MANAGEMENT, SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION (MSR)

PDW Chair: Julia Storberg-Walker, George Washington University, srpdw2021@gmail.com
2021 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

2021 Conference Theme: BRINGING THE MANAGER BACK IN MANAGEMENT

Submission System Opens:                                              Early December, 2020
Submission System Closes:                                              Tuesday, 12 January 2021                                                                                                          5:00 PM Eastern U.S. Time (NYC)
PDW Program:                                                                    Friday, 30 July-Tuesday, 3 August

The Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Interest Group cordially invites you to submit a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposal for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting PDW Program to be held virtually, 30 July to 3 August 2021. As a global community, MSR affirms its commitment to the continual process of becoming conscious of, and then working to dismantle, structures of oppression in the spaces of our work and practice. This includes spaces of teaching, research, and service. It also includes the processes and practices related to academic research conferences, including this MSR PDW proposal process.

Towards that end, five characteristics of an exemplary PDW submission are described here. 

1: PDWs are intended to be developmental—they are investments in deepening our            scholarly practices (e.g., research, writing, teaching, etc.) while remaining conscious of        alternative ontologies, epistemologies, and ways of being and relating in the world;

2 & 3: PDWs offer space for creativity and for experience as one way to move out of                   the domain of intellect and cognition, and to recognize and value the knowing that             occurs through movement, art, music, etc.; and 

4 & 5: PDWs are often spaces for community building and scholarly activism. Cross-                 generational, cross-national, and cross-AOM division relationships can be forged in             PDWs through careful planning and mindful attention in PDW design.                                     Consciousness of structures of oppression and how they manifest around the                     world can catalyze scholarly activism, emancipatory pedagogies, and                                     transformational research methods based on, for example, indigenous ways of                   knowing or non-Western logics. 

PDWs Are Developmental

PDWs are distinct from scholarly program sessions because PDWs focus on personal and professional skill development. This is an opportunity to ‘teach the teacher’ or ‘develop the researcher’ by sharing your expertise to generate opportunities for learning and development. As such, PDWs should not mimic scholarly sessions; for example, it is not appropriate to suggest a series of academic papers with minimal audience involvement. Rather, the goal of PDWs is on learning and development of scholar/educator skills and ways of being a scholar/educator. While all submissions will be rigorously and fairly reviewed, submissions that focus on developing research and publishing expertise will be favored. This focus is aligned with MSR’s commitment to become an AOM Division within the next few years. (Note: alternative, indigenous, Southern, and newer genre methods and paradigms are especially invited).

PDWs are Creative

PDWs are places for experiencing diverse modalities of learning and development beyond the typical intellectual/cognitive processes found in traditional scholarly research presentations.  PDWs can take a variety of forms: tutorials intended to develop research or teaching skills, debates, creative/artistic sessions, roundtable discussions, interactive panels, site visits, service-learning activities, and other activities that could help attendees develop professionally. The possibilities are endless as long as an event deepens scholarly practice and/or brings skill enhancement to the participants in terms of their professional activities.

PDWs are Experiential

PDWs are spaces for active engagement in discussion or experiential activities rather than passive listening. Scholars and educators bring their whole selves into the PDW for growth and development, and experiential opportunities are a critical component of the pedagogy. Movement, drawing/journaling, debates, games, and facilitated conversations are all elements that can catalyze deep learning and development in a PDW.

PDWs are Community Building

PDWs offer an excellent opportunity to move outside the boundary of a single division to explore issues and ideas across divisions. When you submit a PDW proposal, consider how you might design the session to attract and involve a broad audience from across the AOM membership. PDWs are excellent opportunities to learn about research and teaching practices in other countries and to develop potential collaborative projects. They can be a vehicle to bridge research and practice by engaging practitioners and scholars in dialogues on their mutual challenges and aspirations.

PDWs are Opportunities for Enhancing Scholarly Activism

Especially for the domain of MSR, developing expertise in or awareness of the role of activist teaching, research, and service for the betterment of humanity and the planet is highly valued. Scholarly activism can catalyze social change through research, teaching, and service, and it can impact real world events, narratives, and trends. 

A Question: To Theme or Not to Theme?

You may choose to focus your PDW proposals on the AOM Conference theme, Bringing the Manager Back in Management, as described by AOM 2021 Vice President and Program Chair, Amy Hillman. Professor Hillman wrote:

Whatever form management takes in the future, maintaining an ethical compass is critical. This compass in increasingly seen as the key lever for successfully navigating paradox, for fostering sustainability…In this dislocating context, it is impossible to “manage,” in the traditional sense, using outdated logics of cause and effect.  (https://aom.org/events/annual-meeting/annual-meeting-theme)

As described above, a 21st century manager is much more than a ‘cog’ in the machine, and much more than a dictionary definition of ‘manager’ might describe. The kind of manager needed in 2021 moves beyond traditional conceptualizations of ‘manager’ and into a newer conceptualization of being a ‘generator’ and ‘catalyzer’ of forward-moving energy and ideas in a global/local and fluid context. PDWs focused on this theme are welcome, but we also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics within the MSR domain including, but not limited to, developing our members’ capacity to research and teach about the nature, influence and relationship of spirituality and religion in management and organizations.

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PDW Proposals Must Include

  1. A title and AOM assigned submission number (in the proposal and in the file name),
  2. A primary sponsor and other potential sponsors,
  3. An abstract of up to 250 words,
  4. A 3-5 page workshop overview,
  5. A case for why the PDW would be of interest to MSR and potential co-sponsors,
  6. A description of the chosen format for delivery,
  7. An attendance commitment. Upon acceptance, at least one author or participant must commit to attending the conference. An explicit written statement of commitment is required (e-mail is acceptable).
  8. Key words capturing the most important aspects of your proposed session PDW.

Missing any of these items means proposals will not be reviewed or evaluated for acceptance.

A few technical rules to keep in mind:

  1. PDWs proposals must be for a minimum of 1.5 hours in duration. However, when submitting the PDW in the online Submission Center, it will still need to be submitted with a minimum duration of 2 hours (this is an artifact of the AOM Submission Center). If the proposal is accepted, the PDW Chair will reduce the duration to 1.5 hours on the submitter’s behalf.
  2. The PDW Chair has the ability to decrease the duration of any submitted Professional Development Workshop if he/she feels it would better serve the Interest Group’s member experience. The minimum amount of time a PDW can be reduced to is 1.5 hours.
  3. The "rule of three" applies: individuals may submit, appear in, or be associated with up to three PDWs.

Additional Information for the 2021 AOM Conference

  • Submitters do not need to be members to submit a proposal to the Annual Meeting.
  • If a proposal is accepted, participants must register to attend the Annual Meeting.
  • All participants attending the Annual Meeting must be AOM Members and registered for the Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting
Key Dates

2021 Annual Meeting

  • Papers available for viewing: through 31 October 2021

  • Sessions available for viewing: through 31 December 2021

2022 Annual Meeting
5-9 August

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