SAP Doctoral & Early Career Program @ AOM 2017: Madeleine Rauch’s Three Key Take-Aways

Bild Madeleine RauchThe AOM in Atlanta remains in the minds and memories of many scholars. The conference was packed with numerous inspirational sessions, workshops, and discussions. In the following, Madeleine Rauch shares her three key take-aways as a participant of the SAP Doctoral & Early Career Program.

With much anticipation, I looked forward to the SAP Doctoral & Early Career Program, even more so after “dissecting” on the plane to Atlanta Scudders, 1997. Science and its ways of knowing by J. Hatton – our assigned reading for the 1st PDW on Coding in the Trenches with Karen Golden-Biddle. Overall, the SAP Doctoral & Early Career Program consisted of various activities, which balanced SAP content sessions with career advice, lively discussions and informal conversations. With a very early start at 7.30am with kickoff breakfast, three different PDWs with selected PDWs, informal mentoring session, Q&A with the program patron, Julia Balogun followed by dinner.

The first PDW on Coding in the trenches: Qualitative Analysis Boot Camp with Karen Golden-Biddle was a great start of the SAP Doctoral & Early Career Program focusing on how to coding for discovery. Through various activities, we practiced “live coding”. As a key take-away: Using provisional fixity to provoke “unfixity”. Provisional fixity refers to making a link expressing a relation between an idea and data, with the understanding that it is firm “for now” as this fixity opens up possibilities for unfixity. Time just flew by and I would have wished to continue to “dissect” coding for the rest of the day!

The second PDW on Visualizing Strategy: How Seeing Influences Saying & Doing (w. presentations by Eric Knight, Sotirios Paroutis, Curtis Lebaron and Loizos Heracleous) focused on the growing interest in topics such as material artefacts & tools; semiotics & discourse; body language & emotions. One key take-away from this PDW is based on the three Assertions inspired by the age of enlightenment presented by Curtis Le Baron. My key take-away from this PDW as Curtis LeBaron puts it: “Ideas do not exist until we represent them”.

The last PDW of the day focused on Advice for Managing International Academic Careers with Laure Cabantous, Karola Wolf, Saku Mantere, David Oliver, Katharina Dittrich, Kathrin Sele, Rebecca Bednarek, Virpi Sorsa, and Sotirios Paroutis with very hands-on discussions and advice for navigating the waters of global academia. From many great advice and possibilities, I would like to focus on two points from the tables of Manage global careers without relocation and Working in a Second Language:

  • Manage global careers without relocation: Bring the international career to you! For example: Invite international scholars to your home institutions; Organize small workshops and conferences at your home institutions; and be active in the international community!
  • Working in a Second Language: Embrace the chances you have (and not the downsides!) of knowing more than “just” English!

My personal highlight of the SAP Doctoral & Early Scholars Program was the mentoring meeting. Having exchanged several emails with my mentor before the Academy asking me for my expectations, my mentor provided very in-depth feedback on a working paper I have sent him. A very special thanks to Gary Burke!

Followed by an excellent dinner with other SAP members. More rich discussions and chance to meet old friends and new faces. This was a wonderful way to cap off a great day. The SAP Doctoral & Early Career Program was most definitely a positive formative experience. Once again, many thanks to the organizer (Christina and Krista, and Julia as the Patron). It was a perfect start of this year’s AoM!


About Matthias Wenzel

Professor of Organization Studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.
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