Call for Professional Development Workshop Proposals: Management History Division

PDW Chair: Patricia Genoe McLaren, ;Wilfrid Laurier University, ;

The Management History (MH) Division is seeking proposals for the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions for the 2020 Academy of Management meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You are encouraged to work with colleagues both within and outside the MH Division in developing proposals for PDW sessions, which are scheduled prior to the scholarly program between 8:00 AM Friday (7 August 2020) and 8:00 PM Saturday (8 August 2020).

The conference theme for the 2020 meeting, 20/20: 20/20: Broadening our Sight our Sight, calls on management scholars to broaden our sight as we face both the challenges of the 21st century that are related to management and organizations (such as climate change, the income gap, and inequality and inequity) and the challenges in our profession (such as the neoliberal university business model and the pressure to publish in “A” journals). The MH Division is uniquely poised to help us, as management scholars, broaden our sight, as it is by looking to the past to understand how we got to where we are today that we can begin to look to the present and the future with a broader perspective. The division encourages PDW submissions that will inspire participants to think broadly and creatively about the ways in which the development of management theory, practice, and education are constraining our ability to bring new perspectives to current problems.

The Management History Division History Division is a diverse and inclusive community of scholars devoted to the use of historical methods, historical reasoning, and the adoption of a historical consciousness to the analysis of organizations, organizing, and management. The division embraces a broad and multi-theoretical approach to the role of history and historical methods in understanding organizations, organizing, and management characterized by plurality in the conceptualization of organizations in historical time, the use of historical methods in understanding organizations and how history is used in organizational practices.

PDW sessions provide the opportunity to experiment with new models and ideas for sessions that do not fit within the confines of the regular scholarly program. A valuable PDW will be interactive and developmental. Think about sessions you wished were offered but have not seen elsewhere or sessions that extend the concept of management history into provocative and unexplored areas of research. The MH Division encourages submissions from everyone who is interested in the ways in which management theory, practice, and education have developed over time. We welcome inclusive and integrative submissions from scholars from the business, management, and organizational history fields; from any management subdiscipline, including those without historical training and background; and especially interdisciplinary groups combining expertise and interest in history and other management fields.

In submitting your PDW proposal, please review the submission guidelines to ensure that your submission complies with the guidelines in all details. The submission deadline is Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 5:00 PM ET (NY time) through the Academy’s Submission Center Center. Feel free to contact the MH PDW Chair, Trish McLaren ( ;if you have any questions or would like to discuss your prospective PDW proposal.

All proposals require a statement indicating that all PDW participants have consented to participate in the PDW. The AOM’s “Rule of Three” for the PDW program is that “no one may submit or be associated with more than 3 PDW submissions; or appear in more than 3 PDW sessions during the preconference from Friday to Saturday, regardless of whether the sessions are held on-site or off-site”. Proposals that violate these rules may be rejected. Because space and time allotted for PDW sessions is limited, we cannot guarantee acceptance of all proposals. We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!