Assistant Program Chair: Samina Karim, Northeastern University


The Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division invites submissions of creative proposals for PDW

sessions for the 2017 AOM Conference in Atlanta, GA. Our continuing goal is to offer PDWs that are as

innovative, diverse, and interactive as possible. The BPS Division continues to value rigorous and insightful

research on all topics within its domain. PDW topics could include emerging theoretical and

phenomenological developments, connections between strategic management and other fields and

disciplines, cutting edge methods, and paper development sessions, just to name a few. In addition, the BPS

Division recognizes the variety and sometimes-increasing importance of other academic tasks its members

undertake, and thus welcomes submissions for PDWs that address teaching (topics and methods), applied

research and links to practice, and other tasks such as service, outreach and fundraising/grant seeking,

provided the PDWs clearly address strategic management questions and the needs of BPS members.


The preconference portion of the conference offers opportunities to experiment with new session formats

and ideas that might not fit easily within the confines of the regular conference program. For instance,

session formats might include roundtable discussions, methods workshops, town hall meetings, debates,

exercises and ‘games’ involving participants, technology demonstrations, breakout group sessions, research

incubators, meetings with relevant non-academic speakers, and even off-site events. PDWs may involve

participants in preparation and follow-up extending beyond the in-conference PDW program timeframe,

where justified. Sessions that look like standard paper presentations are more appropriate for traditional



PDWs are specifically intended for professional development. Accordingly, organizers should explain in

their proposals how they will foster interaction and personal development among participants, and what

audience they will aim to attract. Befitting this interactive component, PDWs are normally at least two

hours long, though sessions may be as short as 1.5 hours if specifically justified by the organizers or as

required to accommodate enough quality submissions in the program.


PDW proposals that are of interest to other divisions besides the BPS division are encouraged, although this

is not a requirement for acceptance. Please indicate in the submission document what divisions and interest

groups may be suitable to be invited by the PDW Chair as potential co-sponsors. We also welcome

proposals that address the overall AOM 2017 conference theme, “At the Interface” (please see the

conference website for additional details). Among other things, this theme encourages BPS members to

reflect on the many ways that interfaces separate and connect people and organizations – and to consider

the consequences of those separations and interconnections.


PDW proposals may be submitted online at beginning in November 15,

2016. Early submissions and expressions of interest are encouraged to enable the possibility of feedback

and to maximize your chance of acceptance. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2017, at 5PM

ET (NY Time). The PDW program runs from 8 am Friday through 8 pm Saturday (August 4-5, 2017). All

named PDW participants must commit to participation in advance. All proposals require a statement

indicating that all named participants have consented to participate in the PDW. The AOM’s “Rule of

Three” for the PDW program is that “no one may submit or be associated with more than 3 PDW

submissions; or appear in more than 3 PDW sessions during the preconference from Friday to Saturday,

regardless of whether the sessions are held on-site or off-site.” Space and time for PDWs is limited, and we

cannot guarantee acceptance of all proposals, yet our goal is to have as large and broad a representation of

the BPS membership as possible.


Please feel free to contact Samina Karim, BPS PDW chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for general

inquiries and informal discussions about ideas for PDW sessions.