OMT WebOrganization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management
The Fifth Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management
4th – 5th May 2017
WU — Vienna University of Economics and Business
JKU — Johannes Kepler University, Linz
The Fifth Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management is an opportunity for advanced PhD students and academics in early career stages to present and discuss their research with colleagues and professors from international and Austrian universities. In addition to facilitating intellectual exchange, this workshop aims to develop a global network of early career scholars interested in institutional, organizational and behavioral perspectives within management and organizational studies.
Robert M. Bauer, Professor of the Institute of Organization & Global Management Education (JKU)
Giuseppe Delmestri, Chair of the Institute of Change Management and Management Development (WU Vienna)
Regine Bendl, Chair of the Institute of Gender and Diversity in Organizations (WU Vienna)
Elango Elangovan, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and International Programs Director at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria)
Matthias Fink, Chair of the Institute of Innovation Management (JKU)
Royston Greenwood, Professor of Strategic Management (University of Alberta)
Bob Hinings, Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management (University of Alberta)
Markus Höllerer, Professor of Public Management & Governance (WU Vienna & UNSW Australia Business School)
Thomas Lawrence, Professor of Strategy (University of Oxford)
Renate Meyer, Chair of the Institute of Organization Studies (WU Vienna)
Elke Schüßler, Chair of the Institute of Organization & Global Management Education (JKU Linz)
Michael Smets, Professor in Management & Organization Studies (University of Oxford)
Target Group and Eligibility
The target group of the workshop is early career scholars who intend to pursue an academic career in the fields of organization and management theory, strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, international management and public management. The 2017 workshop is open to academics in early stages of their academic careers and PhD students who have already completed a substantial part of their dissertation projects.
The Austrian Early Scholars Workshop is open to and invites research that draws from a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches. However, given the faculty members’ extensive expertise in institutional theory, the Workshop provides an environment particularly conducive to research in this area.
Applicants are requested to email a CV and a short essay (max. 2,000 words) to
by March 1, 2017. This short essay should summarize the research study to be presented during the workshop. Notification of acceptance is sent out no later than March 15, 2017.
A revised longer paper – either an extended essay (max. 4,000 words) or a full paper (max. 8,000 words) – can be sent by April 20, 2017 for distribution to discussants and workshop participants.
All participants present a research study during the workshop. Later-stage work is presented in plenary sessions (eighteen minutes for presentation, followed by ten minutes for feedback from two discussants and ten minutes for open discussion); earlier-stage work is discussed at roundtables consisting of three or four early scholars and two faculty members (five minutes for presentations followed by everyone at the roundtable providing feedback based on their advance reading of the paper, and open discussion).
To be able to contribute fully to the discussions and help their fellows’ research, participants are required to prepare by reading their colleagues essays and papers prior to the workshop. Essays and papers are distributed electronically one week prior to the workshop.
Program and Fees
The workshop starts on May 4 at 9 a.m. and ends on May 5 no later than 4 p.m. There are no workshop fees for accepted participants. There will be a workshop dinner on Thursday covered by the organizers.
Please direct any questions to Mia Raynard (
) and Claudio Biscaro (
- Institute of Change Management & Management Development at WU Vienna.
The workshop will be held at the WU Campus in Vienna. For more information, see https://www.wu.ac.at/en/the-university/about-wu/
Chair’s Message – Ann Langley (HEC Montreal) introduces our Fall 2016 OMT Division newsletter, and recaps the Anaheim meeting.
Marc-David Seidel (University of British Columbia) gives us a recap of this year’s academic program.
Davide Ravasi (Cass Business School) provides a recap of this year's PDW program.
Lori Qingyuan Yue (University of Southern California) shares important information from our research committee on 2016 award winners.
Past Division Chair Nelson Phillips (Imperial College London) provides a recap of the dissertation proposal workshop oriented toward early stage students, which supported a number of doctoral students in developing the conceptualization of their dissertations.
Patricia Thornton (Texas A&M University) and Nina Granqvist (Aalto University) report on the successful OMT Doctoral Consortium with students 51 students on or nearing the job market.
Anne-Claire Pache (ESSEC Business School) and Wendy Smith (University of Delaware) report on the Junior Faculty Consortium – complete with 30 participants from 11 countries.
Derek Harmon (University of Michigan) provides an update on the Communication Committee – the team responsible for the website, social media, listserv, and newsletters. And Eunice Rhee (Seattle University) reports on the social media team that was roving the halls at AOM.
Other AOM-related Division News and Announcements
Emily Block (University of Alberta) reflects on the success of our second annual New and Returning Member Networking and Research Forum in Anaheim this year.
Aruna Ranganathan (2016 Pondy winner) interviews John Meyer, the 2016 Distinguished Scholar award recipient.
Take a look at Haridimos Tsoukas’s (University of Cyprus and University of Warwick) acceptance speech and attached video for the 2016 OMT Trailblazing Award.
Consider Reading: Georg Reischauer’s interview of A. Wren Montgomery (University of Windsor) for the Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices, Georg’s recap of the OMT & IOM Paper Development Workshop in Abu Dhabi, and Thomas Gegenhuber and Leanne Hedberg’s blogpost on entitled “Drowning in data? A practical guide for beginning the data-to-theory move.”
Academy of Management 2017 in Atlanta is here! Sign up to review and make sure you submit your paper/symposium/PDW to the program.
If you’re interested in getting more involved, consider joining our OMT Membership Committee and/or Communications Team.
Also, many of our members also are members of the Economic Sociology Section of ASA, so feel free to check them out if you’re interested.
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A special thanks goes out to our 2015-2016 sponsors! For future sponsorship information, contact Ann Langley, OMT Division Chair.
Together with the new journal Innovation: Organization and Management (IOM), the Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM), and Imperial College Business School, OMT held a paper development workshop in Abu Dhabi on November 20. The workshop brought together more than 25 advanced scholars, early scholars, and doctoral students from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the USA whose research interests lie at the intersection of innovation and organization theory. Faculty members included Shaz Ansari, Santi Furnari, Markus Perkmann, and Nelson Phillips.
The papers were of different type – qualitative, quantitative, and theoretical work – and varied in terms of development stage. Four parallel groups profited from intensive discussions with their peers and advice from the faculty mentors. Next to individual feedback, the participants also received hands-on advice on the art of writing excellent papers. In his inspiring keynote, Nelson Phillips shared his experience on how to meet on the challenge of publishing in top journals.
The stimulating atmosphere of the workshop not only allowed for a substantial development of ones’ work and research skills. It also strengthened my conviction that the intersection of innovation and organization theory, which IOM centers, is a highly promising avenue for future research.
Greetings from OMT! As Incoming Division Chair for OMT, I am proud to report that the Division had an exceptional year in 2015-2016. This message aims to celebrate these successes and to thank all of you who contributed to them, whether as reviewers, session chairs, discussants, and volunteers in other capacities. I also want to encourage you to continue your support so that we can make next year’s meeting equally if not more successful for OMT. As we approach the holiday season, we hope you are gearing up to send us your PDW, paper and symposium submissions for the 2017 Academy of Management Meeting in Atlanta! Also, please remember to sign up to review. We depend on your support.
You will be pleased to learn that at the 2016 AoM meeting in Anaheim, the Organization & Management Theory Division broke all previous records in terms of number of papers and symposia included in the scholarly program. Based on a fantastic level of participation from you as submitters of excellent work and as reviewers (15.7% increase over last year), our Program Chair Marc-David Seidel developed a superb scholarly program (see his report). Among the highlights of the meeting was the Distinguished Scholar Breakfast with John Meyer. For the pre-conference activities, Davide Ravasi (see his report) was able to create 31 PDWs and 17 OMT Cafés – a new format originally launched in 2015 that has been a popular way for OMT members to meet and chat in more informal settings. Davide and Marc-David also organized a variety of other events (OMT run, OMT drinks, OMT eats, OMT meeting with ASQ editor Henrich Greve, etc.) – thank you for all your hard work, commitment, creativity and panache in helping make OMT the place to be. Please read also Anne-Claire Pache and Wendy Smith’s report on the Junior Faculty Consortium, Pat Thornton and Nina Granqvist’s report on the Doctoral Consortium, and Emily Block’s report on the OMT New and Returning Member Networking and Research Forum.
Speaking of panache, it fell to Davide Ravasi, the 2016 PDW Chair to present the OMT Artifact – an intriguing set of tattoos that offered everyone a way to identify with OMT, as the place to be TOUGH, to be FREE, to be ADVENTUROUS, to be HAPPY, to be INSPIRED, or to be IN LOVE (take your pick). Is it a coincidence that Davide is an identity scholar? Davide’s report includes a visual reminder of the six specially designed OMT tattoos.
As Outgoing Division Chair, Nelson Phillips presented the overall membership data for the OMT Division at the 2016 Business Meeting. This shows a very healthy and vibrant 4121 members, up from 2015 and more than double the number in 2004. We thank Ed Carberry for his efforts as membership chair, and welcome Emily Block who has joined the executive to continue his excellent work. Nelson also noted some of OMT’s international activities between the AoM meetings which have become a regular feature of the Division’s portfolio. These include collaborations with the European Group for Organizational Studies, a sister association with which we share many members as well as international paper development workshops, held this year in China, Poland, and Scotland.
Nelson also noted OMT’s successes in terms of quality of scholarship, pointing to the surprising fact that the Academy’s George Terry Book Award has gone to a member of OMT for the last four years, more particularly to Charles Heckscher for his book “Trust in a Complex World: Enriching Community” in 2016. Please read incoming Research Committee Chair Lori Yue’s report that summarizes OMT award-winners for 2016. In addition to the Distinguished Scholar Award for John Meyer, the division’s Trailblazer award went to Haridimos Tsoukas for his contributions to introducing philosophical approaches and process thinking into OMT (manifested in his editorship of Organization Studies, and his development of the International Symposium on Process Organization Studies) as well as his many and varied ground-breaking and highly-cited publications. The Best Published Paper award this year went to Amelia Compagni, Valentina Mele and Davide Ravasi for their paper: How early implementations influence later adoptions of innovation: social positioning and skill reproduction in the diffusion of robotic surgery. Academy of Management Journal, 58(1), 242-278. We thank Royston Greenwood and a committee of international scholars for their efforts in evaluating all the OMT-related papers published in the top journals in the field in 2015 to identify the winner.
We also want to thank our many sponsors. We are particularly grateful to Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware, Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, Cass Business School, HEC Montreal, Imperial College Business School at Imperial College London, Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Texas A&M University, and University of Michigan. The activities of the division cannot, unfortunately, be fully financed only through membership funding, and we welcome offers of support from interested schools. Thank you to our treasurer Tom Moliterno for keeping us on target.
It is also important for us to recognize the work of our communications committee that keeps us in contact with you as OMT members. Derek Harmon, our communications director and listserv moderator, and Eunice Rhee, our social media expert each have a team of volunteers that work with them during the year and at the annual meetings. We really appreciate your contributions.
Finally, I want to say a very special thank you to Candy Jones (alias “Braveheart Jones” – see the 2016 business meeting slides), Brayden King and Mark Ebers who moved off the OMT Division Executive at the AoM meeting in 2016. It has been great to work with you. I would also like to welcome Peer Fiss (program chair elect), Jo-Ellen Pozner and Tal Simons (representatives at large) and Vibha Gaba (Global rep) who were voted onto the OMT Executive in 2016. Peer is awaiting your PDW proposals. Jo-Ellen, Tal and Vibha will be involved in the 2017 consortia. We also thank Jo-Ellen for her work as Research Committee Chair in 2016, a job that she has now handed over to Lori Yue. Both Candy Jones and Nelson Phillips who preceded me in the role of Division Chair have been fantastic mentors to me. Thank you so much to both of you for your support.
So now it is time to set our sights on the 2017 meeting in Atlanta. The reviewer sign-up website is already open – please enter your details. And let us get working on our PDW, paper and symposium submissions. Contact Peer Fiss (
All good wishes for the Holiday Season, and see you in Atlanta!
OMT Division Chair
*Clap* *Clap* *Clap* That is NOT an attempt at an ironic golf clap. It is my heartfelt applause for all of you. I am humbled by seeing all of the intellectual energy you all contributed to the 2016 OMT Division Program in Anaheim. It was developed and delivered through a joint effort of all of you – the OMT community. It would not be possible to put together such a successful program without all of the members who reviewed submissions, chaired sessions, served as discussants, organized symposia, organized OMT Events off-site, served on organizing and award selection committees, and most of all engaged in intellectual discussions. All of your hard work makes me proud to be in the OMT Division. Thank you!
We saw a 15.7% increase in the number of people volunteering to review, and a 27.9% increase in the number of people who completed at least one review with a 90.9% review completion rate. Sharing the work among a larger set of volunteers allowed us to reduce the average number of reviews each reviewer was assigned significantly down to 2.65 per reviewer. Due to all of your diligent work, we did not need to get a single emergency review! But it wasn’t just a quantity increase. We saw a significant decrease in the time until review completion, an increase in the length of the average review, and a significant increase in the average usefulness and constructive tone of the reviews. In other words, more of you volunteered and increased the overall quality of the review process for the entire OMT community. Thank you!
Even with the overall Academy submissions being down due to what I heard many calling the “Mickey Mouse effect” we had a record setting year on many fronts at OMT. We had 631 papers and 90 symposium submitted, which was the highest number of submissions we’ve ever had in the United States, and the 2nd highest ever. There were 2017 OMTers registered for the conference, which (at the risk of repeating myself) was the highest ever in the United States, and the 2nd highest ever. We also had the highest number of international members attend we have ever had in the United States (you guessed it – 2nd highest ever) – 1060. You read that right, more than half of our registrants were from outside of the United States. I’m also very excited to report that the future of OMT is looking promising – we had 633 students register this year. That is our highest ever!
We expanded our OMT Events substantially this year with a total of 28 off-site events organized by individual members. We encouraged OMTers to “take a break with OMT” and meet in less formal settings in between all of the wonderful offerings on the primary program. As you may recall, last year in Vancouver we launched the OMT Cafes and OMT Bike Rides, which were casual off-site events designed to give members a way to meet others with similar interests in less formal settings. This year we increased the number of OMT Cafes, and introduced OMT Runs, OMT Yoga, OMT Drinks, OMT Eats, and OMT Editor Chats (check out pics here). These events included everything from daily morning runs with other OMTers to group dinners in nearby Little Saigon to a casual café chat with the editorial team of Administrative Science Quarterly. We view these types of informal events as key in helping to build a supportive and fun intellectual community among all OMTers.
We recognized a number of our members with awards for: ABCD Best Reviewers, Best Published Paper, Best Conference Paper, Best Student Paper, Best Paper on Environmental & Social Practices, Best International Paper, Best Entrepreneurship Paper, Best Symposium, and the Lou Pondy Award for Best Paper from a Dissertation. Our Distinguished Scholar Award recipient was John Meyer, who gave an engaging talk on Monday morning over breakfast. The winner of our Lou Pondy Award, Aruna Ranganathan, also represented OMT and won the Academy-wide Newman Award for the Best Paper Based on a Dissertation across all divisions. Congratulations to all!
Once again a sincere *Clap* *Clap* *Clap*, and thank you to all of you who contributed to developing and nurturing the OMT Community this year.
Davide Ravasi and Peer Fiss are busy getting ready for next year leading OMT forward as Program Chair and PDW Chair. Please contact me, or any of the other Division Officers, if you have ideas about how we can further build the OMT Community together and improve upon the OMT Program for everyone.
Looking forward to seeing you all next year in Atlanta, to jointly continue to make OMT the Place to Be!
Marc-David L. Seidel
Academy of Management
OMT Division Chair-Elect 2017
In 2015, OMT reported a record number of PDW submissions. Anaheim proved as attractive as Vancouver, as the number of submissions in 2016 almost equalled the record. What is more important, the content of these submissions was just as exciting, supporting our continued effort to help OMTers at all stages of career meet and engage with each other - making OMT the place to be!
We led a total of 31 regular PDW sessions, and 17 OMT cafes (now part of the new OMT Off-Program events) totalling 102 hours, and secured co-sponsors for virtually all of the OMT sessions (see highlights here).
Our wide range of events included:
The 2016 OMT artefact, the OMTattoos, gave OMTers a chance to show how identified they really are to our division!
If you missed them, look for me in Atlanta – I will certainly have some in my pockets!
We look forward to having a rich program again in 2017. Peer Fiss, our new PDW chair, wants your PDW submissions. Please contact him with your ideas for innovative PDWs.
I would also like to encourage you to submit your papers, symposium, and preferred topics to review for the OMT program. The submission system is now open and, and Peer and I both look forward to your submissions.
We all look forward to seeing you in Atlanta in 2017!
OMT Division 2017 Program Chair
I am thrilled to assume the position of the Research Committee Chair within the OMT Division this year. Led so ably by my esteemed predecessors, Jo-Ellen Pozner and Joe Broschak, the Research Committee has grown to a group of fifty OMT division members from North America, Europe, and Asia who volunteer their time to help determine award-winning OMT submissions to the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. As members of the Research Committee, volunteers serve on one of seven sub-committees. Sub-committee members read and rank order a small subset of manuscripts that have been selected as finalists for awards in one of the following seven categories: Best Paper, Best Paper from a Dissertation (Lou Pondy Award), Best International Paper, Best Student Paper, Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices, Best Paper on Entrepreneurship in OMT, and Best Symposium. The aggregated rankings of sub-committee members determine the winners in each category. The winners of the OMT Lou Pondy Award and Best International Paper automatically qualify as finalists for the Academy of Management’s William H. Newman and Carolyn Dexter awards, respectively.
Please consider becoming a part of this valuable and rewarding committee in service to the OMT division! You will read some of the finest submissions to the OMT division for this year’s Academy of Management meeting. There are still openings available on the committee, as some members are cycling off after several years of valuable and dedicated service. The work of the Research Committee occurs in a compressed, one-week time period near the end of February, well after the regular AOM review cycle is done. Requirements for inclusion on the Research Committee are that you are a member of the OMT division, an active OMT division reviewer for this year’s Academy Meetings, and that you can commit to being available during the time we review papers for awards.
How do you become a Research Committee member? Contact Lori Yue, University of Southern California via email (
). OMT members who volunteer but who cannot be placed on subcommittees this year will be given priority for future openings on the Research Committee.
Become an active part of the OMT division! After all, OMT, the place to be, works because of you!
2016 Best Paper Award Recipients
At the OMT Business Meeting during the AOM Annual Meetings in Anaheim, we announced the winners of the OMT Best Paper Awards. They are:
OMT Best Paper Award (link):
Winner: “Better in the Shadows? Media Coverage and Market Reactions to Female CEO Appointments”
Kevin Patrick Gaughan and Ned Smith, Northwestern University
Runner Up: “Managers’ Political Ideology and Gender Inequality within Organizations”
Seth Carnahan, U. of Michigan and Brad Greenwood, Fox School of Business, Temple U.
“Institutional Reincarnation: "The Impossible Project" of Reviving Analog Instant Photography”
Christian Hampel, U. of Cambridge, Paul Tracey, U. of Cambridge, and Klaus Weber, Northwestern U.
“The constrained referrals: How dependence and structural equivalence limit referrals’ performance”
Yonghoon Lee, Hong Kong U. of Science and Technology and Rolf Hoefer, INSEAD
OMT Lou Pondy Award (Best Paper from a Dissertation) (link):
Winner: “The Artisan and His Audience: Identification with Work and Price-Setting in Southern India”
Aruna Ranganathan, Stanford University
Runner Up: “How Embedded Ties Split Sides: Network and Tie Formation in Contingent Work” Patrick Reilly, U. of California, Los Angeles
“Innovation: The Roles of Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Augmentation and Environmental Dynamism” Marc Lerchenmueller, Yale U.
“Network Imprinting and the Variability of Venture Capital Firm Performance”
Demetrius Lewis, Stanford U.
“Bridge and Rule: TMT Faultlines, Firm Performance and the Moderating Role of the CEO-TMT Interface” Dimitrios Georgakakis, U. of St. Gallen, Peder Greve, Henley Business School, and Winfried Ruigrok, U. of St. Gallen
Best Entrepreneurship Paper (link)
Winner: “Relational Exchange and Generalized Trust in China”
Victor Nee, Cornell University; Sonja Opper, Lund University; and Hakan Holm, Lund University
Runner Up: “Staying True to Purpose: How Commercial Pressures Affect Mission Drift among Social Enterprises”
Eric Yanfei Zhao, Indiana U. Kelley School and Matthew Grimes, Indiana U.
“The Price of Faith: Political Determinants of Commercialization of Buddhist Temples in China” Lori Yue, U. of Southern California, Jue Wang, U. of Southern California, and Botao Yang, U. of Southern California
“Globalization in Action: Templates, Tensions and Strategies of Action in Kenyan Entrepreneurship” Tim Weiss, Zeppelin U. and Klaus Weber, Northwestern U.
“Social Structures and Venue Shopping in Patent Infringement Litigation”
Maxim Sytch, U. of Michigan and Yong Kim, U. of Michigan
OMT Best Empirical Paper on Environmental and Social Practice (link):
Winner: “Think Global, Drink Local: Field Configuring Interactions and the Detroit Water Crisis”
A. Wren Montgomery, University of Windsor
Runner Up: “Movements, Markets, & the Power of Living Stories” Jocelyn Leitzinger, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Chad Navis, Clemson U., and Theodore Waldron, Baylor U.
“Coming Back & Giving Back: Returnee Directors and Corporate Donations” Jiao Luo, U. of Minnesota, Dongjie Chen, Peking U., and Jia Chen, Peking U.
“Agency blind to consequences: The persistence of inequality in the South African mining sector” Ralph Hamann, U. of Cape Town and Stephanie Bertels, Simon Fraser U.
“David Defeating Goliath: Institutional Work of A Marginalized Actor Within Institutional Complexity” Sofiane Baba, HEC Montreal and Innan Sasaki, U. of Turku
OMT Best International Paper (link):
Winner: “The Family-Legitimizing Environment and the Prevalence, Strategy, and Performance of Family Firms”
Pascual Berrone, IESE Business School; Patricio Duran, U. Adolfo Ibanez; Luis Gomez-Mejia, University of Notre Dame; Pursey Heugens, Erasmus University Rotterdam; and Marc van Essen, University of St. Gallen
Runner Up: “Lost in Transition: Organizational Practices and Formal Employment of Women in India” Aruna Ranganathan, Stanford U.
“Governance units and field evolution dynamics: The case of UK management consulting “ Daniel Muzio, Newcastle U., Matthias Kipping, York U., and Ian Kirkpatrick, U. of Leeds
“Variation in the Adoption of a Diffusing Practice: Instruction in English in Turkish Universities” Baþak Topaler, Sabanci U. and Behlül Üsdiken, Sabanci U.
“Structure from Chaos: The Creation of Libyan Civil Society” Nada Basir, U. of Waterloo and Ellen Auster, York U.
OMT Best Student Paper (link):
Winner: “The Fickle Crowd: Selective Differentiation in Cultural Markets”
Daniel DellaPosta, Cornell University and Minjae Kim, MIT
Runner Up: “Institutional imprints: The enduring effects of past political regimes on CSR in China”
Mia Raynard, University of Alberta
“E pluribus unum? An exploration of and proposal regarding the meanings of pluralism in OMT” Louis-François Brodeur, HEC Montreal
“Friends and Foes: Towards A Cognition- and Resource-Based Model of Coopetition”
Aurora Liu, Schulich School of Business
OMT Best Symposium (link):
Winner: “Politics, Political Ideology and Organizations”
Abhinav Gupta, University of Washington, Seattle
Runner Up: “Organizing and Administration in Refugee Crises”
Marian Gatzweiler, Universtiy of Edinburgh and John Amis, University of Edinburgh
“The Meaning of Work in Difficult Times “
Winnie Jiang, Yale University and Amy Wrzeniewski, Yale University
“Collaboration in Innovation Ecosystems: Firm Strategy and Inter-Organizational Ties”
David Clough, INSEAD
“Conducting Unconventional Management Research: Models and Best Practices”
Judith Clair, Boston College; Julia DiBenigno, MIT; Robin Ely, Harvard University; Elise Jones, Boston College; Kristie Rogers, University of Kansas; and Katina Sawyer, Villanova University
2016 OMT Best Published Paper Award
Finally, at the OMT Business Meeting, we announced the winner of the OMT Best Published Paper Award. This award is given annually to one paper, selected by a committee of OMT members who are editors, associate editors, or editorial board members of major OMT-related journals. This year’s winner is:
Compagni, A., Mele, V., & Ravasi, D. (2015). How early implementations influence later adoptions of innovation: social positioning and skill reproduction in the diffusion of robotic surgery. Academy of Management Journal, 58(1), 242-278.
Amelia Compagni, Bocconi University; Valentina Mele, Bocconi University; Davide Ravasi, City University London
Lori Qingyuan Yue
Research Committee Chair, OMT Division
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
This year’s OMT Dissertation Proposal Workshop again experienced strong demand from excellent applicants from around the world. Following a careful selection process, sixteen doctoral students at the conceptualization stage of their dissertation gathered with prominent faculty mentors over lunch at Roy’s Restaurant in Anaheim. Following informal discussions over a tasty lunch, the participants received invaluable advice from the mentors and their peers on ways to advance and improve their dissertation research. This was a tremendous opportunity for students to network with and get feedback from each other, as well as from established scholars in an informal and congenial atmosphere. The feedback from students and faculty was uniformly positive and the only complaint was that participants wanted more time! The success of this event, of course, is completely a result of the OMT members who generously volunteer their time as mentors. I therefore want to especially thank the following OMTers for sharing their time and expertise: Royston Greenwood (University of Alberta), Ann Langley (HEC Montréal), Eva Boxenbaum (Mines ParisTech), Joel A.C. Baum (University of Toronto), Ed Zajac (Northwestern), Paul Tracey (Cambridge University), and Candy Jones (University of Edinburgh).
The 2016 OMT Doctoral Consortium in Anaheim, California attracted a large number of applications and a strong pool of nominees. We were able to include 51 doctoral students from around the world, most of them in their final year of study. Thirty faculty members generously donated their time and expertise to make the consortium a success.
The event started Thursday night with cocktails and dinner around the pool at the Tangerine Grill & Patio in the always perfect SO CA climate of picturesque sunsets and palm trees, followed by a full day of activity on Friday. Three scholarly panels provided insights related to being on the job market, getting published and managing a research pipeline, and managing your career. In addition, faculty facilitators and doctoral students discussed in a small-group research roundtable format their research projects based on their proposals and email exchange submitted in advance of the workshop. These roundtables provided an opportunity for detailed feedback and close dialogue with established scholars and other participants sharing common interests. This year theme research roundtables reflecting key areas of research paper submissions for OMT and allied divisions were organized by established scholars in those fields. The program also included a welcome from Davide Ravasi (City University, London), the PDW Chair and Marc-David Seidel (Sauder School of Business), the OMT Program Chair. The following faculty served as mentors and participated in panels and roundtable discussions:
In the afternoon, the Doctoral Consortium joined the OMT Junior Faculty Consortium for teaching roundtables, organized by Christine Quinn Trank (Vanderbilt University) and Bill Foster (University of Alberta).
The 2015 OMT Doctoral Consortium event was generously sponsored by the Ross School of Management (University of Michigan), Sociology and Management at the Mays School of Business (Texas A&M University), and INSEAD.
Texas A&M University
This year’s OMT Junior Faculty Consortium included 30 junior faculty from the following parts of the world: Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. In addition, 17 senior faculty participated as mentors and panelists.
The event began Thursday night with a cocktail hour, dinner, and an evening of socializing at the Fire and Ice Café in Anaheim. We began the consortium’s official program on Friday morning. The program included two Research Roundtables, where senior faculty mentors engaged with two or three junior faculty and discussed a research idea each of them was currently developing. The program further included panels, intended to help participants navigate their career as junior faculty members. During the first one, we discussed "Managing the early years in the life of a faculty" with Marya Besharov (Cornell University), Anca Metiu (ESSEC Business School) and Chi-Nien Chung (NUS). We then focused on "Building a research program and publishing it" with Mary Benner (University of Minnesota), Aparna Joshi (Penn State University) and Matt Kraatz (Univeristy of Illinois).
We had a working lunch in which participants and senior faculty mentors discussed early career issues. Following the working lunch the final consortium activity was a panel discussion during which we asked senior faculty professors to reflect upon their career path. Entitled "Looking back: Wisdom from full faculty", the panel triggered a very engaging discussion with Royston Greenwood (University of Alberta), Anne Tsui (University of Arizona), and Violina Rindova (University of Southern California).
In the mid-afternoon, some of the participants in the consortium joined the OMT Teaching Roundtables. We look forward to the junior faculty consortium next year in Atlanta and hope that you will consider applying if you are an early career faculty member. Keep your eyes open in the spring for an announcement about how to apply!
ESSEC Business School
University of Delaware
Created in August 2012, the communications committee has been busy this past year keeping our website up to date, announcing events and posting pictures on our Facebook page, connecting OMTers through our Twitter feed, sharing knowledge on our SlideShare page, publishing our newsletters, and keeping the listserv humming along.
In addition, a number of individual committee members have helped provide unique content for our OMT membership. For instance, read Georg Reischauer’s interview of A. Wren Montgomery (University of Windsor) for the Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices, or read Thomas Gegenhuber and Leanne Hedberg’s blogpost on entitled “Drowning in data? A practical guide for beginning the data-to-theory move.” In addition, Eunice Rhee helped recruit and organize our Social Media Team at AOM.
If you are interested in being a part of the OMT communications committee, have ideas for content, or have announcements that you’d like us to publicize, please email me at
Communications Committee Chair
University of Michigan
The OMT Division has been working on keeping members engaged with a variety of topics and events throughout the year. Reaching over 1,100 likes on Facebook and 880 followers on Twitter, which is more than 100% growth from last year, we look forward to having exciting new initiatives to stay connected with our members around the world. Likes on Facebook, for example, also reflect the diversity of OMT membership: 33% from Europe, 29% from Asia, 28% from North America, followed by South America (6%), Africa (3%), and Australia (1%).
Diversity of OMT Facebook Likes
The OMT Division continued to have a strong social media presence at this year’s AOM conference. With the help of almost a dozen OMT member volunteers, the OMT Social Media Team attended and broadcasted information/photos about a wide variety of OMT events including PDWs, sessions, symposia, Business Meeting, as well as new OMT initiatives such as OMT Runs, OMT Eats, OMT-ASQ Editor Chat. This great effort demonstrates just one way the OMT Division keeps members virtually engaged during the conference.
For important announcements, upcoming events, and interviews with OMT members, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Also, if you have any suggestions regarding the OMT division’s social media efforts or are interested in being part of the OMT Social Media Team for the AOM 2017 conference, please contact Eunice Rhee (
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