Strategic Management (STR) PDW Call for Submissions

PDW Chair: Michael Leiblein, Ohio State University,, STR Assistant Program Chair

Call for Professional Development Workshops

The Strategic Management (STR) Division invites submissions for Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions for the 2020 AOM Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The goal of the Academy of Management’s PDW program is to enhance the professional development of its members. The goal of the STR PDW program is to provide members with experiences or skills that enhance knowledge creation or dissemination activities in the field of strategic management. Potential PDW topics aligned with these goals include those that advance the research or teaching of strategic management as well as those that better link our work to the practice of strategic management.

The preconference portion of the conference offers opportunities to experiment with new session formats and topics that might not fit easily within the confines of the regular conference program. For instance, PDW session formats might include roundtable discussions, theoretical or research methods workshops, town hall meetings, debates, exercises and ‘games’ involving participants, technology demonstrations, breakout group sessions, research incubators, meetings with relevant non-academic speakers, and even off-site events. PDW topics might include discussions regarding the unique problems or solution approaches addressed in the field of strategic management, the relevant theoretical or methodological approaches to enhance research in the field, the pedagogical tools and methods most appropriate to improve teaching in the field, the alignment between research and practice in the field, or outreach and fundraising opportunities within the field. Sessions with standard paper presentations are more appropriate for traditional symposia.

As PDWs are intended for professional development, proposals should explain how their session will foster interaction and personal development among participants as well as the audience they will aim to attract. In order to allow interaction, PDWs are typically at least two hours long, though sessions may be as short as 1.5 hours.

PDW proposals that are of interest to other divisions besides the STR Division are encouraged, although this is not a requirement for acceptance. Please indicate in the submission document what divisions and interest groups may be suitable to be invited by the Assistant Program Chair as potential co-sponsors. Particularly relevant are proposals addressing the overall AOM 2020 conference theme, “20/20: Broadening our Sight.”

PDW proposals may be submitted online beginning in early December of 2019. Early submissions and expressions of interest are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 14 January 2020, at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). The PDW program runs from 8:00 AM Friday through 8:00 PM Saturday (7 – 8 August 2020). All named PDW participants must commit to participation in advance. All proposals require a statement indicating that all named 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.”

Contact Michael Leiblein, Assistant Program Chair, at for general inquiries and informal discussions about ideas for STR PDW sessions.