Description: In this conversational keynote, Martyna Śliwa reflects on her professional career as a CMS academic along with the trajectory of critical management studies in business schools. She shares her insights regarding how she navigated the academy against the background of the political, social and economic environments she has been part of over the past two decades and offers some thoughts on the present and future of CMS.

    Description: In this special plenary, we first listen to Stella Nkomo problematizing the absence of race and racism in Management and Organization Studies based on her recent research project. Then, by drawing from her own real-life experiences as a researcher, Penelope Muzanenhamo talks about the epistemic and representational injustices concerning race and racialized subjects in the field.

    Description: This professional development workshop aims to support the development of critical and practical activism by building on the conversations around ‘critical praxis’ and ‘activist turn’ in the CMS. Grounded, in part, in the debate around ‘critical performativity’ and set against the urgent need for critical academics to act practically and critically to address core social and organizational issues (e.g. intensifying class, racial and gender inequalities, environmental destruction and political alienation) this workshop involves a set of presentations and activities that encourage the development of the activist CMS scholar. Note: Please fast forward from minute 42 to 1:30 to listen to the outcomes of group work. 

    Description: The solidarity economy refers to a diverse set of cooperative and community-based economic practices ranging from cooperatives and credit unions to community gardens. It also refers to an anti-capitalist transnational social movement that aims to promote such practices as a way to transform the larger economy to make it better sustain vibrant communities and the environment. This symposium contributes to the current debate on diversity through alternative modes of organizing the economy for social justice. 

    Description: Despite increasing attention to corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues in global value chains (GVC) (Gond & Moon, 2011), the complicity of multinational corporations in perpetuating global inequities is still on the sidelines in mainstream scholarship and practice (Banerjee, 2014). More recently, gendered inequities across global value chains have begun to be recognised in the CSR literature (e.g. Grosser, 2009; Karam & Jamali, 2013; McCarthy, 2017). However, intersectional voices continue to remain veiled or missing in this discourse (Ozkazanc-Pan, 2018). This Symposium argues that an intersectional approach to CSR acknowledges that the dominant hegemony erases the experiences of other less-privileged group members (Crenshaw, 1989; Liu, 2017). It also allows for an understanding of GVCs and CSR in a different way, and that the inequalities therein are ‘the outcome of intersections of different social locations, power relations and experiences’ (Hankivsky, 2014: 1). 

    Each year the Division also organizes the Dark Side Case Competition and offers several best paper awards.

    A big thank you to all the CMS reviewers who consistently provide high quality, developmental feedback to contributors, the Division relies on your generosity. 

    We hope to see you again at many CMS Division events in 2021!

    A Note on Diversity and Inclusion:

    The CMS Division is committed to generative inclusion and the promotion of alternatives to conventional norms, including within our own profession and its organizations. We therefore ask that when putting together a Professional Development Workshop or Panel Symposium, please consider:

    a) Variety in speakers. Workshop and symposia panels should be made up of a range of speakers, some of international standing, some earlier career, with a range of experience in publishing and education.
    b) The representation of genders, geographical locations, and institutions. In particular, PDW and main program chairs are unlikely to accept proposals with all-male panels or representation from only one or two geographical regions.


    In addition to the CMS program at the Academy of Management in North America, the CMS Division provides one-off sponsorship to support workshops and meetings that further the Division’s remit in other parts of the world. Please contact the current CMS Division Chair if you would like to find out more.