• 2022 OMT Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions


    Program Chair: Forrest Briscoe, Penn State University,  

    2022 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions


    The Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division invites symposium and paper submissions for the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, which will be held virtually from August 5 to August 9, 2022. The submission system opens in December 2021. You may send us submissions through the AOM Submission Center until it closes on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 5:00 PM EST (NY Time).


    Our Domain: The OMT Division welcomes submissions related to developing and testing theory about organizations, their members and management, organizing and managerial processes within and between organizations, organization-environment relations, and the role of organizations in society. The area has a rich intellectual heritage. OMT is inclusive of theoretical approaches and analytical methods that advance the understanding of organizational and managerial phenomena. We encourage the use of theory and research to address contemporary challenges to organizational life, managerial practice and broader society. More information about the division is available on the OMT website (


    The Conference Theme: When preparing your submission, we encourage you to connect to this year’s conference theme: “Creating a Better World Together.” For instance, what innovative organizational processes, practices, routines and relationships are helping to create a better world today? How can organization and management theory help us to understand the barriers to creating a better world and the ways they can be overcome? We also welcome scholarly submissions that do not directly pertain to this theme. OMT encourages the submission of symposia or papers that develop new theory or that apply our existing theory base to emerging management domains. The division celebrates theoretical novelty, methodological pluralism, international research collaborations, and the use of theory to address organizational and societal challenges. We aspire to advance robust theoretical understanding of organizations, organizing, and management.


    Special Invitation: The OMT Executive Board thanks all of our members who have submitted and volunteered in prior years for their contributions to making OMT the place to be! We are counting on you to continue submitting your best research papers and most creative symposia. We especially invite PhD students and faculty who have not previously submitted research to the Academy or to the OMT Division. Our membership is eager to engage with new ideas and to welcome new members. If you have questions about the appropriateness of your submission for OMT, please feel free to contact the Program Chair at


    Reviewing for OMT: Our division has a long tradition for providing constructive and developmental reviews of high quality. The success of the OMT program relies upon your active participation in the review process. We will need your help as a reviewer to help us identify our best submissions. Please sign up to review. The norm in the collegial community of OMT is that if you submit a paper, a symposium or a PDW, then you also help to develop the program by reviewing for the division. The sign-up system opens in early December – please sign up before you forget! Your reviewer assignment will be based on the keywords that you indicate are your areas of expertise. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer and contribute to the program by providing thoughtful and timely reviews. If you have not yet had a chance to review, 2021 is the year to start! PhD students are welcome.


    OMT Division Awards


    Each year the OMT Division presents a number of awards at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.


    The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes scholars who have been central to the intellectual development of the field of organization and management theory.


    The Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award recognizes scholars who have blazed trails and paved the way for new ideas during the course of their careers (given every other year; to be given in 2022).


    The Distinguished Educator Award recognizes scholars who have had a significant impact through their teaching and interactions with students (given every other year; to be given in 2023).


    The Best Published Paper Award recognizes a journal article published in the previous year that advances our theoretical understanding of organizations, organizing, and management.


    The Best Paper Award recognizes an empirical or conceptual paper submitted to the annual meeting that offers significant contributions to the field of organization and management theory.


    The Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award recognizes the best paper based on a dissertation in the refereed scholarly program.


    The Best International Paper Award recognizes research regarding themes and content of interest internationally.


    The Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices recognizes research that advances our understanding of environmental and social dimensions of organizing.


    The Best OMT Entrepreneurship Paper recognizes a paper in the scholarly program that advances understanding of entrepreneurship drawing on organization and management theory.


    The Best Student Paper recognizes a paper authored solely by students and included in the refereed program.


    The OMT Responsible Research Award recognizes to a paper that offers both credible and useful knowledge that can potentially advance business practices toward a better society.


    The Best Symposium Award recognizes an event submitted to the annual meeting that stimulates, integrates, or extends discussions about organization and management theory.


    The Research Committee Award recognizes the valuable service provided by the most dedicated members of the research committee.


    The Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award recognizes reviewers who were deemed worthy of special acknowledgment for the helpfulness, extensiveness and insight of their reviews.