Call for Professional Development Workshop Proposals: Management Education & Development Division

PDW Chair: Gerard BeenenCalifornia State University, Fullerton, College of Business and Economics,

The Management Education & Development Division (MED) invites you to submit to the 80th Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting in Vancouver, 7-11 August 2020, Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposals that are interactive, inclusive, innovative, energizing, and will help participants ‘20/20: Broadening Our Sight’ as more effective management educators and scholars.

MED is the education theory, practice and policy research division of AOM. We welcome research that addresses challenges and opportunities that educators, leaders, students and administrators face. This broadly includes education research and learning policy, business school governance and accreditation, leadership development, pedagogic theory development (e.g. design-based research), course/program curriculum and pedagogy (e.g. assessments, new technologies, effective teaching and tools, case studies, and learning exercises), and scholarship to improve undergrad, grad, doctoral, executive and management development programs.

PDWs support the development of our members’ professional skills related to collaborative research, learning, teaching, professional practice, and envisioning our future. We welcome novel and even provocative ideas, tools, techniques, concepts and perspectives that explore issues within the MED domain and that also cross divisions and geographies. To promote engagement we urge PDW proposals to allocate at least 50% of your planned time for participant interaction and dialogue (e.g., discussion, experimental activities).


For our upcoming conference in Vancouver, 20/20: Broadening our Sight is about exploring, navigating and potentially reconciling the tensions and self-imposed dichotomies we experience as teachers, scholars and professionals. We are eagerly seeking PDWs with breakthrough ideas and perspectives that will both broaden our sight and focus our vision on the future of management education and research. Along these lines, here are some exemplar questions to consider as you prepare your PDW proposal:

How can MED’s international multilingual members and stakeholders build cohesion and mutual multicultural understanding in an increasingly localized world?

What pioneering learning models should we contemplate focusing on given the disruptive changes faced by traditional universities? How do we get there?

How is ubiquitous technology changing how people—especially younger generations—learn? What can we do to overcome the downsides and leverage the upsides of these dynamics?

What role, if any, should management education and research play in addressing climate change, environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility? Why?

What opportunities and challenges do doctoral students forsee in their future and how should they prepare? What role can MED play in their development as scholars and teachers?

How can doctoral education in management prepare future scholars, practitioners and educators who will thrive and enact positive change in an increasingly volatile world?

You may self-nominate your proposal for the inclusion of your PDW proposal in our Doctoral Student /Junior Faculty Consortium showcase of great PDWs that are appropriate for early career stage individuals. 


We encourage a variety of (non lecture-intensive) formats that include but are not limited to: workshops, town hall meetings, debates, panels, tours, roundtable discussions, case study exercises etc. These are only examples. We encourage imaginative and innovative formats! We expect each PDW to allocate at least 50% of its time to engaging (without necessarily demanding) participant interaction and dialogue. We also encourage proposals that: facilitate international and diverse participation; and/or take an interdisciplinary approach; and/or include an awareness of practitioners and their concerns, as well as researchers and educators.


All PDW organizers must submit through the PDW Proposal Submission Center Center.

Please note these key dates as you plan your submission:

Submission Center Opens: early December 2019

Submission Center Closes: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time)

The PDW program takes place Friday, 7 August and Saturday, 8 August 2020 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The minimum duration of a PDW is 1.5 hours; however, the PDW chair can shorten a submitted PDW to 75 or 90 minutes if explicitly requested by the submitter and/or if the PDW chair believes a shorter session would better serve the division’s member experience. When preparing your PDW proposal, please anticipate how your session may fit into a 75 to 90 minute time slot. Lengthy sessions are discouraged unless there is a compelling need (e.g., a doctoral student consortium).

The “Best AOM MED Division PDW Award,” will be given to the workshop that is accepted, meets the guidelines, and is judged to make the most significant contribution, in relation to the terms of reference offered here.

Please remember: PDWs submitted to MED should more specifically target our domain, as described above, rather than an “all academy” submission.

If you have any questions, please contact Gerard Beenen, PDW Program Chair, at