PDW Co-chair: Sherwat Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, and Moses Acquaah, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, or

2021 Affiliate PDW Program: Call for Submissions 

The African Academy of Management (AFAM) invites submissions for Professional Development Workshops (PDW’s) at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting.

The workshops will take place any day during the Annual Meeting, Friday, 30 July – Tuesday, 3 August 2021.

We encourage members of all Academy divisions, interest groups, and theme committees to submit PDW proposals that explore the African dimensions of management theory and practice and integrate the theme of “Bringing the Manager Back in Management”. We look forward to proposals that advance knowledge and scholarship in the theory and practice of management among African scholars and/or academics interested in management and organization issues in Africa.

Clearly, as the Program Chair for AOM 2021 states, “today, more than ever, our research and teaching are called on to shape what managers do on a day-to-day basis. We are the Academy of Management and yet it isn’t always clear how our research addresses issues confronting practicing managers. The tenor of our time suggests that seeking to help managers deal with the issues confronting them would be a valuable contribution to the world we live in”. 

We invite PDW proposals that broaden our sight on “Bringing the Manager Back in Management", especially with the rise of uncertainty within organizations, institutions, and governments in the African context. Will artificial intelligence render management obsolete? When facing an unanticipated disruption, how much of a manager’s response is “management” and how much is “leadership”? Will we need managers in the future or what views can help us redefine “management”? What technologies and methodologies will help us better understand managerial issues?

These and other questions will receive support and sponsorship from AFAM. We find this year's theme to be a particularly rich one for a focus on research, practice and potential research agendas in the African context. PDW proposals focused on bringing together scholars representing different African countries, industries and contexts are highly encouraged.

We are particularly seeking interactive and innovative PDW proposals that support AFAM's primary role of helping the Academy "perform and support educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in the field of management within the African context." defined broadly to include "all of Africa and individuals of African descent in the Diaspora - i.e., Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, and North America"- and we invite proposals that answer questions such as these:

  • How can we integrate qualitative/quantitative and micro/macro methodologies, theories and domains that will support the production of impactful knowledge for Africa?
  • How can we have impact on both the academy and the world of organizations?
  • How can we value different types of publications that target the academy and practitioners as stakeholders focusing on the African context?
  • How can we find convergence and interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle theoretical and practical problems?
  • How can we balance scientific rigor with the demand for quick publications? How can we ensure that our publications are accessible to those who need them most – academics and practitioners based in institutions in Africa and the Diaspora?
  • How can organizations operating in the continent be sustainable in both environmental and financial terms?
  • How can managers deal with the impact of COVID-19 on their organizations?

The goals for our PDWs include:

  • Helping Academy members become exposed or provide exposure to scholarship in the African context
  • Assisting Academy members in their research activities to facilitate the inclusion of research and comparative studies on Africa/African Diaspora
  • Encouraging and facilitating an understanding of African management practices and cultural perspectives as they apply to management scholarship

A PDW is a platform for colleagues to share knowledge and expertise and foster the development of workshop participants. Coordinated by the Academy's many divisions, interest groups, affiliated societies and theme committees, PDW sessions are different from regular academy sessions in that they can have a longer time frame and can take many forms (workshops, interactive symposia, tutorials, breakout sessions, debates, case studies, round tables, research incubators, etc.).

All proposals require a statement indicating that all PDW 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.  Proposals that violate these rules may be rejected. Space and time allotted for PDW sessions is limited; we cannot guarantee acceptance of all proposals.  

The minimum duration a submitter may request in the submission system for a PDW submission is 2 hours. However, please note that each PDW Chair has the ability to decrease the duration of any submitted PDW proposal if he/she feels it would better the division/committee members experience. The minimum amount of time a PDW can be reduced to is 1.5 hours.  Although a PDW can only be submitted to one Division, we do have a process for determining co-sponsorship after submission so we encourage partnerships with other divisions where appropriate.

Acceptance of proposals for AFAM PDWs will be based on (a) relevance to the interests of AFAM's membership; (b) novelty and creativity; and, (c) plans for creating an interactive and engaging session. We further welcome proposals that are of interest to members of other AOM divisions (e.g., ENT, BPS, OT, OB, PNP, etc.) although that is not a requirement for acceptance.  Please indicate in the submission document what divisions and interest groups may be suitable as potential co-sponsors.

The Academy and AFAM, strongly encourages PDWs that create a common place between practitioners and academics, between members of different divisions, and scholarly dialogue that is inclusive of scholars based in Africa and/or those that reside outside of the USA, Canada, and Europe.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 17:00 (5pm) ET (NY Time)

All submissions must be made online via the AOM submissions system. If you have any questions regarding PDW sessions or you would like to discuss your PDW idea prior to submission, please contact the AFAM PDW Chairs, Sherwat E. Ibrahim, and Moses Acquaah, at your earliest convenience, but preferably no later than January 5th, 2020. We look forward to receiving your proposal. 

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Annual Meeting
Key Dates

2021 Annual Meeting

  • Papers available for viewing: through 31 October 2021

  • Sessions available for viewing: through 31 December 2021

2022 Annual Meeting
5-9 August