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ODC Doctoral Student Consortium -- Call for Applications

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    Organization Development & Change (ODC)

    Virtual Doctoral Consortium

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

    NEW Application Deadline: June 8, 2020



    David Bright (Wright State University) and Janina Klein (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

    We are pleased to invite doctoral students with organizational development and change-related research to participate in our 2020 Virtual Doctoral Consortium. If you are looking for a vibrant and welcoming research community, excellent networking opportunities, and access to great scholars, this is the place for you!

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ODC Virtual Doctoral Consortium will be held virtually on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 as part of the pre-conference program of the Academy of Management meetings.  This year's event has been modified to accommodate the limitations we are all experiencing. The schedule is found at the end of this document.

    To apply, send an email to David Bright ( with the documents listed at the end of this document by June 8, 2020. Please apply as soon as possible.

    This event is for doctoral students who focus on topics on any aspect of organizational development and change. We seek students who are at any stage of work on their dissertations.

    The consortium will provide opportunities for community building, structured discussions and informal interactions between doctoral students, new faculty members and senior faculty mentors. You will hear perspectives on research, publishing, career development, and other early career questions. In small group coaching sessions, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their dissertation research. Faculty mentors will give helpful feedback, focusing on how to achieve publishable results. Participants will also discuss the transitions of a successful academic career. In sum, the consortium is a great opportunity to meet prominent scholars from around the world and to network with early-career peers.

    Examples of relevant topic areas include any aspect of OD and change at the individual, group, organizational, and/or field level such as:

    • Change management
    • Culture change
    • Design thinking and change
    • Dialogic OD
    • Discourse and Change
    • Identity and change
    • Innovation
    • Institutional change
    • Leadership and change
    • Micro-dynamics of change
    • Network dynamics
    • Organization growth & development
    • Organizational improvisation
    • Organizational learning
    • Positive organizational development
    • Responses to change
    • Social movements in organizations
    • Strategic change
    • Strategy-as-practice

    Participating faculty include the following (subject to modification):

    John Amis, U. of Edinburgh, UK

    Rob Blomme, Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands

    David Bright, Wright State U., USA

    Stephen Cummings, Victoria U., NZ

    Charles Fenner, State U. of New York, USA

    Jeffrey Ford, Ohio State U., USA

    Ron Fry, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve U., USA

    Mel Fugate, Mississippi State U., USA

    Claudia Gabbioneta, U. of Newcastle, UK

    Maria Gondo, U. of Mississippi, USA

    Richard Hall, Monash U., Australia

    Bob Hinings, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada

    Quy Huy, INSEAD, Singapore

    Jim Ludema, Benedictine U., USA

    Amit Nigam, Cass Business School, UK

    Cliff Oswick, Cass Business School, UK

    Markus Perkman, Imperial College, UK

    Linda Rouleau, HEC Montreal, CA

    Patrice Rosenthal, Fielding Graduate U., USA

    Richard Stackman, U. of San Francisco, USA

    Sonja Sackmann, Universität der Bundeswehr, Germany

    Michael Smets, Said Business School, UK

    Inger Stensaker, NHH, Norway

    James Vardaman, Mississippi State U., USA

    Julie Wolfram Cox, Monash U., Australia

    Richard Woodman, Mays Business School, USA

    Danielle Zandee, Nyenrode Business U., Netherlands


    Application Materials. Please send the following to David Bright (

    • A recommendation letter from your dean, department chair, or major advisor/supervisor that verifies your (a) status/progress and (b) year in your school's doctoral progra
    • A one-page bio summarizing your contact information, research and teaching interests, and publicati
    • A 3-5 page (typed and double-spaced) summary of your dissertation project, including the research question, rationale, any hypotheses/propositions, proposed methods, and any results (if applicable).

    Note: If accepted for the consortium, your one-page bio and summary of your dissertation project will be distributed among consortium faculty and participants in advance of the August session.

    Please direct any questions you may have about this consortium to David Bright (


    Doctoral Students

    Junior Faculty


    Welcome (Joint Session) – Impromptu Networking

    Session 1

    Nasty Friends

    How to Improve Journal Submissions through Honest, Caring, and Constructive Feedback

    Finding Success in the Post-Coronavirus World

    How to Build Your Career Identity as an ODC Scholar

    Session 2

    Nasty Realities - You Can't Have It All?

    How to Make Decisions about Career and Work-life Balance

    Finding your Niche as an Emerging Scholar

    How to Advance your Research on Change and Changing: Challenges and Opportunities

    Session 3

    Finding Your Support Network (joint session)

    How to request and receive feedback to build a community of ODC scholars

    Session 4

    Think Tank: Our Moment of Punctuated Equilibrium (joint session)

    A community building opportunity for all consortia participants to think beyond the practice-scholar divide and stimulate 'collaborative' research.



    Richard Stackman
    University of San Francisco
    San Francisco CA
    (415) 422-2148