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AOM 2019 PDW on Language, Meaning, and Organizing (call for submissions)

  • 1.  AOM 2019 PDW on Language, Meaning, and Organizing (call for submissions)

    Posted 05-13-2019 08:03

    Dear colleagues,


    We would like to draw your attention to a PDW at the 2019 AOM meeting in Boston on:


    Language, Meaning, and Organizing: The Future of Linguistic Theories, Data, and Methodologies [Saturday, August 10, 8 – 9:30 AM, Boston Hynes Convention Center / 205] [link]


    Organizer: Derek Harmon, U. of Michigan

    Organizer: Helen Etchanchu, Montpellier Business School

    Organizer: Hovig Tchalian, Drucker School of Management

    Panelist: Nelson Phillips, Imperial College London

    Panelist: Mark Kennedy, Imperial College Business School

    Panelist: Renate Elisabeth Meyer, WU Vienna & Copenhagen Business School

    Panelist: Joseph Porac, New York U.

    Panelist: Eero Vaara, Aalto U. School of Business

    Panelist: Klaus Weber, Northwestern U.

    Discussant: Shahzad Ansari, Cambridge U.

    Discussant: Jonathan Nicholas Bundy, Arizona State U.

    Discussant: Stine Grodal, Boston U.

    Discussant: Yuan Li, Saint Mary's College of California

    Discussant: Jeffrey Loewenstein, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Discussant: Michael Pfarrer, U. of Georgia

    Discussant: Linda L. Putnam, U. of California, Santa Barbara

    Discussant: Tyler Wry, The Wharton School, U. of Pennsylvania

    Discussant: Tammar B. Zilber, Hebrew U. of Jerusalem



    Over the last 30 years, our field has experienced a proliferation of theoretical perspectives that examine language in organizational and institutional settings (e.g., impression management, framing, rhetoric, discourse, narratives, vocabularies). This proliferation has been accelerated more recently by the increased availability of a large volume of texts as well as methodological developments that enable us to analyze these texts like never before. However, this explosion of theoretical perspectives, data availability, and methodological approaches has challenged researchers to think more carefully about which theoretical and methodological approaches to use for their desired research objectives. This PDW provides a forum for bringing together a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches to language as well as to broaden the scope of this growing community by inviting scholars who have used language directly or indirectly in their research and would like to contribute to this area of work in the future.


    PART 1 of PDW (open to all participants)

    The first part will feature a panel discussion of five experts (Mark Kennedy, Renate Meyer, Joe Porac, Eero Vaara, Klaus Weber), moderated by Nelson Phillips, who will discuss promising new directions at the intersection of linguistic theories, data, and methodologies. This conversation will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the audience.


    PART 2 of PDW (requires pre-registration and proposal submission)

    The second part involves personalized feedback from our panelists and discussants on a paper proposal submitted by participants who have pre-registered and submitted a paper proposal. Please contact the session organizer to obtain the approval code. Proposals should be 3 – 5 pages long (excluding references) and should, at minimum, describe a) the research question, b) the theoretical audience, c) the data and linguistic methodology, d) a summary of your empirical findings, and e) proposed theoretical contribution. Participants will be selected based on quality of submission, with an eye towards including scholars at different career stages and schools. The deadline to submit your proposal and register online is June 30, 2019. Proposals should be sent to the session organizer, Derek Harmon (djharmon@umich.edu). In this email, please also list your top 3 roundtable preferences (see below).


    Roundtables available


    Table Topic

    Expert 1

    Expert 2


    Nelson Phillips

    Imperial College, London

    Linda Putnam

    UC Santa Barbara

    Framing & rhetoric

    Shaz Ansari

    Cambridge University

    Yuan Li

    St. Mary's College


    Renate Meyer

    WU Vienna

    Eero Vaara

    Aalto University


    Tyler Wry

    University of Pennsylvania

    Joe Porac

    New York University


    Stine Grodal

    Boston University

    Mike Pfarrer

    University of Georgia


    Klaus Weber

    Northwestern University

    Tammar Zilber

    Hebrew University

    Social evaluations

    Jeff Loewenstein

    University of Illinois

    Jon Bundy

    Arizona State University


    Best wishes,

    Derek Harmon, Helen Etchanchu, Hovig Tchalian


    Derek Harmon
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor MI
    (651) 271-0320