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AOM PDW on Effective Reviewing (or How NOT to be Reviewer 2!)

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    AOM PDW on Effective Reviewing (or How NOT to be Reviewer 2!)

    Would you like to become a better reviewer? Are you curious to know what journal editors look for in a review or when selecting editorial board members? Do you spend days reviewing a paper when asked and still wonder if you're doing it right?


    Come join us for a PDW on 'Mastering the Role of an Effective Reviewer' at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Chicago on Saturday, August 10 from 8 to 10 am. Hear from a panel of editors from leading management journals their advice on becoming a master reviewer. And participate in an interactive exercise mentored by leading scholars to learn the dos and don'ts of good reviewing. More details of the PDW are included below. If you'd like to participate, please register by filling out this form by July 15, 2024. We hope you'll join us!


    PDW Details

    AOM Session # 261

    When: Saturday, August 10, 2024; 8 am to 10 am Central Time

    Where: Huron, Sheraton Grand Chicago

    Mary J. Benner, University of Minnesota
    Samina Karim, Northeastern University
    Todd Zenger, University of Utah

    Vikas A. Aggarwal, INSEAD
    Donal Crilly, London Business School
    Gary Dushnitsky, London Business School
    Martin Ganco, University of Wisconsin
    Aseem Kaul, University of Minnesota
    Sonali Shah, U. of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


    The creation of knowledge is a central part of the academic profession. As scholars, we tend to focus on our contributions as 'authors' of scholarly work. A less celebrated yet equally important role we play is that of 'reviewers.' In fact, for every new study we publish, we are likely to impact dozens of other studies through our referee reports. Mastering our role as effective reviewers can catalyze our growth as successful scholars. First, an effective reviewer plays a pivotal role in the development of the literature. Through constructive observations and suggestions, referees contribute to the trajectory of work in their field. In doing so, each reviewer also gains timely insights on the latest research in their field. Second, the ability to develop a critical - yet constructive - perspective on a research project can directly enhance the quality of our own work. Reviewing enables us to better assess gaps or weaknesses in our own work, think of possible remedies or framing, and more powerfully assert our contribution. Third, over time, an effective reviewer becomes known as an 'expert.' This recognition garners the respect of senior colleagues and often leads to invitations to share their expertise, join Editorial Review Boards at reputable journals, and so on. The purpose of this PDW is to help junior scholars advance and grow by sharing practices and norms, mirroring recent discussions in our scholarly community (e.g., Bettis et al., 2016). Our objectives are twofold: first, the personal growth of participants as effective reviewers, and second, an overall enhancement in the quality of peer reviews across our scholarly community.

    Gary Dushnitsky
    London Business School
    44 (0)20 7000 8723