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AOM Boston 2019 PDW: Formal Modeling in Management Research

  • 1.  AOM Boston 2019 PDW: Formal Modeling in Management Research

    Posted 07-11-2019 18:38
    Formal Modeling in Management Research
    Saturday, Aug 10 2019
    12:15PM - 3:15PM at Boston Park Plaza, Whittier

    Participant: Alfonso Gambardella, Bocconi U.
    Participant: Ashish Arora, Duke U.
    Participant: Michael D Ryall, U. of Toronto
    Participant: Andrea Fosfuri, Bocconi U.
    Participant: Tomasz Obloj, HEC Paris
    Participant: Jiao Luo, U. of Minnesota
    Participant: Douglas Hannah, The U. of Texas at Austin
    Participant: Ryan Cooper, U. of Maryland, College Park
    Participant: Elena Plaksenkova, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State U.
    Organizer: Elena Plaksenkova, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State U.
    Organizer: Liyue Yan, Robert H. Smith School of Business, U. of Maryland 

    Formal modeling is a powerful tool for both theory development and empirical testing, and in the recent years it has become an accepted method for diverse topics in management research. The purpose of this PDW is to enhance participants' understanding of the effective utilization of formal models for both theoretical and empirical management research. The PDW aims to promote the effective use and consumption of formal modeling to a larger audience, reach a consensus on the acceptable practices of formal modeling in the management field, facilitate a conversation between experts and learners, and create a community of learning for those interested in formal modeling. Invited participants are scholars who have extensive experience in formal modeling as producers, consumers or reviewers.

    The PDW will address the following topics:

    (1) Advantages and disadvantages of using formal models in strategy research.

    (2) How to develop formal models?

    (3)How to consume formal models?

    (4) How to leverage formal models for empirical research?

    (5) Editor's view on the use of formal models.

    This PDW is aimed at PhD students and faculty who wish to improve their skills as consumers or producers of the formal models, as well as those who want to learn more about this method. The workshop does not require prior knowledge and is intended for participants at any level.

    Format of PDW:

    The PDW will consist of two parts: a 90-minute panel session and a 90-minute roundtable session.

    How to participate in PDW: 

    The panel session is open for everyone; the roundtable session requires a pre-registration. Because of the limited space registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Walk-ins are welcomed only if space is available. To register online, please visit The deadline to register online is August 7, 2019.

    In case you have an overlap with another event, but still wish to participate to at least one of the sessions, please contact Elena Plaksenkova at For any questions regarding the workshop please contact Elena Plaksenkova at

    Hope to see you in Boston!

    Elena Plaksenkova and Liyue Yan