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  • AOM 2017 Theme: At the Interface

    77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

    THEME: At the Interface 

    2017 Theme

    At the Interface

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    Interface:  A common boundary or interconnection between systems, concepts or human beings (Random House Dictionary, 2016)

    That definition highlights the dual nature of interfaces. Interfaces establish boundaries that differentiate and separate; they mark a space where insiders can jointly define an organization’s mission, develop an organizational identity, and participate in organizational activities. But interfaces also develop connections that facilitate communication, negotiation, and exchange across organizational boundaries.

    Interfaces are increasingly relevant to today’s organizations, as information, people, and other resources cross organizational boundaries at unprecedented rates.  An employee conversation held around the company water cooler today is likely to appear on social media tomorrow.  In the “gig economy,” people may work as employees for only a few short weeks or a handful of quick shifts, moving from one organization to another without fully integrating into any of them.  And even when people are in traditional employment relationships with a single organization, mobile phones and Internet capabilities let them psychologically cross the organizational boundary dozens of times a day.  As traffic at the interface intensifies, how do we distinguish between insiders and outsiders, and identify who has a legitimate stake in influencing organizational [more...]

  • Research: Who’s Lobbying Congress on Climate ChangeOctober 19, 2016 - Harvard Business Review

    To many, political lobbying is seen as a way to advance special interests at the expense of the greater good. So when it comes to lobbying on climate change, the prevailing public view is that most firms lobby against climate regulations — such as [more...]

  • Want to Inspire Employees? Share Their Peers' SuccessesOctober 18, 2016 - Business News Daily

     Employers tell these tales in an effort to get new employees onboard with their company values and culture. However, a study recently published in the Academy of Management Journalrevealed that newcomers who are exposed to inspirational stories of [more...]

  • Build Relationships with Employees to Defeat Biased PerceptionsSeptember 18, 2016 - Business News Daily

    Treating employees with dignity and respect has different results for bosses of different races and ethnicities, new research finds.When white managers treat workers respectfully, those employees tend to work harder and help others more. However, [more...]

  • “Dirty” and “clean” firms lobby Congress the mostSeptember 9, 2016 - Scientific American

    When lawmakers began a heated debate about climate change legislation in 2008, electric utilities Southern Co. and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spent tens of millions on lobbying efforts.Southern spent $14 million in lobbying related to climate change [more...]

  • Making Corporations MeaningfulSeptember 1, 2016 - The Huffington Post

    Between August 5 and 9 in Anaheim, California, close to 10,000 people from 88 countries gathered to live out a different Disneyland experience. They were not the usual family tourists: this time, Anaheim saw academics, professors and scholars brought [more...]

  • Feeling burnt out at home? It could be all those work e-mails.August 29, 2016 - Boston Globe

    I check my e-mail in the morning before I get out of bed. So does my husband. So does my sister. Americans are connected to work via smartphone for 13.5 hours of every workday, according to a 2012 study, and that number has likely climbed over the last [more...]

  • Invitation for Nominations - Keith Provan Award

    Keith G. Provan Award for Outstanding Contribution to Empirical Theory


    The Keith G. Provan Award was established in 2015 by the members of the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management to posthumously honor the legacy of excellence that Keith brought to the field.

    Throughout his career, Keith contributed high level theory that transformed existing fields and broke open emergent disciplines in management and public administration. The hallmark of Keith's work was undoubtedly his contribution to theory building through empirical investigation. His methods were varied and suited the question at hand, but his work always addressed theory. Additionally, Keith reached into the best available literature to inform his work, not limiting himself to his trained discipline (management) or his adopted one (public administration)—but rather finding insight from an eclectic set of literature and bringing the best knowledge to bear for the problem at hand. Future recipients’  work should embody these same ideals.

    Selection Criteria

    Recipients should be a distinguished contributor to the field of Public Administration. Her/his contribution should:

    - Be interdisciplinary in integrating literature from across perspectives

    - Contribute substantially to both theory and empirical approaches

    - Make a unique and identifiable contribution to knowledge in public administration research

    Nomination and Selection Process

    All nominations should be emailed directly to this year’s chair of the committee, Kim Isett, at: by Friday February 12, 2016.

    Nominations should include a copy of the nominated individuals’ vita and a statement from the nominator. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

    All nominations will be reviewed by the [more...]

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