PDW Chair: Teresa Cardador, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
2021 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions

The Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division invites you to submit proposals for the pre-conference professional development workshops (PDWs) for the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management to be held virtually from Friday, 30 July – Tuesday, 3 August 2021.

Think about it! The MOC Division is devoted to understanding individual and collective cognitive processes in organizational contexts, including, but not restricted to: culture and cognition, the nature and role of mental models and representations, judgment and decision making, attribution processes, individual differences, non-conscious forms of cognition (e.g., intuition), cognitive institutionalism, emotion, ideology, diversity, social construction,  identity/identification, image, reputation, sense making/meaning making, symbols and artifacts, categorization, knowledge creation and management, individual learning, organizational learning and memory, and communities of practice.

Learn about it! PDW sessions present an opportunity for Academy members to interact in new and innovative ways. We’re looking to sponsor PDW sessions in many formats (workshops, panel discussions, tutorials, town hall meetings, breakout sessions, debates, round tables, research incubators), but we’re especially interested in proposals that are innovative, integrative, developmental, and inclusive. We encourage submissions that experiment with new formats and/or shorter, bursts of interaction and those that offer unique experiences for the participants. In crafting your proposals, remember that MOC encourages PDW’s that build bridges spanning the macro, meso, and/or micro levels of analysis. As in previous years, wherever possible, we encourage you to create proposals that may be of relevance to more than one division. We also encourage you to think about, but not feel constricted by, the 2021 AOM theme “Bringing the Manager Back in Management” when developing your PDW proposals.

Tell us about it!  Please be sure to follow the Academy of Management's PDW Guidelines for Submission.

PDW submissions should be made through the Academy's Submission Center website. The Submission Center Opens in early December 2020. The Submission Center closes on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 5:00 PM (17:00 pm) ET (NY Time).

You are welcome and encouraged to discuss potential PDWs with Teresa Cardador at before submitting your proposal.


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