PDW Chair: Andreas Schwab, Iowa State University; 

2021 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions 

The Research Methods Division (RM) invites submissions for professional development workshops (PDWs) at the 2021 Annual Virtual Meeting. PDW sessions will be held between Friday, 30 July and Tuesday, 3 August 2021. RM’s goal is to provide developmental workshops that will attract not only members of RM but also members from throughout the Academy. As such, we are seeking workshops that introduce researchers to specific quantitative or qualitative methods, best practice workshops for methods that are becoming increasingly relied upon, or advanced workshops that appeal to methodological experts. These workshops can take many forms (e.g., tutorials, town hall meetings, breakout sessions, debates, roundtables, or research incubators), as long as they have a clear interactive component and advance the development of Academy members by discussing currently used or state-of-the-art research methods. With this purpose in mind, we seek submissions that can be co-sponsored by other divisions. Although it is not a requirement, we also encourage you to consider the conference theme – 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management.

RM is looking for quantitative and qualitative methodology PDWs that are relevant for micro, macro, meso, or multi-level applications and can best meet expectations to be interactive, inclusive, innovative, informative, integrative, developmental, and/or challenging. Potential PDW topics include, but are not limited to: big data, machine learning, data visualization, sociometric badges, biometric data, neuroinformatics, qualitative coding, meta-analysis, replication, multilevel modeling, advanced regression models, network analysis, process research, discourse analysis, endogeneity, experiments, field studies, simulations, panel studies, comparative case studies, mixed methods, construct development, missing data, causal inference, abductive reasoning, and Bayesian analysis. 

RM will consider PDW sessions that have been popular at prior meetings, but we also seek new proposals. Preference will be given to sessions that will last less than or equal to two hours (with the minimum requested being 1.5 hours), and submitters should be willing to adhere to the time allotment that is awarded. Also, PDW submissions that are clearly research-focused rather than developmental may be better suited for submission to the scholarly program as a symposium.

As a reminder, RM has a recent alternative symposium format for the scholarly program called an Instructional Symposium. These are developmental “how to” sessions with an objective similar to the PDWs. We welcome submissions to this format in lieu of a PDW submission.

PDW submissions should be made through the Academy's submission center website. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 17:00 (5pm) ET (NY Time). You are welcome to discuss potential PDWs with the PDW Chair, Andreas Schwab at before submitting 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