2008 Contest Guidelines and Rules

Thanks so much for a lot of great feedback on our 2007 student blog contest. Thanks to a generous support from Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business ( University of Pittsburgh), the 2008 contest is now on!

Five lucky recipients will each win a $150 value prize package: a one-year AOM student membership ($70 value), a student registration for the AOM Annual Meeting ($65) and an AOM logo T-shirt ($15).

How to Win — Guidelines

There are five categories where you can win.

  1. Most interesting entry – a main page entry (post) that generates a lots of discussion. This category will be picked by the Contest Committee–we’ll be looking at the posts that generate comments from the most number of different people.
  2. Most informative entry – this is a “Reader’s Choice” award for a main page entry that site readers find the most informative. What entry is the most helpful, useful… informative?
  3. Most interesting comment – another “Reader’s Choice” award, this time for a comment. “Interesting” is a open-ended word and we’re really leaving it up to you, the participants, to decide. What comment stands out as thought-provoking, controversial, insightful… interesting?
  4. Most informative comment – the final “Reader’s Choice” award, again for a comment. What comment is the most helpful, useful… informative.
  5. Random Drawing – at the end of the Contest, everyone who has posted at least one comment or written at least one (main page) entry is eligible for the random drawing (subject to restrictions noted below). One eligible student will be selected to win this category!

The process:

The Contest has three distinct phases. First, there will several weeks where you get to post entries and comments. Second, we’ll have about two-weeks for formally nominating candidates for the Reader’s Choice Awards (Categories 2, 3, and 4). Third, there will be a voting period for those categories. Finally, we’ll announce the winners!

How to maximize your odds of winning:

  • Sign up for a WordPress account. Email a member of the Contest Committee, and we’ll give you access to post “entries” (main page posts). Then start posting some entries. That way you’ll be eligible for all 5 categories.
  • Make sure we know who you are–login to your WordPress account when you post comments, too. If you don’t have a WordPress account yet, be sure to consistently use your real name or email address when you post comments.
  • Post a comment on as many entries as possible. Respond to as many other comments as possible. You never know what other readers may find interesting or informative. Something you think is an obvious or just a “throwaway” comment could be the spark for a really interesting discussion. Also, some of the best ideas for entries emerge from discussion in comments.
  • Invite all of your fellow student friends to the site. Bug them until they start participating. 🙂 You’ll be doing them a favor anyway. Besides, when it comes time for voting, they’re the ones that’ll find you the most interesting and informative, right?

The Fine Print — Rules

  • The contest is open to all individuals anywhere in the world who are eligible for student membership in Academy of Management. Please refer to the Academy of Management website for student-status eligibility requirements.
  • Each prize will be given to a different person–the same person cannot win in more than one category.
  • Participants in the contest agree that their posts may be displayed publicly (this is the web, after all) and that the name of winners will be publicly announced.
  • Every effort will be made to give out all five prizes. At the sole discretion of the Contest Committee, if there is no eligible winner in a contest category, that prize might instead by given to the runner-up in a different category.
  • The contest and prizes are administered by the AOM.OCIS Student Networking Site Contest Committee (the Contest Committee) with advice from the OCIS Executive Council. Decisions of the Contest Committee are final and are not subject to appeal or review.
  • Members of the Contest Committee are not eligible to win contest prizes.
  • The Contest Committee will announce the opening and closing dates of the contest period, the nomination period, and voting period, on OCISNET and ISWorld.


  • Please contact the contest committee – Yukika Awazu, Peter Baloh, Steven Johnson, Nick Roberts, and Vinay Tiwari (AOM.OCIS Blog Team)!

3 Responses

  1. What are the copyright rules governing posts and comments on the OCIS student blog? I was all set to contribute to a wiki a couple weeks ago when I noticed they were using the GNU Free Documentation License, and I’m not willing to write under those rules. Any chance OCIS is Creative Commons-friendly? Maybe “Attribution” or “Attribution Non-commercial”? Are posters allowed to mark our posts with appropriate copyleft statements?

  2. Hi Libby,

    That’s a good question! We don’t state it explicitly, but Creative Common-friendly is what in our mind. The OCIS student blog site goes along with that policy. Also, you can leave ‘copy-left’ note at the end of your comment, if you like. 🙂

  3. […] is open now through 11:59 PM (EST) Monday, August 4, 2008. Each winner will receive a $150 prize package (sponsored by the Information Systems Group at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate […]

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