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Call for Submissions to the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on "Exploring the Research Frontier on Individual Responses to Organizational Change" at AOM 2020

  • 1.  Call for Submissions to the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on "Exploring the Research Frontier on Individual Responses to Organizational Change" at AOM 2020

    Posted 07-09-2020 10:28

    AOM PDW "Exploring the Research Frontier on Individual Responses to Organizational Change"

    There has never been a more pressing moment to examine the responses of individuals to organizational change. This PDW aims to bring together scholars of micro approaches to the study of organizational change in a virtual session about the current and future directions in the study of responses to change. Specifically, we wish to discuss extant knowledge and ignite an active dialogue with the broader community, in the aim of pushing the boundaries of change research. This session also allows for meaningful connections to be forged between panelists and participants. The session consists of two parts:

    1. In the first part, panelists will present brief summaries of their perspective on the current state of the change literature, followed by an interactive Q&A session. Drawing on these discussions, we hope to derive an agenda for future theory building and empirical research on individuals' responses to organizational change.
    2. In the second part of this workshop, panelists and junior researchers will be grouped on the basis of shared interests to discuss selected research projects. Panelists will act as facilitators and provide feedback on submitted work. Pre-submitted extended abstracts should be related to the workshop theme. They can pertain to research at various stages of development (e.g., method design, data collection, etc.).

    If you are interested in participating in the second part (paper development), please submit your extended abstract (instructions below) by email to katerina.gonzalez@suffolk.edu no later than July 29, 2020. Note that participating only in the first part of the PDW is permissible.


    • Friday August 7 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (US Eastern Standard Time)
      • 1st part from 8:00-9:05; 2nd part from 9:05-10:00
    • "Real-time Open" (presenters and panelists on live video) virtual session

    Panelists and facilitators:

    • Jean Bartunek, Boston College
    • Shaul Oreg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Alannah Rafferty, Griffith University Business School
    • Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Myeong-Gu Seo, University of Maryland

    Sample topics for submissions (not exclusive):

    • Resistance to and support of organizational change
    • Emotions and organizational change
    • Stress and coping with change
    • Individuals' responses to technology implementation
    • Identification / identity in the context of organizational change
    • Sensemaking and discursive views on organizational change
    • Ethical perspectives on organizational change (e.g., perceptions of justice)
    • Leadership and responses to organizational change
    • Individuals' responses to change management practices and interventions

    Extended abstract format:

    • 4 pages (excluding references), Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, 1.5 line spacing
    • Depending on the stage of your work, you may organize the submission as you wish. You may include the following sections:
      • Theoretical foundation
      • Research questions/hypotheses
      • (Proposed) methods
      • (If applicable) Results
      • Contributions (Theoretical/practical implications)
      • Brief description of current challenges the author(s) face


    • Rouven Kanitz, LMU Munich School of Management
    • Katerina Gonzalez, Suffolk University


    Annual Meeting registration is not required to contribute material for your session. However, you must be an AOM member registered for the Annual Meeting to participate in sessions once they start on Friday, 7 August

    Rouven Kanitz
    LMU Munich School of Management