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October 2021

Dear SIMians,

 

As Fall days are starting to get shorter, and many of us are returning to our brick and mortar classrooms, I want to take a moment to be grateful. Grateful for having seen so much patience, grace, and grit from colleagues all around as we pulled off a year of physical distancing and meeting in boxed screens. Grateful for countless hours the SIM volunteers in their many roles dedicated to keeping our community intact and thriving, even under difficult circumstances. And grateful for all SIMians who made our second virtual AOM meeting a success and reminded me what makes SIM “tick”.

 

I want to start my thank yous by highlighting the many volunteers that were working for weeks behind the scenes to pick award winners for our various “best” awards. The Best Ethics Paper team was led by Eva Tsahuridu and included Kam Phung, Noushi Rahman, and Harry Van Buren. The Best Paper group had Christopher Michaelson as chair and Kendy Hess and Michael Pirson as members. The Best Student Paper was selected by Carolyn Dang (chair), Anne Barraquier, and Julena Bonner. A special thanks also goes to the committee that selects the Best Dissertation winner: Lea Stadtler (chair), Casey Frid, Francois Neville, and Greg Molecke. Finally, the Best Book Award winner was chosen by Petya Koleva (chair), Yussuf Sidani, and Theodora Issa. You can read more about the award winners later on in this newsletter.

 

Next, my thanks go to the extremely hard working members of the leadership and meeting team that made our second virtual AOM – in spirit and time zone we were in Philadelphia – a resounding success (almost 70% of our members attended!). The professional development workshops were pulled together by Cristina Neesham. Some of the topics the PDWs covered were simulation-based teaching, racial justice, climate action, algorithmic management, and more. Looking at the PDW program as an early indicator of the direction our field is moving into, it is clear that our members are at the forefront of important developments. The scholarship-focused part of the program was no less innovative and inspiring. With the support of 51 associate editors and 280 reviewers, Colin Higgins managed 290 paper and 42 symposia submissions to create an exciting program that consisted of 187 papers and 32 symposia. The meeting was rounded out by an excellent doctoral consortium (thank you Jared Peifer and Elise Perrault), which attracted 37 students this year and the joint SIM-ONE junior faculty consortium (thank you Susana Esper and Vivek Soundararajan from SIM and Sylvia Grewatsch and Amanda Williams from ONE), which brought together 15 junior faculty and 20 senior faculty to network, discuss the future of SIM-ONE scholarship, and explore whether it is possible to have a successful career as an impact scholar. Well done everyone!

 

Beyond the development of the program, our board members were busy helping SIM be responsive to its members and the challenges of the turbulent times we are facing. Special thanks go to Jill Brown who initiated the racial justice committee (chaired by Robbin Derry and Paul Harper). This committee created a racial justice support statement for the website, produced a very well-received racial justice web forum series, and conducted a racial justice & business ethics PDW for a Journal of Business Ethics special issue. Jill has completed her 5-year leadership tour-de-force this year and has left a lasting mark on SIM. Her leadership and management skills set a high bar – thank you, Jill.

 

Andy Wicks, our immediate Past Division Chair has laid the groundwork for SIM’s vibrant future by initiating a thorough exploration of our membership’s needs, goals, and vision for the coming years. Under the expertly leadership of Erica Steckler, the Exploratory Committee (Jean-Pascal Gond, Emilio Marti, Pushpika Vishwanathan, and Sandra Waddock) did an incredible job providing a deep understanding of SIM’s contribution to the Academy and SIMs future.

 

As I take on the role of Division Chair from Andy this year, the work of the committee will provide a crucial road map for new initiatives I want to kick off. I am delighted that I will be part of a wonderful leadership team to help bring these initiatives to fruition. Amelia Carr keeps SIM financially on solid footing by being an excellent steward of our resources. Jae Hwan Lee is managing communications with the help of a nimble and creative team – Vincenzo Vastola, Daniel Alonso Martinez, Julia Grimm, Onna Van Den Broek, Benjamin Alexander and David J. Skandera. And Sarah Stephen keeps an eye on member engagement. We also have two new representatives at large, Jo-Ellen Pozner and Julia Roloff, who join our rep-at-large members Nancy Kurland, Pushpika Vishwanathan and Erica Steckler. Last but not least, our incoming PDW chair is Michelle Westerman-Behaylo.

 

With a terrific group of colleagues in place, we now look ahead with much anticipation. The program team will be planning for a hybrid annual meeting in Seattle next Summer (I, for one, can’t wait to see many of you in person again!) and Andy Wicks is already thinking about the party we will have to celebrate our reunion after two long years. Together we will explore new ideas to keep SIM relevant and vibrant for our members, newcomers and long-haulers alike. Stay tuned, stay in touch, share your ideas, take initiative – in short, be the SIM you want to see!

 

Best,

 

Katherina Pattit

SIM Division Chair, 2021-2022

kglac@stthomas.edu





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