• Practical PDW on inclusion

    As part of our OB Division 5 year survey and strategic process, we identified a desire for community and inclusion as one of the ongoing primary interests and motivations of our OB Division members. To help encourage this, we would like to have a practically oriented Professional Development Workshop (PDW) that focuses on inclusion – not in the abstract - but rather specifically targeted towards a better understanding and enacting of successful inclusion among our own colleagues within the Organizational Behavior Division. When thinking about inclusion, our code of ethics offers a good initial guideline:


    AOM members respect the dignity and worth of all people and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination. AOM members are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and they consider these factors when working with all people. AOM members try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on these factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices. The AOM and its members are also committed to providing academic and professional work environments that are free of sexual harassment and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation.

    If you are interested in submitting such a PDW proposal, please do so by the PDW deadline of Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 5pm ET (NY Time). If you have any questions, please email connect with us at:

    Thank you,

    Organizational Behavior Division Executive Committee

    Also, to better understand our PDW process– please see our call for PDWs below:

    OB Call for Professional Development Workshops

    PDW Chair: Shimul Melwani, University of North Carolina

    Contact Email:

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

    The OB Division invites creative and engaging proposals for interactive Professional Development Workshops (PDW) sessions for the 2020 AOM Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The OB Division’s PDWs will be scheduled from 8 am to 8pm on both Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 2020

    PDWs allow you the opportunity to develop and participate in innovative, inclusive, and profession-enhancing experiences. PDW sessions can address any issue of interest to OB scholars and/or practitioners. We are particularly interested in sponsoring PDWs that offer creative strategies for bridging boundaries between individuals or groups (e.g., between practitioners and academics, between international and domestic scholars, between qualitative and quantitative research, between micro- and macro- scholars or between junior and senior scholars). Sessions that have experiential, interactive and skill-development components are preferred and can take many forms (e.g., workshops, tutorials, town hall meetings, debates, case studies, roundtables, panels, research incubators and other interactive formats). Key to these are knowledge sharing and creation, idea exchange and social interaction.

    We encourage you to consider, but not be bound by, either the conference theme –20/20: Broadening Our Sight or the OB Division spotlight on Affect in Organizations. More information on the conference theme can be found at the Academy of Management annual meeting website: In addition, more information on the OB Division’s spotlight can be found at the Division’s website. We also welcome interdisciplinary submissions that can be co-sponsored by other divisions.

    Overall, priority will be given to proposals that: (a) are truly a “professional workshop” comprising some interactive or skill-development component not provided by our regular program, with a particular focus on community building; (b) do not duplicate existing OB sponsored PDWs or another submitted PDW (if the latter, then the sponsors may be contacted to see if coordination is possible); © are creative and intellectually stimulating; and (d) are likely to appeal to members (e.g., across different career stages; including our international members).

    In light of this, PDWs that focus on research topics (i.e., research incubators, panels, interactive symposia) may be more suited to submission to the scholarly program as a panel symposium.

    Please be sure to follow the Academy of Management's PDW Guidelines for Submissions. Submit using the PDW submission system clicking here or at:

    The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 5pm ET (NY Time). We look forward to receiving your proposals!