Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 24 March 2020

As the world collectively increases its efforts to delay the spread of coronavirus, members of our AOM community are adapting to these evolving global challenges. Now more than ever, it is essential that we remind ourselves of our mission: to build a vibrant and supportive community of scholars by markedly expanding opportunities to connect and explore ideas. In this unprecedented time, community does make a difference particularly for members who have been advised to socially isolate. Let us make sure that we come together as a supportive community and extend a helping hand to our fellow members. Staying connected (virtually) through these uncertain times is so important. It is reassuring to see the positive hands of help on Connect@AOM, where each day our members are adding helpful resources regarding teaching, leading virtual teams, emotions at work, and other topics. It is our sincere hope that all members will continue leveraging the Connect Communities to share their knowledge and personal experiences.

Our thoughts are with all members of our AOM community as we confront the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our professional and personal lives. We also express our gratitude to all healthcare professionals for their dedication and expertise as they work on the front line to save lives.

In light of the unprecedented uncertainty and change, you may be wondering “What is happening to the Academy of Management Annual Meeting?” This is the first item on the agenda for the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors who are convening virtually in a special meeting next week (April 1-4). We are assembling as much information as we can, together with our Tourism Vancouver partners, and evaluating the alternatives should we not be able to physically come together this August (7-11). We will engage with DIG and other AOM leaders at the appropriate time as well.

Right now, at this very moment, we are continuing to plan for the Annual Meeting while evaluating all of our options and establishing the timeline for definitive decision making. We ask for your patience and support as we engage in essential dialogue and make the critical assessments that are needed.

Please continue to monitor this web page. Updates will be made as the situation unfolds.

Take care and stay healthy as we strive to surmount the challenges ahead.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro
President
Academy of Management


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 13 March 2020

Dear Worldwide AOM Colleagues,

As part of the Academy of Management’s mission to build a vibrant and supportive community of scholars, AOM regularly hosts conferences and other events. These meetings are essential opportunities to build connections. However, as a professional association, we are also committed to the health and safety of our members, and we are always vigilant about monitoring the local conditions where these events are held.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly developing situation and let me take this opportunity to assure you that we are monitoring it closely and have developed contingency plans we can unfold as needed. Although it is difficult to plan under uncertainty, we will take responsive and decisive action when needed.

Many governments and employers have introduced travel restrictions; policymakers and public health authorities around the world are working to contain the spread of the virus. We are watching these global events unfold, and we are optimistic that these measures will enable us to continue to engage the AOM community in a productive and healthy way. We are a strong community and we will work together to face the current challenge.

We plan to keep you regularly informed and updated of the status of AOM conferences and other events:

The AOM Specialized Conference Advancing Management Research in Latin America in Mexico City 15-17 April 2020 is CANCELLED. We are thankful to all submitters and registrants for their support and we are immensely grateful to the organizers and our many AOM volunteers who have worked tirelessly to produce this very meaningful conference. It is with a heavy heart that we relay this message but it is now inadvisable and impossible to hold this conference. We hope that one day in the future we might be able to hold a specialized conference in Latin America.

• Some AOM journal workshops have been postponed. Members are referred to the AOM Journals Paper Development Workshops site for further information.

• Divisions and Interest Groups (DIGS) occasionally hold grassroots conferences in varying locations. For the status on individual DIG conferences, please visit the respective DIG websites.

We are continuing to plan for the AOM Annual Meeting 7-11 August 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. Registration and housing are now open.

Mindful of the duty of care, the AOM team remains in close contact with hotel representatives, Convention and Visitors’ Bureaus and local partners on sanitary, health and other measures that should be in place at the facilities hosting our events. We continue to monitor guidelines from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other pertinent public health organizations as part of our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgment.

Members are advised to check their schools and country-specific travel advisories, as well as other authoritative sources, and to understand their hotel and transportation carrier’s policies on cancellation or changes. As part of our sound judgment and balanced approach, we are also in the process of evaluating our options for virtual presentation should this option be needed.  If you have respiratory symptoms or have been exposed to affected individuals or areas, we urge you not to travel to upcoming AOM events.  If at any point while in attendance at an AOM event you begin to develop symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we urge you to seek medical attention.

Please keep checking this webpage, which we suggest that you bookmark. We will be updating it regularly as the situation evolves and making sure it contains links to relevant and reliable public health resources. Please do not hesitate to contact AOM at meetings@aom.org with specific questions about our upcoming conferences and events.

My sincere hope is that we face these challenges as a united management and organization community, supportive of each other and especially of our colleagues who are most affected. I send my best wishes to all of you for good health.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro
President
Academy of Management

Resources

World Health Organization: Advice for the Public
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Government of Canada COVID 19 Update
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control