Practice Theme Committee (PTC)

PDW Co-Chair: Melanie Cohen, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

PDW Co-Chair: Christof Backhaus, Aston Business School

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2017 PTC Professional Development Workshops: Call for Proposals

Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, August 4-8, 2017

To develop or inquire about the fit your PDW proposal to the PTC, please contact Melanie or Christof at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Practice Theme Committee (PTC) is an All-Academy Committee that aims to:

Develop greater awareness of what practice means: inform our scholarship in terms of both research and teaching through better conceptualization and understanding of practices, practicing, practice theory, etc.

Identify exemplar initiatives that bridge theory and practice: engage practitioners and academics in the co-creation of knowledge and collaborative practices that increase and enhance knowledge uptakes.

Create platforms for ongoing engagement with practitioners and industries: produce relevant and applicable knowledge through active sharing, meaningful exchanges, generative dialogues, reflexive debates, evidence-based validation, contextual sensitivity, and adaptive reliance to serve the rapidly evolving global community.

Explore the meaning and measurement of scholarly impact: discuss measurements and value of our research beyond publication in highly-ranked journals and in a social ecosystem.

We call for exciting, innovative, and interdisciplinary PDWs involving both researchers and practitioners. This year's conference theme, "At the Interface” addresses the Academy’s vision "to inspire and enable a better world through our scholarship and teaching about management and organizations". As we understand the definition of interface as “a common boundary or interconnection between systems, concepts or human beings,” PDWs should focus on enhancing the applicability and impact of our research on practice; here are some possibilities offered by the practice approach:

Involving practitioners in research, as exemplified practitioner research partnerships in organizational problem solving.

Producing applicable knowledge teaching with “evidence-based practice,” “practice-based evidence.”

Bridging gaps that move from research utilization and knowledge translation to co-production.

Transforming educational, business and governmental policies that move from the mute relevant vs. rigor debate to collaborative problem-solving among professionals, communities, mindsets, world views, powers, and individual differences.

Questioning reflexively and innovating adaptively to stay relevant, measure impact, and effect impact.

Several tracks are proposed this year, and submissions should ideally be connected with one of them:

Scholarly impact: how to understand and measure the impact of our scholarship on non-academic audiences.

Empowerment for knowledge co-production: how to initiate, design and conduct collaborative research projects that work for both academics and practitioners.

Empowerment for dissemination: how to strengthen academics in their ability to engage with outer-world communities and effectively disseminate their research.

Practice-oriented executive programs (Professional doctorates and DBAs as well as MBAs and MS) that impact: how to improve research and teaching by drawing on academic research that matters and has impact.

Action-oriented Track: Tackling selected real-world challenges: Initiating academic-practitioner collaborations targeted at solving selected real-world challenges.

Leadership, presence, mindfulness, and reliability: how leaders build on personal and organizational practices to collaboratively create shared meaning and a sustainable, healthy, and safe world.

Practices that foster inclusion and diversity in the AOM: how to build synergistic collaboration between the PTC and the DITC in fostering inclusion and diversity and making the AOM meaningful to all.

We encourage you to discuss your PDW ideas with us during November or December, preferably prior to posting your submission on the AOM website. Since All-Academy committees are allocated a limited number of hours for workshops, we encourage you to think of the PTC as a co-sponsor if your topic is also a strong fit for a division, particularly the larger divisions, as PDW hours are allocated in large part based on the number of members in the given division. We are developing increasing partnership with the divisions, so welcome you to check with us about your ideas and then perhaps submit with us in a co-sponsorship position! Offsite PDW’s are welcome if the location of the workshop has a direct bearing on the PDW and adds value to the session. The offsite venue should be a key component of the session providing a specific learning or relationship building experience, something that a traditional meeting room cannot provide. If accepted, these types of sessions should be in close proximity to the conference and arranged for by the submitter. Please use the AOM guidelines for submitting a PDW proposal: please contact PTC PDW Co-Chair(s), Melanie Cohen or Christof Backhaus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..