Call of PDW Submissions

Call for PDWs for the AOM Annual Meeting

PDW Chair: Helena Cooper-Thomas, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand

2023 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions


Submission Deadline: Tuesday, 10 January 2023 at 5:00 PM ET (New York time)


The OB Division invites creative and engaging proposals for interactive Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) for the 2023 Annual Meeting. The OB Division’s PDWs will be scheduled for Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5.


PDWs by their very nature should be developmental and enhance and advance members of the Academy. These workshops should also be inclusive, reaching across professional or social boundaries to foster opportunities and growth for a diverse set of participants. We invite organizers to consider the broad membership of the OB division and to develop PDWs that serve a wide range of members.


Successful PDWs are often provocative, evoking strong reactions from participants and energizing attendees to be involved in the session. The write-up inviting participation generates enthusiasm for the topic and encourages preparation both on the day, and with deliberate follow up after the curtains have closed. Organizers have substantial latitude over the format, processes, timing, and other characteristics of the PDW. We applaud innovation that serves to strengthen the development and learning of the members of the division and the Academy, rather than innovation for its own sake. We encourage organizers to think outside the bounds of the traditional scholarly program, and instead provide an experience that is unique to PDWs.


We are particularly interested in sponsoring PDWs that address the OB division’s priorities of enhancing rigor, relevance, and relationships. We likewise encourage you to consider, but not limit yourself to, the conference theme, Putting the Worker Front and Center. We also welcome interdisciplinary submissions that can be co-sponsored by other divisions.


We will give priority to proposals that: (a) are truly a professional workshop comprising some interactive or skill-development component that is distinct from the scholarly program of the conference, and that take a particular focus on community building; (b) do not duplicate existing OB-sponsored PDWs or another submitted PDW (if the latter, then the sponsors may be contacted to see if coordination is possible); (c) are creative and intellectually stimulating; and (d) are likely to appeal to a large number of members (e.g., across different career stages, nationalities, roles). PDWs that focus on research topics (i.e., panels, interactive symposia) may be more suited to submission to the scholarly program.


All program sessions will be held on-site in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Selected in-person on-site sessions will be video recorded for on-demand access. Materials will be required from all accepted presentations to build content to be available to registrants during and post-conference (PDF, PowerPoint, video, other ancillary materials).

Submission Timeline

6 December 2022: Submission Center open

10 January 2023 Submission deadline (5:00 PM ET, New York Time)

Late February 2023 PDW Acceptance notifications

Late March 2023 Papers & Symposium Acceptance notifications

Late May 2023 Online Program available

4-8 August 2023 83rd Annual Meeting, held in Boston, MA, USA

Please be sure to follow the Academy of Management's PDW Guidelines for Submissions.


Submit using the PDW submission system at: The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 5PM ET (New York time). If you would like to discuss your submission, please contact the PDW chair, Helena Cooper-Thomas.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

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