The Academy of Management is a member-driven association governed by a volunteer Board of Governors.
Annually, between September and October, the Call for Nominations is posted for all voting members. Members may nominate themselves or others for the four seats on the board that become vacant each year: one vice president-elect/program chair-elect and three representatives-at-large. The Nominating Committee, a standing committee of the board, takes nominations into consideration when constructing the slate of candidates for an election.
Starting in 2020, the elections timing will occur later to coincide with division and interest group elections. Starting in mid-April and extending to mid-May, elections are open and all voting members are invited to select a new vice president-elect/program chair-elect from among three nominees and three new representatives-at-large from among three nominees for each slot. The three representatives-at-large are nominated on the basis of activity in the divisions, activity in the affiliates, and potential leadership.
Newly elected officers and board members will be formally announced in August each year to coincide with the Annual Meeting and officially assume their positions at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in August.
The officer elected to the position of vice president-elect/program chair-elect typically holds a position on the board for five years unless unseated by a write-in candidate. The succession of the positions is as follows: vice president-elect/program chair-elect (year 1) to vice president/program chair (year 2) to president-elect (year 3) to president (year 4) and, finally to past president (year 5).
Representatives-at-large serve staggered three-year terms.
The Academy of Management values elections that are free of active “politicking.” It is certainly appropriate to ask fellow members of the Academy for further information about a candidate you do not know. However, recommending candidates to others or actively campaigning is inappropriate and inconsistent with the way we operate as an association. This applies to general elections in the Academy as well as to division/interest group elections.
“Campaigning” within the Academy community is defined as attempting to influence the vote of others or promoting one candidate over another.
The Campaigning Policy is based on these principles:
Examples of “campaigning” include but are not limited to:
The Academy will respond immediately when it learns of behavior that violates its Campaigning Policy. If corrective action (e.g., swift removal of social media posts) cannot be taken, candidates targeted by the influence attempt will be subject to violation procedures.
With regard to personal communication (e.g., lunchtime conversations or private email exchanges), the Academy acknowledges that friends and colleagues may share information about candidates. However, the Academy cautions that organized support within one’s personal or professional network intended to benefit a candidate is inconsistent with the spirit of our policy. These influence attempts are often viewed negatively by recipients, disadvantaging rather than aiding a candidate.