16-17 June, 2020 Lyon, France

    Organized in partnership with the ISEOR International Research Center at iaelyon School of Management, University Jean Moulin and Organization Development and Change Division
    of the Academy of Management (USA)

    Languages of submissions and presentations: English, Spanish or French


    Since 2006, international conferences and doctoral consortium of the ODC division of the AOM have taken place every other year by ISEOR, at University of Jean Moulin and have been very successful, enabling an overall 730 presentations of OD and Change academics and doctoral students from 25 countries. Indeed, these events showed how value added is the development of relationships across the Atlantic to share knowledge and experience in the field of research on themes such as:
    - Comparing the Doctoral Curricula in the field of ODC and MC in the US and in Europe
    - Preparing a Ph.D. or a DBA when in active life
    - Research on change management theories and evaluation methods of performance
    - Bridging the gap between theory and practice: action-research, intervention-research, appreciative inquiry…
    Format of the 2020 Conference and doctoral consortium:
    The consortium will consist of two kinds of presentations:
    - Papers, conferences and testimonies proposed by academics in the field of change management in different cultural settings.
    -Workshops, where doctoral students are invited to present their research project or their current research in order to debate and exchange and to get advise.
    Two Best Paper Awards will be given in each language: one for academics and another for a doctoral student (only if the paper is not co-authored by a doctor/academic).
    In addition, the most insightful papers in each language written by academics or doctoral students (only if co-authored with a doctor) can be submitted for publication to the Journal Recherches en Sciences de Gestion/ Management Sciences/ Ciencias de Gestión.
    ISEOR International Research Center and IAE Lyon, University of Jean Moulin, is the pilot research center of the doctoral program in Socio-Economic Approach to Management of change and to organization development. Lyon, France is ideally located at the heart of Europe and is an academic powerhouse in the field of management. (see: The ISEOR International Research Center has already organized several conferences with AOM (USA) : 2001 and 2014 (Management Consulting Division), 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 (Research Methods Division), (2005) Social Issues in Management Division), 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 (Organization Development and Change Division), 2009 (Social Issues in Management, Organization Development and Change, Research Methods Division, Organizations and the Natural Environment, Management Consulting and Practice Theme Committee).
    Participation from the American side: at least 100 AOM members and/or other North American academics as well as Latin American and Asian academics, doctoral students and executive doctoral students are expected.
    Participation expected from the European side: at least 100 European doctoral students will present their project, and 40 European directors of research and academics have expressed their intention to participate.
    Submission deadlines: send an abstract (4,500 characters maximum) before February 15th, 2020. Full papers (15 pages or 40,000 characters maximum including spaces) in English, Spanish or French are expected by March 10th, 2020.
    Format: MS word, Times New Roman 10 point font, single spaced. Margins: 0.90" left, 1.73" right, 0.98" top and 1.18" bottom. Indent 1st line of each paragraph. Orientation of sheets: portrait and pages facing one another for all the document. Paper format: B5: 7.16" breadth x10.12"height. Headline 0" and bottom 0.79" Sub-headings should be bold, on a separate line, left-justified, and all caps. Title page for all submissions should appear as follows: on a separate page from the body of the paper: TITLE of paper, TYPE: Doctoral student, Executive doctoral student, academic, CONTACT PERSON: Choose 1 person to be the contact person, LIST of authors' names, in desired sequence. CONTACT INFORMATION for each author, including the following: Name, Organization or University affiliation, Occupation / Job for each author, Address, Phone, Fax, e-mail.
    The paper should include a ten-line abstract and 5 keywords at the beginning of the document.
    Participation fees:
    -Doctoral students: € 150, which includes registration, proceedings
    -Academics and practitioners: € 400, which includes registration, proceedings, lunches and gala dinner.

    Contact and submissions: (See also website:
  • ODC Doctoral Consortium

    Organization Development & Change (ODC)
    Doctoral Consortium
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019

    Cliff Oswick (Cass Business School, City University of London)
    Janina Klein (University of Edinburgh Business School)

    We are really pleased to be able to invite doctoral students involved in change-related research to our 2019 Doctoral Consortium. With great scholars to provide you with feedback on your work and career advice, excellent networking opportunities, and a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere, what’s not to like?

    The 2019 ODC Doctoral Consortium will be held on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 as part of the pre- conference program at the Academy of Management meetings in Boston, Massachusetts.

    This Doctoral Student Consortium is for doctoral students interested in studying issues associated with any aspect of organizational change. We welcome and encourage students at all stages of their dissertation – those who are well advanced as well as those who are at an early stage of their dissertation.

    The consortium will provide opportunities for structured discussion and informal interaction between doctoral students and faculty concerning research, publishing, and early career issues. In small group coaching sessions, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their dissertation research with faculty members who will give feedback and help further advance participants’ work toward successful completion, publishable results, and smooth transitions into their academic careers. This is a great opportunity to meet prominent scholars in the field from around the world and to network with peers.

    Participating faculty include:
    • John Amis, U. of Edinburgh, UK
    • Jean Bartunek, Boston College, USA
    • David Bright, Wright State U., USA
    • Stephen Cummings, Victoria U., NZ
    • Michael Smets, Said Business School, UK
    • Markus Perkman, Imperial College, UK
    • Maria Gondo, U. of Mississippi, USA
    • Richard Hall, Monash U., Australia
    • Christian Hampel, Imperial College London, UK
    • Bruce Hanson, Concordia U., USA
    • Quy Huy, INSEAD, Singapore
    • Shaul Oreg, Hebrew U. of Jerusalem, Israel
    • Cliff Oswick, Cass Business School, UK
    • Linda Rouleau, HEC Montreal, CA
    • Patrice Rosenthal, Fielding Graduate U., USA
    • Richard Stackman, U. of San Francisco, USA
    • Sonja Sackmann, Universität der Bundeswehr, Germany
    • Inger Stensaker, NHH, Norway
    • James Vardaman, Mississippi State U., USA
    • Julie Wolfram Cox, Monash U., Australia
    • Richard Woodman, Mays Business School, USA
    • Danielle Zandee, Nyenrode Business U., Netherlands
    • Jeffrey Ford, Ohio State U., USA
    • Ron Fry, Case Western Reserve U., USA
    • Charles Fenner, State U. of New York, USA
    • Claudia Gabbioneta, U. of Newcastle, UK
    • Rob Blomme, Nyenrode Business U., Netherlands
    • Simone Gutzan, U. of St Gallen, Switzerland
    • Jim Ludema, Benedictine U., USA
    • Amit Nigam, Cass Business School, UK

    If your dissertation focuses on any aspect of organization development and change at the individual, group, organizational, and/or field level, you are welcome to apply. Examples of relevant topic areas of dissertation work include, but are not confined to:
    • Organization growth & development
    • Change management
    • Strategic change
    • Strategy-as-practice
    • Culture change
    • Social movements in organizations
    • Organizational improvisation
    • Organizational learning
    • Responses to change
    • Institutional change
    • Network dynamics
    • Leadership and change
    • Innovation
    • Discourse and Change
    • Dialogic OD
    • Micro-dynamics of change
    • Identity and change
    • Design thinking and change

    Places are limited and applications to participate in the consortium will be assessed on a first come, first served basis - so you are advised to apply early. To apply, please send an email with the following three documents attached to Cliff Oswick ( by May 19, 2019.

    • A recommendation letter from your dean, department chair, or major advisor/supervisor that verifies your (a) status/progress and (b) year in your school’s doctoral program.
    • A one-page bio summarizing your contact information, research and teaching interests, and publications.
    • A 3-5 page (typed and double-spaced) summary of your dissertation project, including the research question, rationale, any hypotheses/propositions, proposed methods, and any results (if applicable).

    Note: If accepted for the consortium, your one-page bio and summary of your dissertation project will be distributed among consortium faculty and participants in advance of the August session.

    Please direct any questions you may have about this consortium to the consortium organizers:

    Cliff Oswick (
    Janina Klein (
  • ODC call for PDWs

    Organization Development & Change (ODC)

    PDW Chair: Linda Rouleau, HEC Montreal,

    Professional Development Workshop sessions will be held between 8 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 and 8 p.m. on Saturday August 10, 2019, immediately prior to the AOM scholarly program.

    A PDW provides Academy members with a unique opportunity for professional development. Though not required, we are seeking PDW proposals that relate to the Annual Meeting theme. This year, the theme is “Understanding the Inclusive Organization” and should be interpreted broadly. It encourages submissions that focus on organizations and environments that improve society by positively integrating individuals and groups dealing with physical, psychological or cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural and economic differences. 

    This year’s theme resonates with the orientations of ODC Division-related scholars and practitioners. The ODC division is deeply committed to designing inclusive change and doing research on the diversity of changing processes and practices that capture major trends in contemporary organizations. We are greatly interested in the development of perspectives, methods and practices that explore how to facilitate inclusive change and participation in open organizations. We encourage submissions that look at how to promote equity and human dignity as well as empowerment of each and every one through organizational change processes and practices.

    In keeping with this theme, we especially look for proposals from scholars, regardless of membership in our division, who explore themes related to inclusive change and development in organizations.  For example, related domains of research include, but are not limited to, social and community psychology, human resources management and open innovation, diversity studies, social issues in management, critical management studies, workplace studies, practice-based studies, and more.  Examples of related topics include collaborative leadership, information sharing and participative decision making, empowerment, commitment and shared sensemaking, equality and diversity, self-directed teams, impression management, open innovation and strategy, among others.

    The theme thus encourages PDWs that address questions such as the following:

    What are the implications resulting from recent research and practice that explores the theme of “inclusive and open organizations”? How does it improve our knowledge of change and changing?

    What theoretical frames, concepts and models are the most useful for understanding the inclusive change and changing organizations?

    How can change scholars and practitioners integrate the diversity of perspectives on inclusive and open organizations that exist across disciplines?

    What dimensions, dilemmas, and dynamics are at play when organizations enforce greater transparency and inclusion to inside and/or outside actors?

    What is the role of discourse, materiality and emotions in the construction of organizational policies and developmental activities that improve the capacity of individuals and groups to fully contribute to change and changing organizations?

    What research methods, both established and new, are especially appropriate for studying inclusive change?

    How might change practitioners integrate the diversity of perspectives that exist across teams, functions and units within an organization?

    What change and changing practioners’ initiatives hold great potential for developing inclusiveness at any level of the organization?

    What are the boundary conditions that empower broad participation and equity to promote individual and collective talents?

    How does the spread of business education, new social media technologies, and the rise of new ecological systems facilitate and constraint inclusive change and the development of open organization?

    How might diversity, inclusion and shared governance be achieved through participatory action research?

    What education, learning practices and skills facilitate the development of practitioners’ leadership that supports and is capable of encouraging unique contributions and differences towards organizational goals and outcomes?

    What are the opportunities and challenges of publishing research on inclusive change?

    How can one include research collaborators, participants, and assistants when disseminating academic results on inclusive change and changing organizations?  

    Successful PDW proposals are highly interactive, create an engaging environment, provoke new ideas and learning, integrate cutting-edge scholarly or applied ideas, connect people and build relationships, and encourage experimentation with new ideas, processes and practices. They should be inclusive and of interest to participants from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives around topics of mutual interest. Since ODC-related work is broadly interdisciplinary, we especially encourage PDWs that will facilitate interactions between ODC practitioners, ODC academics and members of other divisions. We also encourage submissions on research, teaching, and/or practice.

    Proposals for PDWs may address these or other issues that emanate from this year’s AOM theme. They may also focus on issues that are unrelated to the theme, but that align with the ODC Division domain statement. A doctoral consortium will be included in the program. In addition, we encourage the organizers of past, successful PDWs to submit PDWs again for 2019.

    PDW proposals may be submitted to only one (primary) division; however, we encourage PDW proposals that may be co-sponsored by other divisions or interest groups. Each potential sponsor should be listed on the proposal. Any co-sponsors will be determined after the submission is accepted.

    The submission deadline is January 15, 2019, 5 p.m. ET (NY Time). Early submissions are strongly advised. Please review the submission instructions before preparing your proposal.

    If you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss a possible proposal idea, please contact the ODC PDW Program Chair, Linda Rouleau at  before December 15, 2018.