Call for Scholarly Program Submissions: Management Education and Development (MED) Division

Program Chair: Alan B. Eisner, Pace University, Lubin School of Business;

Please join your fellow management educators, developers, and researchers, at all stages of our careers, in submitting your empirical and conceptual papers, challenging scholarly and provocative essays, and symposia for the 80th Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting in Vancouver, 7 – 11 August 2020!

MED is the education theory, practice and policy research division of AOM. We welcome research insights that address challenges and opportunities that educators, leaders, students and administrators face: 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 tools, learning tools, case studies, and learning exercises), and scholarly writing and publication processes at the undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, executive and non-credit bearing programs.

This year's conference theme: 20/20: Broadening our Sight

This year's theme offers the chance to showcase the most pressing challenges in the 21st century are directly or indirectly related to management and organizations: conflict, discrimination, corruption, wellbeing, economic opportunity and equality, and climate change. At the same time, there are important challenges that we are facing in our own profession such as changing models and innovations for teaching and learning, increasing pressure to publish in “A” journals, tensions over the MBA market, and the evolving nature of the university business model. We, members of the Academy of Management are in a privileged position to produce and disseminate knowledge to address these challenges.

By broadening our sight, we can overcome dichotomies and avoid zero-sum propositions. Broadening our sight creates synergies, increased value-added, and positive results for individuals, organizations, society, and the field of management and organizations. To so do, I invite you to provide answers to questions such as: How can we integrate qualitative/quantitative and micro/macro methodologies, theories, and domains? How can we have impact on both internal (i.e., other academics) and external (i.e., practitioners, policy makers) stakeholders? How can we integrate our research and teaching activities? How can we value different types of publications that target internal (e.g., other researchers) and external (i.e., practitioners) stakeholders? How can we find convergence across different domains to tackle common theoretical and practical problems? How can we balance scientific rigor with the demands for quick publications? How can the Academy of Management serve the diverse interest of its global membership? How can management and organizations build meaningful collaborations with other fields? How can firms embrace sustainability and financial performance?

We invite you to submit your work to the MED Division to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 conference program! Your submissions may have theoretical, pedagogical, or practical aims, but should be grounded in scholarship appropriate to the field. Our program will emerge from what we, the MED community of researchers, educators and scholarly practitioners, find most meaningful in the peer-review process. For a link to more information on this year's conference theme, please visit the Annual Meeting Theme page.

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

Call for reviewers: We are delighted that the MED community is strongly committed to a quality program, and that when you submit a paper you also sign up as a reviewer. In addition, we most appreciate distinguished and generous colleagues who sign up to review even when they are not submitting! Our program is as good as our reviewers, and we are fortunate to have so many of you gracious enough to ensure that quality continues! As a reviewer, you are also offering our community of management education scholars’ developmental support in their publication journeys. Please watch for the reviewer volunteer sign up call and use the AOM reviewer signup, available online at the beginning of December. You may be asked to review up to two papers from our division based on the reviewer keywords you provide that match with those provided by paper authors. We thank you for your generosity in providing your time, and your commitment to the principles of collegiality and community. MED Outstanding Reviewer Awards will be given to those reviewers who provide the highest-quality (most extensive and constructive) reviews of competitive paper and symposium submissions for the division's program as part of the Academy of Management's annual meeting.

MED Writers' Workshop PDW: A central aspect of the MED program is to provide feedback that can help on the publication journey. A select number of papers that cannot be in the main program due to the very limited time available will be invited to the well-established "Writers' Workshop PDW" where journal editors, reviewers and other experienced authors will provide feedback, with the intention of assisting authors to take the paper to a publishable version. These papers must show high promise that they may be developed into published articles; authors commit to comment on others' papers in the most constructive and collegial spirit.

MED Division Awards: Six recognition awards will be given to submissions that are selected from papers and symposia proposals submitted to the MED Division for the 2020 AOM program. Please do not be shy-nominate yourself! To be eligible for the awards the submission cover page and the first paragraph of the paper must both include: a) the award(s) for which the submission is to be considered and b) a statement that all authors meet the criteria for the award, where applicable. Signaling your fit with the awards listed below makes our selection processes easier! This year's MED Awards (subject to sponsor confirmation) are:

  • Best Paper in Management Education for the paper that offers the most significant contribution to management education.
  • Best Paper in Graduate Management Education for the most significant contribution to graduate management education.
  • Junior Faculty Best Paper Award for the most significant contribution that advances leadership and organizational studies in a paper authored by junior faculty members who earned their PhD within the past nine years, that is, have graduated in 2010 or later (doctoral students may be co-authors).
  • Barry Armandi Award for Best Student Paper in Management Education Research for a student(s) authored paper that offers the most significant contribution to advance management education and development. (NOTE: Lead author must be a registered doctoral or postgraduate research student at the time of submission and no more than one non-student may be an author to qualify for this award).
  • Global Forum Best Paper for the paper that best creates the opportunity to address global issue (universal or broad topic applicable to all) of significance to management education and/or development
  • Best Symposium in Management Education and Development Award for the symposium that offers the most significant contribution to advance management education and development.

Submission Instructions: Follow the AOM 2020 general submission guidelines. The submission system will be open in early December.

The Management Education and Development Division looks forward to your submissions!