78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management August 10-14, 2018 | Chicago, Illinois, USA
PDW Session: Successful Publishing for Early Career Scholars of Management in Africa
2018 Academy of Management Meeting, Chicago
Deadline: Deadline for registration and submission of manuscripts is June 1st, 2018.
Please contact dt ogilvie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stella Nkomo (Stella.Nkomo@up.ac.za) for questions about registration and manuscript submission.
Objective of Workshop
The purpose of this PDW session is to assist early career scholars focusing on management in
Africa who have limited experience in publishing high impact research to complete a high
quality research paper for later submission. The PDW will help early career scholars to
understand the key elements of writing an empirical paper for publication through one-to-one
developmental feedback in a supportive environment. Second, these developmental
relationships will continue after the 2018 Academy of Management meeting as both members
work toward the goal of getting the manuscript submitted and published in a top-tier journal.
Thus, a unique aspect of this initiative is that the developmental relationship is goal-directed;
it is focused on a specific task (improving a drafted manuscript) that leads to critical shortterm
results (publication), more publications on management in Africa, and ultimately
participants’ long-term productivity as a management scholar. In addition to improving the
careers of early career scholars, this PDW will support the Academy’s vision to strengthen
the breadth of management scholarship to be more inclusive.
This workshop will offer participants a chance to have their work reviewed by leading
scholars in the field. These scholars have served as editors, associate editors and editorial
board members of leading journals, such as ASQ, AMJ, AMR, Academy of Management
Annals, JAP, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Personnel Psychology, Journal of
Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, OBHDP, AMLE, Group and Organization
Management, Human Relations, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business and
Psychology, and Organization.
Manuscript Submission Process
Due to the intense nature of the review process, a limited number of manuscripts will be
selected for the workshop (a total of 12). Manuscripts will be selected based on the following
criteria: (1) they are within the content domain of management in Africa (2) they are not
currently under journal review, and (3) they are in near-final form for submission to a
refereed journal. Although authors may submit more than one manuscript, only one per
author will be selected for the workshop. We will give priority to junior faculty who are first
authors of the manuscript, and they should also provide a focus for the review process by
describing a particular dilemma, question, or concern s/he would like the reviewers to
discuss, as well as the name of the targeted journal.
This session is aimed at junior faculty, but doctoral students are encouraged to attend the first
session of this PDW in order to learn about the review process. We have limited seats for
doctoral students who therefore will be selected on the basis of ‘first-in first-served’. Early
registration is encouraged!
Junior faculty who wish to participate in this workshop must submit their manuscripts to
by June 1st, 2018 in order to provide adequate time for selecting manuscripts and the review
process. Please submit manuscripts to email@example.com
The structure and the process of the workshop is as follows:
The manuscripts received on 1 June will be reviewed by the organizers. Selected papers will
subsequently be assigned to reviewers (senior/leading scholars) for review. Those submitting
a selected manuscript will also be assigned a manuscript to review. Participants will be sent a
set of readings related to the elements of writing an empirical paper. The topics that will be
- Setting the Paper Hook: Positioning the Significance of the Contribution
- Theoretical Framing and hypotheses
- Methods Section Imperatives
- Writing a Concise Discussion
- The art of clear writing
- Tips for Being a Prolific Scholar
The session will begin with 1.5 hours of real-time mini-lectures on the key elements of a high
quality empirical journal article. The remaining 2.5 hours will be devoted to simultaneous
facilitated roundtable discussions of the 12 papers. All participants will be asked to read the
manuscript(s) that will be discussed at their table before coming to the session in order to
provide helpful feedback to the authors. Each participant will have the opportunity to
participate in two reviews over the course of the session. This session will also offer an
important opportunity to discuss core principles and practices of publishing research about
management in Africa. Authors and other participants will gain important insights into the
publication process and will be able to network with scholars interested in management in
Africa, review board members, and journal editors.
We hope you can join us for this day of development. It is all about you!
Contact Person: dt ogilvie (firstname.lastname@example.org)