ALL-ACADEMY THEME (AAT)

All-Academy Theme Chair: Amy Hillman, Arizona State University, amy.hillman@asu.edu

2021 All-Academy Theme Program: Call for Submissions


This year, in my role of Academy of Management (AOM) Vice President & Program Chair, I had the privilege of creating a theme for the 2021 AOM Annual Meeting “A Virtual Experience.”  My task was to develop a theme that would be appealing and applicable Academy-wide. The 2021 theme, Bringing the Manager Back in Management, is a call for relevance by focusing on front-line, middle, executive level or at the organizational, country or global level. Consider the global pandemic and social unrest throughout the globe. How can we problematize and contextualize our research to forecast their needs in the immediate but also long-term future? Does an increase in uncertainty make managers even more needed or unnecessary?   To learn more, please review the full summary of the 2021 theme, Bringing the Manager Back in Management.

The AAT program will spotlight the theme, which may be addressed by a wide range of theories and methods across different levels of analyses and contexts. As such, the All-Academy Theme (AAT) Committee is eager to receive theme-related symposium and PDW submissions that represent the full diversity of our membership's backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. The All-Academy program will be developed from submissions to the AAT Committee as well as submissions nominated by Division and Interest Group Program Chairs. Therefore, members are invited to submit their theme-related symposia and PDWs in one of the following two ways (note: standalone papers cannot be submitted to, or nominated for, the AAT program):

  • You may submit a symposium or PDW directly to the AAT program. These submissions will be reviewed and considered for inclusion on the All-Academy program by the AAT Committee. This route is recommended if you can convincingly and explicitly link the substance of your proposed symposium or PDW to the theme and explain its likely appeal across various divisions and interest groups. Please note, however, that if you decide to submit a proposal directly to the AAT program and it is rejected, the submission will not be reviewed by a division or interest group.
  • You may submit a symposium directly to the division or interest group whose domain statement best captures the substance of your submission. This route is recommended if you have doubt as to whether the substance of your proposed symposium relates to the theme and/or will have appeal across various divisions and interest groups. Please note that if you decide to submit a proposal directly to a division or interest group, it is possible that the submission will be accepted for presentation during the scholarly program or be nominated, accepted, and included on the All-Academy program.
We appreciate your interest in participating in the 2021 Annual Meeting!