PDW Chair: Leon Prieto, Clayton State University,
2021 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

You are encouraged to work with colleagues both within and outside the Management History (MH) Division in developing proposals for the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions, which are scheduled between Friday (30 July 2021) and Tuesday (3 August 2021). The MH Division is seeking proposals for the PDW sessions for the 2021 Academy of Management (AOM) virtual meeting that is aligned with the theme, Bringing the Manager Back in Management. There is growing criticism that our work does not address issues confronting managers. In addition, The MH Division’s theme for this year’s conference is Crisis. The world is in crisis right now - the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, racism, populism, and income inequality are all contributing to a world in turmoil. Business, management, and management education have all played a critical role in creating these crises and their consequences. History is full of valuable lessons about managers, and how they lead and manage their organizations during turbulent times. This PDW presents an opportunity to articulate how management history can make a valuable contribution at the intersection of the main AOM theme (Bringing the Manager Back in Management) and MH theme (Crisis) that will inspire participants to think about ways in which we can look to Management History for insight.

For example, it may be helpful to examine the work of managers during Slavery & Colonialism (or Pre-Colonial Times), the Great Depression, Segregation, World Wars I & II, etc. These are just examples and there are many more fascinating areas to draw from. The division embraces a broad and multi-theoretical approach to the role of history and historical methods in understanding organizations, organizing, and management characterized by plurality in the conceptualization of organizations in historical time, the use of historical methods in understanding organizations and how history is used in organizational practices. PDW sessions provide the opportunity to experiment with new models and ideas for sessions that do not fit within the confines of the regular scholarly program. A valuable PDW will be interactive and developmental. Think about sessions you wished were offered but have not seen elsewhere or sessions that extend the concept of management history into provocative and unexplored areas of research. We welcome inclusive and integrative submissions from scholars from the business, management, and organizational history fields; from any management subdiscipline, including those without historical training and background; and especially interdisciplinary groups combining expertise and interest in history and other management fields.

In submitting your PDW proposal, please review the submission guidelines to ensure that your submission complies with the guidelines in all details. The submission deadline is Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 5 p.m. ET (NY time) through the Academy’s submission center. Feel free to contact the MH PDW Chair, Leon Prieto ( if you have any questions or would like to discuss your prospective PDW proposal. All proposals require a statement indicating that all PDW participants have consented to participate in the PDW. The AOM’s “Rule of Three” for the PDW program is that “no one may submit or be associated with more than 3 PDW submissions. Proposals that violate these rules may be rejected. Because space and time allotted for PDW sessions is limited, we cannot guarantee acceptance of all proposals. We look forward to seeing you virtually.

Annual Meeting
Key Dates

2021 Annual Meeting

  • Papers available for viewing: through 31 October 2021

  • Sessions available for viewing: through 31 December 2021

2022 Annual Meeting
5-9 August