Strategic Doing Projects
The Ethicist is a monthly blog on ethical issues that face members of the Academy of Management. The Ethicist, coordinated by Lorraine Eden, will have three regular columnists: one each for (1) Research, (2) Teaching and (3) Professional Life. One article per month will be written by each columnist, in rotation, starting with Research in July of 2011.
Each columnist will be assisted by an advisory panel consisting of 4-6 individuals chosen by the Coordinator and Columnist. The members of the AOM Ethics Committee and the AOM Ethics Education Committee will also be members of each advisory panel.
Articles may be written on topics or questions suggested by any member of the Academy of Management. Individuals should address their questions to one of the three columnists by sending them an email with the words “The Ethicist” in the subject line. General questions should be addressed to the coordinator.
The columnist compiles ideas from his/her topic advisory panel and suggestions/queries from AOM members. The columnist drafts his or her article and circulates it for comments to the coordinator and the appropriate advisory panel prior to finalizing the article. Articles are the length of a typical newspaper column (under 1200 words). Normally, the columnist allows one week for comments from the panel. All final drafts are read and approved before posting by the coordinator. Each column will have appropriate legal disclaimers.
Benefits to AOM Membership
The Ethicist will reside as a blog on AOM Connect. The blog format allows for comments to be posted by any member of the Academy, and we hope that a dialogue on ethical issues will result from this interaction. Popular blog posts on The Ethicist may also appear in the AOM Newsletter.
The Ethicist will communicate the Academy’s commitment to ethical conduct as a priority of the organization, and raise awareness about everyday ethical issues and ethics in the context of the Academy and the profession. It will also provide a location for experts to respond to members’ questions and concerns about ethics.
Lorraine Eden (coordinator/project champion), James H. Davis, Kathy Lund Dean, Luca Guan, Thomas F. Hawk, Susan Madsen, Hans van Ees, C.S. Wong
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The International Online Teaching Resource Library will consist of member generated videos with testimonials and cases in their own languages (subtitles in English) that illustrate how AOM scholarship and teaching have helped inspire and enable a better world. This project engages all three groups of Academy members (academics, students, and practitioners) in a collaborative initiative that promotes and fosters practical, meaningful, and relevant teaching and research.
The goal of the project is not only to promote the relevance and importance of AOM scholarship for managerial and organizational practice, but to also engage members from emerging countries who might not fully understand what AOM is and does, and the important role it plays in business management.
The project introduced an open competition for student teams (at any level), assisted by at least one “academic coach” and one industry partner, to produce a video that demonstrated how Academy scholarship influences and helps improve management and organizational practice in their own context. A panel of experts selected finalists, who were invited to present their video during the Annual Meeting. The winning team received a $1,000 prize and recognition at the AOM Annual Meeting. The videos are accessible for all Academy members to use in their classrooms. Videos have been posted to the AOM Video Library (http://aom/org/videos).
Benefits to AOM Members
The benefits of this project extend to both the organizational and individual levels.
- Offers member resources to enhance business and management teaching and learning.
- Engages student and international members.
- Promotes the Academy as an international academic, and practice oriented community.
- Supports international members by providing multilingual teaching resources.
- May generate non-dues revenue and encourage industry sponsorship.
- Provides access to an AOM Online Video Library to enhance their teaching.
- Offers competitors recognition at the annual meeting.
- Increases opportunities to meaningfully engage industry partners.
- Expands member exposure to international practices and perspectives.
Susan E. Jackson (AOM President), Christina Hannah (Teaching Theme Committee Chair), Tyrone Pitsis (Practice Theme Committee Chair), Rosa Nelly Trevinyo-Rodriguez (International Theme Committee Chair), Sean Rogers (New Doctoral Student Consortium PDW Co-Chair), Preeti Wadhwa (New Doctoral Student Consortium PDW Co-Chair)
AFAM Inaugural Mini-Conference (at the 2011 AOM Annual Meeting)
The inaugural conference of the Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) was held in San Antonio on Thursday, August 11, one day prior to the start of the AOM Annual Meeting. The Academy of Management supported this conference as a part of a greater Africa Initiative which included sponsorship for ten junior African scholars to attend thier first AOM Annual Meeting and to participate in the inaugural AFAM conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The AFAM mini-conference has helped to firmly establish a strong association of scholars interested in advancing scholarship and knowledge about management in Africa. Support of this conference served as a mechanism to induce active involvement and participation in subsequent AFAM conferences on the continent of Africa.
The objectives of the conference are:
- To provide junior management scholars from the African continent a platform for building collaborative and supportive relationships with AFAM and AOM members who engage in or who have an interest in research on management and organizations in Africa.
- To motivate management scholars from Africa who have not participated in the AOM to become both members of AFAM and AOM.
- To make first time attendees from Africa aware of the vast benefits of membership and participation in AFAM and AOM.
- To acknowledge and share the scholarship of pioneers of research on management and organizations in Africa.
Benefits for AOM Members
The attainment of the mini-conference objectives will make a significant contribution to AOM’s objective of internationalization by targeting a region of the world where AOM has limited visibility and impact. At the same, time the objectives of the mini-conference are in concert with AOM’s vision “to inspire and enable a better world through our scholarship and teaching about management and organizations” as well as its mission “to build a vibrant supportive community of scholars by markedly expanding opportunities to connect and explore ideas.”
Benefits of this project for AOM include the opportunity for members to collaborate with scholars who do research on Africa, an increase in the knowledge members have about management and organizations in Africa, and opportunities for interested members to establish linkages with business schools and universities on the continent.
Stella Nkomo (project champion), Moses Acquaah, Eileen Kweisga, Nceku Q. Nyathi, Elham Metwally, David Zoogah
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Ethics of Scholarship and Publishing Videos
The project objective is to educate and increase awareness for Academy members of professional ethical conduct with respect to writing, authoring, and publication. To meet this objective, the project team will produce on-line video clips answering common ethical questions about Academy member publication. In the future, when members have questions about such things as using the same data set for multiple publications or self-plagiarism they can turn to a web-based video clip answer. This information is salient to all Academy members in every division and interest group.
The project involves a series of two to three minute video clips, featuring journal editors and Academy thought-leaders answering frequently asked questions about the ethics of research and publishing. The videos will be posted on the Ethics section of the Academy of Management Website, beginning in October 2011.
Benefits to AOM Membership
The video clips will provide a major benefit to AOM members, granting immediate answers from journal editors to questions about the ethics of scholarship. The membership of the Academy is becoming increasingly international and a large proportion of members are young in the profession. Feedback and experience in PDWs, new member orientation, and Doctoral/New Faculty consortia show that Academy members often lack a clear understanding about the ethical standards and codes of conduct governing academic scholarship and publishing. The videos will provide an easy, reliable source for members to find those answers. Questions answered on the clips come from editors, Academy thought-leaders, and Academy members themselves.
James H. Davis (project champion, ethics education committee co-chair), Susan Madsen (project champion, ethics education committee co-chair), Kathy Lund Dean, Lorraine Eden, Luca Guan, Thomas F. Hawk, Cam Caldwell, C.S. Wong