• Recording of "How can #BlackLivesMatter in the Academy?" Webinar

    On Nov 9, 2020 the OB Division hosted a webinar called "How can #BlackLivesMatter in the Academy? Exploring Issues of Systemic Racism and Oppression".

    A recording of this webinar is now available on our 2020-21 Spotlight webpage focused on Racial Inequality and Systemic Racism.

    It can also be accessed directly from this link:

    This webinar was moderated by Oscar Holmes IV and featured Dolly Chugh, Eddy Ng, and Stella Nkomo as panelists.

    The focus of the interactive discussion of was on:

    • The history of systemic racism/oppression in our field
    • Where are we now with systemic racism/oppression
    • What do we need to do to get to where we would like to be
  • OB Division COVID-19 Resources


    Our OB Division Executive Committee members are thinking about you and your loved ones as we navigate the COVID-19 crises. We hope you are managing and want to reaffirm that taking care of yourselves, and those around you, is the highest priority.

    We have developed some ways to help support you in addressing research, teaching and collective sense-making concerns that you might have during this time,  as well as to facilitate your ability to reach out and help each other. Consider participating in the following initiatives: 

    1. Attend our research webinar, “Leadership in Times of Crises;” 
    2. Contribute to, and take advantage of, our OB Online Content Library and Discussion threads about on-line teaching and research;
    3. For doctoral students, attend our webinar “Successfully Navigating COVID-19 as a Doctoral Student: Q&A with the OB Division Executive Team.” 

    The specific details of each of these initiatives are described in separate announcements and include sign-up links.  We look forward to coming together as a community. Stay safe and well.

    Sigal G. Barsade, OB Division Chair, on behalf of the OB Division Executive Committee

  • Recording of OB Division Webinar on March 31/April 1

    Leadership in Times of Crisis

    In light of what is happening globally as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management will host a webinar on leadership in times of crisis. Panelists who have published widely on the topic of leadership in times of crisis will share their opinions on how to lead in times of crisis, which leadership approaches are most effective in times of crisis, how leaders might support team members in times of crisis and how leaders should lead virtually in times of a crisis. After the panel an opportunity will be given for the audience to ask questions of the panelists.


    • Alex Newman, Chair,  OB Division Global Committee, Deakin University, Australia.


    • Michelle Bligh, Claremont Graduate University, USA
    • David Carrington, Aston University, UK
    • William Gardner, Texas Tech University, USA
    • Stefanie Johnson, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
    • Kevin Lowe, Sydney University, Australia
    • Ethlyn Williams, Florida Atlantic University, USA


  • Online Content/Teaching and Research Library

    As a result of the COVID-19 crises, many faculty have had to switch suddenly to online teaching and research, and there is a need for online friendly content and tips for how to go online and manage online classes and research in the best way. We are helping in this effort by creating an ONLINE CONTENT AND TEACHING/RESEARCH BEST PRACTICE LIBRARY for our members. We ask that you help your colleagues by contributing to this library with your suggestions -  including videos, cases, exercise,  as well as a repository of best practices for teaching and research online.   Please go here to post content: . And, of course, please use this link to access other people’s content.

    We are also encouraging discussion threads for more interactive questions and conversations about teaching and research during this time: Please help your colleagues and contribute to this library and discussion. 

     A quick way to see what has been posted is to go to our COVID-19 tab in the OB Division:

  • Recording of OB Division Doctoral Webinar on April 7/8

    Successfully Navigating COVID-19 as a Doctoral Student -  OB Division Executive Team Q&A

    The AOM OB division wants to help support doctoral students in our division by discussing some of the questions and issues that you may be wrestling with during this unprecedented and difficult time period. The structure of this session will follow a live and interactive Q & A format. Students who join the conversation live will have the opportunity to ask any questions related to the influence the pandemic is having on their lives (e.g., questions about disruptions to dissertation research, the upcoming OB job market, best practices for working from home and handling stress). A panel of faculty members from the OB Division Executive Committee who, in addition to their OB division roles, also include department chairs, doctoral program chairs and associate editors of journals, will share their perspectives. The President of AOM, AOM Career Service Manager and Placement Committee Directors will also be part of the panel. Members of our OB Division Student Representative Team will facilitate the questions and conversation.

    We appreciate that some of you who are interested may not be able to join live, due to timing or other commitments, and if that is the case you are warmly invited to send us your questions before the session. You can then watch the recording of the session at your convenience when it is posted on the OB Division Website under the tab “COVID-19.” If you have a question for the panel, please send it to Hannah Weisman ( by April 5th


    • Sigal Barsade, OB Division Chair, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


    • Uta Bindl, OB Division Representative, King's College London, UK
    • Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro, Head of AOM, London School of Economics
    • Cristina Gibson, Past OB Division Chair,  Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
    • Matrecia James, Placement Committee Director, St. Bonaventure University
    • Andrew Knight, OB Division Representative, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Wendy Kramer, Career Service Manager, AOM
    • Angela Miles, Placement Committee Associate Director, North Carolina Central University
    • Celia Moore, OB Division Representative, Imperial College London, UK
    • Shimul Melwani, OB Division Representative, UNC Chapel Hill
    • Ron Piccolo,  OB Division Paper Chair, University of Central Florida 

    OB Division Student Representative Facilitators

    • Lisa Brady, University of Alabama
    • Catherine Kleshinski, Purdue University
    • Effie Savvides-Syrimis, University of Cyprus
    • Hannah Weisman, London School of Economics
    • Haoying (Howie) Xu, University of Illinois at Chicago


    TIMING: April 7th/8th (Depending on time zone)

  • Call for Reviewers

    Each year the OB Division receives approximately 1,500 submissions for the Annual Meeting. In order to develop the best possible program, we rely on reviewers like you to provide insight and input into the types of papers, symposia, and PDWs that should be on the program.

    If you have never reviewed before: we need you! If you have reviewed so many times that you’ve lost count: we need you too!

    In each of the last two years, we’ve had about 30% of the reviewers needed to effectively manage submissions to the OB Division.

    Whether you are a seasoned full professor, a newly-minted assistant professor, a Ph.D. student, or any level in between, you can review for the OB Division.

    You can review for the OB Division whether or not you are a member of the division and even if you are not planning to attend the conference in Vancouver next year (though we sure hope you will join us!).

    Please sign up now by clicking here or by copying and pasting this link to your web browser:

    The submission deadline is January 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET for ALL proposals. Do not miss the deadline - submit your work as soon as you are ready!

    Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

    See you in Vancouver,

    Ronald F. Piccolo, Ph.D.

    Galloway Professor and Chair in Management, University of Central Florida
    OB Division Program Chair, Academy of Management

  • Practical PDW on inclusion

    As part of our OB Division 5 year survey and strategic process, we identified a desire for community and inclusion as one of the ongoing primary interests and motivations of our OB Division members. To help encourage this, we would like to have a practically oriented Professional Development Workshop (PDW) that focuses on inclusion – not in the abstract - but rather specifically targeted towards a better understanding and enacting of successful inclusion among our own colleagues within the Organizational Behavior Division. When thinking about inclusion, our code of ethics offers a good initial guideline:


    AOM members respect the dignity and worth of all people and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination. AOM members are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and they consider these factors when working with all people. AOM members try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on these factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices. The AOM and its members are also committed to providing academic and professional work environments that are free of sexual harassment and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation.

    If you are interested in submitting such a PDW proposal, please do so by the PDW deadline of Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 5pm ET (NY Time). If you have any questions, please email connect with us at:

    Thank you,

    Organizational Behavior Division Executive Committee

    Also, to better understand our PDW process– please see our call for PDWs below:

    OB Call for Professional Development Workshops

    PDW Chair: Shimul Melwani, University of North Carolina

    Contact Email:

    Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time)

    The OB Division invites creative and engaging proposals for interactive Professional Development Workshops (PDW) sessions for the 2020 AOM Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The OB Division’s PDWs will be scheduled from 8 am to 8pm on both Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 2020

    PDWs allow you the opportunity to develop and participate in innovative, inclusive, and profession-enhancing experiences. PDW sessions can address any issue of interest to OB scholars and/or practitioners. We are particularly interested in sponsoring PDWs that offer creative strategies for bridging boundaries between individuals or groups (e.g., between practitioners and academics, between international and domestic scholars, between qualitative and quantitative research, between micro- and macro- scholars or between junior and senior scholars). Sessions that have experiential, interactive and skill-development components are preferred and can take many forms (e.g., workshops, tutorials, town hall meetings, debates, case studies, roundtables, panels, research incubators and other interactive formats). Key to these are knowledge sharing and creation, idea exchange and social interaction.

    We encourage you to consider, but not be bound by, either the conference theme –20/20: Broadening Our Sight or the OB Division spotlight on Affect in Organizations. More information on the conference theme can be found at the Academy of Management annual meeting website: In addition, more information on the OB Division’s spotlight can be found at the Division’s website. We also welcome interdisciplinary submissions that can be co-sponsored by other divisions.

    Overall, priority will be given to proposals that: (a) are truly a “professional workshop” comprising some interactive or skill-development component not provided by our regular program, with a particular focus on community building; (b) do not duplicate existing OB sponsored PDWs or another submitted PDW (if the latter, then the sponsors may be contacted to see if coordination is possible); © are creative and intellectually stimulating; and (d) are likely to appeal to members (e.g., across different career stages; including our international members).

    In light of this, PDWs that focus on research topics (i.e., research incubators, panels, interactive symposia) may be more suited to submission to the scholarly program as a panel symposium.

    Please be sure to follow the Academy of Management's PDW Guidelines for Submissions. Submit using the PDW submission system clicking here or at:

    The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 5pm ET (NY Time). We look forward to receiving your proposals!

  • Innovative Formats for Paper Sessions

    Dear members:

    We are listening! Your responses to the OB Division 5 year survey showed a clear interest by members in engaging in more interaction with the presenters and audience members at sessions you attend. As such we are encouraging you, when planning your symposium submissions, to consider using innovative formats that will generate more two-way conversation with the audience as compared to the usual one-way lecture format. Please see suggestions below, as well as the OB Division call for submissions.

    Innovative Formats for Paper Sessions

    The OB Division has joined an Academy-wide effort to enliven the scholarly paper sessions at the annual meetings by introducing alternatives to the traditional format (i.e., where each author presents his or her paper for 15 minutes, with discussion and questions at the end). We are using this opportunity to notify submitters about the different, innovative paper-session formats that the OB Division is encouraging session chairs to use at the 2020 meetings. These include:

    • Short Introductions plus Break Out Discussion (3-4 papers per session): Presenters of each paper give a 3-minute introduction. After all papers have been introduced, presenters move to break out groups to take questions and further discuss the papers. Audience members can join any group they choose. After 30 minutes of discussion, audience members have the opportunity to switch groups for a second round of discussion.
    • Insights First Presentations (3-4 papers per session): Presenters devote the first half of their presentation to discussing their insights and findings, focusing on what they discovered. Presenters use the second half of their presentation to discuss implications and future research directions. Lengthy literature reviews are not included. Audience members ask questions and make comments between each presentation.
    • Questions First Presentations (3-4 papers per session): Each presenter starts with a list of 1-3 questions they would like answered about their findings and insights. They then deliver a 10-minute presentation that provides information relevant to answering their questions. Audience members then take up to 15 minutes to provide ideas for answering one or more of the questions. This process is repeated for each paper.

    We invite the chairs of the paper session to choose and coordinate these new session formats. Alternative formats may also be proposed by session chairs, working with input from the presenters in their session.

    To remind you about all of your options, here is the call for submissions:


    Call for Submissions for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

    Program Development Team

    • Program Chair: Ronald F. Piccolo, University of Central Florida
    • Symposium Chair: Rebecca Bennett, University of Central Florida

    Division Leadership

    • Division Chair: Sigal Barsade, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
    • Past Division Chair: Christina Gibson, Pepperdine University
    • Division Chair-elect: Daan van Knippenberg, Drexel University

    We welcome submissions for inclusion in the OB Division’s scholarly program at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Details about the mission and research domain of the OB Division can be found here.

    Submission Timeline

    • October 2019 Call for Submissions
    • Early December 2019 Submission System Opens
    • January 14, 2020 Submission Deadline (Effective 5:00 PM ET, NY Time)
    • Late March 2020 Acceptance Notifications
    • Late May 2020 Online Program Available
    • August 7-11, 2020 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Theme for AOM’s Annual Meeting

    20/20: Broadening Our Sight. The Academy of Management aims to “inspire and enable a better world through our scholarship and teaching about management and organizations.” The scholarly program for the annual meeting in 2020 will encourage scholars to use the collective capabilities of its members to broaden the Academy’s vision and see beyond persistent dichotomies that curtail intellectual progress. Click here for more information.

    OB Division Spotlight: Affect in Organizations – 2020

    The OB Division will continue the Spotlight, an initiative to focus attention on a pertinent issue that is relevant to organizational research and practice. For the 2020 meeting, our Spotlight is on Affect in Organizations. This Spotlight will encompass scholarly research on the many facets of moods, emotions and trait affect in organizations, and how they influence individual, groups and organizational outcomes at work. All topics and methods related to affect are welcome. This includes, but is not limited to emotional contagion, emotional culture, emotional intelligence, emotional labor, emotional regulation, group/team affect, and the influence of affect on creativity, decision making, performance, leadership, negotiation, prosocial behavior, and other organizationally relevant outcomes. We invite submitters to propose sessions that are engaging, provocative, and meaningful. Sessions can also be practically oriented. If you have any questions, please contact the Organizational Behavior Division Chair Sigal G. Barsade.

    Description of Paper and Symposia Submissions

    The scholarly program at AOM’s annual meeting consists primarily of two types of sessions, paper sessions and symposia.

    1. Paper sessions are composed of presentations of original and fully developed manuscripts. Author(s) submit a manuscript for consideration to be included in the annual meeting’s scholarly program. If accepted, the manuscript is assigned by the Program Chair to a session that includes other manuscripts on related topics.
    2. Symposia can be one of three different formats: panel, presenter, or showcase.
    • Panel Symposia: The purpose of a Panel Symposium is to engage a group of panelists in an interactive discussion. There are no titles associated with the panelists’ presentations. Proposals for panel discussions should include clear descriptions of the topics to be discussed and the procedures that will be used to manage the discussion among panelists and the audience.
    • Presenter Symposia: Presenter symposia involve a series of authored papers on a preset theme. In a Presenter Symposium, titles and authors / presenters are associated with each presentation. Presenter symposia can involve co-authored presentations. Co-authors will be listed in the printed program.
    • Showcase Symposia: Showcase symposia should be the very best symposium submissions received and should be expected to attract a large audience. They do NOT need to address the conference theme. Each Division Program Chair may select up to 10% of symposia accepted by their division to be designated as showcase symposia.

    Direct any questions about the submission process to the Program Chair (Ron Piccolo) or the OB Division’s Symposium Chair (Rebecca Bennett).