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Planning "A New Time"

The theme for the 2000 Academy of Management Meetings is "A New Time." This theme was chosen to take advantage of the year of the meeting and to stimulate and encourage new and creative thinking and research on time, an area of inquiry that plays important roles in both management research and practice, but that has not received as much scholarly attention as it warrants. The name of the theme also conveys that we will be attempting to implement some new ideas at the Academy meeting, especially aesthetic representations of the theme. Carrying out something "new" is a great way to welcome a new century.

Considerations of time are strongly bound up with the year 2000 and with the scientific contributions of the 20th century.  They are also evoked by the new millennium (at least according to the Gregorian calendar) that will be occurring as we prepare for the Academy meeting. The academy meeting provides an ideal opportunity to explore dimensions of time and their implications for organizations.

Ways of dealing with time have played important roles in most scholarly disciplines throughout history. In addition, time is a topic that many management scholars talk about and that relatively few study in depth. But, it is popping up now in many interesting guises (e.g. polychronicity, entrainment), and has the potential to be studied in many new and creative ways. "A New Time" is a theme that, potentially, at least, invites creative exploration of this topic. It also suggests the value of acknowledging and learning from the diverse understandings of the Academy membership in different geographical locations around the world. Many of our different cultures (national, organizational, and individual workplace) operate out of differing construals of time. These can help make visible the implicit assumptions we tend to make about time and increase our appreciation of how social and technological contexts shape its enactment.

At this Academy meeting we do not want to focus on (chronological) time as simply another variable. Rather, we would like to focus on time in ways that will stimulate creative ways of thinking about, understanding, studying, and implementing time, in its qualitative and quantitative meanings. You can learn more about some of our ideas by looking at the calls for papers in AMJ, AMR, and AME.

The theme will be enacted in many ways at the Academy meeting, including aesthetically and scientifically. In addition, we invite papers and symposia that address time in a large number of ways. Some of the topics addressed might be:

  • Results of innovations and experiments with time
  • The development of insights originating in other disciplines that lead to new theorizing about time in work organizations.
  • Explorations of several dimensions of time -- such as rhythm, polychronicity, tempo, pacing, duration, anticipation, entrainment, and milestones -- that have been subject to minimal or only recently emerging streams of organizational research.
  • Studies of multiple ways time is socially constructed
  • Work that builds on the occurrence of the millennium and that reflects on the history of management and work organizations over the course of the past thousand years.
  • Studies that explore new epochs
  • Considerations of ways time in organizations is enacted as linear or cyclical, as well as how temporal boundaries are created.
  • Research addressing how cultural and geographical contexts shape temporal phenomena such as punctuality, time/planning horizons, time urgency, and orientations to the past, present, and future.
  • Work that consciously applies a temporal perspective to standard management subjects, such as motivation, planning, leadership, or career or organizational development to name just a few.
  • Work that takes particular research methods, such as surveys, laboratory experiments, interviews, or ethnographic investigations, and explores the implicit assumptions about time embedded in these methods.
  • Studies of topics such as collective memory distortions and the futility of prediction.
  • Etc., etc., etc. Bring your own creativity to the topic!

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