What does that mean for our volunteers and member communities?
In 2018, the Academy’s focus centered on the deeper engagement of community and the delivery of enhanced value to our members through: needs analysis; volunteer support mechanisms, including virtual training, online tools, and student projects; enhanced career services; strategic partnerships; and the launch of many diverse communities on our Connect@AOM platform.
In 2018, more than 20,000 scholars from over 120 countries made the Academy their home for their intellectual and professional endeavors.
Division and Interest Groups
Members benefit from involvement in the Academy’s 25 Divisions and Interest Groups (DIGs). Divisions and Interest Groups provide disciplinary “home bases” where members connect and collaborate around specific management domains. These active communities offer a broad range of services tailored to members with interests in a specific management discipline.
Division & Interest Group Reviews
Every five years, the Academy’s Divisions and Interest Groups are reviewed by a group of DIG leaders and members of the Board serving on the Division and Interest Group Relations Committee. In 2018, the following five divisions were reviewed. Click on each division for their 5-Year Review Reports.
Board-Division Leadership Strategy Exchange
On Thursday, August 9, at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago, the Board of Governors and Division and Interest Group leaders held their annual ”Strategic Leadership Exchange.“ This special, collaborative meeting facilitated discussion with the DIG leaders about the strategic challenges and opportunities facing their DIGs and the greater AOM.
The 2018 session included a data-driven and strategic brainstorming session on member retention and engagement beyond the Annual Meeting. The session also included an update on the Board’s recent strategic planning efforts, including external engagement efforts aimed at advancing management knowledge for greater relevancy and impact.
2018 saw the launch of Connect@AOM, a long-standing strategic objective intended to strengthen online community-building by providing more networking and collaboration opportunities. Connect@AOM provides a dynamic, interactive, online community that enhances Division and Interest Group and other volunteer communication, leadership collaboration, and member engagement.
Division and Interest Group involvement and contribution to Connect@AOM is key to its long-term success. In 2018, members learned how to use and take advantage of Connect@AOM’s collaborative features and functionality. By December, 10 Divisions — three cohorts in distinct phases receiving one-on-one training via inter-active engagement — had successfully migrated from their listservs and websites and adopted Connect@AOM. For example, early adopters developed community usage and training materials that are beneficial for all members, as well as gener-ated enthusiasm as the word spread from our early adopter Divisions to a broader set of Divisions (and other organized “communities,” such as committee leaders and DIG leaders). DIGs are now using Connect to host and store documents, share the details of AOM and related events and deadlines, and have discussions among members.
To help members achieve their professional career goals, Placement Service continued to expand its services as the global academic employment market rapidly evolves. To meet employer demand, AOM created new shorter-term job postings to accommodate universities and schools who sought short-tenure opportunities. Placement Services is truly global — job candidates and job postings reflect the geographic diversity of our worldwide membership. Through support of the Place-ment Committee, the Annual Meeting Placement Services hosted more than 100 employers at the Annual Meeting in Chicago by facilitating interviews and helping candidates navigate the job search.