• Innovative Formats for Paper Sessions

    Dear members:

    We are listening! Your responses to the OB Division 5 year survey showed a clear interest by members in engaging in more interaction with the presenters and audience members at sessions you attend. As such we are encouraging you, when planning your symposium submissions, to consider using innovative formats that will generate more two-way conversation with the audience as compared to the usual one-way lecture format. Please see suggestions below, as well as the OB Division call for submissions.

    Innovative Formats for Paper Sessions

    The OB Division has joined an Academy-wide effort to enliven the scholarly paper sessions at the annual meetings by introducing alternatives to the traditional format (i.e., where each author presents his or her paper for 15 minutes, with discussion and questions at the end). We are using this opportunity to notify submitters about the different, innovative paper-session formats that the OB Division is encouraging session chairs to use at the 2020 meetings. These include:

    • Short Introductions plus Break Out Discussion (3-4 papers per session): Presenters of each paper give a 3-minute introduction. After all papers have been introduced, presenters move to break out groups to take questions and further discuss the papers. Audience members can join any group they choose. After 30 minutes of discussion, audience members have the opportunity to switch groups for a second round of discussion.
    • Insights First Presentations (3-4 papers per session): Presenters devote the first half of their presentation to discussing their insights and findings, focusing on what they discovered. Presenters use the second half of their presentation to discuss implications and future research directions. Lengthy literature reviews are not included. Audience members ask questions and make comments between each presentation.
    • Questions First Presentations (3-4 papers per session): Each presenter starts with a list of 1-3 questions they would like answered about their findings and insights. They then deliver a 10-minute presentation that provides information relevant to answering their questions. Audience members then take up to 15 minutes to provide ideas for answering one or more of the questions. This process is repeated for each paper.

    We invite the chairs of the paper session to choose and coordinate these new session formats. Alternative formats may also be proposed by session chairs, working with input from the presenters in their session.

    To remind you about all of your options, here is the call for submissions:


    Call for Submissions for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

    Program Development Team

    • Program Chair: Ronald F. Piccolo, University of Central Florida
    • Symposium Chair: Rebecca Bennett, University of Central Florida

    Division Leadership

    • Division Chair: Sigal Barsade, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
    • Past Division Chair: Christina Gibson, Pepperdine University
    • Division Chair-elect: Daan van Knippenberg, Drexel University

    We welcome submissions for inclusion in the OB Division’s scholarly program at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Details about the mission and research domain of the OB Division can be found here.

    Submission Timeline

    • October 2019 Call for Submissions
    • Early December 2019 Submission System Opens
    • January 14, 2020 Submission Deadline (Effective 5:00 PM ET, NY Time)
    • Late March 2020 Acceptance Notifications
    • Late May 2020 Online Program Available
    • August 7-11, 2020 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Theme for AOM’s Annual Meeting

    20/20: Broadening Our Sight. The Academy of Management aims to “inspire and enable a better world through our scholarship and teaching about management and organizations.” The scholarly program for the annual meeting in 2020 will encourage scholars to use the collective capabilities of its members to broaden the Academy’s vision and see beyond persistent dichotomies that curtail intellectual progress. Click here for more information.

    OB Division Spotlight: Affect in Organizations – 2020

    The OB Division will continue the Spotlight, an initiative to focus attention on a pertinent issue that is relevant to organizational research and practice. For the 2020 meeting, our Spotlight is on Affect in Organizations. This Spotlight will encompass scholarly research on the many facets of moods, emotions and trait affect in organizations, and how they influence individual, groups and organizational outcomes at work. All topics and methods related to affect are welcome. This includes, but is not limited to emotional contagion, emotional culture, emotional intelligence, emotional labor, emotional regulation, group/team affect, and the influence of affect on creativity, decision making, performance, leadership, negotiation, prosocial behavior, and other organizationally relevant outcomes. We invite submitters to propose sessions that are engaging, provocative, and meaningful. Sessions can also be practically oriented. If you have any questions, please contact the Organizational Behavior Division Chair Sigal G. Barsade.

    Description of Paper and Symposia Submissions

    The scholarly program at AOM’s annual meeting consists primarily of two types of sessions, paper sessions and symposia.

    1. Paper sessions are composed of presentations of original and fully developed manuscripts. Author(s) submit a manuscript for consideration to be included in the annual meeting’s scholarly program. If accepted, the manuscript is assigned by the Program Chair to a session that includes other manuscripts on related topics.
    2. Symposia can be one of three different formats: panel, presenter, or showcase.
    • Panel Symposia: The purpose of a Panel Symposium is to engage a group of panelists in an interactive discussion. There are no titles associated with the panelists’ presentations. Proposals for panel discussions should include clear descriptions of the topics to be discussed and the procedures that will be used to manage the discussion among panelists and the audience.
    • Presenter Symposia: Presenter symposia involve a series of authored papers on a preset theme. In a Presenter Symposium, titles and authors / presenters are associated with each presentation. Presenter symposia can involve co-authored presentations. Co-authors will be listed in the printed program.
    • Showcase Symposia: Showcase symposia should be the very best symposium submissions received and should be expected to attract a large audience. They do NOT need to address the conference theme. Each Division Program Chair may select up to 10% of symposia accepted by their division to be designated as showcase symposia.

    Direct any questions about the submission process to the Program Chair (Ron Piccolo) or the OB Division’s Symposium Chair (Rebecca Bennett).