PDW AOM on Organizational Mnemonics

There are still some spots available for the paper development workshop roundtables on Organizational Mnemonics at AOM Aug 9 2019 10:15AM – 12:15PM

  If you have an extended abstract (up to 750-words) that you would like to receive feedback from some leading researchers in the field, please let us know asap so we can include your submission in one of the roundtables.

  The details of the PDW are as follows.

Organizational Mnemonics: The ‘Historical Turn’ and the Research on Learning, Memory, and Ignorance

Friday, Aug 9 2019 
10:15AM – 12:15PM
Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Ballroom Salon CD


  • Diego M. Coraiola, University of Alberta
  • Maria Jose (Majo) Murcia, IAE Universidad Austral
  • François Bastien, University of Alberta
  • Fernanda Tsuguichi, University of Victoria


  • Mary Crossan, Western University
  • Pablo Martin de Holan, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College
  • Jukka Rintamäki, Loughborough University London
  • William M. Foster, University of Alberta
  • Gabrielle Durepos, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Marcos Barros, Grenoble Ecole de Management


  • Michael Rowlinson, University of Exeter

 Aims and Scope

The goal of this PDW is twofold. First, we want to bring together scholars from the three main traditions of thought within the field of organizational mnemonics. We use the concept of mnemonics as a reference to a broader field of inquiry than what is usually included within the research on organizational learning and knowledge management. We argue that the field organizational mnemonics focuses on theorizing about the past as an integral part of organizational life. In addition to the research on organizational learning and knowledge, we include as part of the field the communities interested in the study of collective memory and the uses of the past in organizations, as well as the research on ignorance, stupidity, forgetting-work, and ANTi-history.

So far, however, these communities have been as separate epistemic communities and have rarely engaged directly with one another. This PDW will provide an important forum to display the range of approaches that constitute the field of organizational mnemonics and presenting some of the multiple possibilities of research within and between approaches.

Format of the PDW

The PDW will comprise two parts:

 In the first part, a group of seasoned researchers will share their experience working in the field and present a view about the future of the research on organizational mnemonics. Pre-registration for the first part will not be required.

The second part will focus on providing feedback and career advice to PhD students and Early Career scholars. Participation in the second part of the PDW will require the pre-submission of an extended abstract (750 words). The participants will be assigned to roundtables with the panelists and other participants. They will all read each other abstracts in advance and will receive feedback from one another as well as from the panelists during the roundtables.

PDW Submission Requirements

Scholars interested in participating in the second part of the PDW and get feedback on their research should submit an extended abstract (up to 750-words) to be read in advance by members of the roundtable.

Please direct all inquiries regarding the PDW to Diego Coraiola coraiola@ualberta.ca or Majo Murcia mmurcia@iae.edu.ar.