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ODC 2016 Program Highlights

Please see our exciting program highlights for the 2016 AOM meeting in Anaheim.

Organization Development and Change Division

2016 Program Highlights

A highlight of this year's program is the Distinguished Scholar Award address to be delivered by Professor Michael L. Tushman, Harvard Business School. This will take place on Monday August 8, 3-4.30pm in the Marriott Northwest Ballroom. Please mark your calendar for what is the ODC Division's showcase event.

In this presentation, Professor Tushman will reflect upon, and provide extensions to, his work in several areas in which he is internationally recognized. These include the relations between technological change, executive leadership and organization adaptation, and his work on ambidextrous organizational designs. This work has been published in numerous articles and books during a career in which Tushman has also served on the editorial boards of many journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review. His work has won numerous awards including Academy of Management Review's best paper award in 2004 and the Sumantra Ghoshal Award for Rigour & Relevance in the Study of Management from London Business School in 2011.

This address will be followed by the ODC Business Meeting (Marriott, Marquis South Ballroom, 4.45-6.45pm) and the ODC Reception (Marriott, Marquis South Ballroom, 6.45-8.45pm).

Our outstanding PDW program takes place over Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August. As always, a key feature of our PDW program is the ODC Doctoral Consortium, which this year is convened by incoming ODC Division Chair Julie Wolfram-Cox and by our outgoing student representative, Kate Elgayeva. Doctoral students will get the opportunity to participate in a number of events including receiving feedback on their dissertation topics from established academics, hearing from journal editors on the 'dos and don'ts' of journal submissions, learning how to interrogate their own and others paper ideas, and getting the opportunity to network with leading scholars in a variety of environments. The Consortium will run on Saturday, August 6, 8:30am - 6:30pm in the Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3. The consortium also includes a reception during which doctoral students and new ODC members will be able to meet with each other and with ODC Board members in an informal setting. 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. Pre-registration is required.

Other highlights of our PDW program include our ever-popular session "That Was Great!" More High Impact Exercises For Teaching Or Consulting On Organizational Change. This workshop presents a hands-on forum for educators, researchers, and consultants to showcase high impact, participative, exercises for teaching organizational change in its many contexts. It takes place on Friday, August 5, 10:30am - 12:30pm in the Marriott, Northwest Marquis Ballroom. Participants include:

Gavin M. Schwarz; U. of New South Wales

Richard Dunford; U. of Newcastle, Australia;

Ian Palmer; RMIT U.

Susan M. Adams; Bentley U.

Anthony F. Buono; Bentley U.

Ann E. Feyerherm; Pepperdine U.

Keith O Hunter; U. of San Francisco

Cynthia Martinez; U. of Southern California

Susan Resnick West; U. of Southern California

Gary Wagenheim; Simon Fraser U.


This workshop presents the twelfth annual hands-on forum for educators, researchers, and consultants to showcase high impact methods for teaching organizational change in its many contexts. The session covers high impact classic exercises that still receive very positive responses in change programs, as well as newer approaches which provide novel activities, exercises or methodologies for teaching organizational change. In keeping with the high impact theme, participants get to experience, participate in, and critique, in part, the actual exercise or activity being undertaken. It adopts a "multiple perspectives" approach which assumes that a variety of approaches, assumptions and methodologies may be employed to explore the many areas associated with organizational change.

We also have a PDW on how to move inductive research through the publishing process. The cast for this workshop includes Quy Huy (Insead), Jason Davis (Insead), Melissa Graebner (University of Texas-Austin), and David Obstfeld (California State University-Fullerton). You will be guided by experienced researchers who have had significant success in publishing in our leading journals in how to most effectively design, conduct, and write-up your work. The workshop, Publishing Inductive Research in Prominent Academic Journals will be held on Saturday August 6, 5:15pm–7:15pm, in the Marriott, Northwest Marquis Ballroom.

This workshop is aimed at fostering information exchange among practitioner scholars interested in publishing inductive research in prominent academic journals. Practitioner scholars are individuals who pursue rigor in their research process and output as well as produce knowledge that is useful for improved managerial practice. Often practitioner scholars use inductive research methodologies, which may include qualitative research; action research, and simulation modelling. The workshop will feature scholars with an established track record of publishing in premier journals. The goal will be to build help practitioner scholars to disseminate their ideas through prominent journals, while still encouraging these scholars' focus on managerial relevance. The conference presenters will lead exchanges around topics such as understanding the expectations of premier journals; conducting a literature review; designing data collection and analysis processes; selecting and working with co-authors; writing a first research draft; refining a manuscript before journal submission; and dealing with the editor and reviewers during the review process.

We have several outstanding symposia in the scholarly program, including a special symposium that features leading change scholars discussing future research directions.

  • Research Trajectories in Organization Change & Development (August 8, 11:30am - 1:00pm, Marriott, Grand Ballroom Salon J).

Participants include Bob Hinings (Alberta), Royston Greenwood (Alberta), Barbara Benedict (Buffalo), Jean Bartunek (Boston College), Mamta Bhatt (IESEG), Dhannon Brown (St. Francis), Michael Manning (Benedictine), Jim Ludema (Benedictine), Tobia Fredberg (Chalmers), Johanna Pregmark (Chalmers), Ram Tenkasi (Beendictine), & Yehia Kamel (American U. of Beirut).

The first annual research volume in Organization Change and Development was published by JAI Press in 1987. Since then, ROCD has provided a special platform for scholars and practitioners to share new research-based insights in the book as well as at AOM. The symposium has become an integral part of the Organization Development and Change (ODC) Division program in which division members have the opportunity to meet with authors of the upcoming volume. Volume 24 of ROCD continues the tradition of providing insightful and thought provoking chapters. Collaboration seems to be at the core of many of the chapters in the volume: A collaboration between two colleagues over a twenty year period; collaboration between women and colleagues over fifty years and the essence of social identity; the impact of collaboration on the ongoing evolution/change of research questions during an intervention; collaboration in social space; organization identity and collaboration; changing a program on change leadership requiring collaboration among multiple stakeholders; collaboration and transformation in a media-based conglomerate; and, insights into the road back from bankruptcy. The interactive session provides a unique opportunity to explore research findings and emerging research directions in the field. The give and take in the small group discussions led by chapter authors' advance our collective understanding of current issues facing the field.

The OCD Division is also cosponsoring two Showcase Symposia:

  • Challenging the Status Quo in Organizations: From Subordinate Challenge to Superior Reactions. (August 8, 8-9:30am, Convention Center, 210D)

Chair: Andrew Brodsky, Harvard Business School

Discussant: Hui Liao, U. of Maryland

A Field Quasi-Experimental Study of Incentives, Choice, and Employee Creativity | Jing Zhou, Rice U.; Greg R. Oldham, Tulane U.; Aichia Chuang, National Taiwan U.; Ryan Shuwei Hsu, National Taiwan U., Taiwan

Challenging the Status Quo One Courageous Act at a Time | Evan Bruno, Cornell U.; James R. Detert, Cornell U.

Open Innovation, Closed Minds: An Analysis of Idea Selection in an Open Innovation Funnel | Ajit Sharma, Carnegie Mellon U.; Yan Huang, U. of Michigan; Gautam Ahuja, U. of Michigan; M.S. Krishnan, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

System Justifying Motivates Cause Endorsement of Essentialist Explanations for Gender Differences | Victoria L Brescoll, Yale U.; George Newman, Yale U.; Eric Luis Uhlmann, HEC Paris

Do Top Executives Matter for Innovation? | Wei Vivian Guo, Hong Kong Polytechnic U.; Ken Smith, U. of Maryland; Patrick G. Maggitti, Villanova U.; Paul E. Tesluk, U. at Buffalo, The State U. of New York


  • Boundary Work in Health Care Teams: Responding to Shifting Demands. (August 9, 3-4:30pm, Hilton, Santa Monica)

Organizers: Lars Walter, U. of Gothenburg; Ann Langley, HEC Montréal

Discussant: Michael Barrett, U. of Cambridge

Morphing Boundaries: Integrating Expertise When Work is Embedded in Space | Samer Faraj, McGill U.; Karla Sayegh, McGill U.

Boundary Work Dynamics in Interprofessional Collaboration | Mariline Comeau Vallée, HEC Montreal; Ann Langley, HEC Montréal

The Role of Objects in Sustaining and Disrupting Professional Jurisdictions in Health Care | Bjorn Erik Mork, U. of Oslo; Davide Nicolini, U. of Warwick; Jasmina Masovic, U. of Oslo

Boundary Work in a Hybrid Operating Room | Kajsa Lindberg, U. of Gothenburg; Elena Raviola, U. of Gothenburg; Lars Walter, U. of Gothenburg

We also have many other outstanding symposia and papers, including the ODC Division Best Paper, "Paradoxes of Change" by George I. Kassinis and Alexia Panayiotou (U. of Cyprus) that will be presented in the session, Paradox and change, August 9, 1:15pm-2:45pm, Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1

We build on the organizational paradoxes literature by elaborating on theory through a rich set of qualitative data collected on an internet start-up that revolutionized the music industry. Following the company for twelve years, we focus on how change happens "on the ground," its generative mechanisms and outcomes. Specifically, we locate the tensions arising during the company's development and the decisions made to address these tensions. Contrary to our expectation that we would confirm a stability-change paradox presented in previous literature, we find that our focal organization was characterized by a series of nested paradoxes: first, in analyzing change on three levels, individual, organizational and industry, we were able to illuminate the dynamic interplay of "changing while being changed" or what we call a changed-changing paradox. As the three levels interacted with and against each other, we also find that the decision bringing "resolution" to a tension is the same decision instigating a new tension, creating a second paradox. Furthermore, we see that tensions actually lead to order, not disorder, as we expected, bringing to the forefront yet another paradox. Our study points to an alternative theoretical lens for studying both paradox and tensions as positive developmental experiences.


It has been a privilege to work on this year's program and a delight to see the program listed online this May. We received 18 Professional Development Workshop (PDW) submissions, and were able to accept 15, which was similar to the number of PDW acceptances in recent years. Our paper submissions increased this year, and of the 128 papers that we received, we were able to accept 70. We received 32 symposia proposals, and were able to sponsor or co-sponsor 30 of these, a great result for our Division.


This year 256 reviewers signed up to assess our submissions, a healthy number that allowed us to comfortably work through the reviewing process. While the majority of reviewers still came from the US (127), we were delighted that our reviewers came from a total of 39 countries. Aside from the US, the countries with the largest numbers of reviewers included Canada (15), UK (15), and Germany (10).

We are extremely grateful to all of our reviewers, including several who were able to take on emergency assignments and Board members who assisted with the selection of our best paper winners. We will recognize our outstanding reviewers along with the award winners at this year's Business Meeting (Monday, as above). Sincere congratulations to all winners of ODC awards for 2016.

Distinguished Scholar Award

Michael L. Tushman (Harvard Business School)


Best Paper

George I. Kassinis (University of Cyprus) & Alexia Panayiotou (University of Cyprus). Paradoxes of Change. (Dexter Award Finalist)


Pasmore-Woodman Award

Mitchell L. Marks (San Francisco State University & JoiningForces.org) & Philip H. Mirvis (Boston College)


Rupert F. Chisolm Best Theory-to-Practice Award

Synnove Nesse (NHH Norwegian School of Economics). To Gain Control – Let Go: Heterarchical Leadership During an Organizational Crisis. (Newman Award Nominee)


Best Paper Based on a Dissertation

Silja Hartmann (LMU Munich). Yes, we (still) can! Team Resilience at the Workplace.


Best Action Research Paper

Gertjan Schuiling (VU Amsterdam) & Hans Vermaak (Sioo & Twynstra). Action research as interplay of four contexts.


Susan G. Cohen Doctoral Research Award: Janina Reich (University of Edinburgh): The Relationship Between Organizational Design and Identity in Situations of Change.


Outstanding Reviewer Awards

Vanessa Hasse, Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada.

Sophie Michel, EMLYON Business School, France.


Please search our online program for our other terrific PDWs, paper sessions and co-sponsored symposia.


John Amis, Scholarly Program Chair, and Danielle Zandee, PDW Chair

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