SWAM Constitution and By-laws changes

We are SO EXCITED to reconnect with you in Houston, in March of 2023! We received and are currently reviewing over 130 submissions! Today’s note relates to the work our team is finally bringing to a close – Constitution and By-Law Changes.

Since at least 2018, the SWAM Executive Committee has been dealing with operational issues as a result of outdated and/or incomplete Constitution and By-Laws documents. In fact, as can be seen in the email labeled “Past President Epstein”, you can read clearly that the Constitution was recreated/drafted from remnant documents/other means. In addition, a similar By-Laws draft, which included some elements of the Constitution, was created in 2015. Both documents are available for your review.

So, since 2018, members of the past and current boards have continually chased around the notion of editing and codifying the Constitution and By-Laws documents to better staff and position SWAM to move into the future. At this time, we are ready to propose finalize our amendments. We leave the majority of the review to your careful and caring eyes, but we highlight some departures we feel compelled to be entirely transparent about:

  • Removing the requirement to affiliate with FBD.
  • Adjusting the titles and duties of officer positions.
  • Adding “director” positions to allow for more individuals to be involved with SWAM.
  • Adding additional appointed positions to allow for more individuals to be involved with SWAM.
  • Adding a FINANCE committee.
  • Expanding the Executive Committee.
  • Creating ONE class of members, not two.
  • Explicitly addressing quorum for meetings/committees.

Overall, these changes should position SWAM to be more transparent, accountable, visible, marketable, and strategic moving forward.

And, in the spirit of sharing, we invite comments and suggestions – as our volunteers have surely overlooked something – for a period of roughly 14 days. Following this time, the Executive Committee will collect, examine, and potentially implement substantive comments or suggestions. Following this, the new draft documents will be posted and made available for approximately 30 days, with the opening of an electronic vote for SWAM members (i.e., your 2022-2023 membership dues are paid in full) about halfway through the 30 day window, and closing at the end.

To become a dues paying member, please reach out to the Treasurer: Emily Hammer at ehammer@wtamu.edu. Arrangements can be made for electronic payment using Zelle or account transfer. You must be a current member in order to participate in the voting process.

Timeline below:

COMMENT PERIOD November 4 – November 17

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REVIEWS AND EDITS AS NEEDED November 18 through November 23. We added an additional survey and are closing it November 28 to allow for editing on November 29.

VOTING OPENS: November 30th – December 30th

Per the current Constitution and By-Laws Documents, these documents may be voted on and changed simultaneously. Hence, the Constitutional changes may be accepted by 2/3 vote IF 25% of members in good standing vote.

By-laws changes may be accepted if MAJORITY votes, where votes include any and all members in good standing voting (no minimum number).

We look forward to engaging you in this process, and in ensuring our organization is ready and able to continue accomplishing our mission. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thank you,

Ethan Waples, SWAM President 2022-2023

Call for Papers – Special Issue of OMJ

We are now accepting papers for a special issue of the Organization Management Journal.

This special issue invites concise submissions (max. 6 pages including references, approx. 3000 words) of innovative experiential learning exercises and teaching resources. These should be tested activities that are ready to be implemented in the classroom. This OMJ special issue will serve as an outlet and resource for management educators who want to engage students in learning by doing.

Papers are welcome at any time but are due by Friday, March 17, 2023.

The OMJ Special Issue will be published in September 2023.

Please see the full announcement below for more information.

Organization Management Journal: Call for editor

The Southwest Academy of Management (SWAM), in conjunction with the Eastern Academy of Management (EAM), is conducting a searching for a volunteer co-editor for Organization Management Journal. 

About the Journal:

Organization Management Journal is a blind, peer-reviewed online publication sponsored by the Eastern Academy of Management and Southwest Academy of Management.

OMJ is designed as a forum for broad philosophical, social, and practical thought about management and organizing. We are interested in papers that address the interface between theoretical insight and practical application and enhance the teaching of management. OMJ publishes scholarly empirical and theoretical papers, review articles, essays and resources for management educators. Appropriate domains include:

  • Organizational behavior
  • Business strategy and policy
  • Organizational theory
  • Human resource management
  • Management education, particularly experiential education

All articles are published Open Access, so are made freely available at no charge to the author.

Role Description

The Southwest Academy of Management is seeking a current or prospective association member with an outstanding reputation as an academic researcher, a passion for communication, and ideally prior experience of editing an academic journal. She or he will work collaboratively with the co-editor from the Eastern Academy of Management to help shape the future direction of Organization Management Journal by identifying strategies to enhance its quality and reputation.

The co-editors work together to accomplish the following duties:

  • Managing the Journal’s double blind peer review process, with the assistance of the co-editor and associate editors.
  • Delivering appropriate content for five journal issues per volume.
  • Upholding and developing editorial standards on the Journal, through the good management of the peer review process and other content generation initiatives.
  • Engaging the Editorial Advisory Board in the work of the Journal
  • Developing and maintaining a network of contacts to act as advocates for the Journal or sources of copy as appropriate
  • Attending conferences or similar events to promote the Journal and source copy
  • Working with the both Eastern and Southwestern to develop and achieve agreed upon objectives for the Journal and to raise its international profile and standing

The successful candidate will immediately begin as journal co-editor in January 2023. The successful candidate will work with both the existing co-editor and the outgoing co-editor during a transition period of 30-60 days. They will engage with the current co-editor from EAM in order to develop and cast a revised vision and strategic plan for the journal. 

Application Procedure

The preference date for applications for this position is December 1, 2022.

Interested candidates are requested to email a CV and cover letter to Carlos Baldo (cbaldo@coloradomesa.edu) for consideration. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate. The Southwest Academy of Management’s executive board, in consultation with the current co-editor, will select the successful candidate, and will begin reviewing applications immediately until the position is filled.

SWAM 2023 Conference: Houston, TX

Dates: March 8-12, 2023
Location: Hyatt Regency Houston

* Discount code will be available closer to conference dates.

QUICK LINK TO SUBMIT: : https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=swam23

Southwest Academy of Management Fee

Registration Fee (includes luncheon and proceedings)$175.00
Student Registration Fee (includes same as above)$75.00
Late Registration Fee (after 1/31/22)$200.00
Late Nonmember Registration Fee(after 1/31/22)$225.00
Late Student Registration Fee (after 1/31/22)$90.00
Optional Guest Luncheon (if paid by 1/31/22)$50.00

SWAM registrations include annual SWAM membership, SWAM luncheon, 3 premium PDW, access to all SWAM conference presentations, events and proceedings.

*All conference registrations require paying the FBD registration in addition to the SWAM registration.