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Following previous successful events held annually from 2014, we are very pleased to be able to announce that the ninth annual paper development workshop on organisational and institutional change will take place on March 7th, 2022. This workshop has been generously supported by Academy of Management Review, the Organization Development & Change Division of AOM, and the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Strategic Leadership. As previously, this workshop offers an opportunity for scholars to develop their ongoing work related to organisational or institutional change, broadly defined. The workshop will be developmental with each paper having as a discussant a senior scholar with a track record of multiple publications in, and editorial/editorial board appointments with, our leading journals.
Confirmed discussants will be John Amis (University of Edinburgh), Shaz Ansari (University of Cambridge), Royston Greenwood (University of Alberta & University of Edinburgh), Matthew Grimes (University of Cambridge), Tom Lawrence (University of Oxford), Juliane Reinecke (King’s College, London) & Sherry Thatcher (University of South Carolina).
There will be a plenary session led by Professor Sherry Thatcher, Editor at Academy of Management Review, devoted to improving understanding of how to write papers, particularly theory papers, that can be published in leading journals in general and Academy of Management Review in particular.
Authors will also receive feedback from peers with similar research interests. It should be of special interest for colleagues recently graduated with a Ph.D., and doctoral students with quite well developed manuscripts; scholars more advanced in their careers are also welcome to attend. Selection of papers will be based on an abstract of 500 words. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 11.59pm, January 16th, 2022. Full paper drafts will be required by 11.59pm, February 20th, 2022.


The generous support of the ODC Division and the Centre for Strategic Leadership will allow us to provide a small number of $500 scholarships to help defray expenses for some doctoral students. Successful applicants to the workshop will automatically be considered for a scholarship; no separate application is required. Notification of awardees will be made immediately following paper acceptance.

Logistics and Support to Participants

The Centre for Strategic Leadership at the University of Edinburgh Business School is pleased to host and jointly organize this workshop. The conference will consist of around 50 doctoral students, early career faculty and senior colleagues who will discuss papers and offer developmental advice. The atmosphere will be collegial and informal, but centred on progressing working papers with the objective of getting them published in leading journals.
There is no conference fee, and no charge for lunch, coffee breaks and closing reception. Participants must make their own travel arrangements and pay for accommodation - we will provide recommendations of where to stay. Participants are expected to attend for the whole day: registration is 8.30am; the formal programme concludes at 5pm with a drinks reception finishing at 6pm. If participants wish to extend their trip to enjoy Edinburgh and the surrounding area, we can help with advice and arrangements.

Key Dates

Submission of abstract: 11.59pm, January 16th, 2022
Notification of acceptance: w/c January 17th, 2022
Full paper due: 11.59pm, February 20th, 2022
Workshop: March 7th, 2022

Contact for questions regarding the workshop and for all submissions of abstracts and full-papers:
John Amis: john.amis@ed.ac.uk

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