2018 AOM: Call for PDW Submissions

PDW Chair: Stacie Chappell, Western New England University; msr-aom@wne.edu

Submission System Opens: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Submission System Closes: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time)

PDW Program: Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM 

The Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Interest Group cordially invites you to submit a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposal for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting PDW Program in Chicago, Illinois, August 10-11, 2018.  PDWs should be creative, developmental and experiential.


A PDW is an experience intended to update and develop member’s professional skills related to research, teaching, and professional practice such as consulting. PDWs can take a variety of forms: tutorials intended to develop research or teaching skills, debates, roundtable discussions, interactive panels, site visits, service-learning activities, creative/artistic sessions, and other activities that help MSR members develop professionally. The possibilities are endless as long as an event brings skill enhancement to the participants in terms of their professional activities.


PDWs are distinct from scholarly program sessions in their personal and professional skill orientation. This is an opportunity to ‘teach the teacher’ or ‘develop the researcher’ by sharing your expert knowledge to build others’ capacity.  As such, PDWs should not mimic scholarly sessions; for example, it is not appropriate to suggest a series of academic papers with minimal audience involvement. Rather, PDWs should focus on widespread participation and skill development.


Skills are better enhanced through active engagement in discussion or experiential activities rather than passive listening. PDWs offer an excellent opportunity to move outside the boundary of a single division to explore issues and ideas across divisions. The aim is to attract and involve a broad audience. PDWs are excellent opportunities to learn about research and teaching practices in other countries and to develop potential collaborative projects. They can be a vehicle to bridge research and practice by engaging practitioners and scholars in dialogues on their mutual challenges and aspirations.

To Theme or Not to Theme?

PDW proposals may focus on the AOM Conference theme, Improving Lives which, as described by AOM 2018 Conference Chair Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro, asks the question “[h]ow can organizations contribute to the betterment of society through elevating the health and well-being of those who live in it?. ” We also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics within the MSR domain including, but not limited to, developing members’ capacity to research and teach about the nature, influence and relationship of spirituality and religion in management and organizations.  This includes developing our collective capacity around innovative research methods that align with our inquiries (Tackney et al, 2017).

PDW proposals must include:

A title and AOM assigned submission number (in the proposal and in the file name),

A primary sponsor and other potential sponsors,

An abstract of up to 250 words,

A 3-5 page workshop overview,

A case for why the PDW would be of interest to MSR and potential co-sponsors,

A description of the chosen format for delivery,

An attendance commitment. Upon acceptance, at least one author or participant must commit to attending the conference. An explicit written statement of commitment is required (e-mail is acceptable).

Key words capturing the most important aspects of your proposed session PDWs missing any of these items will not be reviewed or evaluated for acceptance.

A few technical rules to keep in mind:

PDWs proposals must be for a minimum of 1.5 hours in duration. However, when submitting the PDW in the online submission system, it will still need to be submitted with a minimum duration of 2 hours (this is an artifact of the AOM submission system). If the proposal is accepted, the PDW Chair will reduce the duration to 1.5 hours on the submitter’s behalf.

The PDW Chair has the ability to decrease the duration of any submitted Professional Development Workshop if he/she feels it would better serve the division’s member experience. The minimum amount of time a PDW can be reduced to is 1.5 hours.

The “rule of three” applies: individuals may submit, appear in, or be associated with up to three PDWs.


Coyle-Shapiro, J. A-M. (2017). AOM 2018 Conference Theme: Improving Lives. Available at: http://aom.org/annualmeeting/theme/

Tackney, C. T., Chappell, S., Harris, D., Pavlovich, K., Egel, E., Major, R., Finney, M., Stoner, J. (2017). Management, spirituality, and religion (MSR) ways and means: A paper to encourage quality research. Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 14(3), 245-254.