AOM2017 Meet the editors session

Session Type: PDW Workshop

Submission: 10093 | Sponsor(s): (MH)


Meet the Editors

Friday 10.30-12.00pm, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Embassy Hall G 
Organizer: James M. Wilson, U. of Glasgow 

Presenter: Stephanie Decker, Aston Business School 

Presenter: Cheryl McWatters, U. of Ottawa 

Presenter: Paul Miranti, Rutgers U. 

The editors of Business History will provide a general discussion of their journal, describing its aims and scope, along with their general policies and practices regarding submissions. They will also discuss what they perceive to be current hot topics or emerging trends in the field of Management History. The editors and/or representatives of the Accounting History Review and Accounting History will discuss current topics and emerging interests in the field. They will also describe their journals’ general policies and practices regarding submissions. There will be sufficient time to discuss in general terms any individual projects conference attendees may have in mind for publication.

Search Terms: Business History | Editors | Journal

AOM 2017 PDW on historical methods

Session Type: PDW Workshop

Submission: 12154 | Sponsor(s): (MH, CMS)


Historical Methods for Management and Organizational Research

Friday 12.15-2.45pm, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Embassy Hall E
Coordinator: Stephanie Decker, Aston Business School 

Coordinator: Diego Coraiola, U. of Alberta 

Participant: William Foster, U. of Alberta 

Participant: Sarah Robinson, U. of Leicester 

Participant: JoAnne Yates, MIT Sloan School of Management 

Participant: Matthias Kipping, Schulich School of Bus, York U. 

Participant: Michael Rowlinson, U. of Exeter 

Presenter: Christina Lubinski, Copenhagen Business School 

Historical approaches to management and organizations have seen many promising developments in recent years, with several articles, special issues and edited books highlighting the important contribution that historical research can make to our understanding of contemporary organizations. Theoretical debates on the status of historical approaches within management and organization studies have dominated so far. These are important as they determine what kind of historical methods align with scholars’ epistemological and theoretical approach. Hence this PDW has two aims: to introduce scholars interested in the more practical questions of how we can use historical methods for organizational research to a range of option, and by highlighting the methodological implications of using specific historical approaches. This PDW will bring together several scholars who have used historical methodologies in their research. Their presentations will introduce participants to a range of methodologies and offer them the opportunity to subsequently discuss the relevance of these approaches for participants’ research projects in small groups in the second half of the session.

Search Terms: Methodology | Historical Research | Management and Organization Research

AOM 2018: Call for reviewers for MH division

As readers of this blog, you may well be attending the Academy of Management conference next year. Please sign up to review for the Management History division in order to review submissions to help our community to grow!

Participate in the 
77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
August 4-8, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Call for Reviewers

We would like to invite all members to sign up as volunteer reviewers of proposals received for the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. We encourage you to sign up as a volunteer reviewer for the divisions or interest groups (DIGs) that you are planning to submit to, or DIGs you are interested in, or DIGs that you are a member of. Divisions and Interest Groups will also be following up with those of you who have reviewed in the past. Please note that even if you have reviewed in the past, you still need to sign up again to review for the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Reviewer Sign Up: NOW
Review Period: January 18, 2017 – February 16, 2017

You can sign up to review for a maximum of two (2) divisions and/or interest groups, and you may be asked to review up to three (3) submissions (papers and symposia) for each division or interest group that you select. The maximum number of review assignments that you could potentially receive is six (6).

To sign up, please visit our website. You will have to choose your areas of expertise (keywords) for the divisions or interest groups for which you want to review. The signup process should not take more than 10 minutes. Reviewers are advised to carefully review the reviewer guidelines and resources on the Reviewer Information website.

AOM 2017: Call for PDWs MH division


PDW Chair: Dan Wadhwani; University of the Pacific;

2017 MH Division Professional Development WorkshopsCall for Proposals

The Management History Division is a diverse and inclusive community of scholars devoted to historical reasoning and research as an essential and unique approach the study of organizations, organizing, and management. The division embraces history in its multiple forms – as a set of methods, as a form of theorizing, and as a topic – and seeks to foster engagement with historical reasoning throughout the AoM as a way to deepen discourse about the nature of management and its role in organization and society: past, present, and future.

The Division invites proposals for Professional Development Workshops (PDW) for the 2017 Academy of Management meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. PDWs are scheduled to be held between Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 8am to 8pm. We are especially keen to receive bold proposals that broaden the range of topics, expand the types of methods, and deepen the engagement with theory in management history. The conference theme is “At the Interface.” With this in mind, the MH Division especially encourages PDW proposals that explore the interfaces between history and other divisions of the Academy, examining the creative and untapped possibilities for research and dialogue between history and other fields of management research.

The PDW format is very flexible and can take nearly any form (workshops, tutorials, panels, debates, round table discussions, offsite facility tours, journal editorial panel sessions, etc.) and address varied topics (Research Methodologies, New Member Welcome, PhD/New Faculty consortium, Dissertation Workshops, Teaching and Pedagogical issues, Getting Published, etc.). We encourage submissions of creative ideas for interactive sessions that actively engage participants in learning new forms of interpretation, acquiring new skills and techniques, or addressing pressing issues or questions. Normally, PDW sessions are 2 hours or longer; but if a shorter session is appropriate proposers should request that in their proposal.

In developing your proposal, we encourage you to read the PDW Guidelines for Submission. The submission website will open Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and the deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 5pm ET (NY Time), through the Academy’s submission website.

If you would like to engage in an exploratory discussion about a PDW idea or proposal, of if you simply have a question or concern about the process, please contact PDW Chair Dan Wadhwani (

AOM 2017: Call for submission to MH division

Participate in the 
77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
August 4-8, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Call for submissions

The Call for Submissions is now available! Please review the divisions’ and interest groups’ Calls for Submissions and the 2017 Annual Meeting Theme, “At the Interface,” prior to the opening of the submission system in mid-November.

Please note a few important dates:
Call for Submissions: Available NOW
Submission Opening: Mid-November
Submission Deadline: January 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET (New York time)

Submitters are advised to carefully review the submission guidelines and processes on the Submission Information website prior to submitting. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines or are incomplete will not be reviewed. If you have any questions about the submission guidelines and process, please contact the Program Staff at


Program Chair: Dr. James M. Wilson, University of Glasgow;

 2017 Management History Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions

The Management History (MH) Division invites you to submit empirical and conceptual papers, as well as proposals for symposia (including panel discussions, debates, and roundtables), for consideration for inclusion in the division’s scholarly program. We encourage submissions from practitioners and academic members who would like to take advantage of this opportunity to develop their work, sharing their latest research; as well as submissions of more fully developed original articles.

The MH Division is open to a variety of methodological approaches and focusses on themes ranging from historical events in management practice (empirical focus) to studies that engage with historiography, philosophies of history, and the history of ideas and management thought (theoretical orientation).  In this spirit, the MH Division welcomes scholarly contributions that generate meaningful and original contributions to research, teaching, and higher learning in management.

Since Management History examines the rich and interesting histories of leadership, entrepreneurship, organizations, and social issues in management -historical antecedents of all of the other divisions – submissions for sessions sponsored jointly with other Academy of Management divisions are regarded as particularly attractive, and highly encouraged.

The MH scholarly sessions in the 2017 Academy of Management conference will be held on August 7th and 8th in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to submissions addressing the MH domain, the MH Division we also encourage papers and symposia focused on the conference theme, “At the Interface”. This theme “is an invitation to reflect on the many ways that interfaces separate and connect people and organizations – and to consider the consequences of those separations and interconnections. Some questions to explore:  What kinds of dynamics (linear, fluctuating, punctuated equilibrium) characterize the development of new interfaces and the transformation of existing ones?  What institutions affect the emergence, location, and maintenance of interfaces within and across organizational systems?” and what is the role of historical accounts of the past in making sense of/creating interfaces (e.g., lending a sense of boundaries to an organization over time). Indeed, Management History often considers a variety of micro- and macro-level issues that reflect the interactions and interfaces within and between organizations; along with broader political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, and institutional interfaces, boundaries and interactions. These issues are particularly interesting to those conducting management research from a historical perspective.

As noted, the MH Division encourages submissions from doctoral students. Papers with a PhD student as the first or sole author should be clearly identified when submitted to allow identification of possible winners of the Best Graduate Student Paper (see below).

Management History Division Awards

The MH Division annually bestows multiple awards for excellence:

John F. Mee Award for Best Contribution to Management History

Journal of Management History Best International Paper Award

SAGE Publishers Award for Best MH Division Paper in Leadership

Ronald B. Shuman Award for Best Graduate Student Paper

MH Division Best Reviewer Awards

The MH Division also nominates a best paper on an international subject or theme for the Academy’s Carolyn Dexter Award, and a best student paper for their William H. Newman Award; consistent with the criteria for those honors. Authors that believe their papers are eligible for any of these awards should self-nominate when submitting to ensure they are included in that selection process.

All divisional awards will be presented at the MH business meeting held during the annual conference (see the Online Program for its date, time, and location).


MH division newsletter is out!

The newsletter of the Management History division of the Academy of Management, “Historically Speaking”, is out. See newsletter.

It marks two important events:

  • Michael Rowlinson, my co-author, received the Ronald Greenwood Award Recipient Mick Rowlinson for contributions to the field of Management History – which I thought was fantastic!
  • The Journal of Management History changed editors, and Bradley Bowden is taking over as of tomorrow I believe. Great news and for anyone interested in the journal, follow this link!

Management History Membership Committee

The Management History Division of the Academy of Management has established a Membership Committee. The Committee aims to: 1. Recruit new members to the division ; 2. Retain current members by investigating what members find most valuable; 3. Develop programs to introduce doctoral students and early career researchers to the MH Division.

The members of the Committee are listed below. If you’ve got suggestions for us, or would like to be involved in some way please let one of us know. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you are an AoM member but not currently a member of the Management History Division.

MH Membership Committee
Stephanie Decker, co-chair (Aston Business School)
Dan Wadhwani, co-chair (University of the Pacific)
Marcelo Bucheli (University of Illinois)
Gabrielle Durepos (Mount Saint Vincent University)
David Kirsch (University of Maryland)
Christina Lubinski (Copenhagen Business School)
Patricia McLaren (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Natalya Vinakurova (Wharton)

Professional groups with an interest in organizational history

As an interdisciplinary field of study, there are a range of different groups interested in organizational history or historical research on organizations, but from different angles. It is not always clear which of these would be of interest to scholars.

There are some ongoing iniatives, such as the ESRC seminar series in Organizational History (2015-2016) in the UK, run by Stephanie Decker, Mick Rowlinson & John Hassard, or the CBS Initiative in Business History, based in the Centre for Business History (Denmark).

This year’s AOM in Vancouver (2015) features a significant number of well-attended sessions on management & organizational history, which highlights an increased interest in historical approaches in management and organization studies. In fact several professional organizations in management and organization studies have regular tracks on organizational history, such as:

There are several professional associations in business history, which also include some work on organizational history, such as

A fascinating EU-funded project in organizational history is the Enterprise of Culture .

The International Network for the Theory of History offers a broader perspective on generic issues for organizational history.

But this is hardly an exhaustive list, so we would be very interested in hearing about any additional initiatives or groups that we should include here.