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ODC 2017 Program Highlights

Please see our exciting program highlights for the 2017 AOM meeting in Atlanta.



ODC Academy of Management Program Highlights 2017


Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017 Welcome!


We hope you have safe travels and look forward to seeing you all in Anaheim soon. Please find below a reminder about 2017 ODC Program Highlights composed by Danielle Zandee and Cliff Oswick. Pencil in your favorite sessions!  


Please join us at the ODC Division Business Meeting and Members Social on Monday, August 7th, to help recognize our Award Winners and participate in a Community Conversation about our ODC division as a hub for research, practice, and community building. Be sure to read more about this, opportunities to represent the division in Atlanta, and our new scholar-practitioner breakfast in the Member Section below. We especially need you to sign up to represent our division at various events during the week.


Below, please also find a "thank you" to our sponsors and an invitation to sponsorships from John Amis, our Chair-Elect, and news about other opportunities for members at the Atlanta meeting and beyond.


Last, a bit of trivia. Glenn Varney, emeritus at Bowling Green University reminds us that the ODC division began in Atlanta 46 years ago! Thanks for the reminder, Glenn!



Julie Wolfram Cox, ODC Division Chair  

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ODC 2017 Program Highlights 




A highlight of this year's program is the Distinguished Scholar Award address to be delivered by Professor Ann Langley, HEC Montreal. In her address, titled "Approaches to Studying Organizational Phenomena Processually," Dr. Langley will examine four different understandings of process with their underlying assumptions and required methodologies. She will conclude with implications for organizational change research and practice. Inger Stensaker of NHH Norwegian School of Economics will be the discussant for this plenary address. The event will take place on Monday, August 7, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Marriott, Marquis Salon D.


This address will be followed by the ODC Business Meeting and Community Conversation (see below) from 4:45 - 6:45 pm in Marquis Salon D and the Social Event is from 7 - 9 pm in the Marquis Salon A





Our PDW program on Friday and Saturday includes:

  • The ODC Doctoral Consortium convened by John Amis, Division Chair-Elect and Katerina Gonzalez, ODC Student Representative on August 5, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm, Marriott, Marquis M104.
    Pre-registration is required - please contact John Amis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • The ever-popular "That Was Great! More High Impact Exercises for Teaching or Consulting on Organizational Change" on August 4, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm, Marriott, Marquis M302
  • A PDW on developing a career in ODC-related disciplines: "Becoming Scholars and Scholar-Practitioners in Organization Development and Change" on August 5, 2:15 - 4:15 pm, Marriott, Lobby L505.


We have outstanding symposia in the scholarly program, including a symposium that features leading change scholars giving their 30-year overview of the ODC field including its future directions:


  • Research Trajectories in Organization Change & Development
    (August 8, 8 - 9:30 am, Marriott, Atrium A703).


This year ODC cosponsors the following two Showcase Symposia:


  • Implementing Transformational Change: Challenges and Opportunities at the Interface
    (August 7, 9:45 - 11:15 am, Marriott, Atrium A703).
  • Transforming Theory and Research into Practice: The Role of Boundary Objects and Boundary-Spanning Processes (August 7, 1:15 - 2:45 pm, Marriott, Atrium A703).


We also have great paper sessions with outstanding papers, including ones that received various ODC division awards. Those papers are listed below in the Reviewers and Awards section, along with the date, room, and time at which they can be heard.


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



ODC Academy of Management Program Highlights

2017 - continued 





It has been a privilege to work on this year's program. 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 2017.


Distinguished Scholar Award

Ann Langley (HEC Montréal)


Pasmore-Woodman Award

Marta Calás (University of Massachusetts) & Linda Smircich (University of Massachusetts)


Distinguished Educator Award - new for 2017!

Robert Marshak (American University)


Best Paper Award 

Simone Gutzan (University of St. Gallen) and Harald Tuckermann (University of St. Gallen) - Collective Reflection as an Orchestrated Organizational Effort.

  • Presented in Paper Session Renewal of Organizational Practice Through Play, Translation, Reflection and Routines, August 7, 1:15 - 2:45 pm, Marriott Marquis, Atrium A708


Rupert F. Chisholm Best Theory-to-Practice Paper 

Kasper Elmholdt (Aalborg University) - Conceptual Tensions and Translations: Struggling With the Core Task in Public Sector Organization.

  • Presented in Paper Session Renewal of Organizational Practice Through Play, Translation, Reflection and Routines, August 7, 1:15 - 2:45 pm, Marriott Marquis, Atrium A708


Best Paper Based on a Dissertation 

Ignacio Pavez (Case Western Reserve University) - A Micro-Level Integration of Diagnostic and Appreciative Approaches: A Paradoxical Approach.

  • Presented in Paper Session Making Sense of Change: Affective, Positive and Discursive Dimensions, August 8, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Marriott Marquis, Atrium A708


Best Action Research Paper 

Anna Elisabeth Yström (Chalmers University of Technology), Susanne Ollila (Chalmers University of Technology,

Marine Agogue - HEC Montréal, David Coghlan (Trinity College Dublin) - Developing a Learning Method in an Open Innovation Project Through Action Research

  • Presented in Paper Session Action Research for Collaboration, Innovation and Strategic Change, August 7, 9:45 - 11:15 am, Marriott Marquis, Atrium A708


Best Doctoral Student Paper - new for 2017

Ilay Hicret Ozturk (University of Edinburgh), John Matthew Amis (University of Edinburgh) - The Role of Professions in Institutional Change Processes: The Transformation of the Scottish Civil Justice System

  • Presented in Paper Session Institutional Logics, Agency and Change, August 7, 8:00 - 9:30 am, Marriott Marquis, Atrium A708


Susan G. Cohen Doctoral Research Award

Sonia Raghav (University of Western Australia, Business School)

  • Research Proposal - Multiple Identity Interactions: Implications for Work Outcomes


Dexter Award Nominees

Anjan Ghosh (Indian Institute of Management), Sougata Ray (Indian Institute of Management) - Theorizing "Strategic Transition Towards Organizational Hybridism": Action Research With CINI India

  • Presented in Paper Session Action Research for Collaboration, Innovation and Strategic Change, August 7, 9:45 - 11:15am,  Marriott Marquis, Atrium A708


Newman Award Nominee

Tomas Thundiyil (Central Michigan University) - Understanding Employee Alignment During Organizational Change

  • Presented in Paper Session Employee Engagement and Alignment With Organizational Change, August 7, 1:15 - 2:45 pm,  Marriott Marquis, Lobby L403


Outstanding Reviewer Awards 

Rita Kowalski (Work Life Consulting LLC), Rouven Kanitz (LMU Munich)


Danielle Zandee, Program Chair

John Amis, ODC Chair-Elect

David Bright, PDW Chair-Elect


Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors!



We are most grateful to our sponsors for their assistance in supporting our program and awards: 


- Emerald Group Publishing

- Griffith University Business School 

- Journal of Change Management

- Lazaridis Institute

- Monash Business School

- NEOMA Business School

- Project Management Institute

- University of Edinburgh Business School


These sponsorships will be highlighted during the conference sessions, business meeting and reception.  We are also welcoming new sponsors and invite suggestions from our members.  We have several sponsorship types, see: http://odc.aom.org/index.php/awards-and-sponsorships/sponsorships

Both individual and corporate sponsors are most welcome - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss sponsorship opportunities.


Best wishes,
John Amis, ODC Chair-Elect



Join the Conversation, Represent the Division, Come for Breakfast,

and Promote the Division 



Community Discussion - At the business meeting, we will continue our discussion that began at the 2016 meeting in Anaheim and continued through the board session in March 2017. David Bright, Kate Elgayeva, and Lori Kendall will facilitate a conversation about strategic objectives for the division and potential actions in a variety of areas: program development, membership development, initiatives, partnering, research and practice. 


Represent the Division in Atlanta - We need you!!

Sign up here to welcome new members during the Opening Welcome Event on Friday, August 4 or to invite unaffiliated doctoral students to our division at the New Doctoral Student Consortium on Saturday, August 5. You can also sign up to represent the ODC division at the Members' Resource Center throughout the conference. Check it out!


Scholar-Practitioner Breakfast - New this year! We are hosting a breakfast get together for scholar practitioners attending the conference. Anyone who considers her (or him)self a scholar-practitioner (or practitioner-scholar) is most welcome to join ODC board members at this breakfast, which will be held on Tuesday, August 8 from 7 - 8:00 am in (the back of) Marriott Marquis Atrium A703. The breakfast is a good opportunity for ODC members to come together, to connect, to reflect on the conference so far and to discuss future collaborations. We look forward to seeing you there!


Division Information Sheet - As you attend conferences, retreats, or work with students, take a piece of the division with you. Find on our ODC website a generic flyer for distribution in any venue. Statistics are updated twice annually. Contact Julie Smendzuik-O'Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

for more information.


We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!


Julie Smendzuik-O'Brien, Membership Engagement Coordinator

Danielle Zandee, Program Chair





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