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Monday, 28 July 2014 09:26

Organization Development and Change (ODC) 2014 Meeting Program

Start Planning Your Meeting Schedule Now!
The annual Academy of Management Meeting is nearly upon us. ODC has created an exciting program for this year in Philadelphia and this communication provides you with a summary of the highlights.

Our 2014 program comprises paper sessions, PDWs and symposia - often with an international flavor - that will appeal to those from across the Academy as well as ODC division members. In addition we are delighted to announce that our 2014 Distinguished Speaker will be Gareth Morgan! Don’t forget also to attend our Division Business Meeting where we will announce recipients of this year’s Division best paper awards. This will be immediately followed by our ever popular ODC “social”.  So… when planning your AoM meeting schedule, make sure that you have some or all of the following entered into your diary:

ODC Business Meeting and Social
The ODC Business Meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 4.45PM – 6.15PM, Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Room 117. Please do attend this Meeting, as it is during this time that we announce the recipients of our various Best Paper, Best Practice and Best Reviewer-Related Awards. The meeting will also be an important opportunity for the Division Board to update you on recent and forthcoming activities and for us to reflect on our recently published 5 Year Review. The Meeting will be followed by our Division Reception (Monday, Aug. 6.30PM – 8.30PM, Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Room 117). This is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends and to establish new connections with other division members.

Distinguished Speaker: Gareth Morgan
This year’s ODC Distinguished Speaker is Gareth Morgan.Gareth is known for his significant contributions to the study of organizations and to social science research. In his talk, Some Reflections on the Evolution of Organization and Management Research, Gareth will share his latest thinking on organizations and related practice, including organization development and change. This keynote (Program # 17871) will be held Monday, 3:00PM, Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Room 114, Auditorium Lecture Hall.

Highlights of the ODC 2014 Division Program
Of the 65 sessions on our program at Philadelphia, many directly engage with the meeting theme “The Power of Words” and do so in imaginative, thought provoking ways. Sessions will be of interest to both scholars and practitioners and many directly engage with the meeting theme “The Power of Words”. Highlights include:

A key feature of our PDW program is the Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium will include presentations on improving journal submissions, lessons learned from established researchers, an editorial panel on topics, trends and trajectories in the field of change, as well as small group sessions with senior scholars where feedback and suggestions will be given on students’ dissertation plans.  Sessions will run on Friday, Aug 1 2014 8:30AM - 5:00PM (# 10599), and Saturday, Aug 2 2014 8:30AM - 2:00PM (10436), Pennsylvania Convention Center in Room 104 A,B. Those who have participated previously have commented on the value to them of this event, in terms of both their PhD studies and career planning. Please note: The Consortium is only open to those who have pre-registered. Please contact sonja.sackmann@unibw.de if you are interested in participating.

Our PDW program includes a session where Stuart Albert, Frank Barrett and Edgar Schein will discuss Leadership as Building Relationships: Timing, Improvisation and Humble Inquiry (# 16966). The workshop brings together authors of books concerned with leaders’ roles in creating and nurturing relational responsiveness. It takes place Saturday, 2:30PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 119 B).  We are also hosting the PDW, Post-merger Integration: Research, Practice & Teaching(# 13600) This session brings together scholars and executives and will be held Saturday, 2:15PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 107 B). The PDW Navigating Institutional Complexity: Using the Power of Words for Cross-Level Change (# 14001) will look at how macro-level organizational change can be advanced through dialogic interventions. This PDW occurs Friday, 8:00AM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 120 B.

On Monday, 11:30AM, Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Rm. 112B, the Showcase Symposium Fifty Years of Powerful Words: A Retrospective and Prospective Look at the Impact of JABS (# 12052) will celebrate and review some key scholarly contributions to ODC that have appeared in The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. It will also offer a forum in which to debate the future of the field.  In keeping with the Division’s commitment to building and leveraging scholar-practitioner links our program includes the Showcase Symposium, Scholar Practitioner Collaboration in Entrepreneurship Research, Education and Practice: What Works? (#17770). This will occur on Tuesday, 3.00PM, Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, Freedom E.

Our paper sessions include Discourse Language and Change (#18252) in which presenters consider how change might be influenced by discourse and how change may itself be a discursive practice. The session occurs Monday, 1.15PM, Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Rm. 116. Other paper sessions consider a range of contemporary change-related phenomena. For example, the session Engagement and Organizational Change (#18250) will examine “employee engagement” from a variety of perspectives. It will be held Monday, 11.30AM, Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Rm. 103A. The session Practice, Actionable Knowledge and Learning for Change (#18253) will look at theory-practice links, engaged scholarship and how praxis might inform action research-based approaches. It will take place Monday, 1-15PM, Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Rm. 103A.

A Big Thank You!
Finally, we would like to thank all of you who volunteered as reviewers and session chairs. Creating an exciting high quality program such as the one we have this year, depends on your willingness to dedication to serve the Division in these important ways. These colleagues are individually acknowledged in the full length version of this communication and our forthcoming division newsletter.

We hope that this snapshot of this year’s ODC Division program gives you a sense of the many terrific sessions of what is on offer.

We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

David Grant, Scholarly Program Chair and Julie Wolfram Cox, PDW Chair.

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