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Editor's note: First awarded in 2015, the
Best OMT Entrepreneurship Paper Award recognizes a paper in the scholarly
program at AOM that advances understanding of entrepreneurship drawing on
organization and management theory. The 2015 winners were: Itziar Castello (Universidad
Carlos III de Madrid) and David Barbera (Institute of Innovation and Knowledge
Management INGENIO), for their paper "Cultural Entrepreneurship and the
Role of Visuals in Interactive Frame Alignment Process."
on being the first to win the Best OMT Entrepreneurship Paper Award that was
introduced at this years’ Academy of Management Meeting in Vancouver! Can you
briefly highlight what your paper is about?
Our paper is about how social entrepreneurs
use cultural tools as online visual resources to gain legitimacy. In our case,
the entrepreneurs are the leaders of a new social movement devoted to fight the
plastic pollution that is contaminating every ocean and continent on earth. We
show how these entrepreneurs use the powerful images of dead baby albatrosses
in the Facebook page of the movement when trying to align potential activists
with the movement’s innovative frame for the problem of plastic pollution.
Through the analysis of Facebook posts and comments about that specific visual
we describe three new frame alignment strategies: shock, iconological, and
inspired this paper? Can you talk a little bit about the genesis of the paper
and how you became engaged in this fascinating project?
In 2010, we spent seven months of research at
Silicon Valley, California, affiliated to the Hass School of Business, UC
Berkeley. Silicon Valley is the birthplace of the Internet and we wanted to
analyze how the leading companies in the world use the internet to communicate
their messages of sustainability. We interviewed Yahoo, eBay, Google, IBM, etc.
and the best social media managers in the region. We observed that businesses
had a very advanced technology for diffusing messages and analyzing social
media responses but were not able to convey transformative ideas about their
One afternoon, we went to a conference at a
cultural center in Berkeley where Chris Jordan, photographer, and Manuel
Maqueda, entrepreneur, talked about a project on plastic pollution. In their
presentation, Chris and Manuel showed the pictures of baby birds that had
exploded after being fed with bits of plastic. With these pictures Chris and
Manuel represented the effect of plastic in our society: adults are feeding their babies with lethal
food. The bits of plastic appearing in the pictures were familiar to us; they
were similar to the lighter we carried in our pocket and the cap of the plastic
bottle we were drinking from. It was shocking; our daily activities such as
drinking from a plastic bottle were killing thousands of birds.
We were lucky enough to have a chat with
Chris and Manuel after the conference. They talked about how they were creating
a social movement against plastic pollution. They had already involved in their
activities more than 2 million people and their actions together with other
activists was influencing the regulation in more than 47 cities and counties in
California. All this, mostly organized through social media. This was
undoubtedly the best example of the impact of social networks on environmental
issues we had seen. We had to learn more about it.
Thanks for sharing this enthusiasm
for your research setting with us! You also used an intriguing new research
methodology: “Netnography.” Can you tell us about the research process you went
through for this paper? Any anecdotes you can share with us?
Netnography is an ethnographic
research method adapted to the study of online communities. Its objective is to
understand the patterns of relations between actors in a society that interacts
online. Through netnography we observed the interaction between the
entrepreneurs and the rest of the online participants and we identified the
cultural tools, such as the pictures of the baby albatross, which helped the
entrepreneurs to convince people on their new frame. We started observing the
Facebook walls, blogs and twitter accounts of 8 social entrepreneurs including
a collective one named as Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC). Then we
systematized the data collection by downloading all of the Facebook Wall of PPC
and analyzed what we called full interactions. We manually analyzed 802 full
interactions. A typical sequence of a single full interaction is: PPC writes a
“post” in the Facebook Wall, an activist responds writing a “comment” and PPC
responds by writing another “comment.”
The quantity and the richness of
this online interaction data allowed us to observe in detail a high amount of
conversations between PPC entrepreneurs and the people supporting them. This
direct and unobtrusive data is not easy to have in off-line communities where
the data compilation is very dependent on the researcher’s ability to document
the interactions. Netnography uses the data directly taken from the source,
reducing researcher bias. However, we believe it is important to complement the
netnographic data with other methods such as interviews. We conducted 34
interviews with members of the movement, which provided invaluable insights to
help us understand what was going on.
were the most surprising insights to you in this inductive research process and
important lessons to take away? If you had to offer a tagline for your paper,
what would it be?
Extant literature on framing in cultural
entrepreneurship research highlights how entrepreneurs negotiate, adapt and
change their original frames in their attempt to resonate more with their
stakeholders and resource providers. Instead, our cultural entrepreneurs
maintain their frame tight, without any change, and use visual tools to
emotionally activate activists and align them with the originally proposed
frame. The practical implications of this finding could be also broad, and
include the possibility that nowadays online instigators have more persuasive
(visual and interactive) tools than their predecessors of the off-line age,
which could allow them to align potential activists to their collective action
frames without negotiating their original propositions.
you describe this research to entrepreneurs, what kind of responses do you get?
We believe this research can be applied to
every kind of entrepreneurial venture, as visuals are very powerful tools to
gain legitimacy and overcome the “liability of newness.” People spontaneously
relate our research with online media sharing of visuals and its consequences,
like for example the picture of a dead Syrian child in the recent refugee
crisis in Europe.
congratulations for being the first to win this prize! Do you have specific
hopes for how having this award in OMT now will influence entrepreneurship
research within OMT or the exchange with the ENT division? What does this prize
mean to you personally?
We really appreciate that OMT has given this
award to an inquiry which apparently is difficult to fit into traditional
entrepreneurship research. We believe that the idea that culture can constitute
a toolkit of resources available for entrepreneurial agency is indeed very
relevant. We also believe that this approach naturally fits with many trends
present in the OMT division, and could constitute a fruitful bridge with the
ENT division. Finally, this prize means a great honor for us. There are not
many Spanish universities in the list of AOM prizes and our departments are
delighted also with the prize!
Finally, do you have any advice for people
who aspire to win this prize in the future?
We hope this award inspires other researchers to
experiment with new topics and new methods but also to consider other forms of
entrepreneurs with social and environmental goals. The entrepreneurs of our
study are environmental crusaders that want to transform the word. Observing
them is inspiring.
Since 2010, the OMT has formally recognized an award for the Best International Paper. This year, Valentina Assenova and Olav Sorenson (Yale School of Management) received this award for their paper “Gray Matters in the Growth of Markets.” It was an honour to speak to one of the authors, Valentina Assenova, about the process leading up to this great accomplishment.
If you had to explain to the readers of our OMT blog what your paper is about, what would be your one sentence to describe it?
The paper examines the role of organizational formalization in the long-run growth of small and medium enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa.
What was your inspiration for the paper?
This paper was a long time coming. The idea for it and the inspiration came when I was a student at Cambridge. I had spoken with one of my friends there who was researching Chinese investment in sub-Saharan Africa and she encouraged me to explore questions related to private sector development. I looked for data on small and medium enterprises, actually for close to two years, that could enable interesting insights into what creates differential growth among enterprises and what levers managers can pull to enable greater economic growth in the region.
My co-author and I came across this dataset and thought of a simple question, “How does informality affect long-term entrepreneurial growth?” This appeared to be an important question because in many of the countries that we studied, informal firms contribute between 50% and 70% of non-agricultural employment and economic output; they have a very substantive presence and present challenges for formal sector organizations. In themselves, they also present an interesting puzzle of why entrepreneurs enter the informal sector and how informality at founding affects the growth trajectories of firms.
I also grew up in Bulgaria, a country that has witnessed quite substantial economic transformation over the last 15 years, and seeing the course of development there piqued my interest in unequal growth. The bimodal distribution of firm size, for example – with many very small businesses and few very large corporations – isn’t unique to Bulgaria, but occurs across many emerging economies. Economic growth in many countries is highly unequal. For this reason, small businesses are seen as part of a dual-sector economy. This is the prevalent view in economics, that there is a bifurcation in the growth trajectories of firms, but few people have tried to explain the managerial factors that keep domestic firms on the smaller end of the size distribution.
Were there any surprises that you encountered during the writing process? Any new ideas that emerged as you wrote the paper?
Yes, we were very surprised to see the consistency of the results across countries. We thought that we would end up with some countries where informality had a positive effect – largely through tax savings – on the growth of the firm and some countries where informality would exert negative effects, related to differences in the legal environments. But instead what we saw was that the majority of our cases – 17 of the 18 countries – had overwhelmingly positive effects of formalization on the subsequent growth of firms. This was surprising because the countries that we examined differed substantially in their institutional environments, in their colonial histories, and in their current political situations. And yet, the direction of our results was consistent across countries. We found that surprising and quite interesting.
What were the empirical and theoretical challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
The empirical challenges were many, but the first and foremost was finding reliable, firm-level data from sub-Saharan Africa. A major hurdle was gathering data on informal enterprises, which are by definition part of a shadow economy that is hard to quantify and receives little attention from national statistical bureaus.
The challenge on the theoretical side was the paucity of theory about informal enterprises. Of course, plenty of research has examined informal social networks, and how these networks affect communication and performance. But informality, in the sense that we meant it as the lack of registration among enterprises with their governments, hasn’t figured prominently in management research. The 2012 annual meeting of the Academy of Management (on “The Informal Economy”) called attention to this need for research on informal organizations.
And how did you overcome these challenges? Especially on the theory side?
We had to be creative and work with what was there. On the theory side, there is substantial research on informality in development economics and political economy, but this research tends to focus more on higher levels of analysis. Scholars working in this tradition tend to examine the antecedents to informality on a macro-economic scale, such as bribery and corruption, and their effects on the prevalence of informality and the overall rate of economic growth. We pointed to some the limitations of these insights because they adopt the perspective of national governments and provide policy recommendations about tax collection, but say little about what informality implies for the entrepreneur. For example, how do the informal origins of a firm affect its sales and employment growth? We saw the limitations in prior research as opportunities for bringing organizational theory to bear on these important questions.
Are there any other comments or thoughts about the paper you would like to share with the readers of our OMT blog?
We would like to express sincere gratitude to all the people who helped us along this journey of discovery. Success is always a team effort. We also hope that this research inspires further scholarship and exploration of organizational questions in developing economies, especially questions regarding market growth, innovation, and development. There is such a wide spectrum of issues that are relevant to both management theory and management practice in developing countries, where scholars can shed light and provide greater insights. We hope that this is just the beginning of more inter-disciplinary collaboration regarding these questions.
Thank you so much for your time and congratulations again!
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 2015 winner was: Joep P. Cornelissen, Saku Mantere and Eero Vaara, for the paper “The Contraction of Meaning: The Combined Effect of Communication, Emotions, and Materiality on Sensemaking in the Stockwell Shooting” published in Journal of Management Studies 51(5).
First, congratulations on winning the OMT Best Published Paper Award! Could you share with us in short the “punchline” of your paper?
Eero Vara: For me, it’s really about understanding why this innocent man got killed – not because of one mistake or misunderstanding but through building up of commitment in a long chain communication.
Joep Cornelissen: It is that but also the link with materiality and emotions that really stands out in this case, as well as the interactions between these aspects. If anything, the case shows the importance of attending to these elements together as part of studies into individual and collective sensemaking.
Could you tell us a bit about the initial development of the (empirical/theoretical) idea?
Eero Vara: Credit must go to Joep who had followed the case. We all shared an interest in sensemaking, and I was particularly keen to study sensemaking failure.
Joep Cornelissen: the Guardian serialized the inquest into the shooting, and it very quickly became clear that a number of the mistakes, such as the misidentification of the suspect, were down to poor communication. That was really the trigger to study the case in a much more in-depth manner.
Would you like to share any challenges related with the theoretical part of the paper?
Eero Vara: There were a lot of challenges, and we rewrote the whole paper several times! To me, the challenge – positive one – was to develop this more micro-level interactionist understanding of sensemaking that could include not only discursive, but also emotional and sociomaterial elements.
Joep Cornelissen: That is right, and the other challenge was the difficulty of being given the space by editors and reviewers to write a thick description and a complex explanation of the case, as opposed to what going for a rather simple and formulaic storyline. JMS really gave us the space to that, and we are grateful for their thoughtful and open stance towards what we tried to do with this study.
Are there any interesting anecdotes about the data gathering process that you find particularly noteworthy?
Eero Vara: This is an unusual paper because we draw on the publicly available data from the hearings.
Joep Cornelissen: It is ultimately a very tragic case for everyone involved, and the data are quite harrowing and frustrating at times to work with, as the shooting could have been avoided.
Is there any aspect of the paper your peers have found particularly surprising or interesting? What about the non-academic audience?
Eero Vara: Many people have liked it and said that we should have more of these kinds of papers that connect with important real life phenomena. In my view, this is the kind of practical relevance that we should strive for. This is the only paper of mine that my kids understand J Otherwise they don’t always see any point in what they dad is doing.
Joep Cornelissen: I think the interesting thing is also that a management theory (sensemaking) is able to explain this real-life case, and in a way that combines various strands of analysis (emotions, materiality, communication) into a compelling explanation.
Did you develop further ideas of papers from this one? Which ones?
Eero Vara: We all share a huge interest in sensemaking and communication. So it’s happening, even if not based on this case.
Were you surprised by the critical acclaim for the paper? What does this prize mean for you?
Eero Vara: Yes, the prize was a big surprise, and the recognition means a lot to me. Especially because it is a different kind of paper and published in JMS.
Joep Cornelissen: It is great to get this kind of recognition from our peers. It took us a lot of effort to write it, but it proved to be well worth it in the end!
We were extremely proud to organize the first ever “OMT New and Returning Member Networking and Research Forum” in Vancouver this year. We all know that OMT is the place to be, but for new members and those who have been away for awhile, becoming integrated into such a large division can feel daunting. We organized this forum to help members to feel “at home” in the OMT division; network with other new, returning, and regular members; and discuss challenging and interesting topics with some of the leading scholars in our field.
Through this PDW, we successfully brought together more than 20 senior faculty members and over 75 new and returning members. Following the session, we all rolled into the Meet OMT Social Hour, another rollicking event. We feel the session was so successful that we hope to make in an annual event. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in 2016 (Jo-Ellen:
A special thank you to our esteemed table anchors (with apologies if we have accidentally left you out!):
William Ocasio; Northwestern U.;
Mark Thomas Kennedy; Imperial College Business School;
Robert J David; McGill U.;
Anne-Claire Pache; ESSEC Business School;
Joe Broschak; U. of Arizona;
Joel Gehman; U. of Alberta;
Michael Lounsbury; U. of Alberta;
Thomas P. Moliterno; U. of Massachusetts, Amherst;
Kimberly D. Elsbach; U. of California, Davis;
Shon R Hiatt; U. of Southern California;
Brandon H. Lee; Melbourne Business School;
Lisa Ellen Cohen; McGill U.;
Jared D. Harris; U. of Virginia;
Brandy Aven; Carnegie Mellon U.
Chris Rider; Georgetown U.;
Diane Burton; Cornell U.;
Gerald F Davis; U. of Michigan;
Michael Jensen; U. of Michigan;
Joseph Porac; New York U.;
Giuseppe Labianca; U. of Kentucky;
Michelle Rogan; INSEAD;
Tina Dacin; Queen's U.;
The OMT Division has been working on keeping members engaged with a variety of topics and events throughout the year. Reaching over 500 likes/followers for Facebook and Twitter, we look forward to having exciting new initiatives to stay connected with our members. For important announcements, upcoming events, and interviews with OMT members, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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: Doctoral Consortium, Junior Faculty Workshop, Distinguished Scholar Breakfast, Business Meeting, Meet OMT social, over ten PDWs, and over fifteen sessions or symposia! This great effort demonstrates just one way the OMT Division keeps members virtually engaged during the conference.
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 2016 conference, please contact Eunice Rhee (
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 and LinkedIn Group page, 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, Saralara Marquez-Gallardo interviewed our winners of the best published paper award, Laura Claus interviewed our winners of the best international paper award, and Bjoern Mitzinneck interviewed our winners of the best entrepreneurship paper award. 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
A Special Note: This past year also brought with it a changing of the guard. Joel Gehman (University of Alberta) stepped down as the Communications Committee Chair. Joel made the communications committee what it is today, building and maintaining the infrastructure that we all have come to take for granted as the way us OMTers stay up to date and informed. Joel has been a great mentor to me and I am honored to take his place on this committee so that I can continue his work in serving our OMT membership.
Derek Harmon Communications Committee Chair University of Southern California
Current committee members include:
Pablo Martin de Holan EM Lyon, Professor Listserv moderator since 1994
Evelyn Micelotta Alberta School of Business, PhD Student Former member of the blogging committee since 2010
Mia Raynard Alberta School of Business, PhD Student Former member of the blogging committee since 2010
Vern Glaser Alberta School of Business, Assistant Professor Former member of the blogging committee since 2011
Diane-Laure Arjaliès HEC Paris, Assistant Professor Committee member since 2012
Marco Clemente Aalto University, Postdoc Committee member since 2012
Shilo Hills Alberta School of Business, PhD Student Committee member since 2013
Jochem Kroezen Cambridge University, Assistant Professor Committee member since 2013
Michael Mauskapf Northwestern Kellogg, PhD Student Committee member since 2013
Madeline Toubiana York University, PhD Student Committee member since 2013
Dahlia Mani HEC Paris, Assistant Professor Committee member since 2014
Eunice Rhee Seattle University, Assistant Professor Committee member since 2014; Social Media Liason
Laura Klaus Cambridge University, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
Christopher Corbishley Imperial, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
Teddy DeWitt University of Michigan, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
University of South Australia, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
Cass, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
Cornell, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
Calgary, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
TU Wien, Associate Committee member since 2015
Concordia, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
IE, PhD Student Committee member since 2015
The teaching roundtables at the 2015 annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Vancouver brought some of the very best teaching mentors together with junior faculty and graduate students participating in the doctoral and junior faculty consortia. We were able to expand the list of topics at the tables to include teaching leadership, supervising service learning in the context of studying abroad and teaching large lecture courses. Jerry Davis and co-author Christopher White gave copies their book, “Changing Your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs” to consortium attendees and shared ideas on how to teach social intrapreneurship at a roundtable.
The variety of topics covered at the roundtables truly demonstrates the diverse teaching repertoire possible—perhaps uniquely so—with a background in Organization and Management Theory. Yet, even though we have been successful in demonstrating our division members’ ability to cover a range of electives, the teaching committee would like to begin strong advocacy for making Organization and Management Theory a more central part of the curriculum in universities, and business schools in particular. The reality of increasingly strained budgets means that faculty lines most often must be linked to student enrollments in courses. That means that curriculum centrality may be key to securing opportunities for our members in the future. If you are interested in joining us in this effort, or if you have ideas about driving this agenda, please let us know!
We are currently making plans for the 2016 OMT Teaching Roundtables. We’ve had about 100 participants each year, and we welcome ideas for new table topics and mentors. If you’ve participated in the roundtables in the past, let us know what topics were most useful to you as well as your ideas for what we might cover. What have been your biggest challenges in teaching, and how can we help?
We’d also like to ask for your help for the TeachOMT website. We are currently working on a re-launch of the site and need materials. If you are teaching an organization theory course at the undergraduate or Masters level, this would be especially useful, but we also need syllabi dealing with change, strategy, general management, leadership, conflict, labor relations, and specific organization theory at every level of instruction. Materials for any course that our division members teach would be valuable to new members or to those doing new preps and would like some ideas. We also would like to use the site to share teaching materials such as cases, articles and videos (especially those in the public domain). Please send us links to your favorite teaching resources and describe some successful classroom activities.
Once again we want to encourage everyone in the OMT division to consider developing research, conceptual papers, essays, and book and resource reviews for Academy of Management Learning and Education. Let’s not forget that some of the most important work in the OMT domain came from studies of education.
Chris Quinn Trank,
This year’s OMT Junior Faculty Consortium was co-organized by Brayden King (Northwestern) and Anne-Claire Pache (ESSEC), and included 40 junior faculty from the following parts of the world: Canada, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States. In addition, 23 senior faculty participated as mentors and panelists.
The event began Thursday night with a cocktail hour, dinner, and an evening of socializing at the Medina Café in Vancouver. 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 included a workshop led by Ezra Zuckerman (MIT), in which he introduced various genres of paper writing and discussed as a group various ways to sharpen our writing within these genres. The morning closed with a panel on “Early Career Success,” that included advice from Sarah Kaplan (Toronto), Teppo Felin (Oxford), and Scott Sonenshein (Rice).
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 on “What’s Interesting about Organization and Management Theory?” The speakers on the panel were Pam Tolbert (Cornell), Damon Phillips (Columbia), and Steve Barley (UCSB).
In the mid-afternoon, many of the participants in the consortium joined the OMT Teaching Roundtables. We look forward to the junior faculty consortium 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!
The 2015 OMT Doctoral Consortium in Vancouver, co-organized by Mark Ebers (University of Cologne) and Pat Thornton (Texas A&M University), attracted a large number of applications and a strong pool of nominees. We were able to include 50 doctoral students from around the world, most of them in their final year of study. 22 faculty members generously donated their time and expertise to make the consortium a success.
The event started Thursday night with cocktails and dinner at the Blue Water Café, 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 in small-group research roundtables discussed the research projects of 2-3 doctoral students on the basis of proposals submitted in advance. These roundtables provided an opportunity for detailed feedback and close dialogue with established scholars and other participants sharing common interests. The program also included a welcome from Marc-David Seidel (Sauder School of Business), the OMT Program Chair Elect. The following faculty served as panelists and mentors:
In mid-afternoon, the Doctoral Consortium joined the OMT Junior Faculty Consortium for teaching roundtables, organized by Christine Quinn Trank, Vanderbilt University, and William M. Foster, University of Alberta.
The 2015 OMT Doctoral Consortium event was generously sponsored by the Desautels School of Management (McGill University), Sloan School of Management (MIT), and Emerald.
This year’s OMT Dissertation Proposal Workshop, organized by Division Chair Candace Jones (Boston College), experienced a strong demand from excellent applicants from around the world. Twenty doctoral students at the conceptualization stage of their dissertation gathered with prominent faculty mentors over lunch (at Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House Restaurant in Vancouver). They received advice from top scholars on ways to advance and improve their dissertation research. The faculty received notes of thank yous for the Ph.D. students for their helpful guidance. This was a tremendous opportunity for students to network with and get feedback from each other as well as established scholars in an informal and congenial atmosphere. I want to especially thank the following mentors for sharing their time and expertise:Christine Beckman (University of Maryland), Ron Burt (University of Chicago), Tiziana Casciaro (University of Toronto), Joep Cornelissen (Erasmus University), Royston Greenwood (University of Alberta), Vilmos Misyangi (Pennsylvania State University) Jo-Ellen Pozner (University of California, Berkeley), Mike Pratt (Boston College) and Davide Ravasi (Cass Business School).
I am thrilled to assume the position of the Research Committee Chair within the OMT Division this year. Led so ably by my esteemed predecessor, Joe Broschak, the Research Committee has grown to a group of forty 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 Jo-Ellen Pozner, University of California, Berkeley via email (
) or by phone (510-643-1413). 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!
2015 Best Paper Award Recipients
At the OMT Business Meeting during the AOM Annual Meetings in Vancouver, we announced the winners of the OMT Best Paper Awards. They are:
OMT Best Paper Award (link):
“Weeding Out the Competition: How Alternatives are eliminated during Institutionalization”
Kenji Klein – California State University, Long Beach
Renee Rottner – New York University
“Knowledge Transfer in Multilevel Networks: Contingent Effect of Organizational and Social Structure”
Alessandrio Lomi – University of Lugano
Paola Zappa – University of Lugano
“Stamps of Power and Conflict: Imprinting and Influence in the U.S. Senate, 1973-2009”
Christopher C. Liu – University of Toronto
Sameer B. Srivastava – University of California, Berkeley
OMT Lou Pondy Award (Best Paper from a Dissertation) (link):
“Explaining Unequal Returns to Social Capital Among Entrepreneurs”
Mabel Abraham – MIT Sloan
“The Dark Side of Brokerage: Conflicts between Individual and Collective Pursuits of Innovation”
Russell J. Funk – University of Minnesota
“Organizational Identity and Resistance to Environmental Pressures”
Oliver Schilke – University of Arizona
OMT Best Empirical Paper on Environmental and Social Practice (link):
"Tea Time: Temporal Coordination for Sustainable Development"
Anna Kim – Western University, Ivy Business School
Pratima Bansal – Western University, Ivy Business School
Helen Haugh, University of Cambridge
“Smoke Signal or Smoke Screen? Why the Media do not Disapprove Equally of Overpaid CEOs”
Jean-Hilippe Vergne – Western University, Ivey Business School
Georg Wernicke – Copenhagen Business School
Steffen H. Brenner – Copenhagen Business School
“Red, Blue, and Purple Firms: On the Coherence and Implications of Organizational Ideology”
Abhinav Gupta –Pennsylvania State University
OMT Best International Paper (link):
“Gray Matters in the Growth of Markets”
Valentina Assenova – Yale School of Management
Olav Sorenson – Yale School of Management
The Two Runner Ups are:
“Faraway, So Close! Field Access and Status Rise in Case of Institutional Complexity”
Giuseppe Delmestri – WU Vienna
Fabrizio Montanari – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
“The Nature and Limits of Collective Identity as an Editing Lens for Institutional Complexity”
Jaco Lok – University of New South Wales
Anu Gupta – University of New South Wales Sydney
OMT Best Student Paper (link):
“Here’s an Idea: Knowledge Sharing among Competitors to Build a Critical Mass”
Tristan L. Botelho – MIT Sloan
“How Does Nested Categories Influence a Market Emergence? Evidence from Early American Music Record”
Jaemin Lee – INSEAD
“The Contingent Spillovers of Organizational Wrongdoing”
Jacob Model – Stanford University
OMT Best Symposium (link):
"What Does Imprinting Mean? New Perspectives on Imprint Formation and Persistence Processes"
Rolf L. Hoefer – INSEAD
“Category Dynamics: Emergence, Change, and Dissolution”
Eunice Y. Rhee – Seattle University
Jade Yu-Chieh Lo – Drexel University
Peer C. Fiss – University of Southern California
“Beyond Embeddedness: When Community Engagement Governs Firm Strategy”
Robert Eberhart – Santa Clara University
2015 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:
The Contraction of Meaning: The Combined Effect of Communication, Emotions, and Materiality on Sensemaking in the Stockwell Shooting, Journal of Management Studies, 51(5): 699-736
Joep P. Cornelissen - VU University Amsterdam
Saku Mantere - Hanken School of Economics
Eero Vaara - Hanken School of Economics/EMLYON Business School
Research Committee Chair, OMT Division
Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations
University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
What an exciting year 2015 was for OMT in Vancouver after a record number of PDW submissions! The program highlighted our continuing effort to have OMTers at all stages of career meet and engage with each other - making OMT the place to be!
We led a total of 48 PDW sessions totaling 119.5 hours, and secured co-sponsors for virtually all of the OMT sessions. Additionally we co-sponsored 36 PDWs led by other divisions.
We had a wide range of events including:
In addition to our usual wide variety of workshops, we had some exciting new offerings including:
I wanted to thank all of the organizers, presenters and participants for making this a PDW program to remember.
If you missed out on the 2015 OMT artifact, you can see what our members created here.
We look forward to having a rich program again in 2016. Davide Ravise 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 opens November 10th, 2015, and Davide and I both look forward to your submissions!
We all look forward to seeing you in Anaheim in 2016!
Marc-David L. Seidel
OMT Division 2016 Program Chair
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