Every other year (see post on the last visit in 2016) I enjoy taking part in the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, the world’s largest conference for management and organization studies scholars. This year the conference took place in Chicago. The following list is about my main activities there:
- I was given the opportunity to take part as a facilitator in a Professional Development Workshop of the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group on “Advancing SAP Research”.
- On Sunday, I presented the paper “Transforming Regulatory Uncertainty into Scientific Creativity? The Case of Patent Attorneys” co-authored by Katharina Zangerle, Sebastian Mader and myself in a discussion paper session on “Intellectual Property and Competition“.
- On the final day of the conference, Maximilian Heimstädt was presenting a joint paper of ours on “Paradoxes of Openness as a Strategy: Open Data in New York, London, and Berlin“. In this context, we were delighted to learn that the paper had been selected as SAP’s nominee for the AoM Carolyn Dexter Award.
- In the same session entitled “Expanding the Boundaries of Open Strategizing“, I was also invited to act as a commentator on each of the other three papers in the session, all of which offered new perspectives and great empirical data on openness in strategy-making.
Interestingly and as a potential long-term save-the-date, the Academy of Management announced that for the first time in its history, the conference will take place in Europe – more specifically, in Copenhagen – in 2025. I am really looking forward to this event, albeit being curious how Copenhagen will manage to cope with hosting so many management and organization scholars at once. Probably should already think about booking a hotel room.. 😉