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2013 is another vibrant year for the OMT division—our members continue to garner many high profile AOM awards, we have a tremendous base of senior and junior faculty who are willing to give their time to mentor younger colleagues and students at OMT sponsored workshops and events, and we have a growing base of enthusiastic young people who believe that being part of OMT is crucial to their scholarly success. The camaraderie we all have experienced at different OMT events, as well as our willingness to help each other by commenting on papers or offering career advice, is a hallmark of our division and has been crucial to our success. This is something we need to continue to nurture. So let me take this opportunity to thank all of you who have given so willingly of your time and effort to make OMT the place to be!
Before I note the various updates we have assembled from your hardworking Executive Committee members, I want to give a special thanks to Christine Beckman for her leadership as division chair this past year. In Christine’s presentation at the AOM business meeting in Orlando, she emphasized the many strengths of OMT, especially with regard to the placement of our students. Firstly, our membership numbers remain steady at around 4,000, twenty five percent of which are students. Reporting on a survey of 108 members who had recently participated in an OMT sponsored doctoral consortium, Christine noted that the vast majority of those students had been placed in Assistant Professor jobs that focused on a variety of areas including organization theory, management, strategy, organizational behavior, and entrepreneurship. And in those positions, our young people are teaching a variety of subjects in those domains as well as on topics such as leadership, innovation and human resources. The success of our students is undeniable, and the breadth of content area placement indicate that OMT provides intellectual thought leadership that fosters not only high quality research but also teaching across a range of topics and areas. A big shout out to Jerry Davis who had the inspiration to start the OMT teaching roundtables and encourage the development of a social support system enabling our members to learn how to make OMT relevant to whatever needs to be taught.
The vibrancy of OMT is also reflected in the number of submissions received for our annual Academy Meetings. A huge thank you to Candy Jones for her excellent work; the program was superb, and she made great strides in technologically streamlining the process of submission evaluation and program development. Thanks also to Nelson Phillips who organized an equally interesting PDW program. We also welcome aboard Ann Langley into the executive leadership team—Ann will handle the PDW program next year in Philadelphia. If you have PDW ideas, feel free to get in touch with Ann to discuss.
After Nelson offered up a contemplative artifact—the OMT revise and resubmit yo-yo—he has moved on to be the Program Chair for Philly 2014. Please help him by signing up to review for OMT and by submitting your very best papers and symposiums in January. For a more complete recap of the Academy Meetings in Orlando, check out Candy Jones’ Program Chair Conference Report, the Doctoral Consortium Report by Peer Fiss, the Junior Faculty Consortium Report by Martine Haas as well as the OMT Business Meeting presentation.
OMT really shines when it comes to the success of our scholarship. Please read Joe Broschak’s Research report that summarizes our many achievements. Let me highlight that Dick Scott was announced as this year’s winner of the well-deserved 2013 Distinguished Educator Award (click here to read an interview with Dick by Evelyn Micelotta and Mia Raynard). While we all know the importance of Dick’s scholarship, his contributions to teaching and mentoring young people over several generations, and across all institutions, are immense. He is one of the most generous scholars I know, and we are all delighted to be able to honor Dick for his commitment and service to the field. Another one of the many wonderful OMT traditions is an interview of the distinguished scholar by the winner of the OMT best dissertation award. Please be sure to read the interview with the 2013 Distinguished Scholar Ed Zajac by Louis Pondy Dissertation Award Winner, Murad Mithani. If you missed Ed’s presentation, it is available through SlideShare, along with presentations from some past distinguished scholars and OMT Business Meetings.
As I signaled earlier, OMT scholars are also prominently recognized with AOM awards. We want to especially congratulate Mike Tushman who received the Distinguished Award for Scholarly Contributions to AOM. In addition, we celebrate Jim Walsh’s Distinguished Award for Service to AOM. OMT is not only the place to be, but we are blessed to be the main home for some the most preeminent management scholars who also demonstrate a keen willingness to serve in order to make OMT and AOM great.
We have ramped up our communications under the leadership of Joel Gehman, who helped us launch our OMT Facebook page and created a great committee that is helping us keep our website and blog updated and content-rich. This is a critical way in which we aim to serve our current members while also reaching out to new ones.
Before I close, I want to highlight OMT’s efforts to reach out to international members. Over the past few years, we have seen particular growth in interest from Europeans. Submissions from Europeans and North Americans to the annual meeting are roughly equal, accounting for around 80 percent of the total. We have developed formal collaborations with EGOS, and this past year hosted an OMT social at EGOS in Montreal. Look out for the OMT social at next year’s EGOS in Rotterdam. We have also been organizing jointly sponsored EGOS-OMT paper development workshops in Europe and elsewhere (Asia, Australia & N. America) to help young scholars. This has proven to be a successful way to serve our membership.
We also want to thank our many sponsors. Given the escalation of meeting costs, the OMT executive team has aggressively sought out sponsorship over the past few years. This year we were grateful for the support of the Alberta School of Business, Boston College and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Emerald Publishing, Harvard Business School, Organization Studies, UC Irvine, USC Marshall School of Business, and The Wharton School.
In closing, I want to extend a huge thanks to Matt Kraatz, Eva Boxenbaum, Klaus Weber and Rodney Lacey for their service to the Division. As we move toward 2014, keep an eye out for the formal call for applications for OMT workshops and consortia. For instance, next June in Beijing, we will offer the OMT Workshop on Getting Published in Top Tier Journals at the IACMR Conference; it is aimed at advanced doctoral students and junior faculty residing at institutions within China interested in learning about how to overcome significant barriers to publishing in top-tier journals. Also, Forrest Briscoe and new rep-at-large Mark Ebers will be organizing the Doctoral Consortium. Chris Marquis and new rep-at-large Brayden King will be organizing the Junior Faculty Consortium. I will be organizing the Dissertation Proposal Workshop. Stay tuned for details. We are already planning for the 2014 Meetings in Philadelphia and look forward to seeing you there.
Michael Lounsbury OMT Division Chair
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