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*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
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