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Online Business Meeting and Other 2023 IM Division Program Innovations

  • 1.  Online Business Meeting and Other 2023 IM Division Program Innovations

    Posted 05-18-2023 16:54
    Edited by Romie Littrell 05-19-2023 07:34

    Hello All International Management Division Members,

    It is my honor to serve as Chair of the International Management Division. I hope 2023 is bringing a renewed sense of normalcy to everyone, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the AOM Meeting in Boston.

    I would like to particularly highlight the exceptional efforts of Nandini Lahiri (our 2023 Program Chair) and Klaus Meyer (our 2023 PDW Chair), who have been working tirelessly on this year's International Management Division Program. While the full details of the program will be available soon, this year we will be implementing a few changes to the AOM Program that we wanted to apprise you of in advance. 

    One change will actually occur before the conference. We will hold an online IM Division Business Meeting in advance of the main AOM conference on July 25 at 9:00 AM EDT (UTC 1 PM). Because we realize that no time is perfect for everyone, we will also record the meeting for those who are not able to attend in person. 

    We are doing this for multiple reasons. First, holding the business meeting during the main conference creates a situation where many people cannot attend due to conflicts with other sessions across the overall AOM program. Holding the meeting at the conference also excludes participation from division members who cannot physically attend. Thus, the online format will allow greater opportunity for these division members to be included. Second, one difficulty we noticed with our recent business meetings is the limited time available to discuss significant division issues. The International Management Division has nine committees that do fantastic work in support of the division. The new format will allow a meaningful amount of time for the committees to report on their activities and obtain feedback to better serve you in the future. Third, our division Bylaws have not been revised in many years. While the basic activities of the division have not changed, there are a number of updates that need to be incorporated and the new meeting format will allow adequate time to discuss these. Overall, the Executive Committee believes this new timing will allow greater inclusiveness from the membership in the activities of the division. Be on the lookout for more specific details on the virtual business meeting in the coming weeks.

    Second, within the 2023 AOM Program, our division's Professional Development Workshops will occur on Friday and Saturday, while the Divisional Consortia will occur on Sunday. Thank you in particular to the leaders of the Doctoral Consortium, the Junior Faculty Consortium and our Paper Development Workshop for all their efforts organizing these important activities that are foundational to the development of our division's future.

    Third, on Sunday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:00 pm following the main consortia, we will hold our division's Eminent Scholar Session. We believe this new timing and date will allow greater participation in this important event recognizing a soon-to-be announced prominent scholar in our field. Look for an announcement of the winner of this award shortly in a separate communication.

    Finally, on Monday afternoon, we will hold an Awards Session from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the same time frame as our previous business meeting, which was previously divided between business and awards. This new session will allow more time to focus on our awards. This will be followed by the IM Division Scholarship and Engagement Gala Event which will occur from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the University of Massachusetts Club.

    We hope that the above changes will help improve the overall International Management Division conference experience. We welcome your feedback to assist in further refining our efforts in future years. Thank you as always for your support of the AOM International Management Division!


    William Newburry

    Chair, International Management Division

    William Newburry
    Department Chair
    Florida International University