PDW Chair: Rebecca Kehoe, Cornell University,
2021 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

We are seeking proposals for the HR Division Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions for the 2021 Academy of Management Virtual Meeting. You are encouraged to work with colleagues both within and outside of the HR Division in developing and submitting proposals for PDW sessions, which will be intermingled with the scholarly sessions in the conference program this year, taking place between Friday, 30 July 2021 and Tuesday, 3 August 2021.
The PDW format is highly flexible and can take nearly any form (workshops, tutorials, panels, debates, round table discussions, etc.). PDWs provide opportunities to experiment with new models and ideas that do not fit within the confines of the scholarly program. Think about the sessions you wish were offered but have not seen on the program. The HR Division encourages the submission of creative ideas for interactive sessions that actively engage participants in learning new information, acquiring new skills and techniques, or addressing pressing issues or questions. PDWs can address any issue of concern to HR scholars and/or practitioners. Sessions on linking HR research and practice, international HR, teaching, and facilitating Division member professional development are especially encouraged, given the expressed interests of our membership. Finally, please also consider but do not feel bound by the 2021 conference theme, "Bringing the Manager Back in Management".

For this year’s conference, PDW submissions will be considered for the synchronous and asynchronous virtual PDW program. It is anticipated that roughly 75% of accepted submissions will have the opportunity to be delivered live. Submitters are encouraged to examine how they might embrace a particular delivery mode, and will be asked to indicate if the submission should be considered for the PDW Program as a synchronous session, an asynchronous session, or either.

 If you have questions or would like to discuss or suggest a potential workshop idea, please contact the HR Division PDW Chair, Rebecca Kehoe, at This is particularly important if you are considering a teaching-related session, as it may be possible to package your idea together with another teaching-related session to form a longer teaching-oriented PDW (thus increasing the likelihood of acceptance).

All proposals should be submitted using the submission center; the submission center opens early December 2020. The submission deadline is Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time) but earlier submissions are encouraged. Also note that submissions have increased in recent years. Space on the PDW program is limited and highly competitive. We cannot guarantee that all proposals will be accepted.

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