Dear SAP members,
As we are putting out our calls for paper and symposia submissions to the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group, we are aware that many of our members will be wondering about how to think about AOM next year. On the one hand, there is still a lot of uncertainty about whether we will be able to travel due to Covid19 restrictions. On the other hand, it might be unclear what to expect from a hybrid AOM conference and what the experience will look like. To help aid you in your decision-making, we wanted to share a few reflections:
Below, please find attached the call for submissions to the scholarly and PDW program. Please also sign up as reviewers, as it helps us offer terrific feedback to each other on work we are each developing. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any queries or concerns about attending AOM next year.
We look forward to seeing you in Seattle or online in August!
The SAP Executive Committee
Virpi, Leonhard, Eric, Fleur & Katharina
Program Chair: Eric Knight, Macquarie University
2022 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions
The Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group invites intellectually bold and stimulating research for submission to the 82nd Academy of Management's Annual Meeting 2022. The conference will be held in a hybrid form – offering both physical and online options. Over the past few years, the SAP interest group has established an inclusive and diverse community that sheds light on the everyday practices and activities that constitute strategy work in the established and more contemporary organizations. Some of the key questions for the SAP interest group are what, when, why, and how organizational members carry out strategic work - and how this work matters.
The theme of AOM 2022 is "Creating a Better World Together" and aims to address how organizations tackle the new realities brought by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The SAP lens can help illuminate the way that these changes are impacting organizations in a number of ways. Firstly, scholars could investigate the open strategy practices that organizations use to collaborate with other organizations and stakeholders. By zooming in to individual strategic practices attention can be paid on how these have changed with the new trends of technology paying a much stronger role and employees demanding more work from home or flexible working conditions. On the other hand, scholars could zoom out to investigate how strategy and strategy practices have been affected around the world, comparing, for example, strategy across countries with different lockdown and strategies. Even more, a dialectical and paradox lens could investigate new practices that might have arose during the pandemic and how these interact with the older ones. Therefore, SAP research could help reveal key questions from the AOM 2022 theme.
We encourage the submission of conceptual and empirical studies as well as methodological reflections that focus on the specific conference theme, works that address other issues within the general domain of the SAP Interest Group, and those that explore the intersections of SAP with fellow divisions such as ENT, STR, OMT, ODC, RM, TIM and MOC. We also warmly invite symposia that seek to change the conversation on existing scholarly approaches and develop new questions and ways of looking at strategy-related phenomena. We strongly encourage the submission of manuscripts that are inspired by the theme "Creating a Better World Together", addressing questions relating to how organizations are coping with the new world arising from the global pandemic.
The hybrid program will be organized in the following way:
4-10 August 2022 – Virtual Meeting
Some sessions are to be scheduled for the day before and the day following the on-site meeting, but most synchronous (live) and all hybrid scholarly sessions will be scheduled to occur during the on-site meeting days.
5-9 August 2022 – Seattle, WA USA
The Academy of Management will be holding its 82nd Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA with sessions taking place at the Washington State Convention Center along with several other nearby hotels, and on the Virtual Annual Meeting platform.
On-Site, Virtual, and Hybrid Sessions
The submission deadline for the 82nd AOM Annual Meeting is Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 17:00 (5pm) ET (NY Time). Paper and symposia submissions must be made through the AOM Submission Center (opens early December 2021). Please carefully review all the submission information and formatting instructions especially before submitting symposia. The scholarly program takes place from Friday, August 5th to Tuesday, August 9th 2022.
Last but certainly not the least, allow us to emphasize that strong scholarship requires good reviews. Reviewing peers' works is a fundamental process through which knowledge advances in a community. If you are submitting to the SAP Interest Group this year, please also consider reviewing for SAP! For more information on Strategizing Activities and Practices, please visit the SAP Interest Group website.
PDW Chair: Fleur Deken, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2022 Division PDW Program: Call for Submissions
The Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group invites creative and forward looking proposals for the professional development workshops (PDWs) to be held during the 2022 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
Given that the SAP Interest Group investigates what managers do when they take part in strategy making – both within and across organizational boundaries – SAP research is well-positioned to shed light on the role of business organizations and managers in "Creating a Better World Together", as reflected in the AOM 2022 theme. Practice theoretical concepts such as relationality, dialectics, and paradox can provide fertile ground to study strategizing in the context of societal challenges (e.g., climate change, health, and inequality). At the same time, however, a focus on a better world, calls for theoretical advancements in SAP research, such as how radical uncertainty affects strategizing processes and how to organize the participation of wider (external) stakeholders. One way forward is to deepen our engagement with other practice-based scholars, including those studying collaboration, innovation, communication, technology, and institutions. A focus on Creating a Better World Together also invites methodological innovations needed for empirically tracing and connecting local micro-actions and macro-level global phenomena.
Building upon such a reading of the AOM 2022 theme of "Creating a Better World Together", we specifically invite PDW proposals that connect SAP research across other practice theoretical research streams. Some possible themes include:
Please note that PDW sessions may take place at any day during the Annual Meeting, Friday, August 5th – Tuesday, 9 August 2022. We strongly encourage PDWs that appeal to a wide range of audiences and themes beyond the SAP community by building linkages with other divisions and interest groups. Please indicate potential co-sponsors in the submission document (e.g., ENT, OMT, OCIS, ODC, MC, RM, STR, TIM). The minimum duration of a PDW is 2 hour, but submitters are welcome to request a duration of 1.0 hours if they feel it would better serve the workshop, session flow, and attendee engagement. The 1.0 hour duration request must be documented in the uploaded proposal document itself at the time of submission and the PDW Chair will subsequently reduce the duration to 1.0 hour on the submitter's behalf.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 17:00 (5 pm) ET (NY Time). Financial support for the conference registration fees will be provided for a limited number of SAP member-accepted submissions if, due to post-Covid constraints or other circumstances, support to enable conference participation is needed. Submitters are strongly encouraged to discuss potential PDWs with SAP PDW chair, Fleur Deken.