In early December, the Board of Governors met in Anaheim, California, the site of our 2008 annual meetings. I want to share a few of the many issues that the Board and Officers discussed.
First, the planning for our annual meeting is going well. Jim Walsh and his teams of dedicated, talented and fun-loving organizing committees are working quite hard toward a conference focused around the theme, “The Questions We Ask.” From what we heard, we’re expecting another great meeting with innovations for better member experiences, cutting edge research, professional development workshops and record attendance.
Second, the AOM continues our focus on ethics. During the last few years, we created our ethics architecture. Specifically, members developed and the Board approved our ethical code, an Ombuds Committee (which is chaired by Linda Trevino, Penn State University) and an Adjudication Committee (which is chaired by Ann Buchholtz, University of Georgia). (For detailed information, please visit http://www.aomonline.org/aom.asp?id=268.) Our next step in this ethics process is to educate our members on this structure. Thus, I am very pleased to announce a new ethics education committee. The chair is Marshall Schminke (University of Central Florida) and its members are Maureen Ambrose (University of Central Florida), Don Bergh (University of Denver), Jeff Edwards (University of North Carolina) and Rick Mowday (University of Oregon). As you read this column, they are developing a plan to raise awareness on ethics, communicate the AOM’s commitment to ethical conduct, and educate our members on our code, ombuds committee and adjudication process. In addition to presentations at our annual meeting to doctoral consortia, editors and standing committees, for example, an AOM casebook on ethical issues, pod casts and on-line education are in the planning stages. The excitement and interest around our ethics structure is high, if not downright infectious. We cannot thank Linda, Ann, Marshall and their committees enough for all of their hard work.
Third, the Board discussed our journals, which are often called our “crown jewels.” One particular aspect of our journals (as well as annual conference) that merits comment is the role of reviewing manuscripts. As we all know, reviewing manuscripts for our journals and conference is a professional service and obligation. Simply put, reviewing is a critical part of knowledge creation and dissemination. Our journals and conferences could not exist without the dedicated reviewing of our members. Further, our journals follow a merit-based process. The best reviewers from our conference are asked to be ad hoc reviewers for our journals. The best ad hoc reviewers are asked to serve on our editorial boards. The best board members (and ad hoc reviewers) are often asked to serve as associate editors and/or guest editors. From the set of outstanding reviewers, guest editors and associate editors, editors are often selected. Thus, this performance-based system depends on active reviewing of our members. I cannot ask you strongly enough or often enough; please volunteer or agree to review manuscripts when asked. We all depend on your reviewing, and we all benefit from reviewing.
Another outcome from the Board’s meeting in Anaheim was the selection of editors for three Academy publications. Amy Hillman (Arizona State University) will assume the editorship of the Academy of Management Review, Garry Bruton (Texas Christian University) will become editor of Perspectives and Ben Arbaugh (University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh) will be the editor of the Learning & Education. They will begin transitioning to their new roles in July, 2008 and start their terms as editor in January, 2009. Please join me in congratulating Amy, Garry and Ben.
Finally, I want to mention what I believe every AOM President comes to appreciate as much as anyone, namely, the breadth and scope of roles that our volunteers serve. Above, I’ve mentioned the ethics volunteers, journal editors and board members. There are dozens and dozens of additional roles in which one can serve. To name only a few, there are committees for local arrangements, awards, mentoring, membership, practice, teaching, international, exhibitors and placement (not to mention our many divisional and interest group committees). Collectively, these selfless volunteers make the AOM happen and allow the AOM to meet the needs of management professors from around the world. In my role as President, I sincerely appreciate and thank each and every person who volunteers to serve.
M.G. Foster School of Business
University of Washington