Dear Friends of SIM,
I am not quite sure what to say here, this year, as our world continues to deal with a pandemic, and we try to adapt with a virtual Academy of Management Annual Conference.
So many people have worked hard to put this together at the broader AOM level, as well as within our Division. Our Program Chair, Katherina Pattit was dealt a terrible card this winter/spring in putting together an entire program, only to have to dismantle it, and start again with a smaller program and a variety of delivery options. Colin Higgins, our PDW Chair, fared no better—basically scrapping an entire program only to find out he was really limited in his final options. Andy Wicks, the Division Chair Elect has spent a large part of the summer working with awards committees and trying to figure out how we notify award finalists, deliver their plaques and certificates to them, and allow them time to present some of their ideas. And me…well…I have been trying to lead the orchestra here, with much help from our past Division Chair, David Wasieleski.
A few announcements:
First, a hearty congratulations to Cristina Neesham, our incoming PDW Chair. I mentioned this in my spring message but I don’t think I gave enough of a shout-out. Yay, Cristina!! We also welcome our new Reps-at-Large, Pushpika Vishwanathan and Nancy Kurland, with thanks to Naomi Gardberg and Michelle Westermann-Behaylo who are finishing their terms. Many thanks to all. Additionally, in response to feedback from the Academy of Management’s Board of Governor’s 5-Year Review, we now have a new Communications Director, Jae Hwan Lee! Jae has a team of people he works with who are incredibly responsive (Florian Findler, Ben Alexander, Dani Alonzo, Enzo Vastola, Kam Phung). Thank you thank you thank you, all!!
Second, we have had some very active things going on behind the scenes of the Academy program.
That is all for now…except for an invitation:
Dear SIMians & friends,
The SIM Governance Committee warmly invites you to an online coffees & cocktails on Friday, the 7th of August, at 3 p.m. (EST), hosted by Division Chair Jill Brown. As we cannot meet in person, this will take place by Zoom and you may, of course, bring a drink of your choice!
If you would like to attend, please RSVP via this link: https://forms.gle/jPxBNEdaRJCWYx72A
The event is open to all SIMians & friends. You do not need to be registered for the AOM Conference, and you can certainly invite a friend from another Division as this is off-program.
We hope to see many of you there for an hour of drinks & conversations!
The SIM Division
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