward is to deepen our engagement with other practice-based scholars, including those studying collaboration, innovation, communication, technology, and institutions. A focus on Creating a Better World Together also invites methodological innovations needed for empirically tracing and connecting local micro-actions and macro-level global phenomena.

Building upon such a reading of the AOM 2022 theme of Creating a Better World Together, we specifically invite PDW proposals that connect SAP research across other practice theoretical research streams. Some possible themes include:

  • Comparing, contrasting, or integrating a variety of practice-based approaches and theoretical concepts for understanding strategizing activities for societal challenges

  • Exploring how collaboration and cooperation between heterogeneous actors, including business organizations, public organizations, knowledge institutes, and other stakeholders allows for addressing societal challenges

  • Exploring methodological innovations to empirically study how micro-actions relate to meso or macro-level outcomes

  • Providing doctoral students and early career scholars with tools to navigate the changing academic environment

Please note that PDW sessions may take place at any day during the Annual Meeting, Friday, August 5th – Tuesday, 9 August 2022. We strongly encourage PDWs that appeal to a wide range of audiences and themes beyond the SAP community by building linkages with other divisions and interest groups. Please indicate potential co-sponsors in the submission document (e.g., ENT, OMT, OCIS, ODC, MC, RM, STR, TIM). The minimum duration of a PDW is 2 hour, but submitters are welcome to request a duration of 1.0 hours if they feel it would better serve the workshop, session flow, and attendee engagement. The 1.0 hour duration request must be documented in the uploaded proposal document itself at the time of submission and the PDW Chair will subsequently reduce the duration to 1.0 hour on the submitter’s behalf.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 17:00 (5 pm) ET (NY Time). Financial support for the conference registration fees will be provided for a limited number of SAP member-accepted submissions if, due to post-Covid constraints or other circumstances, support to enable conference participation is needed. Submitters are strongly encouraged to discuss potential PDWs with SAP PDW chair, Fleur Deken.