Social Issues in Management (SIM)

PDW Chair: Michelle Westermann-Behaylo, University of Amsterdam

2022 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division seeks proposals for the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), which will be held in hybrid form in Seattle, Washington, USA, between August 5-9, 2022.

PDWs are among the most rewarding, stimulating, and enjoyable sessions of the AOM Annual Meeting. PDWs differ from the Academy’s scholarly program, and should focus on widespread participation and skill development. PDWs should be interactive, inclusive, provocative, and creative. These sessions are typically structured as workshops, breakout sessions, tutorials, discussion panels, research incubators, or other interactive formats. They provide a forum for exchanging ideas and building relationships in a manner that does not typically fit the constraints of paper and symposium sessions. Knowledge sharing and participation are key, and PDWs present the opportunity to experiment with new models of interaction and engagement.

PDW Proposals may choose to incorporate this year’s conference theme: " Creating A Better World Together." This year’s theme has a strong connection to the SIM domain – looking forward and understanding the vital role of business organizations in tackling societal challenges. Submitters are encouraged to reflect on the conceptual and practical links their workshop offers to consider the role of organizations, scholarship, and the teaching we do to address the pressing challenges of the 21st century.

We also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics within the SIM domain. Proposals that are likely to engage scholars from other divisions in topics of interest to SIM scholars and create the capacity for multi- or interdisciplinary methods or understandings will be given priority. PDW proposals are sought after in three PDW tracks: research, pedagogy, and professional development.

We are particularly interested in PDW proposals focused on any of the following aims:

  • Succeeding in the retention, promotion, and tenure process

  • Publishing research

  • Developing research technical skills

  • Collaborating with practitioners on research projects

  • Writing grants, pursuing funding, arranging productive sabbaticals

  • Innovating the practice of teaching

  • Enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

In your PDW proposal, please include the following sections:

1) Research, Teaching, or Professional Development: Please indicate which PDW Track your submission fits into. 

2) Workshop Focus and Importance: What is the focus of this workshop and why is that important to SIM scholars/teachers?  If relevant, please indicate how it relates to this year’s Academy theme. What other AOM Divisions/Interest groups might be interested in your PDW?

3) Structure and Audience Engagement: (a) How will the audience engage in interactive activity during this workshop? (b) How much time is needed and how will it be used?

4) Outcomes: What will be the valuable outcomes for participants? What useful outcomes can you envision from this workshop that could be shared with SIM members not in attendance?  Indicate clearly the goals of the workshop.

5) Key Biographies: Provide short biographies (~125 words) for each organizer and key presenter.

The PDW Submission Center opens in early December 2021, and the deadline for PDW proposals is 11 January 2022, at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time).

Acceptances will be done on a rolling basis, however – so you are encouraged to submit early. Please contact Michelle Westermann-Behaylo before December 16, 2021 if you would like to discuss proposal ideas or if you have other questions regarding PDW sessions. All submissions must be made online. Please also email a copy of your proposal to Michelle Westermann-Behaylo.