• OMT Meetups 3rd Round - Junior Scholar Sign ups (Deadline Aug 27)

    It's time to sign up for the 3rd round of OMT Meetups! Junior scholars (assistant professor, postdoc, advanced PhD student) can sign up HERE. Please choose up to 6 senior scholars to ensure that you get at least one of your choices. Sign ups close next Friday (Aug 27) and you will get your allocations by Monday (Aug 30).

    A huge thank you to the many senior scholars who have volunteered their time. We literally couldn't do it without you!

    Let us know if you have any questions. And how we can help make OMT the place to be!

    All the best,

    OMT Meetups Committee
    Shelby Gai
    Richard Haans

    Shelby Gai
    Michigan State University
    Okemos MI
    (347) 788-8713
  • OMT Meetups 2021: Coming Soon!

    Dear OMTers,

    We're launching a new round of last year's highly successful OMT (Virtual) Meetups this summer. OMT Meetups connect senior scholars with junior scholars and PhD students to discuss research, careers, and academic life.

    Exciting news about the Meetups will be forthcoming over the next week or two. In the meantime, here's a bit of a throwback to last year's invigorating sessions:

    Take another read of Wendy Kilminster's wonderful recap of her experience with OMT Meetups (and, at the time, a balm in the thick of the pandemic).

    Looking forward to another round of stimulating discussions in our upcoming OMT Meetups!
  • Announcing This Year's OMT Award Winners

    We're excited to announce this year's OMT Award Winners.

    Mae McDonnell (Wharton), Chair of the Research Committee announces the 2021 research award winners and acknowledges research committee members.
  • Lessons Learned: from a New Scholar (But an Old Hand)

    Check out Peter de Kam's insightful advice and technology tips for PhD students.
  • “Sorry, I need to jump on another call…”: How to sustain and extend your network beyond virtual conf

    Read Lorenzo Skade's timely piece offering strategies for expanding your virtual network.
  • Announcing OMT Podcast, Season 2.6 - Emily Block, Authenticity in Academic Life

    Episode 6 of Season 2 of the OMT Podcast is here!


    In the second season of our podcast series, we feature conversations with members of the Organizational and Management Theory division, exploring how they got to where they are today, the cutting-edge questions they are asking, and what motivates them and their work.


    Season 2, Episode 6: Emily Block, Authenticity in Academic Life


    Emily Block, Associate Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada; Emily is also the OMT Division Membership Chair


    Emily provides advice for scholars to be authentic and trust in themselves, even if they do not fit the image of the ‘typical' management scholar or OMT member. She talks about how she was influenced by her family and her professors, and how that experience has shaped what she does in her research.

    Finally, Emily also discusses how she thinks about OMT and helps make it a welcoming community. You can get in touch with Emily, to help or volunteer. If you have not done so, please also check out the initiative on OMT Meetups, which helps junior scholars connect with more senior mentors.

    To find out more about Emily Block, please visit her official faculty profile.


    You can listen to the episode and subscribe to the Podcast on SpreakerSpotifyGoogleiTunes and most of your favorite podcast outlets.

  • OMT needs you as a reviewer of scholarly submissions

    Dear OMT Members and Friends,

    Reviewing is a great opportunity for scholars to read some of the newest work in their subfield before anyone else. It is also a good opportunity to learn about the review process, and to support our academic community.

    We expect to receive hundreds of submissions for the 2021 Academy OMT program and we need your help to review them. This year we will need again about 1,200 reviewers. So far only about 250 have signed up!

    You do not need to be a member of OMT, or even the Academy of Management, to serve as a reviewer. There is no obligation to attend the annual conference (although we welcome you to submit your research), nor any expectation that you have reviewer experience from the past. We welcome people worldwide at all stages of their careers, including PhD students.

    Please sign up now to review for OMT in 2021! After you click the "Sign In" button, you will be asked to select one or more Division and Interest Group(s). Please be sure to choose OMT!!!

    Your reviewer assignment will be based on the keywords you indicate as your areas of interest and expertise. The review period runs from January 21 to February 18, 2021. We recognize and award the very best OMT reviewers with an ABCD Award from the OMT Division!

    Please note that even if you have reviewed in the past, you still need to sign up again to review for the 2021 Annual Meeting. OMT depends on a terrific pool of reviewers and we need you, your friends, your colleagues, and your enemies to sign up in order to ensure a great virtual program in 2021.

    Thank you in advance for willingness to contribute to the field in this important way!


    Eva Boxenbaum
    Academy of Management
    OMT Program Chair 2021

    Eva Boxenbaum
    Copenhagen Business School

  • 2021 OMT Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions and Reviewers


    2021 OMT Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions and Reviewers


    Program Chair: Eva Boxenbaum, Copenhagen Business School,


    The Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division invites symposium and paper submissions for the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, which will be held virtually from July 30 to August 3, 2021. The submission system opens in December 2020. You may send us submissions through the AOM Submission Center until it closes on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 5:00 PM EST (NY Time).

    Our Domain: The OMT Division welcomes submissions related to developing and testing theory about organizations, their members and management, organizing and managerial processes within and between organizations, organization-environment relations, and the role of organizations in society. The area has a rich intellectual heritage. OMT is inclusive of theoretical approaches and analytical methods that advance the understanding of organizational and managerial phenomena. We encourage the use of theory and research to address contemporary challenges to organizational life, managerial practice and broader society. More information about the division is available on the OMT website.

    The Conference Theme: When preparing your submission, we encourage you to connect to this year’s conference theme: "Bringing the Manager Back in Management." For instance, how do we manage organizations to create impact? How can organization and management theory help others manage organizations more effectively? We also welcome scholarly submissions that do not directly pertain to this theme. OMT encourages the submission of symposia or papers that develop new theory or that apply our existing theory base to emerging management domains. The division celebrates theoretical novelty, methodological pluralism, international research collaborations, and the use of theory to address organizational and societal challenges. We aspire to advance robust theoretical understanding of organizations, organizing, and management.

    Special Invitation: The OMT Executive Board thanks all of our members who have submitted and volunteered in prior years for their contributions to making OMT the place to be! We are counting on you to continue submitting your best research papers and most creative symposia. We especially invite PhD students and faculty who have not previously submitted research to the Academy or to the OMT Division. Our membership is eager to engage with new ideas and to welcome new members. If you have questions about the appropriateness of your submission for OMT, please feel free to contact the Program Chair at

    Reviewing for OMTOur division has a long tradition for providing constructive and developmental reviews of high quality. The success of the OMT program relies upon your active participation in the review process. We will need your help as a reviewer to help us identify our best submissions. Please sign up to review. The norm in the collegial community of OMT is that if you submit a paper, a symposium or a PDW, then you also help to develop the program by reviewing for the division. The sign-up system opens in early December – please sign up before you forget! Your reviewer assignment will be based on the keywords that you indicate are your areas of expertise. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer and contribute to the program by providing thoughtful and timely reviews. If you have not yet had a chance to review, 2021 is the year to start! PhD students are welcome.


    OMT Division Awards

    Each year the OMT Division presents a number of awards at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

    The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes scholars who have been central to the intellectual development of the field of organization and management theory.

    The Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award recognizes scholars who have blazed trails and paved the way for new ideas during the course of their careers (given every other year; to be given in 2022).

    The Distinguished Educator Award recognizes scholars who have had a significant impact through their teaching and interactions with students (given every other year; to be given in 2021).

    The Best Published Paper Award recognizes a journal article published in the previous year that advances our theoretical understanding of organizations, organizing, and management.

    The Best Paper Award recognizes an empirical or conceptual paper submitted to the annual meeting that offers significant contributions to the field of organization and management theory.

    The Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award recognizes the best paper based on a dissertation in the refereed scholarly program.

    The Best International Paper Award recognizes research regarding themes and content of interest internationally.

    The Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices recognizes research that advances our understanding of environmental and social dimensions of organizing.

    The Best OMT Entrepreneurship Paper recognizes a paper in the scholarly program that advances understanding of entrepreneurship drawing on organization and management theory.

    The Best Student Paper recognizes a paper authored solely by students and included in the refereed program.

    The OMT Responsible Research Award recognizes to a paper that offers both credible and useful knowledge that can potentially advance business practices toward a better society. 

    The Best Symposium Award recognizes an event submitted to the annual meeting that stimulates, integrates, or extends discussions about organization and management theory.

    The Research Committee Award recognizes the valuable service provided by the most dedicated members of the research committee.

    The Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award recognizes reviewers who were deemed worthy of special acknowledgment for the helpfulness, extensiveness and insight of their reviews.

    Eva Boxenbaum
    Copenhagen Business School

  • Episode 3 of Season 2 of the OMT Podcast is here!

    Episode 3 of Season 2 of the OMT Podcast is here!

    In the second season of our podcast series, we feature conversations with members of the Organizational and Management Theory division, exploring how they got to where they are today, the cutting-edge questions they are asking, and what motivates them and their work.


    Season 2, Episode 3: Daniel Armanios


    Daniel Armanios, Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, in the United States

    Daniel Armanios

    In this special, extended “Black Friday” episode, Daniel talks about how, despite being in an engineering department, he works in the field of management and organisation theory. Daniel has always wanted to be an academic (and he has a long list of degrees to show for it) and discusses how he manages to put all of them to good use. He also explains why teaching is really enriching for his research.


    To find out more about Daniel Armanios, please visit his official faculty profile.


    You can listen to the episode and subscribe to the Podcast on SpreakerSpotifyGoogleiTunes and most of your favorite podcast outlets.