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About the AOM Specialized Conferences Initiative

The Academy of Management's Annual Meeting is the oldest and largest gathering of management and organization scholars in the world. While the size and scope of this global event provide countless opportunities for learning and engaging, showcasing and gaining exposure to cutting-edge research, building vast professional networks, and more, members expressed their desires for additional, complementary events held throughout the year that allow for deep dialogue and interactions through smaller, highly-focused gatherings. 

The AOM Specialized Conferences Initiative features a portfolio of smaller, meaningful and sustainable new meeting opportunities that complement our historic Annual Meeting. Several new conference models will allow members and participants to connect and engage throughout the year, virtually and in varied locations, that are reflective of the geographic dispersion of our international membership. Our first Thematic conference, Big Data and Managing in a Digital Economy, will be held from April 18-20, 2018, in Surrey, UK; and the Thematic conference From Start -up to Scale-up Strategies: Coping in a Volatile Business Environment, will be held from December 17-19, 2018, in Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to these conferences, new ideas that reflect the creative energy of our membership are expected to emerge, as the Academy experiments with new program structures, delivery modes, content features, and conference designs.   


Special Acknowledgement 

The Board is grateful to the various volunteers who contributed to the development of the Specialized Conferences Initiative including those who served on the Small Conferences Task Force, the Teaching & Learning Conference Committee, and the AOM Africa Conference Committee. Thank you also to leadership from the Human Resources Division, Research Methods Division, Management Consulting Division, Diversity & Inclusion Theme Committee, and others, whose valuable feedback and insights helped shape the strategy for innovative and meaningful new meeting opportunities for AOM members. 



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