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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
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