News Updates

Bimonthly Briefing – December 2018


  • End-of-Year Message from President
    · 2019 Workshop and 2020 Conference Updates
    ·Third PMR Teacher Training Workshop
    · Promoting Responsible Research
    · Membership Development Updates
    · Management and Organization Review (MOR) Updates
    · Management Community News

  • End-of-Year Message from President 

Dear IACMR members, colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays, and hope that that 2019 is filled with peace, love, and fulfillment.

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to IACMR, including our staff in Beijing, our conference organizers, track chairs, student volunteers, and host schools, our board and committee members, our reviewers for MOR and the conferences, and our journal editors and staff. It takes everyone pulling together to make IACMR be the scholarly community that it is, and wants to be.

I would like to take a moment to report a few highlights of 2018.

Conference is Growing (again!). The Wuhan conference last summer once again grew larger, with over 800 submitted papers, over 1300 participants, and over 120 sessions.  We had participants from 290 universities, including 116 from outside of Mainland China. But, as you will see in the next two items, we hoped to make the conference not feel so big by connecting people in smaller, more informal settings.

Coffee and Conversation. We launched a new event called “coffee and conversation”. The idea was to have breakfast meetings where small groups of students and younger faculty to have informal discussions with senior faculty. As one of the senior faculty hosting a breakfast, I can say that I met eight wonderful people, shared some of my experiences, and heard about their hopes and concerns.  It was a great way to bring IACMR to a personal scale!

Town Hall Meeting.  In an effort help members be more involved, and ensure that IACMR’s leadership hears member ideas, we changed the “business meeting” to a “town hall” meeting.  Instead of just presenting reports, we focused on open discussion with member about what worked well or not well during the conference, and hear their suggestions for improvement. It was a wonderful session, and one we plan to repeat at each conference.

Teaching Support. In Wuhan, we had our second TLC@IACMR, with highly interactive and engaging presentations on case-method teaching, bringing research knowledge into the classroom, and leading change.  It is vitally important to support the teaching as well as research aspirations of our members.

Telling the China Story.  As part of the PDW sessions in Wuhan, there were panels discussing how to write empirical studies for top journals that tell “China-focused stories.” The hope is that this kind of session will help young scholars develop their ideas for publication.

Responsible Research.  We had a wonderful panel on doing responsible research.  These scholars showed that it is possible to do research that is high impact, can lead to a better world, and is done in a way that is credible and ethical. IACMR’s focus on responsible research is supported by our Dare to Care program, founded by founding president Anne Tsui, which provides awards each year for responsible research, in collaboration with the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM). It is important to not just get out publications, but to do so in a way that contributes to society.

MOR Pre-Approval Process. Our flagship journal, Management and Organization Review, continues its effort to enhance the credibility of management research by offering pre-approved of publications. This process allows scholars to submit papers prior to the actual collection of data. The project’s importance, theory, and research methods are evaluated. If a paper is accepted, the journal guarantees publication regardless of the results. This makes MOR one of the leaders in management research.

Support for Junior Faculty. One new effort underway is to examine the stresses facing junior faculty, and see if IACMR can provide guidance to universities.  If you have any observations or concerns, let me – or others on the board – know.  The future of management research in China depends on developing the next generation of faculty.

Preparation for the 2019 Research Methods Workshop. The program and faculty are set for the next workshop, which will take place in at Harbin Institute of Technology in July 2019.  If you have a paper that can benefit from personal feedback, and want to learn in detail about all stages of the research process, apply to the workshop.  The deadline is February 20, 2019.

Preparation for 2020 Conference. With the ongoing support of Dean Qiao Liu  (Guanghua School of Management – GSM), Wanjun Jiang (GSM Xi’an Campus) and Dean Gengzhong Feng (Xi’an Jiaotong University), and under the direction of Runtian Jing, our Program Chair, plans for 2020 are shaping up. We will be at a brand new executive training facility in Xi’an.  We hope that the new subway line going right to the entrance will open in time. We will also test your table-tennis skills, with an inaugural IACMR table-tennis tournament.

Wish you all Happy Holidays


Ray Friedman
President of IACMR,
Brownlee of Currey Professor of Management
Vanderbilt University

On Behalf of the Executive Committee

  • 2019 Workshop Preparation Updates

The 2019 IACMR Research Methods Workshop will be held from July 14-17, 2019, at Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China. The Call for Applications was released on November 24. The instructions of application submission are stated in the Call. The workshop application submission system was open on December 20. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please click here and follow the instructions to submit your application for the workshop online. Please submit the applications between Dec. 20, 2018 and Feb 20th, 2019 which is the last day applications can be submitted. Space for the workshop is limited. We encourage you to apply early. A final acceptance/rejection decision will be made by March 31st, 2019.

The IACMR Research Methods Workshop has been organized nine times since 2003 and always been highly commended. The feedbacks and reflections from the 2017 Wuhan Workshop participants are available online where the participants spoke highly of the workshop. If you are interested, please click here for details.

  • 2020 Conference Preparation Updates

The Call for Submissions of the 2020 Conference was released to all IACMR members by email on Nov. 17, 2018.

We accept electronic submissions only. Detailed information on the electronic submission process will be posted on the website at by September 10, 2019 when the website will be open for paper and symposium submissions. It will be closed at midnight October 15, 2019, U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Submissions for the Professional Development Workshop must be received by November 15, 2019. Please click here to read the full text of the Call for Submissions. The Chinese version can be read by clicking here.

  • 2018 Philosophy of Management Research (PMR) Teacher Training Workshop

The third PMR Teaching Training Workshop, co-sponsored by IACMR and the School of Economics and Management of Tongji University, was held successfully at Tongji University from December 13 to 17, 2018. Ten workshop instructors supported the training for teachers (Anne S. Tsui, Arizona State University; Jian Liang, Tongji University; Wei He, Nanjing University; Xu Huang, Hong Kong Baptist University; Liangding Jia, Nanjing University; Runtian Jing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Xuhong Li, Fudan University; Haijiang Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Tao Wang, Grenoble School of Management; Weiguo Zhong, Peking University). Thirteen (13) faculty members from the business schools in Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Australia attended the workshop. This workshop involves a four and a half days’ intensive study of the philosophy of science issues in social science research, how progress occurs in science, the role of values in scientific activities, and the challenges in management research, concluding with a discussion of the idea of responsible science in business and management. Participants also discussed how to teach this course to doctoral students so that the future scholars will live up to the responsibility of pursuing ‘responsible science’– research that generate credible and useful knowledge to improve management and business practices for a better world.

As usual, the workshop was received well and the participants expressed their appreciation for the workshop.  Click here for the reflections (in Chinese and English) from some of the workshop participants.

  • Promoting Responsible Research

Prof. Anne Tsui has been actively promoting “responsible research” among key business schools in the past three years. In addition to training young faculty members to teach the course of Philosophy of Management Research, she met with key business school deans for their consensus and support on ‘responsible research’. For this purpose, she had a meeting with Prof. Chong-en Bai (Dean) and Yubo Chen (Associate Dean) of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University on Dec. 7, 2018.

Prof. Tsui talked about a global movement led by 28 senior scholars in the five core business disciplines toward “responsible research in business and management”(RRBM). She explained why this transformation is necessary for business schools to be a force for good and for business scholars to fulfill their responsibility to both science and society. Her points were much echoed by the deans and Prof. Bai responded that it is very much consistent with what SEM has been trying to do. He was pleased that Prof. Tsui had taken the initiative and leadership in promoting the responsible research and he also made valuable suggestions on how to promote RRBM in action.

Prof. Tsui also met with Dean Qiao Liu of the Guanghua School of Management, Dean Fangruo Chen of Antai College of Economics and Management, Dean Xiongwen Lu of Fudan School of Management. Prof. Lu is one of the founding members of RRBM and the Guanghua School of Management is a pioneer school of RRBM.

With the support and aspirations from the deans, Prof. Tsui felt much encouraged that Chinese business schools will move toward engaging in responsible research, producing knowledge that can be used to educate future (and current) business leaders to be responsible leaders and caring citizens of our country and the world at large.

[Background: RRBM has grown from 24 leading business scholars in 2015 to 85 high-level cosigners to 870-plus endorsers, and a growing list of partners including AACSB, EFMD, the United Nations’ PRME Initiative, the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, GRLI and many business schools worldwide. Please visit for information on this movement, to join this community and endorse the position paper.]
  • Membership Development Updates 

Up to December 20 we have 8176 IACMR registered Members(after removing thousands of dormant members who registered years ago), 1408 are active paid members. Our members come from more than 50 countries all around the world. 5975 members are from universities and companies of Mainland China and 76 members are from HK, Taiwan and Macau. We have almost 84 members registered from countries of America. Most of IACMR registered members are from universities and colleges (94%) and 363 members are from companies and other affiliations. Grouping by research field, we have more than 3000 members in Organizational Behavior and HR Management and over 2000 members in Organizational Theory, Chinese Management, Business Policy and Strategy, International Management, etc.

We found many members have incomplete or outdated personal information in our membership database. For better service in the future, we would very much appreciate if you could soon update personal information in your Membership Center after logging into your membership account at the IACMR website.

  • Management and Organization Review (MOR) Updates
  1. MOR Special Issue: Remember James G. March

Professor James G. March passed away on September 27, 2018, but his impact on the field of organization studies is profound and long-lasting. His first major work, Organizations (1958), with Herbert Simon, reconceptualised and redefined the field of organizations. His name is associated with most of the important ideas in our field: a Behavioral Theory of the Firm, exploration and exploitation, organizational learning, garbage-can model of organizational choice, new institutionalism, ambiguity and choice, and many more. The advancement of the field has been truly indebted to Professor March’s brilliance and dedication to the search of truth as a scholar.

Professor March wrote the inaugural article for Management and Organization Review (March, 2005), ‘Parochialism in the evolution of a research community: The case of organization studies’. This article is a strong and eloquent argument that underlies the editorial structure and philosophy of Management and Organization Review and argues for the importance of contextual and indigenous Chinese management studies as necessary for developing both contextualized and universal knowledge.

The IACMR and MOR are indebted to Professor March for his insightful guidance. His legacy is part of the intellectual foundation of Chinese management research. To remember, celebrate, and advance Professor March’s rich ideas on organizations, the IACMR, working with schools in Asia, the calls for papers for a conference at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China and for an MOR special issue.

Important dates:

Conference Submission Deadline: March 30, 2019

Invitations to Conference at University of Nottingham Ningbo: April 19, 2019

Conference at University of Nottingham Ningbo: June 17–19, 2019

Invitations to submit MOR Special Issue: June 21, 2019

Special Issue Submission Deadline (full paper): October 30, 2019

  1. MOR’s December Article of the Month is How Domestic Firms Absorb Spillovers: A Routine-Based Model of Absorptive Capacity View by Cheng-Hua Tzeng. Please click here to download free for the entire month.
  • Management Community News
  1. CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of the Journal of International Business Studies

“Studying Intellectual Property Rights in International Business through Multiple Levels of Analysis”

Submissions: November 15 and December 23, 2019, at

Click here for details.

  1. Workshop: Empirical Exploration In Management and Organizational Research: A Short Workshop on Abductive Reasoning and the Role of Academy of Management Discoveries

The workshop will include presentations by AMD’ s editor, Peter Bamberger, as well as Associate Editor, Junqui Shi Hands-on paper development discussions will follow the plenary session.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Antai College of Economics and Management

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Abstract submission deadline: February 15, 2019

Click here for details.

  • Your Input Welcomed

Your contributions are also welcomed. You can send us news about members’ activities, research information, feedback about IACMR, and information from management field, etc to Submission deadline is 10th of every even-month.