PDW Chair's Message

2020 PDW Chair's Message

OMT 2020 Pre-Conference Programs


OMT features an outstanding set of 37 PDWs this year, covering a wide range of emerging issues and continuing interests that collectively reflect this year’s theme “20/20 Broadening our Sight.” In addition, OMT offers many opportunities to meet, engage, and get to know each other including our Social Events, OMT Cafés, and other off-program events. Here is a glimpse of this year’s program.

Again this year, we have a number of developmental workshops designed to support our doctoral students and early-career scholars. The OMT Doctoral Student Consortium and the OMT Junior Faculty Consortium, both held Friday all day, feature a list of dedicated and diverse mentors to help scholarly development. These Consortia also include Teaching Roundtables to help you develop your skills. As usual, both events are by invitation after a competitive application process (the application deadline for both is April 30). The OMT Dissertation Proposal Workshop – established OMT scholars provide wisdom and expertise to help doctoral students developing their dissertation proposals – is a classic by now, and will take place on Saturday 5-7 pm. Deadline for applying is June 1.

If you are new at OMT or have not been participating for some time, please join us at the OMT New and Returning Member Networking and Research Forum (Friday, August 7, 5:45 pm to 7:15 pm). We have established this forum to welcome you to our division and make you feel ‘at home’ in our community. Here you will meet leading scholars, long-standing OMT members, and other new members, share your interests with us and discuss your research. We also invite scholars conducting research in international settings to join our workshop on Doing Organizational Research Around the World (Saturday, August 8, 9:45 am to 12:45 pm). In this PDW, we will discuss opportunities and challenges of conducting international research with other scholars and experienced mentors. As a new initiative this year, OMT is hosting a PDW aimed at senior scholars at later career stages. If you are looking for inspiration, or wish to share ideas related to this career stage, please join our workshop on Designing the Emeritus Chapter of Your Career: Encores, Swan Songs, and Pratfalls.

We are once again featuring a great set of method-oriented workshops that focus on empirical research tools and approaches. They include novel PDWs on Advancing Qualitative Research: Perspectives on Data Generation and Analysis, and Studying Lived Experiences: Possibilities of Phenomenological Methodologies for Institutional Theory. OMT is also featuring two well-established workshops on social network analysis (Introduction to Social Network Analysis, and Teaching Social Networks) as well as three frontier methodological workshops: Advances in Topic Modeling: Curating Corpora, Using Structured Models, and Theorizing with Visuals; Experiments in Institutional Theory and Strategy Research; and Computational Approaches to Study Organizations and Markets: New Methodological Frontiers.

As a novel initiative this year, OMT is hosting two workshops devoted to the art of theorizing. Join our PDW on New Ways of Seeing Theory to stimulate your reflection on how we theorize, and sharpen your skills in writing review papers in the workshop on Advancing Theory with Review Articles: How to Advance the Prospects for Publication.

Several PDWs attend to the shadows of OMT research. Travel back in time during Classics of OMT: (Forgotten) Women of our Field, enter the backstage of research in Behind the Scenes of Highly Cited Organizational Ethnographies, and reflect on personal testimonies in Unsung Papers: Ideas That Got Away and Reflections from Their Authors.  

A number of PDWs address contemporary social phenomena as respectively novel data sources, new objects of theorizing, and targets for social action:   

  • Broadening our Sight through Social Media (Data) in Organization and Management Studies
  • Esports: a natural laboratory for management research?
  • Professional Organization Research: Professionals and their Work in the Digital Era
  • Theorizing for circular economy: Broadening our sight of organizations and resources
  • Nuts and Bolts of Research on B Corps: Empirical Methods and Research Design
  • Can Business Schools Better Enhance Idealism and Foster Social Responsibility Among Students?

Finally, a number of PDWs focus attention on empirical or theoretical domains of study that are of long-standing interest to members of the OMT community. Each workshop offers novel analytical approaches to the targeted domain of study that open promising avenues for future research:

  • Getting Emotional: So What? Using Emotions to Explain Institutional Processes
  • Expanding Stigma Research: Exploring Stigmatized Actors and Their Stigmatizing Audiences
  • Organizing Psychological and Sociological Approaches to ‘Micro’ Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Language, Meaning, and Organizing: Linguistic Theories and Methods of Organizing
  • Social Movements, Stakeholders, and Non-Market Strategy
  • Advancing Network Dynamics Research: Theorizing and Measuring Network Change
  • Using Sport Data to Advance Management Theory: Broadening our Sight and Developing Future Direction.
  • Dynamics of Paradox – Exploring the Inherent, Constitutive and Quantum View for Mutual Inspiration
  • Current Research in Organization Design: Topics, Tools, and Triumphs
  • Trust Between Individuals and Organizations
  • New Directions in Research on Occupations and Professions
  • A Multi-Level Approach to the Study of Reputation
  • Past, Present, and Future of A Behavioral Theory of the Firm: Cognitive Representations


In addition to the PDW sessions, the OMT Cafés and Happy Hours will return as an off-program series of events. These are popular, topically themed discussions in local cafés and restaurants, where scholars come together to meet others with similar interests in a casual self-hosted cafe setting.

Finally, make sure not to miss our major OMT events:

  • Meet EGOS @ OMT(Friday 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm) to start off the conference.
  • OMT Distinguished Scholar Breakfast (Monday, from 8:00 am to 9:30am) to hear words of wisdom from our Distinguished Scholar, Professor Ann Langley.
  • OMT Business Meeting(Monday 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm) to learn what OMT is up to, see what prizes were awarded, and receive your OMT Artefact.
  • OMT Social Hour (Monday 7:30pm to 9:30 pm) to drink, snack, and continue on the OMT fun!

Please come and join us at one or all of these events (just be sure to pre-register for those sessions that require it for logistical reasons). Even if you are not (yet) a member of OMT—all are welcome.

We look forward to welcoming you to OMT, the place to be, in Vancouver.


Eva Boxenbaum,

PDW Chair