Welcome to a new and exciting year for the Technology & Innovation Management Division! We are a friendly, interactive and growing division, with a storied history of 30 years. Composed of more than 3,000 members, TIM is one of the larger divisions within the Academy of Management. However, despite our size, the division is characterized by a strong sense of community. We are also a highly international division: almost 60 percent of our members reside outside of the United States. Most of our members are academics but we also have students and executives in our ranks.
I hope that you enjoyed our annual conference in Atlanta. You can read about the details of TIM conference program in our Fall newsletter. Highlights included a lecture by our 2017 TIM Wiley Distinguished Scholar Wesley Cohen; the TIM@30 birthday celebration with many past leaders of the division; the TIM Social that was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and welcome newer members; and the Plenary discussion of the role of science in corporate R&D with Ashish Arora, Alfonso Gambardella, Paul Nightingale, and Rosemarie Ziedonis. But of course, the hard work of all the presenters, discussants, chairs, reviewers, and participants in TIM paper sessions, discussions, and conversations is really what makes this division an exciting place to be: this is where we engage, propose, and evaluate new ideas and form longstanding relationships of scholarly communication and collaboration.
We are lucky to be one of the largest and fastest-growing divisions within the Academy of Management, because the number of members and submissions indirectly determine the number of our conference sessions and enables us to provide services such as consortia and social events that are essential for a fun and engaging conference experience. In addition, in recent years we have been successful in attracting external sponsors who have substantially enabled us to expand our activities. In addition to Wiley that sponsors the Distinguished Scholar Luncheon, we are grateful for the support of Kauffman Foundation and Copenhagen Business School that sponsored our consortia and awards targeted for younger scholars; Lazaridis Institute that sponsored the TIM breakfast, and Cornell University Johnson College of Business that sponsored our main social event this year.
I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to our rising stars who were recognized at our business meeting: Emily Cox-Pahnke (University of Washington), the winner of the TIM Emerging Scholar award, and Abhishek Nagaraj (UC Berkeley), the winner of the TIM Best Dissertation Award. Please read about all of our award winners later in this newsletter. To stay informed of TIM-oriented activities throughout the year, we encourage you to join the TIM listserve. It is a service that is widely used by our members. Just go to www.aomonline.org and under the “Networking and Communities” tab choose “listserves.” Scroll down and you’ll see the TIM Division listserve and links to subscribe as well as to post. As a member of the community, we encourage you to share relevant information about conferences, journal special issues, job-opportunities, or important TIM topics by posting on the listserve. We are also looking for people to contribute ideas and content for the website, so if you’d like to get more involved, contact our webmaster, Llewellyn Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago next year. The meetings will be held from August 10-14, 2018, and the call for papers will be coming out soon. The theme for next year, Improving Lives, opens interesting possibilities for TIM scholars to think about the roles of technology and innovation in economic development. Please consider how you could contribute and connect the All Academy theme with the main research areas of TIM. On behalf of the Executive Committee of the TIM Division, thank you for your support of TIM. I look forward to serving as your Division Chair this year.
TIM Division Chair