PDW Chair: Carlos J. Alsua, University of Arizona, alsua@arizona.edu

2021 Affiliate PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Iberoamerican Academy of Management (IAOM) would like to invite the submission of creative proposals for its Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions that will take place at the Academy of Management (AOM) virtual meeting on Friday, July 30, and Tuesday, August 3, 2021. The Academy's PDWs are an excellent platform for colleagues to share knowledge and expertise and foster workshop participants' professional development.

The two primary objectives of IAOM are

  1. to foster the general advancement of knowledge in the theory and practice of Management among Iberoamerican scholars and/or any academics interested in Iberoamerican issues, and
  2. to perform and support educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in Management within an Iberoamerican context. IAOM emphasizes its Iberoamerican focus (Latin America, Latino populations in North America, and Spain/Portugal) but is open to integrate participants, dialogues, and proposals from different perspectives, backgrounds, and regions to enrich its objectives. You can find more information about IAOM  at www.iberoacademy.org

The theme for 2021 is "Bring the Manager Back in Management." In its evolution, Management and Organizations has cemented solid foundations of rigorous scholarship. Nevertheless, the newer normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic brings new opportunities and challenges in the field of Management. 

We would like to suggest some potential topics that may be consistent with the conference theme:


  • Management leadership practices have often been imported into Iberoamerica. Can Iberoamerican firms' experience with uncertainty and ambiguity export their best know-how to the rest of the World? 
  • What paradigms, perspectives, and worldviews from other disciplines could help enrich the field of Management and increase the health of Iberoamerican firms? 
  • What opportunities and challenges are unique to Iberoamerica? What can we learn from other parts of the World? What can we teach to other parts of the World?


  • How does the Iberoamerican experience contribute to add knowledge in the field of Management in times of uncertainty? 
  • How does polarization, both in Iberoamerica and in the World, impact international collaboration? How do academics and practitioners lead in an increasingly polarized world? 

The new normal: 

  • Old problems with new lenses. Can we confront the traditional challenges to Iberoamerican organizations from fresh perspectives on our societies' rapid changes?
  • How do we go from here? New opportunities and challenges to the traditional organization: Management in the age of AI, cybersecurity, and fake news. 

Social justice: Global polarization and the desire for social justice have brought increased turmoil in Iberoamerican countries. 

  • Management as a discipline has traditionally identified performance and profit as two ultimately desirable outcomes. Can Management in Iberoamerica address social justice, gender equity, or social peace as stand-alone desirable organizational outcomes, rather than mere tools to achieve performance and profit? 
  • What does diversity mean in Iberoamerica?
  • Should Iberoamerican countries mirror the concept of gender and race, diversity, and inclusion from the Anglo-American Weltanschauung? 

Common ground in a polarized world: 

  • Many Iberoamerican nations have been independent political entities for roughly 200 years. Notwithstanding, they were part of the same political entity for a much more extended period, approximately 300 years. What do we still have in common?
  • What are some of our common opportunities and threats, strengths, and weaknesses?
  • Is there an Iberoamerican Weltanschauung? 

We welcome proposals that advance management theory, research, education, and practice within the scope of IAOM objectives. PDWs can take various forms, including round tables, panel sessions, developmental workshops, practitioner-focused sessions, and doctoral consortia, to name a few.  Acceptance of PDW proposals will be based on relevance to IAOM members' interest, novelty, creativity, and potential to be engaging. We encourage PDWs that are:

  • Innovative (experiment with new formats, models, processes, and ideas) 
  • Provocative (energize participants before, during, and after the meeting)
  • Experiential (incorporate principles for practical learning)
  • Interactive (seek engagement of participants to offer alternative points of view)
  • Inclusive (provide value to students, faculty, practitioners, and international members)
  • Integrative (bridge divisional lives and international borders)
  • Developmental (allow participants to network and capitalize on physical presence)
  • Valuable (enrich participants with experiences, tools, thoughts, relationships, or projects)

We welcome proposals of interest to members of other AOM divisions and committees.  Please indicate in the submission document which divisions and interest groups may be suitable as potential co-sponsors. All proposals require a statement indicating that all PDW participants have consented to participate in the PDW. According to AOM's "Rule of Three" for the PDW program, no one may submit or be associated with more than three PDW submissions or appear in more than three PDW sessions during the pre-conference from Friday to Saturday. Proposals that violate this rule may be rejected. Space and time allotted for PDW sessions are limited, and we cannot guarantee acceptance of all proposals. Submissions for PDW Proposals will begin early December 2020 and will close Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 17:00 (5 pm) ET (NY Time). Please follow the Academy of Management's PDW Guidelines for Submissions. Please submit using the PDW submission system at http://submit.aom.org

We look forward to your proposals and your participation in the IAOM PDWs! 

For any comments or additional questions, please contact the 2021 - IAOM PDW Chair: 

Carlos J. Alsua
University of Arizona


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