PDWs should promote attendees' professional development, in terms of teaching or research. PDWs differ from the Academy's Scholarly Program and should not mimic symposia or paper sessions in which a series of presentations are made with minimal audience involvement. Instead, PDWs should be inclusive, encourage widespread participation, develop members' skills, foster connections, and promote interactive involvement. The Academy has developed extensive guidelines on how to develop a valuable PDW. Capturing and maintaining attendees' interest through innovative sessions is critically important. PDWs provide a platform for experimenting with new processes, models, formats, and ideas, and proposers are encouraged to develop something new. These sessions could include new forms of technology (e.g. podcasting, wikis, etc.) and inventive structures.
Traditionally, PDWs have included workshops, town hall meetings, debates, tutorials, panels, tours, roundtable discussions, case studies, invited speakers, and workout sessions. A list of past ONE PDWs is available at the ONE website.Given the virtual format of the 2021 Academy of Management Meeting, PDWs will need to be designed to enable presenters and the audience to participate virtually and will replace the "traditional" physical presence at the Academy. We strongly encourage you to draw on suitable virtual tools and collaboration formats to make your proposed PDW fun, inclusive and innovative!
Good PDWs energize participants and provoke members to be attentive and engaged. They should incorporate theories of adult learning (cooperative, relevant, problem-cantered, experiential, etc.). Finally, and importantly, PDW must be logistically sound and well-planned in terms of responsibilities, preparation, and arrangements. Please consider how the PDW can be designed so that it encourages virtual international collaborations and is inclusive of scholars that will be joining from different countries, backgrounds, and time-zones.
The ONE division has a strong tradition of cross-division proposals. We encourage you to connect with other divisions and be explicit about how you will do so. PDW proposals should present the goal of the PDW, its underlying rationale, the session's design, its organizers, and its intended audiences. PDW proposals should be three to five pages, single-spaced, with 1.5 spacing between paragraphs and sections. Please refer to the AOM's PDW guidelines for further details.
***We strongly encourage you to discuss your ideas with the ONE PDW Chair prior to submission to ensure that proposals fit with our aims, and that overlap between different proposals can be minimized so that each PDW creates a unique and innovative contribution. The deadline for doing so was Friday, December 11, 2020, but if you missed out on this, you can still proceed with submitting your full proposal by the official AOM Deadline.***
Please submit your PDW proposals via the AOM website, for details see https://aom.org/annualmeeting/submission/guidelines/. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. The submission system opens in early December and early submissions are encouraged, as proposals will be considered on a rolling basis. Since limited time is allotted for PDWs, please remember that the submission process is highly competitive. Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions will be held during the Annual Meeting, Friday, 30 July – Tuesday, 3 August.