Bill Dougan, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, tells what the Research Committee has been doing.
Internationalizing Our Research Efforts
Two of the responsibilities of the Research Committee include identifying emerging theoretical, topical or methodological areas as candidates for professional development workshops at the annual meetings and suggesting programming initiatives as a means of assisting the efforts of OMT members in accomplishing their research objectives.  A recent solicitation for suggestions from the current members of the research committee regarding these mandates led to a number of contributions regarding how we can improve our service to division members. (We are always looking for more, of course.)
One particularly important topic of concern was the fact that international members often experience social, linguistic and cultural barriers to their attempts to create the kinds of social and collegial ties that facilitate development of new research ideas.  In this time of higher hurdles to cross-border travel, the difficulties are even more pronounced.  One might think that the solutions to this problem are better left to the IM division, but following are a few facts that bolster the case for doing something about the problem ourselves.  A quick trip to the Academy membership webpage shows there are 1540 members of OMT classified by the Academy as having international affiliations.  This constitutes 43.6 percent of the members of our division.  This is probably significant enough, but there’s more.  Our international membership is significantly larger (in absolute numbers) than even the International Management Division (which has 1107 international members) can claim.  Calculation shows that 27.6 percent of all internationally-affiliated academy members are members of this division. Thus, we have some responsibility to assist the efforts of our international members to open the doors of the invisible college at the Academy. We can also reap the great rewards that come from facilitating the contributions of significant numbers of capable scholars from around the world.

 

At the OMT winter meetings, we discussed this issue, and there are some events planned for the 2006 annual meeting.  One way that you can assist us in this effort is to take the time to attend the Meet OMT session in Atlanta (we offer a special invitation to those international members who would like to build research ties as well as social ties).  Another way is to take stock of the institutional affiliations of those with whom you conduct research.  If less than 35 percent of those individuals have an international affiliation (the Academy average) or are natives of nations outside of the US, you are off the pace.  You can benefit yourself and the academy by seeking out those individuals who are, no doubt, seeking you.

 

We still need more help, though.  Thus, I am making a gentle request for suggestions or examples of how one might overcome the entry barriers to the Academy invisible college, how one might help others to do so and/or how OMT might create systematic programming to do this.  Your responses might include suggestions for symposia, topics for professional development workshops, suggestions for consortia or social programming ideas at the academy, accounts of how you were able to successfully bridge the gaps or even thoughts that can help define the problem more clearly.  If you have had a particularly good experience in developing research ties, if you have found activities that are good for facilitating access to the invisible college, let us know.  You can send them to me ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  Please include the words INTERNATIONAL in the subject line.

Recognizing the Service of Members
My second order of business for this column is to publicly recognize the members of the research committee, who have graciously volunteered their time to assist the OMT Division by picking the best papers and symposia. A list of these individuals follows.  We offer them our thanks for their efforts and time, past and future.

Glen Dowell
Laura Empson
Olga Khessina 
Dara Szyliowicz 
Luca Solari 
Royston Greenwood 
Rosalie Lopez
Davide Ravasi 
Nick Turner 
Chris Ahmadjian
Jonathan Pinto 
Marc Ventresca 
Tim Holcomb
Suzanne Scott 
Jesús Rodríguez Pomeda 
Michael Rouse
Ram Tenkasi
Ingo Holzinger

 

Respectfully Submitted,
William L. Dougan,
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

 

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