Call for Submissions to the Scholarly Program of the AoM 2013 Meeting in Orlando PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 November 2012 14:12

Call for Submissions to the Scholarly Program of the AoM 2013 Meeting in Orlando

Program Chair: Sonja Sackmann, University Bw Munich,

The ODC division invites submission of innovative empirical or conceptual papers and symposia that develop theory and practice relevant to strategic and organizational change, development, transformation, and leadership. Topics and explorations specifically oriented to the 2013 all-Academy theme of “Capitalism in Question” are especially encouraged. (The full 2013 call for papers can be found at This year’s theme calls for attention to the underlying framing parameters of capitalism in its different forms as well as other economic systems and their related opportunities, benefits and costs for their institutions, their organizations, their members, for society and for our environment. This grand theme needs to be addressed at different levels in regard to transformation, change, development and the role of leadership. Questions that might be explored are, for example,

  • To what extent can our theories about organizational change, development and leadership be applied to organizations and institutions embedded in a different economic system?
  • What can we learn about organization development and change from theories developed and research conducted in other economic systems?
  • To what extent and how can our theories and fundamental assumptions about organization development, change and leadership be applied to help capitalism evolve into a form that enhances its good sides while avoiding its downsides?
  • How can our theories, models and frameworks be further specified, extended and developed as a result of such action research processes?
  • What can we learn from different governance and leadership systems at the societal and organizational level and their influence on the shaping, development and change of societies, their respective institutions, organizations and their members?
  • To what extent and how can insights gained from collaboration, community systems, and participatory approaches be applied to competitive systems?

This year’s theme invites us to critically question and explore the kind of economic system(s) in which our institutions, organizations and organizational life are embedded and use our scholarship to eventually create a better word for all of us.

Please note that the “Rule of 3” applies to scholarly submissions. Therefore no one can submit or be a part of more than 3 submissions to the scholarly program.

Division Awards: Awards, some with an honorarium, will be given for the best paper in the following categories:

  • Best Paper Overall
  • Rupe Chisolm Best Practical Theory Paper
  • Best Paper based on a Dissertation
  • Best Student Paper (written exclusively by students, individually or with other students, no faculty or practitioner co-authors permitted)
  • Best Action Research Paper

Please refer to our website for more detail on these awards ( Papers based on a dissertation, written exclusively by students (individually or with other students), or written about action research should be clearly identified as such at the time of submission (make a note on the title page and also in the accompanying email indicating the award for which you want the paper to be considered). The ODC Division also recognizes a Best Reviewer Award. All award winners are celebrated at the ODC business meeting.

The ODC Division represents a community of scholars and practitioners who create and disseminate impactful and rigorous knowledge to enrich constructive change management and organization development. The domain of ODC includes the development of theory and innovative practice relevant to organization change. Major topics include: change processes within organizations, with or without assistance by change agents; active attempts to intervene in organized systems to improve their effectiveness, and scholarly studies of such interventions; multi- or cross-cultural dynamics of systems change in the global context; the roles of change leaders and agents; and issues surrounding self-awareness and responsibility of ODC theory and practice.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2012 14:32
2013 ODC Division Professional Development Workshops: Call for Proposals PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 November 2012 12:26

Organization Development & Change (ODC)

David Grant, University of Sydney Business School,

2013 ODC Division Professional Development Workshops: Call for Proposals

PDWs' are a platform for colleagues to share knowledge and expertise and foster the development of workshop participants. Coordinated by the Academy's many divisions, interest groups, and theme committees, PDW sessions are different from regular academy sessions in that they can have a longer time frame and use a more interactive and participative format. PDW sessions will be held prior to the AOM regular program from 8 a.m. on Friday August 09, through 8 p.m. on Saturday August 10, 2013.

This year’s AoM meeting theme is “Capitalism in Question” (The full 2013 call for papers can be found at  Recent economic and financial crises, austerity, and unemployment, and the emergence of many economic, social, and environmental protest movements around the world invite academics and managers alike to question the kind of economic system our world should be built on. Would it be a capitalist one? If so, what kind of capitalism? If not, what are the alternatives?

As organization development and change (ODC) scholars and practitioners, the assumptions we make about the corresponding answers to these questions deeply influence our research, teaching, and service. They compel us to consider issues such as:

  • In what ways might ODC question capitalism?
  • Have the basic features of capitalism become taken for granted among ODC scholars?
  • What role do moral and ethical values play in our judgment when we consider and practice ODC in a capitalist economic system?
  • Is organization development as opposed to organization change based on a truly differing set of assumptions and values, such that it might address the “Capitalism in Question” debate differently? If so how, and in what ways does this play out in OD research and practice?
  • How can and should ODC scholars and practitioners use their expertise and bodies of knowledge to intervene and influence business leaders and policy makers to build healthy economic systems? What current and possible models exist?
  • What can ODC scholars and practitioners, learn from organizations that are not constituted as vehicles of private wealth accumulation, but are owned by communities or governments? Moreover, what can ODC learn from the new strategies being used by social and environmental movements as they seek to challenge the existing capitalist system? How might what we learn from these organizations affect future ODC research and practice?
  • How do leaders and those involved in the planning and execution of strategy, practice forms of change that either challenge or perpetuate the prevailing economic system, and to what effect?
  • Capitalist development has led to information technologies that have far reaching  social and economic implications and which impact on how we think and go about work and organization. Has ODC sufficiently come to grips with these changes?

PDW proposals to the ODC division might address these or the many other issues that emanate from this year’s AoM theme. They may also address issues more closely aligned with the ODC Division domain statement .

Space allocated to PDWs is limited, so PDW proposals that would be of interest to several divisions or interest groups are encouraged, although a PDW can only be submitted to one Division. We also encourage PDWs that create a meeting place between ODC practitioners and academics as well as between members of different divisions. (Any co-sponsors will be determined after submission.) If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a PDW session to be sponsored by the ODC Division, please visit the AOM 2013 annual meeting website, and refer to the section on submission information for PDWs.

Please note that the “Rule of 3” applies to PDW submissions. Therefore no one can submit or be a part of more than 3 PDW submissions (this is in addition to the Rule of 3 for the main scholarly program).

Proposals must include:

  • The workshop title
  • Full description of the workshop and activities
  • Time requirements of the workshop
  • Submitter (contact person) and presenter(s) information, including name, affiliation, address, phone, fax, and e-mail for each person.
  • Division or Interest Group sponsor being solicited and why
  • Suggested Division or Interest Group co-sponsors
  • How you intend to create healthy audience interaction and participation

The submission deadline is January 15th, 2013, 5pm EST (earlier submissions are strongly encouraged). All submissions must be sent via the AOM submissions system, ( which will open on the 6th November 2013.

If you have any questions, or have an idea for a possible proposal that you would like to discuss, please contact the ODC PDW Program Chair, David Grant at

ODC Election Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by ODC Board   
Friday, 01 June 2012 09:02

Dear ODC Members,

Thank you for your participation in the ODC board elections.

I am pleased to announce that Julie Wolfram-Cox, Monash University, will be our new 5-year representative on the board, and Nancy Wallis, Fielding Graduate University, will be our new 2-year representative. Their terms will begin immediately following the AOM meetings in Boston. Please contact them directly to congratulate them and give them a very warm welcome!

Julie and Nancy, congratulations to you both, and thank you for your service to the ODC division.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 June 2012 09:18
ODC AOM Best Paper Award Winners PDF Print E-mail
Written by ODC Board   
Monday, 16 July 2012 09:42

Among the many excellent papers that were submitted, the following were selected as this year’s award winning papers:

Best Paper Award

The Division’s best paper is one that exemplifies overall quality; is novel and provides insightful theoretical and/or methodological contributions; is rigorous in logic, exposition, and/or research methods; and is of high relevance to the field of ODC.

This year’s winner is Marguerite Schneider (NJIT) and Curt Lindberg (Complexity Partners), “Leadership in a Complex Adaptive System: Insights from Positive Deviance”. Their paper will be presented Tuesday, 9:45-11:15 in Liberty Ballroom B, Sheraton Boston

Rupe Chisolm Practical Theory Award

The practical theory paper demonstrates how theory informs practice and reflective practice enriches concepts and theories. This award is given in honor of Rupert Chisolm and contributes to his legacy of making theory relevant to practice.

This year’s winner is Martin McCracken (U. of Ulster), Hadyn Robert Bennett (U. of Ulster), and Paula Marie O'Kane (U. of Otago), “Competing Perceptions: Contrasting Employee Experiences of Change in a UK Public Sector Agency". Their paper will be presented Tuesday 8:00-9:30 in Liberty Ballroom B, Sheraton Boston

Best Student Paper Award

This is the best paper submitted by a current student or students. It exemplifies the Division’s emphasis on novelty or insight, logic, rigor and relevance.

This year’s winner is Wade P. Smith (U. of Colorado), " Blurring and Building Boundaries: Changing Logics and Institutional Work in the United States Army" Monday 11:30-1:00 Exeter A&B, Sheraton Boston

Best Paper Based on a Dissertation Award

The best sole authored paper based on a doctoral dissertation written within one year of dissertation completion.

This year’s winner is Katherine Heynoski (Battelle for Kids), “Change as the Loss and Reinvention of Control”. Her paper will be presented Monday 9:45-11:15 Liberty Ballroom B, Sheraton Boston



Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 09:44
Matching Theorists and Practitioners PDF Print E-mail
Written by ODC Executive Board   
Monday, 21 November 2011 00:50

Bushe, G.R. & Marshak, R.J. (2009) Revisioning organization development: Diagnostic and dialogic premises and patterns of practice. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 45:3, 348-368.

Holman, P. Devane, T. & Cady, S. (eds.)(2007) The Change Handbook (2nd Ed.). San Francisco: Berrett Koehler.

What do Transformational Change consultants actually do?

An invitation to revision Organization Development.

Would you like to be “matched” with a successful organization development consultant to study what s/he actually does to promote transformational change in organizations? Would you like to create a community of practical scholars and scholarly practitioners interested in grappling with the underlying theory of planned, transformational change?

There is a growing gap between the change practices successful transformational change practitioners use and the conventional change models found in organizational development textbooks. The conventional action research change model is based on a modernist mindset where the targets of change “participate” in an empirical examination of their system in order to “diagnose” and “prescribe” improvements (Bushe & Marshak, 2009). Yet more than half the methods described in The Change Handbook (Holman, Devane & Cady, 2007) don’t follow this paradigm.

Most written descriptions of newer change models (where they exist) are written by consultants primarily for marketing purposes. Although many appear to rest on post enlightenment assumptions (Bushe & Marshak, 2009) the underlying theories of change and the philosophical assumptions they rest on are rarely explicated. As a result the field grows ever more fragmented.

To address this problem, the Revisioning OD Project is looking for scholars and researchers who are interested in exploring the practices of successful transformational change consultants and explicate the theoretical basis and theories of action underlying their effectiveness. The first step is to generate a pool of case studies with attached commentaries.

Dr. Gervase Bushe, Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, is asking you to contact him and let him know of your interest. In an effort to keep this simple and doable, the effort will begin with a focus on the United States and Canada. He has received assurances of support from the OD Network and NTL to aid in finding consultants willing to be studied. All academics, researchers and doctoral students are invited to join. He will attempt to match you up with a full time consultant in your geographical area. You will negotiate how you will go about studying what that consultant does with the consultant. A rudimentary set of questions all case studies are requested to answer will be provided to you, and you can certainly go beyond those. Your commitment is to write up what you see and hear, and what you think about what you see and hear, and contribute this to a pool of “case studies and commentaries”. Everyone who contributes to the pool will have access to the pool. It’s expected this project will lead to journal articles and an edited volume of papers.

Anyone outside North America who has good contacts into the local consulting community who would like to coordinate the project in their locale is invited to contact Gervase as well.

To register your interest and get more information send an email to with the words Revisioning OD Project in the subject line.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 09:07
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