Doctoral Consortium Report

2019 Doctoral Consortium Report
Michael Smets, Oxford University
Lisa Cohen, McGill University


The 2019 OMT Doctoral Consortium in Chicago convened 53 doctoral students from around the world selected from a strong pool of applications. They joined for a day of panel presentations and personal mentorship from 33 faculty members who generously volunteered their time and expertise to make the consortium a success.


Events kicked off on Thursday night with a networking dinner at Summer Shack. It was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and for faculty and students to reconnect or make new connections over crab cakes and lobster rolls. The informal setting provided a great backdrop to discuss the big questions of academic life in a more relaxed atmosphere.


Friday’s formal proceedings opened with a warm welcome from Davide Ravasi (Division Chair) who reassured everyone that OMT is – indeed – the place to be! Over the course of the day, three panels provided guidance on how to navigate academic careers: Being on the Market and Moving on; Getting Published and Managing a Research Pipeline; and Managing Your Career and its Relationships. The deep insight, but also good humour, with which panellists reflected on their own ‘lessons learned’ set the tone for more personal developmental conversations throughout the day.


Each faculty member was assigned one or two doctoral students for in-depth conversations about their current work in progress. These encounters provided opportunities for detailed feedback and close dialogue. Similarly, research roundtables on common themes provided additional opportunities for peer learning and continued dialogue among those with common research agendas. This year the ten topics ranged from “Categories, Identities and Social Evaluation” to “Creating and Theorizing New Forms of Organizing” to “Ethnography and Qualitative Methods.” We continued the tradition begun last year of incorporating teaching roundtables in the doctoral consortium. This allowed students to discuss more specific questions that arise when teaching for the first time or developing an initial course portfolio in a first job.


The following faculty served as mentors and participated in panels and roundtable discussions – we wish to thank them once more for their valuable contribution to the event:


  • Ruth Aguilera, Northeastern University
  • Brandy Aven, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tima Bansal, Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario
  • Beth Bechky, New York University
  • Eva Boxenbaum, Copenhagen Business School
  • Raina Brands, London Business School
  • Joe Broschak, University of Arizona
  • Tina Dacin, Queens University
  • Julia DiBenigno, Yale School of Management
  • Marta Elvira, IESE
  • Santi Furnari, Cass Business School
  • Claudia Gabbionetta, Newcastle University
  • Royston Greenwood, University of Alberta
  • Derek Harmon, University of Michigan
  • Will Harvey, University of Exeter
  • Heeyon Kim, Cornell University
  • Michael Jensen, University of Michigan
  • Mark Kennedy, Imperial College London
  • Marissa King, Yale School of Management
  • Ko Kuwabara, INSEAD Singapore
  • Jocelyn Leitzinger, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Evelyn Micelotta, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico
  • Amit Nigam, Cass Business School
  • Siobhan O’Mahony, Boston University
  • Aruna Ranganathan, Stanford GSB
  • Thomas Roulet, Cambridge University
  • Henri Schildt, Aalto University
  • Chris Steele, University of Alberta
  • Flannery Stevens, Villanova University
  • Maxim Voronov, Schulich School of Business, York University
  • Tim Werner, University of Texas, Austin
  • Shipeng Yan, Hong Kong City University
  • Chris Yenkey, University of South Carolina


We would also like to thank Oxford University and McGill University for their financial support of the consortium.


Michael Smets, Oxford University

Lisa Cohen, McGill University