IM Division Chair Message

Dear IM Division Members,

William Newburry
IM Division Chair


Welcome to the International Management Division website as we are in the beginning of preparations for the 2023 AOM Annual Meeting in Boston from August 4 - 8, 2023 on the theme: Putting the Worker Front and Center. Program Chair Nandini Lahiri and Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Chair Klaus Meyer are already working hard at building the IM Division’s conference program. Please look for more information on the meeting over the next couple of months, but for now, please plan to submit your papers, symposia and PDW proposals, and please plan to review for the conference.

Right now, I would like to recognize everyone who contributed to AOM’s first hybrid conference in Seattle this past August. It was great to meet back in person for the first time since 2019, although many still joined virtually. The 2022 conference theme of “Creating a Better World Together” was very timely and appropriate given the multitude of events facing the world right now.

I particularly wanted to thank Program Chair Grazia Santangelo and Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Chair Nandini Lahiri who were the central players in building the IM Division’s conference program. We are extremely grateful for their work. Nandini’s efforts led to an IM Division PDW program which included 20 PDWs that had their primary sponsorship from the IM Division, of which 16 focused on research and 4 on teaching. In addition, the IM Division co-sponsored another 38 PDWs organized by other divisions. The PDW program featured our division’s Doctoral Student Consortium (co-chaired by Anna Lamin and Mirko Benischke), Junior Faculty Consortium (co-chaired by Elizabeth Rose and Irina Surdu-Nardella), Paper Development Workshop (co-chaired by Srividya Jandhyala and Markus Taussig), and “Meet-the-Editors” session (chaired by Ilya Cuypers). Thank you everyone for your efforts in support of the PDW Program.

Grazia had the huge job of putting together our division’s scholarly program which included symposia and paper sessions, covering a vast array of topics that comprise our field of International Management. The program featured 250 Divisional papers in 78 sessions, plus 22 IM-led symposia and two showcase symposia. Scholarly program highlights included sessions featuring nominees for best paper awards and finalists for the D’Amore-McKim Northeastern University Best Dissertation Award. In addition, the program included opportunities for some informal discussions in the traditional IM Division Thought Leadership Café, led by Klaus Meyer (Ivey Business School) and Rosalie Tung (Simon Fraser University). A second thought leadership was organized by Alex Settles on the Ukrainian crisis. Showcase symposiums included “Value Creation and Appropriation in the Post-Pandemic Era” and “Researching National Innovation Ecosystems: Institutions, Infrastructure, and Firms”.

I would also like to recognize the winners of our division’s Professional Achievement Awards in 2022 – Donald Lessard (IM Division Hyundai Motor Eminent Scholar Award), Lorraine Eden (IM Division Outstanding Service to the Global Community Award), Stefanie Ann Lenway (IM Division AmorePacific Outstanding Educator Award), and Liang Chen (IM Division FIU Business Emerging Scholar Award) – in addition to the winners of the paper and dissertation awards.

The IM Division runs through the efforts of a remarkably large number of volunteers. Treasurer Malika Richards does an amazing job of watching over our division’s finances and serving as a key interface with AOM Headquarters. Antonina Bauman, our Communications Officer does a lot of work behind the scenes, overseeing the outward-looking face of our division (and keeping the rest of us in line – no easy task, indeed!). The IM Division owes huge debts of gratitude to all members of our various committees, which are chaired by Jaeyong Song (Professional Awards Committee), Randi Lunnan (Research), Davina Vora (Dissertation), Carl Fey (Teaching), Alex Settles and Luiz Ricardo Kabbach de Castro (Membership Drive), Denise Dunlap (Scholarship and Engagement), Sali Li (Online Research Resources) and Jason Sigler and Rany Salvoldi (Doctoral Student). If you are interested in joining this group of wonderful IM Division volunteers, please let EC members know or contact committee chairs.

There is another key set of volunteers… the IM Division Executive Committee. For this coming year, I have the great pleasure of working with Katherine Xin, Grazia D. Santangelo, Nandini Lahiri and Klaus Meyer as EC members. We also recognize Jaeyong Song, who just rotated off of the Executive Committee after serving for the past five years. Thank you Jaeyong!

We could not accomplish this much without our generous sponsors. We are deeply grateful to AmorePacific, CEIBS, Florida International U., George Washington U. CIBER, Georgetown U. McDonough School of Business, Hong Kong U. of Science and Technology, Hyundai Motor, Northeastern U. D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and the U. of South Carolina for their support of various awards. Thank you so much to all of our sponsors!

Last – but certainly not least – I want to acknowledge the IM Division members from around the world, who contribute in a myriad of ways, from submitting and presenting their ideas, to serving as reviewers, to helping create the community that characterizes our Division.

Thank you, and see you in Boston!

With best regards,

IM Division Chair