AOM – the many different types of scholarly sessions

[a photo of the visual papers from AOM 2007 meeting was added on 8/13/2007]

If you’re like me, you’re making last-minute preparations for the AOM meeting this year. Some of you are probably there already! If you are attending AOM for the first time, you may be impressed by the range of session types. If you are curiously about how these session types differ from one another, here’re explanations from the AOM page – Program Components – that may be useful for guiding your session navigation adventure 🙂

Refereed Scholarly Sessions
These sessions start on Monday morning, August 6 and end on Wednesday afternoon, August 8. They include two major types of sessions, Paper and Symposium.

Paper sessions, based upon papers submitted to individual divisions, take two forms:

Interactive Paper (IP) Sessions

In the spirit of a more democratic exchange of ideas, we are encouraging divisions to take advantage of the opportunity to make paper sessions more interactive. IP sessions are grouped papers that are presented in a manner that encourages more discussion and interaction among authors and attendees than is possible during a traditional paper presentation format. Each Division Program Chair selects at least 10% but no more that 15% of their submitted papers to be scheduled in Interactive Paper sessions. Papers ideal for Interactive Paper sessions are the unique, one-of-a-kind, novel contributions that can generate discussion. Also, data-intensive papers that need more time for discussion are appropriate. Starting in 2002, all Interactive Paper authors were invited to post their papers on the Interactive Paper web page designed to allow interested attendees to download them and read them before the session so that discussion during the session will be more informed. This will continue for the 2007 Program.

Division Paper (DP) Sessions including Visual Paper

Division Paper sessions are constructed by each Division Program chair from the pool of accepted papers that are not included in Interactive Paper Sessions. Division Program Chairs combine accepted papers into sessions based upon common themes reflecting the interests and domains of their divisions. We encourage the Division Program Chairs to construct these sessions in a fashion that encourages audience participation. Program Chairs can choose to include Session Chairs/Facilitators or Discussants as they think are appropriate for each session. Care should be taken to encourage presenters, facilitators and discussants to actively motivate the audience to participate (and to want to read the paper!).

To this end, a portion of the Division accepted Papers are Visual Presentations. These will be display in a special exhibit hall where presenters can take questions from attendees interested in following up on issues the papers raise.

Division Program Chairs choose what papers they want to allocate to each type of presentation.

Symposium submissions, submitted to one to three divisions, take two forms as well. Panels and Presenter.

In a Panel Symposium the purpose is to engage a group of panellists in an interactive discussion. There are no titles associated with any panellists’ participation. Presenter Symposium involves a series of authored papers on a pre-set theme. Symposia are NOT blind review, but they will be judged based on overall quality; interest to Academy members; relevance to the division or interest group to which they are submitted; innovation and contribution; and relevance to the meeting theme, “Doing Well by Doing Good”. Symposia could be singly sponsored or jointly sponsored by up to three divisions or interest groups.

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One Response

  1. Thanks, Rachel, this is really helpful!

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