OMT WebOrganization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management
Michael LounsburyPast Division ChairUniversity of Alberta
Candace JonesDivision ChairBoston College
Nelson PhillipsDivision Chair Elect Imperial College London
Five Year Review
Candace Jones, Division Chair, Mike Lounsbury, Past Division Chair, and Nelson Phillips Division Chair Elect
In 2015 we undertook a thorough review of the OMT Division (download full report here). We examined our divisional activities, sought our members input and explored future options. We are grateful for our members’ thoughtful feedback, constructive suggestions and expressed satisfaction with the division. The survey revealed that OMT members strongly identify with the division and see OMT as providing superior scholarship, a sense of community, welcoming attitude and perceived fairness and openness of elections. In addition, the feedback from the Division and Interest Group Committee for 2015 was positive (see report here). Our members’ perceptions are the fruit of OMT’s long history of excellent leaders, who have guided the division and provided a solid foundation for the division’s future. We are truly standing on the shoulders of giants.
Even with such high levels of satisfaction, it is useful to seek ways to improve the division and find opportunities to energize and develop our members. Four themes stood out in the membership survey. First, the OMT Division remains vibrant in the AOM Annual Meetings with continued growth of paper submissions. The high submission rate of papers is testimony to the high reputation of the OMT review process and its session composition, which lead many members of other AOM divisions to view OMT as a good destination for their papers. We have been successful in growing our pool of reviewers to keep up with the submission growth. We are especially proud of our international reviewer base which has allowed us to adjudicate papers more fairly for our members as a whole, and ensure that our program reflects the demography of our membership.
Second, the challenge of being one of the larger divisions is that it is both harder to sustain high rates of growth compared to smaller, newer divisions and to ensure that members feel connected to OMT. OMT strives connect and communicate with its members, despite its large size. To proactively address these challenges, OMT is creating new formats and new volunteer activities. For new formats, PDW Chair Marc-David Seidel developed innovative new venues for new and existing members to meet in an informal atmosphere at AoM, such as bike OMT and OMT cafes. To expand volunteer activities and communicate and connect with OMT, we created two roles: chair of communication and chair of recruitment. The chair of communication engages members and expands volunteer activities by enlisting an army of volunteers who use social media to highlight new and interesting areas and events to OMT members via twitter, emails, facebook and Linkedin, along with the listserv. Join the army and sign up as a volunteer for the OMT communications committee! The chair of recruitment articulates the value of OMT and systematically reaches out to new members and existing members about their Divisional membership.
Third, OMT has a legacy of providing great developmental opportunities and increasing these opportunities is important for members who desire even more mentoring and collaboration. OMT’s primary expenses at the annual meeting are related to mentoring and social opportunities such as the Doctoral and Junior faculty consortia, Dissertation proposal workshop and social events (Meet OMT and Social hour). The expenses associated with these mentoring and social events generate uncertainty in our budgeting process because hotel expenses (especially catering) are generally increasing and fluctuate by the city and hotel chain. OMT has responded by seeking external sponsors to ensure continuity in our developmental opportunities. In addition, OMT has established a series of developmental paper workshops outside of the annual meeting, especially in Europe as well as Asia (see http://omtweb.org/early-career-workshops/international-workshops), to increase mentoring of its more junior members.
Fourth, OMT is an international division, more so than many other divisions within the Academy of Management. To both recognize and help OMT respond to our international constituency, OMT added a Global Representative at Large this year to represent member concerns in emerging markets. In addition, to the international developmental paper workshops, OMT also sponsors Meet OMT@EGOS that has been very well attended at the EGOS (European Group on Organization Studies) annual meeting. The challenge of our international growth is maintaining our North American growth as well. With the creation of Recruiting and Communication chairs, we hope to sustain our growth and engagement for all areas of our membership.
OMT is a vibrant, collegial and intellectual community. It offers a place to explore ideas, engage in conversation, act as mentors to develop our junior colleagues and learn from our excellent senior scholars. OMT is the place to be!
The Division and Interest Group Committee 2010 OMT Review Feedback Memo is available for download.
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