Dear IM Division Members,
Happy New Year!
It is such an honor to have the opportunity to serve as Division Chair for 2020-2021. I am so pleased to be working with my Executive Committee colleagues (Immediate Past Division Chair, Anu Phene; Division Chair Elect Katherine Xin; Division Program Chair Bill Newburry; and Division PDW Chair, Grazia Santangelo), our ever-hardworking Division Treasurer Malika Richards, and the 50+ members of the Division’s various committees, to continue the IM Division’s tradition of offering its membership a mix of learning, friendship, and fun. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the people who worked so hard to make the 2020 Annual Meeting such a success. In particular, Katherine Xin and Bill Newburry carried unusually heavy loads as the Program and PDW Chairs due to the abrupt change of the format of the conference in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Communications Committee, chaired by Chei Hwee Chua, kept us informed about IM-related developments throughout the year. The Research and Dissertation Committees (chaired by Grazia Santangelo and Davina Vora, respectively) worked extremely hard to determine the winners of most of the Division’s many awards. We are ever-grateful to the generous sponsors of these awards (see p.2 & p.3 for details). In 2020, we also had the opportunity to honor several colleagues, including Division Eminent Scholar Award winner Yves Doz, Amorepacific Outstanding Educator Award winner Kendall Roth, Outstanding Service to the Global Community Award winner Rosalie Tung, and FIU Emerging Scholar Award winner Minyoung Kim. The successful program of this first virtual AOM conference would not have been possible without the help of the 522 reviewers (from 48 countries), who gave feedback on 468 submissions.
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Executive Committee launched the division webinar series as a new initiative. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, webinars have become an effective vehicle to help scholars and students around the world keep up with and discuss important topics. To better serve division members’ intellectual needs, IM Division will offer three types of webinars on a monthly basis: Eminent scholar webinars, research webinars, and committee-led webinars. The Online Research Resources Committee (chaired by Sali Li) offered the first of these webinars on October 2, 2020. Almost 200 members attended the webinar titled, ‘Editors' Panel: Data in International Business Research - Sources, Validation and Transparency’. We will also invite several recipients of the IM Division’s Eminent Scholar Award. The first speaker in the Eminent Scholar Webinar was Professor Tarun Khanna of Harvard Business School. In his webinar titled, ‘Platforms for entrepreneurs in the post-pandemic era’ on November 5, 2020, almost 300 members signed up.
Professor Elizabeth Rose, former Division Chair, and Denise Dunlap, Chair of the Scholarship and Engagement Committee, will organize research webinars in the first weeks of February, March, and April, 2021. For more details and a registration link, please keep an eye out for the announcements that we will be posting on our division’s discussion forum, International Management (IM) Community Discussion at Connect@AOM and our division’s Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you online in IM Division’s webinar series!
In addition to webinars, the Membership Drive Committee launched our IM Global Podcast Series with monthly episodes featuring influential scholars in IM such as Ruth Aguilera, Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, and Rebecca Piekkari (see p.11 for details).
We are delighted to welcome Nandini Lahiri as Chair of the Research Committee and Alex Settles as Co-Chair of the Membership Drive Committee and new committee members to our leadership ranks (see p.5 & p.6 for the full list of IM Division Committees and their chairs and members. For now, please assist Bill Newburry and Grazia Santangelo by submitting your best work to the IM Division as well as serving as reviewers for the 2021 AOM conference (Check out the many paper awards on offer – see p.3!) In addition to papers, please send proposals for innovative professional development workshops and thought-provoking panels.
I look forward to seeing you all in the virtual 2021 AOM conference.