Gender and Diversity in Organizations

GDO Plenary Session at AOM – Monday @ 3 pm

Submission: 17990 | Sponsor(s): (GDO) 
Scheduled: Monday, Aug 7 2017 3:00PM – 4:30PM at Hilton Atlanta in Grand Ballroom D

GDO Plenary Session  
Division Chair: W E Douglas Creed; U. of Rhode Island;
Division Chair-Elect: Patrick F. McKay; Rutgers U.;
Program Chair: Donna Blancero; Bentley U.;
Professional Development Workshop Chair: Alison Sheridan; U. of New England;
Organizer: Payal Kumar; Xavier Labour Relations Institute;
Organizer: Lorianne D. Mitchell; East Tennessee State U.;


Exploring Discrimination in the Workplace in a Divisive Political Climate

The racist, homophobic and sexist undertones that permeated American politics during the 2016 U.S. presidential election (Salaita, 2006; Parker & Barreto, 2014), and the xenophobic sentiments that gave rise to the Brexit decision are examples of a divisive political climate that have led to an increase in workplace racism and violence ((Bourn, 2016; Kleebauer, 2016; Allan, 2016).

The purpose of this plenary is to discuss the interface of politics, diversity and the workplace, which is aligned to the All-Academy Theme, At the Interface. This is also aligned to the vision of the GDO to “support social justice through the inclusion of marginalized voices in member’s research and practice”. It is envisaged that this plenary session and the ensuing discussions in breakout groups will generate greater interest in creating inclusive and high-performing climates in organizations globally.

2017 Election Results

2017 Election Results
I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to those of you who took the time to vote in this year’s elections. As I mentioned in an earlier email to you, every vote really does count, as the election results are often quite close. Thanks to you, our response rate was slightly higher than the overall AOM average. Thank you, again, for participating in the elections. Please help me in welcoming our new servant leaders by extending words of congratulations.
I’m delighted to announce that Eden King has been elected as our new Division Officer! She will be serving a 5 year term during which she will first be the PDW Chair in 2017-2018, and in subsequent years, will be our Program Chair, Division Chair-elect, Division Chair, and Past Division Chair. As an Outgoing Officer, I am thankful to be able to exit knowing that our division is in such capable hands. Eden, I thank you in advance for the leadership you will provide and the energy you will invest into these roles.
Dr. Eden King joined the faculty at George Mason University after earning her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2006. Dr. King is pursuing a program of research that seeks to guide the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. This research addresses three primary themes: 1) current manifestations of discrimination and bar-riers to work-life balance in organizations, 2) consequences of such challenges for its targets and their workplaces, and 3) individual and organizational strategies for reducing discrimination and increasing support for families. In addition to her academic positions, Dr. King has consulted on applied projects related to climate initiatives, selec-tion systems, and diversity training programs, and she has worked as a trial consultant. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management and for the Journal of Business and Psychology and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology. Dr. King has also served as Program and Conference Chairs for SIOP and as a representative at large for the GDO division of the Academy of Management.
We also have a wonderful group of new Representatives-at-Large who will each serve 3-year terms. In their roles, they will chair various GDO committees, serve as ambassadors for the division, and provide valuable input into all of our activities. They are:
Dr. Doyin Atewologun is a Lecturer in Management at the School of Business & Man-agement, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Broadly, Doyin’s research interests lie at the intersection of leadership, identities, and diversity. She is particularly inter-ested in the identity work involved in making sense of complex, oppositional identi-ties, leader identity development, and privilege. A current research project involves examining the career trajectories of demographically diverse managers in Profes-sional Services Firms. Doyin’s work has been published in journals such as Gender, Work & Organizations, the British Journal of Management and the Journal of Mana-gerial Psychology. Doyin serves on the Editorial Review Board for Equality Diversity & Inclusion: An International Journal. She is also a Chartered and Registered Occupa-tional Psychologist, founding member and Deputy Chair of the British Psychology Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology Diversity & Inclusion at Work group, a voluntary professional group of academic and practitioner members committed to implementing evidence-based approaches to maximise positive outcomes in diverse workspaces. Doyin has served as a member of the AOM’s Diversity & International Theme Committee for the last 2 years, focusing on gathering best practices for in-cluding constituents of our multinational, diverse Academy membership. In addition, she is a regular contributor to GDO symposia and paper sessions. Doyin’s desired contribution to the GDO division would be as a positive brand ambassador engaging a broader, heterogenous membership (e.g. international, critical, early career diversi-ty scholars). After completing secondary (high) school in Nigeria, Doyin obtained her BSc at University of Birmingham, UK; her MSc at University of Nottingham, UK and her PhD at Cranfield School of Management’s International Center for Women Lead-ers. Doyin holds Visiting Fellow positions at Cranfield School of Management, UK; Lagos Business School, Nigeria and the University of Pretoria Faculty of Economic & Management Sciences, South Africa.
Dr. Alexandra Beauregard is Associate Professor in Human Resource Management at Middlesex University Business School, where she co-chairs the Gender and Diversity Research Group. GDO has been her “home” division since she joined the Academy in 2004, and she has served as a reviewer for a number of Best Paper awards as well as for conference submissions. Alexandra’s research interests are centered on the work-life interface, flexible working arrangements, and diversity management, with a par-ticular focus on gender and gender identity. She has published on these topics in out-lets including Human Resource Management,British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Review, International Journal of Management Reviews, and International Journal of Human Resource Management, as well as authoring chapters in a number of edited books. Alexandra serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Organizational Behavior, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. She attends international confer-ences on a regular basis and is happy to represent GDO at these and other functions in the UK, Europe, and North America.
Dr. David Dwertmann is an Assistant Professor of Management at Rutgers University, School of Business-Camden. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Mannheim in Germany and his Ph.D. in strategy and management from the Uni-versity of St. Gallen in Switzerland. In his research, David focuses on diversity and inclusion, specifically leadership and management challenges associated with health, disability, and the demographic change in age. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, The Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Manage-ment, among others. In his teaching, he focuses on helping students build leader-ship skills for increasingly dynamic and diverse organizational contexts. For example, his undergraduate course, Leadership in the 21st Century, places an emphasis on en-gaging students in the campus and local community. In his service to GDO, David has been involved with the Best Conference Paper Based on a Dissertation Award and International committees, served as a session chair at the annual AOM meeting, volunteered as a panelist for the GDO doctoral consortium, and received a best re-viewer award. He appreciates the opportunity to serve as a representative at large and draw from his education and work history in multiple countries to further inter-nationalize and diversify the division and the Academy at large.
Erika V. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Organization & Management at Goizueta Business School, Emory University. Hall earned a PhD in Management & Organiza-tions from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2014. She is committed to research and service in the areas of gender and diversity. For the past few years, Hall has served as the advisor for the Goizueta Multicultural As-sociation. In addition, she has conducted numerous workshops and panels encour-aging women and minorities to negotiate. For example, Hall has conducted work-shops for Black and Latino high school students (LEAD program), a conference with over 200 female businesswomen (Emory Engage), and a women’s leadership event headlining a WNBA game (Atlanta Dream women’s leadership series). She has vol-unteered her time to teach in Emory’s innovative “Ferguson Movement” class, and participated on panels discussing social justice. Finally, Hall strives to forward gen-der and diversity research by serving as a reviewer for journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and Leadership Quarterly.
  Looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
Best regards,
Lisa Nishii
GDO Past Division Chair
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