What an academic year! When we were submitting our papers, PDW and Symposia proposals last January, who would have anticipated that we would not be able to physically meet this year in Vancouver – quite apart from the many other personal and professional challenges 2020 is bringing us? Most importantly: We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe and well in this unsettled time.
The whole OMT Executive Committee has been working very hard to make our annual conference a good virtual experience for everybody. But let me start with a huge “Thank you!” especially to two of them: Our Program Chair Martin Kilduff and our PDW Chair Eva Boxenbaum for their incredible efforts and energy to offer a stimulating and inspiring scholarly program under these difficult circumstances. Martin and Eva, you are truly amazing!
During the months of lock-down in spring, we have started with innovative formats especially designed to support our more junior members. Let me highlight two initiatives in particular:
We have also continued with our OMT Podcast series, initiated by our communications chair Hovig Tchalian and social media chair Deborah Anderson, and hosted by Tanja Ohlson from Oxford University. Please check out the podcast here.
The strategic initiatives to develop and sustain quality connections among scholars from underrepresented areas and OMT and AOM in general have been temporarily paused due to the travel restrictions. The workshop we had planned to co-organize with two Latin American institutions this fall can obviously not take place at this time and has been postponed to 2021. The goal remains to offer a forum for OMT and local scholars to meet and discuss frontiers of knowledge research, theory, and methods, to help all participants initiate, develop, and ultimately publish, high-quality research.
The OMT Division also became a sponsor of the PhD Project Management Doctoral Students Association (MDSA) to support their work to advance workplace diversity by increasing the diversity of business school faculty.
In spring, we also concluded our 5-year Division review. Thank you to all of you who contributed with thoughtful feedback and constructive input. Please read the full report and our summary.
Let me take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors who have provided financial support also in this difficult time and for the virtual conference! Please consider having your school join this list of amazing sponsors and help us expand and constantly improve how we serve our members. We have a new sponsor for the OMT Best Entrepreneurship Paper Award – thank you to the journal Innovation: Organization & Management. Thank you also to Organization Studies and SAGE for the continued sponsorship of the Best International Paper Award.
Now, on to my report from the 2020 Annual Conference, the first AoM conference that was held virtually. A huge thanks to the enormous efforts of all those who, in various roles, made this virtual experience possible: as PDW and program chairs; consortia, PDW or Symposia organizers; session chairs; hosts of OMT Cafés; reviewers; and, in particular, as participants. You really made this virtual AoM an excellent event! Below you can read more about our outstanding sessions, workshops, and other initiatives. Thank you all for creating and participating in our division. It is thanks to you all that OMT continues to be The Place to Be!
Unlike in previous years, OMTers did not get the 2020 Artifact at the end of the Business Meeting. But: Be assured that PDW Chair Eva Boxenbaum has something very special for you all!
As every year, it is also time to say farewell to some of our officers and welcome others:
A very warm welcome to Forrest Briscoe, our incoming PDW Chair, and our new Representatives-at-Large Michel Anteby, Paul Tracey, and Yutaka Yamauchi. Michel and Paul will work with Santi Furnari and Marya Besharov on the 2021 Consortia, while Yutaka will be involved together with Pablo de Holan in the OMT Global PDW. Welcome also to our new Digital Strategy Officer, Mélodie Cartel, and to our new social media chairs Kevin Lee and Christine Moser, who take over from Deb and will, together with a team of volunteers, keep you updated. If you are not yet following OMT, please do so now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We look very much forward to working with you!
This newsletter is also a reminder to start preparing for the 2021 Annual Conference. We hope it will take place in Philadelphia as planned and will keep you updated as soon as we know more.
What you can do right now is:
On behalf of the entire Executive Board, thank you all for continuing to make OMT The Place to Be!
Renate Meyer2021 OMT Division Chair