• Call for Professional Development Workshop Submissions

    (posted on behalf of Jon C. Carr, PDW Chair)

    Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are among the most rewarding, stimulating, and enjoyable sessions of the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting. The Entrepreneurship Division invites creative and innovative proposals for PDW sessions for the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, which will be held virtually from July 30 - August 3, 2021. The Annual Meeting theme this year is “Bringing the Manager Back in Management”, with paper sessions, symposia, PDWs, and social opportunities that help address this theme.

    Taking into account the ENT Division mission (“We Grow Entrepreneurial Scholars”) and the Annual Meeting Theme, the ENT Division favors proposals that give participants at all career stages the opportunity to learn new skills, share ideas, help other scholars, have new experiences, and build connections. PDWs are meant as complements, not substitutes, for the regular AOM program. They should not cover conventional themes and topics or be structured as traditional paper or panel sessions. Rather, PDWs should be innovative in content and structure, exploring issues and encouraging interactions not usually featured in the main program.
    PDW sessions are typically structured as workshops, breakout sessions, tutorials, discussion panels, research incubators, or other interactive formats. They provide a forum for exchanging ideas and building relationships in a manner that does not typically fit the constraints of paper and symposium sessions. Knowledge sharing and participation are key, and PDWs present the opportunity to experiment with new models of interaction and engagement.

    Proposals should interest members of the Entrepreneurship Division, or fit its domain, which includes not only the phenomena of self-employment, small-business management, family business, new-venture formation, innovation, and firm growth but also more general ideas about the recognition, analysis, and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. Likewise, the nature of novelty, creativity, and innovativeness within entrepreneurial settings are valued, as well as new theoretical and empirical approaches towards entrepreneurial process research. Sessions with standard paper presentations are more appropriate for traditional sessions.

    The most effective PDWs encourage interaction among individuals and groups which do not typically participate in the same sessions, workshops, and activitiesnot only within the Entrepreneurship Division, but also across the divisional lines within the Academy. Hence you are encouraged to work with colleagues within and outside the Division and submit appropriate PDW proposals which have broad appeal to the Academy membership at-large.

    Proposals will be evaluated based on: (a) the expected substantive and networking benefit for participants, (b) the plans for creating an interactive and engaging session, (c) the breadth of interest of the session for individuals and groups within the Division and the broader Academy, (d) the novelty of the topic or the forum for the exchanges, (e) the effective use of program time, and (f) the fit with the conference theme. We encourage proposals which explicitly address these six criteria.
    As PDWs are intended for professional development, proposals should explain how their session will foster interaction and personal development among participants as well as the audience they will aim to attract. In order to allow interaction, PDWs are typically at least two hours long, though sessions may be as short as 1.5 hours.

    For those PDW proposals that seek to engage other AOM Divisions: It is critical to draft your abstract in a clear and unambiguous fashion. This is because the only PDW information the other Division PDW Chairs will receive is the abstract of the proposal. A clear abstract will facilitate their potential engagement with your proposal.

    PDW proposals should be formatted following submission guidelines that are found at the AoM website. Early submissions are encouraged. Please note that if the submission guidelines and formatting requirements are not met, the submission will not be reviewed. Proposals should be submitted to the 2021 AoM Annual Meeting Submission Center, which is available at the website.

    The following dates apply:
    Submission Center Open Date: December 1, 2020 (12/01/2020)
    Submission Center Deadline Date: January 12, 2021 (1/12/2021) by 5:00 EST
    All named PDW participants must commit to participation in advance. All proposals require a statement indicating that all named participants have consented to participate in the Entrepreneurship Division PDW. Even though the conference is being held virtually, The AOM’s “Rule of Three” for the PDW program is that “no one may submit or be associated with more than 3 PDW submissions, or appear in more than 3 PDW sessions, regardless of whether the sessions are held synchronously or asynchronously.”

    If you have questions, please contact the Entrepreneurship Division’s PDW Chair for the 2021 Annual Meeting: or at

    To ensure sufficient time to develop your proposal, please forward your general inquiries before December 18th, 2020.

    We hope to see you at the Annual Meeting this coming year!