PDW Chair: Nardia Haigh, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
2022 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Organizations and Natural Environment (ONE) division seeks proposals for Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, which will take place in a hybrid format from August 5 to August 9, 2022. The Academy's new hybrid meeting model will allow attendees to participate on-site in-person in Seattle as well as virtually. Virtual participation will allow for three types of experiences that – combined – will offer true global participation:

  • Roughly 70% of all sessions across the entire conference will be on-site and in-person

    • Of those, roughly 30% will be live-streamed on the virtual meeting platform

  • Roughly 30% of all sessions across the entire conference will be virtual-only, either:

  • Synchronous "webinar" or "meeting" style sessions, or

  • Asynchronous on-demand sessions

ONE is dedicated to the advancement of research, teaching, and service in the area of relationships between organizations and the natural environment. We believe that these interactions may be among the most significant components in the continued existence, development, and management of human organizations and societies. The pollution of air, water, and land, and the depletion of both renewable and non-renewable resources as a result of actions of formal organizations are the most obvious manifestations of these interactions and relationships. ONE focuses its scholarly attention on the status, causes, and effects of these and other opportunities and problems that human organizations and societies encounter in co-existing with the natural environment, whether that environment is the workplace, the local community, or the global ecosystem.

The goal of PDWs is to serve the personal and professional needs of Academy members to develop and update their practical, professional, and intellectual skills. The 2022 AOM theme "Creating a Better World Together" emphasizes questions of direct relevance for our division. As we emerge from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, what could a better world look like? There is growing awareness of the global scale of problems that we face, and of the far-reaching capacity of business organizations to contribute to possible solutions. At the same time, we face counter-voices in the form of science denial and anti-science propaganda that hamper efforts to design effective responses. Against this backdrop, how can managers and ONE scholars rise above to create a better world together? For the 2022 PDW program, the ONE division invites submissions that contextualize or problematize our research to better serve this goal.

PDWs should promote attendees’ professional development. PDWs differ from the Academy’s Scholarly Program and should not mimic symposia or paper sessions in which a series of presentations are made with minimal audience involvement. Instead, PDWs should be inclusive, encourage widespread participation, develop members’ skills, foster connections, and promote interactive involvement.

The Academy has developed extensive guidelines on how to develop a valuable PDW. Capturing and maintaining attendees’ interest through innovative sessions is critically important. PDWs provide a platform for experimenting with new processes, models, formats, and ideas, and proposers are encouraged to develop something new.

In previous conferences, PDWs have included workshops, town hall meetings, debates, tutorials, panels, tours, roundtable discussions, case studies, invited speakers, and workout sessions. A list of past ONE PDWs is available at the ONE websiteGiven the hybrid format of the 2022 Academy of Management Meeting, PDW organizers will need to give thought to designing their PDW for flexibility, so it could be delivered on-site and/or virtually, and how any delivered with a virtual element can be designed to enable presenters and the audience to participate from different countries, backgrounds, and time-zones.

Since limited time is allotted for PDWs, please remember that the submission process is highly competitive. We strongly encourage you to discuss your ideas with the ONE PDW Chair prior to submission to ensure that proposals fit with our aims, and that overlap between different proposals can be minimized so that each PDW creates a unique and innovative contribution. Please send your preliminary ideas via a short e-mail to Nardia Haigh by Friday, 10 December 2021 for discussion.

The ONE division has a strong tradition of cross-division proposals. We encourage you to connect with other divisions and be explicit about how you will do so. PDW proposals should present the goal of the PDW, its underlying rationale, the session’s design, its organizers, and its intended audiences. PDW proposals should be three to five pages, single-spaced, with 1.5 spacing between paragraphs and sections. Please refer to the AOM’s PDW guidelines for further details.

The Submission Center opens in December 2021. You may send us submissions through the AOM Submission Center until it closes on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 17:00 (5pm) ET (New York Time). Please submit your PDW proposals via the AOM website:

Join ONE in our efforts to Create a Better World Together!

We look forward to receiving your submissions. For any questions, please contact the PDW Chair.