2017-18 Inequity

Starting in 2017, the OB Division will use its Plenary Session to kick off a year-long effort to spotlight one OB topic of interest to scholars, teachers, and practitioners. During the 2017-2018 year we will focus on the issue of “inequity” in all its forms (e.g., pay inequity, inequity in employment policies, inequity in leadership).

The Plenary Session will follow a workshop format designed to develop projects to be carried out in the coming year that push forward our understanding of inequity. A panel of experts on the topic of inequity will lead the workshop. Please join us for this exciting event!

2017 Plenary Session - AOM OB Division

Title: Shining a Spotlight on Inequity: A Plenary Workshop to Jumpstart a Year of Research, Teaching, and Practice on the Topic of Inequity in All its Forms. Date & Time: Monday, August 7, 2017 - 9:00-11:00am. Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Imperial Ballroom Salon B.

Plenary Session Panelists

Forrest Briscoe (Penn State)
George Banks (UNC Charlotte)
Jeff Pollack (NC State)
Janaki Gooty (UNC Charlotte)

Inequity Resources

Research & Teaching Resources


"Generating Pay Equity: Realizing the benefits of the California fair pay law" held on April 27, 2018.  For more info, see the agenda.

Leading Scholars on the Topic of Inequity

Emily Amanatullah, University of Texas - Austin, publications
Dan Ariely, Duke University, publications
Emilio Castilla, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stéphane Côté, University of Toronto, publications
Shai Davidai, Cornell University, publications
Marta Elvira, IESE, Spain
Roberto Fernandez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, publications
Thomas Gilovich, Cornell University, publications
Martin Heesacker, University of Florida, publications
Michael Kraus, Yale University, publications
Denise Loyd, University of Illinois, publications
Michael Norton, Harvard Business School
Charles O’Reilly, Stanford University, publications
Adina Sterling, Stanford University, publications
Kathy Phillips, Columbia University, publications
Jacinth Jia Xin Tan, University of California – San Francisco
Lawton Swan, University of Florida,
Catherine Tinsley, Georgetown University
Pam Tolbert, Cornell University, publications

Sample Presentations at the 2017 AOM Conference in Atlanta, Ga

  • Examining the Under-examined: How Economic Status, Social Class, and Low Wages Impact Employees. Program Session #: 1101 | Submission: 13229 | Sponsor(s): (OB, HR). Scheduled: Monday, Aug 7 2017 11:30AM - 1:00PM at Hilton Atlanta in Grand Ballroom A
  • Gender Differences In Judgment And Decision-Making As Drivers Of The Gender Gap In Economic Outcomes. Program Session #: 1227 | Submission: 17237 | Sponsor(s): (OB, GDO, HR). Scheduled: Monday, Aug 7 2017 1:15PM - 2:45PM at Hilton Atlanta in Grand Ballroom A
  • Interfacing Hierarchies: Investigating the Confluence of Multiple Hierarchies. Program Session #: 905 | Submission: 15931 | Sponsor(s): (OB, CM, MOC). Scheduled: Monday, Aug 7 2017 8:00AM - 9:30AM at Hilton Atlanta in Grand Ballroom A






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