OMT WebOrganization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management
At this year’s Academy of Management meeting in Philadelphia, Royston Greenwood received our division’s Distinguished Scholar Award and delivered an engaging talk on the past, present, and future of OMT research (and his research in OMT). Royston is the Telus Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Alberta School of Business. You can read Royston's presentation here. This interview was conducted by Laura Singleton, winner of this year's Pondy Award.
LS: In preparing for this interview, I looked over your CV and noticed that you'd initially done your research on British municipalities. How did you get from there to the big accounting firms that you've studied more recently?
RG: Well, as an undergraduate student in political science, I had done a thesis on the socioeconomic status of members of the Bradford city council over the previous 75 years and how it was changing. At that time, in political science, municipal (or ‘community’) politics were viewed as microcosms of the state, though we don't think of it that way now. Because of that study, I was invited to be research assistant at the Institute of Local Government Studies. They had seen my thesis and gave me a salary of 680 pounds a year, which wasn't much, even then, but it allowed me to indulge myself by doing higher degrees.
Back then, the Institute did executive education for public officials – which, of course, included various professions – lawyers, social workers, engineers, as well as accountants. So my start was in public administration and in particular I was exposed to the professions. Because local government was undergoing significant reforms I became interested in the intra-organizational dynamics of organizational change - and in particular, how the different professions within municipalities were responding.
Then in 1982 I went to the University of Alberta. An MBA student told me of the planned merger (which actually didn’t happen) of two very large accounting firms and it seemed an interesting change process to study. So, partly by accident again, I got drawn into the arena of professional firms as an empirical context of organizational change.
LS: I know it's a stereotype, but I have to ask: Doesn't it get boring talking to all those accountants?
RG: People do think accountants would be boring, but why would they be? They're the gatekeepers of the capital markets and part of what keeps the system running. (Today, I'm particularly interested in their role in corruption and how it's been able to happen – you can’t say that’s not interesting!) Accounting is also actually quite like higher education in that they theoretically have to combine quite a few institutional logics such as professionalism, making money, and the like. So, although we have stereotypes of accountants wearing green eyeshades and such, they're not boring at all. What they do matters. Moreover, they're often ego-driven, yet they have to work together. Does that sound like a university, or what? But seriously, when I began to study professional service firms they were a very different – and important - type of organizational form (they are now often referred to as ‘knowledge-intensive firms’) and we (Bob Hinings and myself) thought we could learn from them and develop interesting theory.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION THEME COMMITTEE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Chair: Christina Stamper, Western Michigan U PDW Chair: Isabel Metz, Melbourne U
The Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee’s (D&ITC) mission is to provide learning and outreach opportunities that foster a more diverse and inclusive AOM community. The Committee’s work is guided by the following core values and principles: 1) Diversity is all of the multiple lines of difference that characterize our current and future membership; 2) Inclusion means that all members have the opportunity to be represented, to have their voices heard and valued, and to have influence on the AOM;
3) Inclusion requires identifying and removing barriers to all members’ full participation in the activities and decision-making of the AOM; 4) The growth and success of the AOM are dependent upon having a globally diverse perspective and broadening the scope and impact of our field; and 5) the AOM will be strengthened and improved to the degree that we incorporate the knowledge and perspectives of its diverse membership and constituents.
The Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are a perfect opportunity to develop innovative and creative sessions and events that will benefit Academy members and further the mission of the D&ITC. We particularly welcome proposals for sessions that will provide opportunities, through interactive workshops and other suitable activities, to facilitate efforts to develop a more inclusive Academy. Ideas for D&ITC PDWs include sessions that:
The conference theme for 2015, Opening Governance, invites us to think broadly and creatively about the ways in which organizations take action to address the most important management problems and opportunities of our time. The term 'governance' refers to leadership systems, managerial control protocols, property rights, and other practices that give organizations authority and mandates for action. Opening governance involves revisiting these practices especially in light of big data, crowdsourcing, and other emerging digital technologies that expand the information and expertise available to organizational leaders. Possible questions related to the conference theme and D&ITC’s mission include:
Submitters should consider, but not be bound by, the conference theme. All proposals should be submitted using the AOM submission system at http://submissions.aomonline.org, before or by the deadline January 13, 2015 at 5pm EST. In their proposals, submitters should address how they will disseminate information about their session, encourage attendance and engagement, and identify opportunities for co-sponsorship with other divisions or interest groups. If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea for a PDW, please contact Isabel Metz at
or +61 3 9349 8226.
Interview by Vern Glaser, University of Alberta
Since 2010, the OMT has formally recognized an award for the Best International Paper. This year, Juliane Reinecke (University of Warwick) and Shaz Ansari (University of Cambridge) received this award for their paper, “When Times Collide: Temporal Brokerage at the Intersection of Markets and Development.” Their provocative paper examines a development organization that connects Northern markets with low-income community development in the South. In their study, organizational actors maintain different understandings of time; they show that tensions between these different understandings of time subtly and significantly influence organizational practices.
In addition to winning the Best International Paper award, their paper has now been accepted for publication in AMJ! (http://amj.aom.org/content/early/2014/10/20/amj.2012.1004.abstract)
What was your inspiration for the paper?
As often with ethnographic studies, the paper started with an empirical puzzle encountered during ethnographic fieldwork on Fairtrade: Why was there such an obsession with measuring developmental progress if most practitioners agree that “objective” timelines against which development was to be certified could not capture the process of development—and could even displace development? During the fieldwork, one of the respondents explained the mismatch through reference to time and in particular the notion of Albert Einstein’s Eigenzeit (“own time”). It was remarkable that the notion of time emerged from a respondent. When we analyzed the data in depth, the role of time and competing temporalities emerged quite prominently.
Were there any surprises you encountered during the writing process? From your perspectives, what were the most novel ideas that emerged as you wrote the paper?
While the role of culture, power and routines in organizing has been extensively theorized, we know much less about the role of time despite time being so fundamental to the constitution of social reality. Even though linear time and clocks are a useful human construction to enhance efficiency, coordination and control, we tend to reify this view as an exteriorized reality that drives the way we organize almost all walks of life in the modern world. However, a linear, clock-time orientation optimized for markets may be unsuitable for managing emergent, complex and indeterminate processes such as human development. What we found revelatory was that time can shape how we relate to the world and view a phenomenon – do we see a phenomenon as a stable object or as a fluid process? Think of Wittgenstein’s discussion of the ambiguous duck/rabbit in the Philosophical Investigations – you can view the image as either a duck or a rabbit – depending on the perspective. So we used the temporal focus to really understand and conceptualize the differences between Northern and Southern perspectives and ways of seeing development as either a certifiable object or as a fluid process. Our theorizing and the notion of temporal brokerage focus on ways to move from either/or to both/and approach in managing complex processes such as human development.
As you wrote the paper, was there a particular empirical or theoretical difficulty or challenge that you faced? If so, how did you overcome it?
As we worked with the time literature, we discovered that not only sociology, but also organization theory had generated considerable insights into the role of time. However, there were many different perspectives, and many different terminologies. The process perspective was really useful in enabling us to conceptualize different temporalities and their role in attempts to bridge markets with development – the key task for Fairtrade.
Finally, are there any other comments or thoughts about the paper that you'd like to share with the readers of our OMT blog?
We would encourage more thinking about the role of business as a development agent. It is problematic to use Western standards of progress and so-called development impact across a wide variety of developmental contexts. Many of these standards are based on the assumption that progress is a linear process, and they tend to privilege those forms of progress that are measurable, controllable and predictable. But development is a messy, asymmetric and uneven process that is not readily schedulable by the clock, nor congruent with market timelines. An unreflexive use of standard development models may end up in resources being spent on trying to measure development outcomes than actually promoting the processes that foster development. That’s true for many other areas of measuring impact, which we also increasingly encounter in innovation and even in academia.
Thank you for another successful year! OMT continues to be a vibrant, welcoming and collegial community due to the efforts and generosity of its members. Our OMT events and workshops emanate camaraderie: our fun meetings, parties, after parties as well as our willingness to help each other by commenting on papers or offering career advice. This collegiality is a hallmark of our division and crucial to our success. We need to nurture it and continue to make OMT the place to be!
In 2014, we carried on our tradition of development and collaboration that ensures the future excellence and vibrancy of OMT, fully 25% of OMT membership is doctoral students. OMT sponsored developmental workshops at the Academy meeting and abroad in Finland, China and Scotland that continue to bring international, North American and OMT together in dialog and collaboration. We are grateful for our generous senior scholars who offer sage advice and encouragement to develop our junior faculty and doctoral students.
OMT continues its trajectory of excellence in scholarship. In his Distinguished Scholar talk, Royston Greenwood highlighted how OMT members win the vast majority of AMJ/ASQ Best Paper Awards. We also congratulate OMT member Mark Mizruchi for winning the AOM George R. Terry Book Award for his book The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite.
A huge thank you to Mike Lounsbury for his stellar leadership of OMT as division chair this past year and his many contributions over the past five years on the Executive Committee. Mike has the gift of simultaneously enlightening, provoking and engaging. In Mike’s presentation at the AOM business meeting, he highlighted three areas of continued vibrancy in OMT: (1) our continued international growth where submissions from international scholars have doubled from 2004 to 2014; (2) our division provides intellectual thought leadership that fosters not only high quality research but also teaching across a range of topics and areas such as organization behavior, strategy, entrepreneurship, CSR, leadership and the traditional organization theory. These findings are based on Christine Beckman’s survey of where OMT doctoral students took jobs; and (3) our developmental workshops co-sponsored with business schools around the world, organizations and top journals.
The vibrancy of OMT is also reflected in the continuing growth of paper, symposia and PDW submissions for our annual Academy Meetings. Nelson Phillips managed skillfully the huge jump in symposia submissions and organized a diverse and intellectually stimulating mix of paper sessions and symposia. Nelson’s entrepreneurial efforts also resulted in a new award for OMT—the best PhD student paper award—and enhances our focus on developing and nurturing future scholars for OMT. Ann Langley organized a very successful PDW program that attracted large audiences and offered developmental opportunities across a range of theories, topics and methods. She managed to adjust expertly, practically bending time, so OMT offered a full array of developmental activities, which are very important and popular part of the annual meeting. We welcome aboard Marc-David Seidel to the executive leadership team—who has already been hard at work eliciting your ideas and participation to create an exciting PDW program next year in Vancouver.
We are also pleased to announce a new paper award for this next year: Best Paper on Entrepreneurship in OMT that is sponsored by Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School, University of Massachusetts, Amherst for the next five years. We are very excited about this new award and believe it signals and reinforces OMT’s thought leadership.
Ann provided a fun and portable OMT artifact—the OMT post-it notes. Ann is now the OMT Program Chair for Vancouver. Please stick with her and help her out by signing up to review for OMT and by submitting your very best papers and symposia in January. For a more complete recap of the Academy Meetings in Philadelphia, check out, Ann Langley’s PDW Report, the Doctoral Consortium Report by Forrest Briscoe, the Junior Faculty Report by Chris Marquis, and the OMT Business Meeting presentation.
OMT really shines when it comes to the success of our scholarship. Please read Joe Broschak’s Research report that summarizes our many achievements. Our 2014 Joanne Martin Trailblazer award went to Gibson Burrell and Gareth Morgan for their collective and individual on organization theory, paradigms, images, power and space with books such as Sociological Paradigms and Organizational Analysis and Images of the Organization as well as numerous thought provoking and stimulating articles—all of which has forged new paths for, sparked animated dialog about about and shaped our thinking on organization theory. Another one of the many wonderful OMT traditions is the Pondy Winner's interview with our Distinguished Scholar. If you missed his talk, Royston Greenwood's presentation is available through SlideShare, along with presentations from some past distinguished scholars and OMT Business Meetings.
We have ramped up our communications under the able leadership of Joel Gehman. Joel has done an amazing job and launched our presence on Facebook, Twitter and created a great committee that is helping us keep our website and blog updated and content-rich. This is a critical way in which we aim to serve our current members while also reaching out to new ones. Derek Harmon, who has been a committee member for several years now helped spearhead our Social Media Team at AOM this year, and has agreed to serve as the next Communication Committee Chair after Joel's term is up in August 2015. If you'd like to get involved with the OMT Communications Committee, send Joel an email!
Before I close, I want to note that we will begin our Five Year Division Review for AOM. Please answer the survey that you received! If you have not yet answered the survey, you have another opportunity. AOM will be sending reminders to the OMT membership. We need your input! Our five year reviews have been critical to forging new initiatives that aid our members. OMT members identified a need to develop, integrate and connect with our international members, junior scholars and PhD students beyond the Annual meeting. In response to your concerns and suggestions, we organized many jointly sponsored paper development workshops with business schools and top journals across Europe and elsewhere (Asia, Australia & N. America) to help young scholars. We developed formal collaborations with EGOS, and hosted OMT socials at EGOS in Montreal, Rotterdam and next year in Athens to facilitate connections with our international colleagues. This has proven to be a successful way to serve our membership. Please help us identify where our efforts can best serve OMT members for the next five years. Mike Lounsbury, Nelson Phillips and I will myself analyze your responses and write the report to the Academy. Please contact Mike, Nelson and myself with suggestions, questions or concerns. Again, please answer the survey that is in your inbox! Help us make OMT the place to be into the future!
We also want to thank our many sponsors. Given the escalation of meeting costs, the OMT executive team has aggressively sought out sponsorship over the past few years. This year we were grateful for the support of the Alberta School of Business, Boston College and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Desautels Faculty of Management-McGill University, Emerald Publishing, Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management-Northwestern, Organization Studies, Radboud University-Nijmegan, Robert H. Smith School of Business-University of Maryland, Smeal College of Business-Pennsylvania State University, USC Marshall School of Business, University of Toronto and The Wharton School.
In closing, I want to extend a huge thanks to Christine Beckman, Peer Fiss and Martine Hass, and William Dougan for their service to the Division. As we move toward 2015, keep an eye out for the formal call for applications for OMT workshops and consortia. Mark Ebers and new rep-at-large Pat Thornton will be organizing the Doctoral Consortium. Brayden King and new rep-at-large Anne-Claire Pache will be organizing the Junior Faculty Consortium. I will be organizing the Dissertation Proposal Workshop. Stay tuned for details. We are already planning for the 2015 Meetings in Vancouver and look forward to seeing you there.
Candace Jones OMT Division Chair
The OMT Research Committee is a group of forty OMT division members from North America, Europe, and Asia who volunteer their time to help select award winning OMT submissions to the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. As members of the Research Committee, volunteers will serve this year 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.
Be a part of this valuable service to the OMT division. 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 this year as some members have had to temporarily withdraw from the committee or have cycled off after more than six 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 and the beginning of March. 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 Joe Broschak, University of Arizona, via email (
) or phone (520-626-0464). OMT members who volunteer but who cannot be placed on subcommittees this year will be given priority for future openings on the Research Committee.
Be an active part of the OMT division. After all, OMT, the place to be, works because of you!
Best Published Paper Award Committee Chair
At the OMT Business Meeting during the AOM Annual Meetings 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. The Best Published Paper Committee was chaired this past year by Dave Whetten (Brigham Young University). The winning and nominated papers were:
Emily Bianchi (Emory University). 2013. The Bright Side of Bad Times: The Affective Advantages of Entering the Workforce in a Recession. Administrative Science Quarterly, 58(4): 587-623.
Other Best Published Paper Award Finalists:
Dionysios Dionysiou (ALBA Graduate School of Business) and Hari Tsoukas (University of Cyprus). 2013. Understanding the (Re)Creation of Routines from Within: A Symbolic Interactions Perspective. Academy of Management Review, 38(2): 181-205.
Jaco Lok (University of New South Wales) and Mark de Rond (University of Cambridge). 2013. On the Plasticity of Institutions: Containing and Restoring Practice Breakdowns at the Cambridge University Boat Club. Academy of Management Journal, 56(1): 185-207.
Damon Phillips (Columbia University), Catherine Turco (MIT), and Ezra Zuckerman (MIT). 2013. Betrayal as Market Barrier: Identity-based Limits to Diversification among High-Status Corporate Law Firms. American Journal of Sociology, 118(4): 1023-1054.
I am pleased to announce that Royston Greenwood (University of Alberta) has agreed to chair the OMT Best Published Paper Committee in 2015. Royston takes over chairmanship of the committee from Dave Whetten (Brigham Young University) who chaired the committee in 2014. Many thanks in advance to Royston for guiding this committee, and to the many volunteers who will assist him in selecting the Best Paper in OMT Published in 2014.
Report submitted by:
Research Committee Chair, OMT Division Associate Professor of Management & Organizations University of Arizona, Eller College of Management
The OMT Division had a strong social media presence this year at the AOM conference. With the help of almost a dozen OMT member volunteers, the OMT Social Media Team attended and broadcasted information/photos (via Facebook and Twitter) about a wide variety of OMT events: Doctoral Consortium, Dissertation Proposal Workshop, Distinguished Scholar Breakfast, Business Meeting, both OMT socials, five PDWs, and over a dozen paper sessions or symposia! This great effort demonstrates just one way the OMT Division keeps members virtually engaged with a variety of topics and events throughout the conference so that we don’t have to be everywhere at once! To relive the fun and join the community, like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/omtdivision) and follow us on Twitter (@aom_omt).
If you’re interested in being part of the OMT Social Media Team for the AOM 2015 conference, please contact Derek Harmon (
Created in August 2012, the communications committee has been busy over the past year keeping the website updated, running our Facebook page (where we post pictures from OMT-ers around the world), organizing a LinkedIn Group page, keeping our SlideShare page up-to-date, launching a Twitter feed, publishing our newsletters, and keeping the listserv humming along.
In addition to helping out with all sorts of content creation, different committee members help with other particular areas. For instance, Evelyn Micelotta and Marco Clemente are leading our efforts to coordinate communication activities with EGOS. Derek Harmon and Jochem Kroezen helped recruit and organize our Social Media Team at AOM, and Diane-Laure Arjaliès is helping to link OMT with accounting perspectives.
Looking ahead, we are in need of a volunteer to lead our social media accounts, especially Facebook and Twitter, and to help with content creation for the blog, mainly by interviewing OMT-ers who are doing interesting work.
If you have ideas for content, news or other announcements you’d like us to publicize, have other suggestions, or are interested in joining our committee, you can drop me a line at
Joel GehmanCommunications Committee ChairUniversity of Alberta School of Business
Current committee members include:
Pablo Martin de HolanEM Lyon, ProfessorListserv moderator since 1994
Evelyn MicelottaAlberta School of Business, PhD StudentFormer member of the blogging committee since 2010
Mia RaynardAlberta School of Business, PhD StudentFormer member of the blogging committee since 2010
Vern GlaserAlberta School of Business, Assistant ProfessorFormer member of the blogging committee since 2011
Derek HarmonUSC Marshall, PhD StudentFormer member of the blogging committee since 2011
Diane-Laure ArjalièsHEC Paris, Assistant ProfessorCommittee member since 2012
Marco ClementeAalto University, PostdocCommittee member since 2012
Rebecca HennPenn State, Assistant ProfessorCommittee member since 2013
Shilo HillsAlberta School of Business, PhD StudentCommittee member since 2013
Felipe MassaLoyola (New Orleans), Assistant ProfessorCommittee member since 2013
Michael MauskapfNorthwestern Kellogg, PhD StudentCommittee member since 2013
Madeline ToubianaYork University, PhD StudentCommittee member since 2013
Dahlia ManiHEC Paris, Assistant ProfessorCommittee member since 2014
Eunice RheeSeattle University, Assistant ProfessorCommittee member since 2014
The Teaching Committee will be continuing several major projects that have been established in recent years, and we’re exploring some other ideas as well. We’re hoping that more people join our team. We welcome ideas for PDWs or symposia that would appeal to members of OMT as well as other members of the Academy on the broad topics of teaching, education and learning.
We are preparing for the 2015 OMT Teaching Roundtables at the Academy of Management conference. In 2014, we had around 100 participants from the junior faculty and doctoral consortia meeting with our faculty mentors. We hope to continue and expand our initiative to introduce new roundtable topics on particular types of teaching or teaching contexts (e.g., the large lecture) as well our traditional course-focused roundtables.
We would very much like to update and expand the TeachOMT.com website to include even more syllabi covering the variety of courses that those in the OMT division teach. We know the diversity of courses represented by teaching mentors at the 2014 roundtables only hints at what educators in this division are doing. In addition, we welcome contributions of cases, video links and other teaching tools that may be useful.
The Teaching Committee co-chairs are both actively involved in the research side of teaching and education as well. Chris Quinn Trank has been named Editor-in-Chief of Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Bill Foster is the new Essays Editor for the journal. Some of the most important concepts in organization theory began in studies of schools and universities. We hope to encourage interest in this domain as a theoretical and empirical setting for organization and management theory—not just as an instructional space. If there are others interested in advocating for the research possibilities of teaching, education and learning please join our committee!!
Finally, on behalf of all of OMT, we want to thank David Touve for his outstanding work as Teaching Committee Chair for the last few years. His commitment and good humor have made the roundtable sessions a smashing success. The TeachOMT website is a useful resource in large part because of David’s work. We’ll miss you, David, but know you’ll still be part of the division’s teaching mission.
Chris Quinn TrankBill FosterTeaching Committee Co-Chairs
Call for Papers
How Do Institutions Matter?
June 12-14, 2015 Fairmont Banff Springs Resort, Banff, Alberta, Canada
While the question of how institutions matter is in many respects an age-old question, we believe that it merits revisiting. In the wake of the recent financial crisis and concomitant social unrest, institutional scholars have increasingly become interested in contemplating the possibilities for altering extant and creating alternative institutions—new regulatory frameworks allowing for novel social sector organizations (e.g., Benefit Corporations, CICs, L3Cs), new market configurations, new forms of transnational governance, and new kinds of entrepreneurial ecosystems. We have also become interested in major policy issues having to do with problems such as climate change and social inequality. How does our research matter to these issues, and how do these issues challenge our research? Do we have anything to say about how to (re)design institutions? We believe that now more than ever, institutions matter, and that, as a community, we have much to contribute and learn.
This fourth triennial installment of the Alberta Institutions Conference is designed to foster new conversations about how institutional theory could enrich our understanding of these emergent social problems and how deeper engagement with such problems could foster new insights and enrich our theoretical understanding. Our aim is to bring together diverse institutional scholars from all career stages, including PhD students, to discuss these topics. Jerry Davis will provide a keynote address.
Specifically, we invite papers (our preference will be for empirical papers) that consider how institutions matter in the following areas:
The Fourth Triennial Alberta Institutions Conference will be held from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14, 2015 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Resort in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Approximately 25 papers will be selected for presentation. The Alberta School of Business will sponsor two nights room and board for first authors who are selected to present papers. Additionally, there will be 5 doctoral travel scholarships of $500 CDN. If you are a doctoral student who wishes to be considered, please indicate this on your submission.
Abstract submission (approximately 500 words): December 15, 2014
Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2015
Submission of full paper (maximum 8,000 words): May 1, 2015
Please email your submissions to the 2015 conference to Michelle Olah:
Tony Briggs, David Deephouse, Joel Gehman, Vern Glaser, Royston Greenwood, Matthew Grimes, Bob Hinings, Jo-Louise Huq, Dev Jennings, Michael Lounsbury, Evelyn Micelotta, Mia Raynard, Trish Reay, Marvin Washington, all of the University of Alberta.
As it becomes available, additional information will be posted at: AlbertaInstitutions.com
Photo credit: Fairmont Banff Springs Resort website.
Thanks to the creativity and initiative of OMTers, we had a great selection of PDWs in the AoM Program in Philadelphia in 2014. Many thanks to the organizers, presenters, facilitating faculty, and regular participants for making these workshops a success. As well as regular events, such as the doctoral consortium, junior faculty consortium, dissertation proposal workshop, teaching round tables, and Meet OMT, there were sessions on substantive topics such as Categorization, Vocabularies, Cultural Entrepreneurship, Scandal Processes, Trust, Organization Design, Paradox Theory, Alternative Organizational Forms and Processes/ Practices/ Routines amongst others. In addition, we had a variety of very popular methods workshops on issues such as Ethnography, Experimental Research in OMT and Strategy, Media Content Analysis and Visuality. Five sessions were solely sponsored by OMT, twenty-four were led by OMT, and another thirty-two were co-sponsored by OMT.
We look forward to having a rich program again in 2015. Marc-David Seidel is looking forward to receiving your submissions – we had an increase in submissions and accepted workshops in 2014, and look forward to continuing the trend. Please contact him with your ideas.
In the meantime, spread around those OMT post-it notes (the 2014 OMT artifact) – OMT is the place to be in Vancouver in 2015.
Ann Langley OMT Division Program Chair
The OMT program at the Academy of Management is one of the most significant and vibrant events for our division. Significant because it is where we create and engage community: share our work, debate ideas, meet new friends and reconnect with existing friends. It is vibrant because scholars like you submit your cutting edge research and timely topics in the form of symposia and papers. The more submissions we have, the more choices you have as presenters and participants!
OMT is known for high quality papers and symposia. OMT members and their research routinely win AOM-level awards. To have a high quality program, we need reviewers--both new and established scholars. New scholars bring fresh voices, and established scholars bring wisdom on the craft of research and publishing. We need both kinds of reviewers! OMT is known for high quality and developmental reviews, so please sign up today to review for OMT at http://review.aomonline.org.
OMT has eight divisional awards to identify outstanding papers and symposia: Best Paper, Louis Pondy Best Dissertation paper, Best Student Paper, Best International Paper (often the winner of the AOM Dexter award), Best Environmental and Social Practices paper, Best Entrepreneurship Paper in OMT, and Best Symposia. Please submit your excellent work and sign up to review to ensure and identity high quality work! For more information on these awards, please go to http://omtweb.org/awards.
Looking forward to a great program and to seeing you in Vancouver!
Interview by Dahlia Mani, Assistant Professor, HEC Paris
Editor's note: First awarded in 2010, the Best Published Paper Award recognizes a journal paper published in the previous year that advances our theoretical understanding of organizations, organizing, and management. The 2014 winner was: Emily C. Bianchi (Emory University), for her paper "The Bright Side of Bad Times: The Affective Advantages of Entering the Workforce in a Recession" published in Administrative Science Quarterly, 58(4): 587-623.
First, Congratulations on winning the OMT Best Published Paper Award! Can you briefly describe what the paper is about?
Thank you. The paper is about the bright side of graduating during a recession. Recent work has shown that graduating during recession negatively influences earnings and career outcomes for decades to come. I found that despite these negative outcomes, recession graduates tend to be more satisfied with their jobs, even long after they entered the workforce.
What was the genesis of this paper? How did you come to this particular question?
During the height of the Great Recession, a paper came out that showed that recession graduates earn less even decades after entering the workforce. Like many others, I was surprised by how long these effects persisted. It was striking that an experience in the distant past could continue to affect outcomes so many years later. But I also wondered if there could be a bright side to this otherwise bleak picture. Psychologists have repeatedly shown that people can be happier with worse results depending on how they think about what they have. When I read first person accounts from Great Recession graduates, I was surprised how frequently they expressed gratitude for whatever jobs they could find. This was much different than when I was in college during the dot.com bubble. During that time, college students seemed consumed with optimizing their job choice and ensuring that they secured the very best job they could find. This mentality often undermines satisfaction and makes even a great job seem lacking. Gratitude, on the other hand, can help people focus on what is good about their jobs rather than on what could be better. Thus, I wondered if these recession graduates might actually be happier with their jobs, even though these jobs might pay less and be less prestigious.
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