We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's elections to the Executive Committee. Brief statements concerning the elected members appear below.
Thank you to everyone who voted! And a big welcome to our newly elected members.
Pennsylvania State University
OMT Division Chair-Elect
Incoming Program Chair-elect
Joel Gehman is professor of strategic management and public policy and the Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, DC. He was previously Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
As an organization theorist, Joel studies strategic, technological, and institutional responses to grand challenges, especially sustainability and values related concerns. He is the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters, including publications in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Studies, and Research Policy, among others. Joel is currently an associate editor at Organization Theory, was previously a field editor at Journal of Business Venturing, and serves on the editorial review boards for Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management Inquiry, and Organization Studies. Before becoming a professor, Joel spent 13 years in industry. Joel also is a first-generation college graduate, committed to opening doors and making space for everyone.
Joel is actively involved with the Academy of Management and has organized and participated in numerous PDWs and symposia over the years. Within the OMT Division, he has held multiple roles. As Webmaster from 2010–2012, he led the redesign of the Division's website. He was then asked to form the Division's Communication Committee, serving as its Chair from 2012–2015. This included launching the Division's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages, and helping to recruit dozens of PhD students and junior faculty to contribute website content about the Division's activities and members. In 2017, he was elected to serve as Representative-at-Large for three years, helping to organize the Junior Faculty Consortium in 2018 and 2019. Joel also was a member of the OMT Division Research Committee for five years (2017–2021), and a member of the Best Published Paper Award Committee in 2020 and 2021. Joel has received the Division's ABCD reviewing award three times (2011, 2012, 2019), and its Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices award (2012).
Joel believes wholeheartedly that OMT is the place to be!
Emily Block is an Associate Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management and the George Cormie Chair in Management at the Alberta School of Business. Her research program explores how values pluralism impacts the processes of legitimacy and change, the nature of social evaluations and how organizational theory can be used to understand and address grand challenges. Emily's research has been published in journals such as AMJ, SMJ, JBV, JOM, MISQ and JMS. Her forthcoming book, "Bring Business to the Frontlines," explores how business can both thrive and improve lives in post-conflict environments. She serves on the ASQ editorial board and is a Visiting Professor at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. She received her BBA in Management from the University of Notre Dame and her PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.
Emily has served OMT in a number of different roles, most recently as the Chair of the Membership Committee, where she brought a variety of fun innovations to the division through the OMT-Off Program. She believes that 'divisions who play together, stay together' and hopes to continue to find ways to help connect people to OMT and connect people within OMT. She lives in Edmonton with her partner (Chris), her 2 year old (Abby), her geriatric chihuahua (Miles) and her kitten (Eddie).
Hila Lifshitz-Assaf is a Professor of Management at Warwick Business School and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University, at the Lab for Innovation Science (LISH). She is heading the Artificial Intelligence innovation Network at WBS.
Professor Lifshitz-Assaf's research focuses on developing an in-depth empirical and theoretical understanding of the micro-foundations of scientific and technological innovation and knowledge creation processes in the digital age. She explores how the ability to innovate is being transformed, as well as the challenges and opportunities the transformation means for R&D organizations, professionals and their work. Her recent work on AI for critical decisions the ISSIP Excellence in Service innovation award (2023) and two best paper awards (from the Management Information Systems Quarterly journal and from the Association for Information Systems, 2022). Her first field study was an in-depth 3-year longitudinal field study of NASA's experimentation with open innovation online platforms and communities, resulting in a scientific breakthrough. This study received the best dissertation Grigor McClelland Award at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2015, Best Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) paper based on dissertation (2018) and Best published paper elected by organizational communication and information systems division of Academy of Management (2018).
She investigates new forms of organizing for the production of scientific and technological innovation such as crowdsourcing, open source, open online innovation communities, Wikipedia, hackathons, makeathons and AI based innovation processes. Her work received the prestigious INSPIRE grant from the National Science Foundation and was recognized to have a strong impact on the industry; She received the Industry Studies Association Frank Giarrantani Rising Star award and the Industry Research Institute grant for research on R&D.
Prior to academia, Professor Lifshitz-Assaf worked as a strategy consultant for seven years, specializing in growth and innovation strategy in telecommunications, consumer goods and finance.
Andrea M. Prado
Andrea M. Prado is the Strachan Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. Her research explores the role of companies to achieve sustainable development in the countries where they operate, particularly through their corporate social responsibility strategies and the delivery of products and services to low-income segments. She also studies the impact and dynamics of industry self-regulation (e.g., adoption of voluntary certification programs) to promote environmental and labor practices in emerging economies.
Prado has published her research in prestigious academic journals, such as Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Journal of Business Ethics, books, and book chapters. She received the Best Dissertation Award from the Organizations and Management Division, at the Academy of Management.
Prado served as the Academic Director of the Central American Healthcare Initiative (CAHI) since its inception in 2012. CAHI seeks to improve access to quality health services for low-income populations through cost-effective innovations and enhanced management capabilities in the region. Since her appointment at INCAE Business School, Prado developed a research agenda on Global Health and Healthcare Management, that intersects with her interest on sustainability and social enterprises.
Prado received a PhD in Management and Organizations from Stern School of Business, New York University, a MSc. in International Economics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom and a BSc. in Economics from the Universidad de Costa Rica. She has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her PhD studies and a Chevening scholarship for MSc studies.
The University of Hong Kong