SOCIAL ISSUES IN MANAGEMENT (SIM)

Program Chair: Cristina Neesham, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
2022 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions

The SIM Division is a research community actively examining business ethics, stakeholder management, environmental management, social entrepreneurship, base-of-the-pyramid activities, corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, workplace diversity, corporate governance, business-government relations, corporate political strategy, and corruption, among other topics. SIM Division members engage in theory building and theory testing to understand the antecedents, impacts, and institutional settings that shape managerial and organizational decision-making around such topics. SIM Division members seek to understand responsible behavior and contributions to the common good -  while studying international impacts with regard to whether, how, and under what conditions managerial, organizational, and trans-organizational responses to social concerns vary based on formal and informal institutional contexts, including laws, customs, traditions, and beliefs.

SIM seeks proposals for the scholarly program sessions (5-9 August 2022) at the 82nd Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting in Seattle (WA, USA), via Hybrid Experience. The common logic of scholarship in the SIM Division is our shared interest in understanding responsible managerial behavior at the individual, organizational, and trans-organizational levels. Paper and symposium proposals may choose to incorporate this year’s conference theme:  Creating a Better World Together. Sharon A. Alvarez, this year’s AOM Program Chair, described the theme as follows:

“…[M]any organizations and the world’s social structures have been vastly challenged, and, in some cases devastated, by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the broad social unrest of the last couple of years. The resulting uncertainty has stunned and shaken us all... As the world emerges from the dark days of the recent past and a new normal takes place, collaboration and cooperation between business organizations, managers, and stakeholders will be of utmost importance”.

“What will business organizations look like in the new normal? While the spreading uncertainty challenged many organizations and social structures, several lessons were nonetheless learned. The innovative strides made during these last couple of years illustrate that business has the capacity to address world problems at a pace and scale that few would have predicted.”

“This transition from the past two years to a better future leads to the following questions:

To what extent is there a need to create future institutions, relationships, systems, and processes that are different from the past? To what extent do these structures in some way already exist and thus merely need to be improved upon? What skills will business organizations and managers of the future need? How can business organizations, managers, and stakeholders deal with prevailing uncertainty while responding to predictable situations in what might be ongoing transitions from one to the other? How can business organizations, managers, and stakeholders develop and enhance capabilities to anticipate and agilely respond to pandemics, other world-wide concerns, and new challenges? Will business organizations and governments need to work more closely together in the future? What will the future of work look like?”

The 2022 theme is highly relevant for the SIM community, as much of our scholarship is related to these and similar questions. Submitters are encouraged to reflect on the conceptual and practical links their work offers to the program theme:  Creating a Better World Together.

While we encourage proposals related to the conference theme, we also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics within the SIM domain, including, but not limited to, ethical decision-making, corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, natural business ethics, stakeholder engagement and relations, environmental management, base-of-the-pyramid, social entrepreneurship, moral development, public policy, and corporate political strategy.

The SIM Division also sponsors numerous awards, including best paper, best student paper, best ethics paper, best dissertation, and best book. The winners of these awards are announced at the SIM business meeting.

Submission Details: The Submission Center opens in early December 2021 and the deadline for papers and symposia is Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 17:00 (5pm) ET (NY Time). Please try to submit earlier if possible. Please bear in mind that Scholarly sessions may take place any day during the Annual Meeting (Friday, 5 August – Tuesday, 9 August).

Please pay particular attention to all of the submission guidelines. The Program Chairs have agreed to apply them rigorously and reject non-conforming papers.  All submissions must be made online.

If you have any questions that cannot be clarified through the website, please contact Cristina Neesham, 2022 SIM Division Program Chair.

Annual Meeting
Key Dates

2021 Annual Meeting

  • Sessions available for viewing through 31 December 2021

2022 Annual Meeting

  • Late November: Call for Submissions and Reviewers published
  • Early December: Submission Center and Reviewer Center open
  • 11 January: Submission Deadline
  • 20 January-17 February: Review Period
  • Early March: Registration opens
  • Late March: Paper and Symposium Decisions announced
  • Late May/Early June: Online Program opens
  • 5-9 August: Annual Meeting
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