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Message to AFAM Members - Winter 2022

Submitted by AFAM on Mon, 12/13/2021 - 11:58pm

Greetings from the University of Michigan! From January 14th through April 8th of 2022, Michigan ICOS is once again hosting its weekly seminar on contemporary theory and research on organizations and organizing. The list of speakers is provided below, with further detail in the attached. We’re planning to hold the seminar in a hybrid format, with zoom access for those who cannot attend in-person. We would like to cordially invite you to join us for these live sessions. The talks will be held 1:30-3:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

ICOS Announcement

Submitted by AFAM on Sun, 11/14/2021 - 10:04pm

Dear AFAM Family,

A couple of months ago we shared with you information on a partnership between AFAM and University of Michigan (see 1 below). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a face-to-face session could not be held. As a result, a virtual ICOS seminar was held in October (see 2 below). The recorded seminar may be watched as a group (preferably) or individually to stimulate reflection and discourse. You may then send questions to the Directors. If you plan to have a watch-party as a group, please let the Directors, particularly Jim Westphal, know.

Invitation to AFAM Members

Submitted by AFAM on Wed, 08/04/2021 - 9:52pm

We would like to invite members of AFAM to consider participation at the 4th International Conference of the HR Division ( from 11-13 January 2022 hosted by the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. This conference will also be held online, but all our keynote speakers and various distinguished HR scholars will be at the conference venue. We would also like to have a strong PhD and master's degree contingent, thus we made the conference fee $100 for students. It would be appreciated if you could inform AFAM members of this opportunity and consider being mentioned as one of our partners (

The Impact of Mindfulness and Relational Systems on Psychosocial Understanding and Management in Organizations

Submitted by AFAM on Wed, 08/04/2021 - 9:49pm

The increasingly uncertain and turbulent environments foreshadowed by a raging Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, migration crisis, increased organizational restructuring, rapid and disruptive technological advances, intense competition, and globalization have intensified the call for employees’ developing receptive attention to and awareness of present events i.e. mindfulness (Brown, Ryan, & Creswell, 2007; Haun, Nübold, & Bauer, 2018; Hülsheger, Walkowiak, & Thommes, 2018) and the building of high-quality relational systems, such as strong relational attachments (Ehrhardt & Ragins, 2019) within the work milieu. This certainly can safeguard against threats posed by present and future events, job demands, as well as unanticipated organizational changes (e.g., job retrenchment) and policies (e.g., preference for young workers or so-called millennials). Moreover, these changes have also increasingly shifted the responsibility of human functioning and well-being from organizations to employees (McCauley & Hezlett, 2001; Zoogah, 2010). Yet, while mindfulness and relational systems represent fundamental parts of human functioning and well-being in contemporary private, public and nongovernmental organizations, we know little about when, why and how the two constructs can jointly and interactively advance psychological and social understanding and impact of management in organizations.


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