The following strategic initiatives evolved in response to objectives presented in the AOM Strategic Plan.
Strategic Intent Area: Internationalization
AOM Africa Conference
In response to demand from a growing and globally diverse
membership population, the Academy held an open call to members for
innovative and unique ideas for a supplementary conference to be
held outside of North America. In support of a member-driven
proposal, the Academy of Management Africa Conference was held
January 7-10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The AOM Africa Conference provided an intimate setting for local
and international scholars to interact through uniquely focused
content and experiential learning journeys.
Learn more about the AOM Africa Conference.
[Internationalization, Strategic Objective: 1.6]
Adopt-a-Member Mentoring Program
The Adopt a Member Mentoring Program at the Annual Meeting
designed to extend a warm welcome to all first time attendees and
new members at the Annual Meeting by pairing them with experienced
members to help answer questions about the conference, offer
guidance in organizing their visit, and to help create an enriching
and lasting experience.
Learn more about the Adopt-a-Member Program on the Annual Meeting page
(sign up details posted each year in March/April).
[Internationalization, Strategic Objective: 1.1]
AFAM Inaugural Mini-Conference
The inaugural conference of the Africa Academy of Management
(AFAM) was held on Thursday, August 11, one day prior to the start
of the AOM Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas (2011). As part of
the AOM Africa Initiative, which seeks to promote the advancement
of research and scholarly exchange on and about the continent of
Africa, the Academy sponsored ten junior African scholars to allow
them to experience their first AOM Annual Meeting and participate
in the inaugural AFAM conference. African AOM membership (and
Annual Meeting attendance) has continued to grow since the launch
of the AOM Africa Initiative, providing new opportunities for
African and non-African management scholars to connect and
[Internationalization, Strategic Objectives: 1.5, 1.4,
Africa Faculty Development Workshops
The Africa Faculty Development Workshops are a series of
programs aimed at promoting excellent PhD and new faculty research,
assisting with the advancement of research scholarship, and helping
to develop the next generation of Africa's academic leaders. These
programs welcome scholars from across the African continent to
engage in an intensive weeklong seminar with distinguished
international faculty members.
The Academy of Management collaborated with the Africa Academy of
Management to host the West Africa Faculty Development Workshop in
Accra, Ghana (December 2011) and the Central/East Africa Faculty
Development Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda (June 2012).
[Internationalization, Strategic Objectives: 1.5, 1.4, 1.3]
Forum for Leaders of Affiliated and Associated
The Academy of Management hosts an afternoon forum for leaders
AOM Affiliated and Associated Societies at the Annual
Meeting each year. The forum supports open discussions about the
future of management scholarship and provides an opportunity for
groups to share best practices, identify trends and issues of
common concern, and to recognize the opportunities and challenges
[Internationalization, Strategic Objective: 1.2]
Hospitality Suite for New and International
The Hospitality Suite for New and International Members at the
Annual Meeting provides a welcome community atmosphere where new
and international members can learn about volunteer opportunities
and the benefits of membership from Academy staff, leadership
volunteers and the Membership Committee.
Learn more about the Hospitality Suite on the Annual Meeting page
(details posted each year in March/April).
[Internationalization, Strategic Objective: 1.1]
Strategic Intent Area: Professional Impact
AOM Teaching & Learning Conference
In response to the growing teaching related-needs of AOM members
around the globe, members proposed an Academy-wide teaching
conference, TLC@AOM. The goal of this project is to engage members
across all divisions on the practice of teaching. The TLC@AOM seeks
to support all AOM members teaching roles, increase the visibility
of teaching both within and outside of the Academy, and position
the Academy as a global leader in management education teaching in
addition to its current leadership role in management education
TLC@AOM was offered as a three-year pilot program during the AOM Annual Meeting in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Teaching & Learning Conference will continue, as part of the AOM Small Conferences Initiative, in 2016. For more information about
the Teaching & Learning Conference please contact the organizers.
[Professional Impact, Strategic Objectives: 2.1, 2.4]
Ethics of Scholarship and Publishing Videos
The Academy of Management Ethics of
Research and Publishing Video Series was created in 2011 to educate
and increase awareness for Academy members of professional ethical
conduct with respect to writing, authoring, and publication.
Featuring journal editors and Academy thought leaders, this
eight part series explores questions in academic research and
publishing including: Authorship, Plagiarism, Publishing in Journals, Conference Papers and
Presentations, Slicing the Data in
Publications, Reporting Research, Reviewing Manuscripts, and Global Ethics in
Learn more about this project and view all eight videos on
Academy of Management YouTube channel.
[Professional Impact, Strategic Objectives: 2.1, 2.4]
International Online Teaching Resource
The International Online Teaching Resource Library includes
member generated videos with testimonials and cases in native
languages (subtitles in English) that illustrate how AOM
scholarship and teaching have helped inspire and enable a better
world. This collaborative initiative aims to promote and foster
practical, meaningful and relevant teaching and research. The goal
of the project is not only to promote the relevance and importance
of AOM scholarship for managerial and organizational practice, but
also to engage members from emerging countries who might not fully
understand what AOM is and does, and the important role it plays in
The project introduced an open competition in 2011 for members
to produce videos that demonstrated how Academy scholarship
influences and helps improve management and organizational practice
in their own context. Finalist videos can be found in the
AOM video library. The videos are accessible, with appropriate
attribution, for all Academy members to use in their
[Professional Impact, Strategic Objective: 2.1, 2.4]
The Ethicist: An Innovative Plan to Engage Members in
The Ethicist is a monthly blog where Academy of
Management members can discuss ethical issues that affect their
research, teaching and professional lives. The Ethicist
communicates the Academy's commitment to ethical conduct as a
priority of the organization. The purpose of the blog is to raise
awareness about everyday ethical issues and ethics in the context
of the Academy and the profession. The blog also provides a
location for experts to respond to members' questions and concerns
about ethics. The blog is sponsored by the AOM Ethics Education
Read this month's blog - and the complete archive here.
[Professional Impact, Strategic Objectives: 2.1, 3.3, 4.2,
Strategic Intent Area: State of the Profession
AOM Climate Study: An Assessment of Diversity and
Inclusion in the Academy
In 2013, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee initiated a
project to assess diversity and inclusion in the Academy. The
goals of this project are to assess member diversity, perceptions
of AOM's climate for diversity and inclusion (e.g., leadership
commitment to diversity, value for diverse perspectives, fair
treatment, need satisfaction, belongingness), and patterns of
participation (e.g., years of membership, type and extent of
involvement, leadership positions held, etc.).
Diversity & Inclusion Theme Committee Survey of Inclusion Summary Report of Key Findings
[State of the Profession, Strategic Objectives: 1.3, 3.2]
Career Obstacles, Shocks and Facilitators of
Occupational Career Satisfaction among Academy of Management
In 2013-14, a study was launched to help provide a better
understanding of the State of the Profession by
identifying the professional challenges facing members and what
role the AOM might play in addressing them. The study also
aimed to report on the status on tenure track and non-tenure track
positions and alternatives to attaining tenure used by business
schools around the world.
A report on the study to (1) identify qualitatively examples of career shocks, obstacles, and accelerators faced by our members, and (2) use these examples to create and administer a quantitative survey of members can be found by clicking here.
[State of the Profession, Strategic Objectives: 3.3, 3.4]
Diversity & Inclusion Theme Committee
In the fall of 2010, then-AOM President Susan Jackson formed a
committee to help ensure that the Academy fully supported and
leveraged the scholarly contributions of its diverse members.
The mission of the
Diversity & Inclusion Theme Committee is to provide
learning and outreach opportunities across the Academy of
Management that foster a more diverse and inclusive community in
which all members are involved in, and contribute to, the growth
and success of the organization.
[State of the Profession, Strategic Objectives: 1.3, 3.1]
Strategic Intent Area: Academy Management
Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD)
The Academy of Management has added a new online journal, the Academy of Management Discoveries
(AMD) to its portfolio of publications. The mission of
AMD is to promote the creation and
dissemination of new empirical evidence that strengthens our
understanding of substantively important yet poorly understood
phenomena concerning management and organizations.
AMD welcomes phenomenon-driven research that employs
quantitative and/or qualitative methods at any level of analysis
(e.g., individuals, groups, organizations, industries, societies).
The journal publishes articles presenting strong and
persuasive evidence and provides readers clear and timely
implications for understanding and improving management and
organizations. Studies appearing AMD in could
be used as a basis for theory development or theory-based empirical
articles developed for other AOM journals.
Watch the introductory
video seriesand view examples of thetypes
of papers AMD is looking for here .
[Academy Management, Strategic Objectives: 4.4]
AOM Connect is the
Academy's online social network. Launched in 2010 as an interactive
platform for the Academy's global membership to facilitate virtual
connections, AOM Connect is the central resource for members to
network, discuss their research, and engage on various topics of
importance and concern for management scholars.
Learn more about AOM Connect.
[Academy Management, Strategic Objectives: 1.3, 4.2]
Governance Improvement Drive
In 2012, the Board launched an initiative to develop the
capability and effectiveness of AOM governance to successfully meet
the current and future challenges of a 21st century scholarly
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