Research Methods Division Bylaws

RULES FOR THE GOVERNANCE OF THE RESEARCH METHODS DIVISION

Approved August 1986, Revised August 1991, Revised August 2004, Job Descriptions revised June 2003, Job Descriptions revised August 2004; Job Descriptions revised December 2010; Jobs Descriptions revised September 2011; Awards Procedures revised September 2011; Revised October 2013.

ARTICLE 1: NAME

The name of this group is the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management — subsequently referred to as the RMD.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

The general purpose of the RMD is to provide a forum for both education related to and the dissemination of knowledge supporting the advancement of research methods relevant to the organizational sciences. More specifically, the RMD is concerned with scholarship in the following domains:

(a) Dissemination of knowledge with respect to the appropriate application of research methods.

(b) The identification and systematic development of modes of research methods (both new and current) within organizational research settings.

(c) The provision of a forum for education, and for debate, on the usefulness of various analytic and data collection methods, on qualitative and quantitative research methods, on measurement issues, and on issues in philosophy of science (including, but not limited to, the sociology of knowledge and the generic role of methodologies).

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the RMD shall consist of members in good standing of the Academy of Management who have paid dues towards RMD as one of their selected Divisions/Interest Groups. This is traditionally accomplished when annual dues statements are collected by the Academy of Management.

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES

A. Officers and Committees

  1. Elected Officers. The elected officers of the RMD shall consist of a Division Chair, a Division Chair-Elect, a past Division Chair, a Program Chair, a Program Chair-Elect, a Treasurer, and five Representatives-at-Large. Elected officers shall constitute the voting membership of the Executive Committee of the RMD.
  2. Appointed Officers. Appointed officers of the RMD shall include RMNET Coordinator, RM Webmaster, Student Representatives, Division Historian, and Organizational Research Methods Representative (typically the ORM editor). These positions shall be appointed by the Division Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee. Other officer positions may be created and filled as necessary. Appointed officers shall serve as non-voting members of the Executive Committee.
  3. Standing Committees. Standing committees for the RMD may include the Awards, International, New Members, Governance and Student committees. Chairs of standing committees shall be appointed by the Division Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee and will serve as non-voting members of the Executive Committee. In the event that a committee chair is also an elected officer of the Executive Committee, s/he will retain the voting privileges of the elected position.
  4. Ad Hoc Committees. Ad hoc committees may be formed and disbanded at the discretion of the Executive Committee. Chairs of ad hoc committees shall be appointed by the Division Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee and will serve as non-voting members of the Executive Committee. In the event that a committee chair is also an elected officer of the Executive Committee, s/he will retain the voting privileges of the elected position.

B. Terms of Office

  1. The Program Chair-Elect is elected to a five-year term that includes an automatic progression as follows: Program Chair-Elect, Program Chair, Division Chair-Elect, Division Chair, and Past Division Chair. Service will consist of one year in each position, with service in each position and succession beginning on the Monday following the conclusion of the annual conference of the Academy of Management.
  2. The Treasurer is elected to a three-year term to begin on the Monday following the conclusion of the annual conference of the Academy of Management.
  3. Representatives-at-Large are elected to three-year terms, to begin on the Monday following the conclusion of the annual conference of the Academy of Management. Representative-at-large terms will be staggered such that each year a subset of Representatives-at-Large will remain in place and another subset will reach end of term.
  4. In the event that an elected officer resigns before completing his/her term, or if the position is unfilled for any reason, the remaining elected members of the Executive Committee, by majority vote, will reassign officer duties and/or temporarily appoint someone to fulfill the duties of the resignee or another office until the next regularly scheduled officer election.
  5. If necessary, the Executive Committee shall follow Academy of Management policies for removal of officers prior to the end of their term.
  6. Appointed officers shall serve a term of one year. These terms may be renewed at the discretion of the Division Chair, in consultation with the Executive Committee.

C. Officer Duties. Both elected officers and appointed officers are required to fulfill the duties identified in the corresponding Position Descriptions included in Appendix A.

ARTICLE V: ELECTIONS

A. The Past Division Chair shall have primary responsibility for the election process and will ensure that the process conforms to RMD and Academy rules.

B. The Past Division Chair shall solicit nominations for Program Chair-Elect, Representatives-at-Large, and other elected positions for which terms are expiring. This solicitation will occur through an e-mail to the division membership and through other means that reach out to the RMD membership, including those provided by the Academy of Management. The nomination process will follow the Academy’s schedule. Nominations can only come from RMD members in good standing. Past Division Chairs cannot serve as nominees for any elected positions within two years of their end of service as Past Division Chair.

C. There shall be two people on the election ballot for the position of Program Chair-Elect. There shall be two people on the election ballot for the position of Treasurer. There shall be at least twice the number of people on the election ballot for Representative-at-Large as there are Representative-at-Large positions coming open for election. In all cases, those people appearing on the ballot will be chosen by the Past Division Chair from amongst those with the most nominations for the corresponding position. The final ballot must be approved through an electronic vote by a simple majority of a quorum of the voting members of the Executive Committee, where quorum is defined as 2/3rds of the eligible voting members of the Executive Committee. Those voting members of the Executive Committee appearing on the ballot are not eligible to vote on the approval of the ballot. It is the responsibility of the Past Division Chair to ensure that each individual listed on the election ballot is a member of the RMD and wishes to serve in the nominated capacity. As a means of check and balance, the Past Division Chair will make all nomination records and material available to the voting members of the Executive Committee, excluding any voting Executive Committee members who are being nominated for a position.

D. No one person shall appear on the election ballot for more than one position. In the event that a person qualifies to be on the ballot for more than one position, the Past Division Chair will be responsible for consulting with the person regarding his/her preferred position. That preference will determine the position for which that person will be placed on the ballot.

E. In the event that an insufficient number of nominations are obtained for a given position, the Past Division Chair, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall be responsible for developing the remaining slate of candidates.

F. In addition to the named nominees, the election ballot will allow for write-in candidates for each elected position.

G. The election ballot shall list all nominated candidates in alphabetical order and without reference to the source of nomination. The ballot will also include a 150 word maximum biographical sketch of each candidate.

H. The final ballot, along with candidate information and voting instructions, will be sent to RMD members through a mass emailing coordinated by the Past Division Chair and through means provided by the Academy of Management. Electronic emails will insure that this information reaches all members simultaneously and prior to the closing of the election period. The Past Division Chair will also make available the opportunity to vote to those RMD members who cannot participate in the electronic balloting.

I. The election shall be conducted by electronic balloting and shall be concluded according to the Academy’s schedule for elections. The Past Division Chair will be responsible for this process and will count and certify the votes and notify each candidate of the election winners. As a means for check and balance, the Past Division Chair will make all voting records and material available to the voting members of the Executive Committee, excluding any voting Executive Committee members who are on the ballot for a position.

J. The vote count for each candidate shall be considered confidential and shall not be disseminated.

K. Candidates are prohibited from engaging in any election campaigning beyond the biographical sketch included with the ballot. The RMD and its members shall be held to the Academy of Management’s policy on election/campaigning behavior, which states that “The Academy of Management values elections that have traditionally been 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.”

ARTICLE VI: MEETINGS

A. Business Meetings. There shall be an annual business meeting open to all members of the RMD held within the time and location published in the program of the annual meeting of the Academy of Management.

B. Executive Committee Meetings. The Executive Committee shall hold one meeting each year, one of which will be held during the annual meeting of the Academy of Management. The other meeting shall be organized by the Current Division Chair in consultation with other Executive Committee members. Any additional meetings may be called, at the discretion of the chair in consultation with the Executive Committee, if necessary for division business. The additional meetings may be conducted virtually using appropriate technology.

C. The Executive Committee meeting at the annual conference of the Academy of Management shall be considered the primary meeting in which the important activities (e.g., governance, research awards, liaison groups, etc.) of the RMD will be reviewed and discussed by the Executive Committee. All issues requiring discussing and voting will be decided by a simple majority of a quorum of the Executive Committee. A quorum for a meeting is defined as 2/3rds of the voting Executive Committee members being present. However, for issues arising during the year, an email voting process may be used, in which case, 2/3rds of the voting members of the Executive Committee must participate.

D. Parliamentary Authority. The rules contained in the newest edition of Robert’s Rule of Order shall govern the Division in all cases where they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the Division may adopt.

ARTICLE VII: RATIFICATION AND CHANGES/ADDITIONS

A. Initial Structure. The initial governance structure was ratified by a simple majority vote of those attending the RMD business meeting in August, 1986.

B. Procedures for Change/Additions:

  1. Any proposed changes to this structure must be presented to the RMD membership at least one month prior to a vote on such changes.
  2. Changes shall be accomplished by a three-quarters vote of RMD members present at the annual business meeting or by a simple majority vote of all RMD members who vote through an electronic voting procedure sponsored by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for determining whether a vote at the annual business meeting or by an electronic procedure is most appropriate for a given situation.

APPENDIX A

Job Descriptions for RMD Officers

Approved by RMD Executive Committee Members in June 2003, Revised August 2004; Revised September 2011

Position: Past Division Chairperson

Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare nomination forms for elections of Executive Committee positions. Solicit  nominations from RMD membership via email using AOM’s membership database and through other means provided by the Academy of Management.
  2. Receive nominations and identify nominees for Executive Committee positions in consultation with current Executive Committee members.
  3. Notify nominees for Executive Committee positions, give them job descriptions, request commitment from candidates to determine willingness to fulfill role requirements, solicit from candidates 150-word biographies and a photograph for the electronic election (e-election) process, and provide candidates with a copy of the Academy of Management’s regulations regarding candidate’s campaigning behavior.
  4. Prepare a ballot for elected Executive Committee positions, for distribution to RMD membership via the means provided by the Academy of Management.
  5. Coordinate e-election with AOM staff to prepare and distribute ballots.
  6. Notify candidates regarding election results for Executive Committee positions.
  7. Electronically notify the RMD membership of election results.
  8. Conduct all other election procedures in compliance with Article V of the RMD Bylaws.
  9. Take minutes during Executive Committee Meetings at the annual Academy of Management conference, and email a copy to the Division Historian.
  10. Present report on activities at Executive Committee Meetings at the annual Academy of Management conference.
  11. Present plaque to outgoing Division Chairperson at Business Meeting.

Position: Division Chairperson

Responsibilities:

The Division Chair is the official chair of all existing RMD committees.

  1. Administer all affairs of the RMD with policy guidance from the Executive Committee and appropriate officers in the Academy of Management.
  2. Attend the meeting of Incoming Division/Interest Group Chairpersons at the annual Academy of Management conference.
  3. Attend the meeting of Current Division/Interest Group Chairpersons at the annual Academy of Management conference.
  4. Organize a meeting of the incoming Executive Committee at Academy, at which Executive Committee job descriptions will be distributed and objectives and job assignments for upcoming year will be discussed.
  5. Coordinate any existing RMD committees.
  6. Provide a mass email in the Fall and Spring to all RMD members using AOM’s membership database updating them on the division and its activities.   Coordinate material from others to include in this email.
  7. With consultation of Executive Committee, if a mid-year meeting is considered necessary, plan and organize the mid-year Executive Committee Meeting.
  8. If being held, distribute an agenda for the mid-year RMD Executive Committee Meeting, if held.
  9. Preside over division meetings, including Executive Committee meetings (annual Academy of Management conference and mid-year) and Business Meeting.
  10. Present a written report at Executive Committee meetings (annual Academy of Management conference and mid-year).
  11. Prepare a summary of Executive Committee mid-year meeting (if a meeting is held) and email this to the RMD membership using AOM’s membership database.
  12. Prepare a summary of Executive Committee Meeting at Academy and Business Meeting at Academy and email this to the RMD membership using AOM’s membership database.
  13. Send an email to Executive Committee members by July 1 with agenda for Business Meeting at Academy.
  14. Prepare a written report to membership to be discussed during Business Meeting at Academy (tasks and objectives to be accomplished).
  15. Present plaques to outgoing Past Division Chair, outgoing Division Chairperson-Elect, outgoing Program Chair, outgoing Program Chairperson-Elect (i.e., outgoing PDW Chair), outgoing Treasurer (if appropriate), outgoing Representatives-at-Large (if appropriate), RMNET Coordinator (if appropriate), RM Webmaster (if appropriate), Student Representative (if appropriate), and Division Historian (if appropriate), and to the winners of the RMD Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award and the RMD Distinguished Career Award at the Business Meeting conducted at the annual conference of the Academy of Management.
  16. Email the “new member” flyer to all new RMD members on a quarterly basis.
  17. Ensure that basic division information is available on the web site, such as a list of division officers, information on joining the division, Division by-laws and governance, calls for papers, Professional Development and regular programs for the current Academy meeting, reports of the annual Academy meetings, and archives of newsletters.

Position: Division Chairperson-Elect

Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare a budget for the year as Division Chairperson.
  2. Present a report on activities at Executive Committee meetings (annual Academy of Management meeting and, if held, mid-year).
  3. Order plaques for all RMD Award winners including Sage Publications/RMD Best Paper Award, Sage Publications/RMD Best Student Paper Award, Sage Publications/RMD Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award, Sage Publications/RMD Distinguished Career Award, Sage Publications/RMD/CARMA Early Career Award, and the ORM Annual Best Publication Award .
  4. Order plaques for outgoing Past Division Chair, Division Chair, outgoing Division Chairperson-Elect, outgoing Program Chair, outgoing Program Chairperson-Elect (i.e., outgoing PDW Chair), outgoing Treasurer (if appropriate), outgoing Representatives-at-Large (if appropriate), RMNET Coordinator (if appropriate), RM Webmaster (if appropriate), Student Representative (if appropriate), and Division Historian (if appropriate).
  5. Organize and coordinate all catering activities for PDW and paper sessions, including social hour(s), at the annual meeting.
  6. Organize and coordinate the annual executive committee dinner, to be held at the annual Academy of Management conference.
  7. Submit requests to the treasurer for award checks, and coordinate with AOM staff so that the checks can be distributed at the Business Meeting.
  8. Assist with other activities requested by Division Chairperson.

Position: Program Chairperson

Responsibilities:

  1. Attend the meeting of Incoming Division/Interest Group Program Chairpersons at the annual conference of the Academy of Management.
  2. Attend the meeting of Current Program Chairpersons at Academy Meeting.
  3. Insure continued support of publishers funding of all Best Paper Awards.
  4. Coordinate and supervise all aspects of the RMD program for the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, in concert with the Program Chair of the Academy of Management and the Program Chairs of other divisions where required.
  5. Appoint and coordinate a review committee for RMD submissions, discussants, and session chairs.
  6. From reviews of submissions for the annual Academy of Management conference and following the RMD Awards Procedures, identify candidates for the Best Paper Award and Best Student Paper Award and provide them to the Awards Committee.
  7. Notify the Academy Program of Best Paper winners by April 1.
  8. Notify the Best Paper and Best Student Paper Award winners and invite them to the Business Meeting.
  9. Introduce representatives from publishers at the Business Meeting who will present plaques and checks to the Best Paper Award winners.
  10. Prepare a written report on activities at Executive Committee meetings (annual Academy of Management conference and, if held,  mid-year), including general program statistics and other pertinent information.
  11. Consult with the Program Chairperson-Elect about Professional Development workshops.

Position: Program Chairperson-Elect (a.k.a. PDW Chairperson)

Responsibilities:

  1. Attend the meeting of Incoming division/Interest Group Program Chairpersons-Elect at the annual conference of the Academy of Management.
  2. Present an activities report at Executive Committee Meetings (annual Academy of Management conference and, if held, mid-year).
  3. Be responsible for organizing the upcoming Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Program in accordance with the guidelines stated by the Academy of Management.
  4. Submit a copy of the upcoming PDW Program (listing of workshops) to the Division Chair for inclusion in an email to all RMD members.
  5. Present the PDW Program report at the Executive Committee Meeting at the annual Academy of Management conference and, if held, the mid-year meeting.
  6. Order appreciation certificates for any contributors to the Professional Development Workshops. Notify recipients and request their attendance at the Business Meeting, where certificates will be presented.
  7. As the incoming Program Chairperson, present the program philosophy and the general statement to membership during the Business Meeting.

Position: Treasurer

Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the maintenance of the RMD’s financial viability. This includes regularly coordinating with AOM staff members who maintain the RMD’s financial records.
  2. Present reports on the RMD’s financial status at Executive Committee Meetings (annual Academy of Management conference and, if held, mid-year) as well as the Business Meeting (Academy).
  3. Approve all expense reimbursement requests with the approval of the Division Chair.
  4. Communicate with sponsoring publisher to ensure the award check is received by May 1.
  5. Prepare budgets for future years as need dictates.

Position: Representative-at-Large

Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with other activities as requested by the Division Chairperson and the Program Chairperson.
  2. Prepare written activities report for Executive Committee meetings (annual Academy of Management and, if held, mid-year).
  3. Participate in and contribute to the Executive Committee meetings and email discussions.

Position: RMNET Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  1. Establish the listserve and associated software to support RMNET.
  2. Maintain an updated list of RMNET members with correct email addresses.
  3. Screen requests for RMNET membership, ensuring that the person submitting the request is a member of the RMD.
  4. Forward announcements of potential interest to RMNET members (e.g., position openings, calls for papers, conference announcements).
  5. Encourage responsiveness and appropriate professionalism on RMNET exchanges.

Position: RM Webmaster Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain a web site with a clean, uncluttered design that is amenable to reading by both high and low technology browsers.
  2. Incorporate basic division information into the web site, such as a list of division officers, information on joining the division, Division by-laws and governance, calls for papers, Professional Development and regular programs for the current Academy meeting, reports of the annual Academy meetings, and archives of RMNET.
  3. Add links to other sites and Internet resources of potential interest to RMD members, as suggested by RMD members or obtained through other sources (e.g., monitoring traffic on both quantitative and qualitative methodology listserves for sites of interest to division members).

Position: Student Representative

Responsibilities:

1.         Assist the PDW Chairperson with support of the PDW program both before and at the annual Academy meeting.

a.         Promote the RM Division during the PDW program.

2.         Represent student interests to the Executive Committee.

a.         Present the Student Representative report at the Executive Committee Meeting at the annual Academy meeting.

3.         Chair a committee of student RMD members.  The committee’s goal is to achieve increased awareness of and membership in the Division amongst student members of the Academy.

a.         Create and manage outreach efforts to student members of the Academy.

b.         Promote the RM Division to students.

Position: Division Historian

Responsibilities:

  1. Organize, maintain, and securely store RMD documents (correspondence, minutes of meetings, RMD Newsletters, photos, etc.).
  2. Add to the archives new documents as received from other RMD officers.
  3. Maintain an updated list of documents in the archives.
  4. Retrieve documents as needed to answer inquiries from other RMD and Academy of Management officers.
  5. Take photos at RMD Business Meetings and Social Hour and at other relevant events; upload to the website.
  6. Ensure that relevant information in posted on the website.

Position: Awards Committee Chair

Responsibilities:

  1. Form      an awards committee, in accordance with the division by-laws on research      awards.
  2. Present      a report on research awards results at Executive Committee meetings at the      annual Academy of Management meeting.
  3. Solicit nominations for the Distinguished Career Award,      the Robert McDonald Advancement of Research Award, and the Early Career      Award via appropriate sources (e.g., RMNet, the      RMD newsletter, the RMD website, SEMNet, etc.)      at least two months prior to the nomination deadline.
  4. Inform the Division-Chair elect of all      award winners, so that the treasurer can be informed of the necessary      checks and the appropriate plaques can be ordered.
  5. Inform      the sponsoring publisher (currently Sage Publications) and Executive      Committee members who the award winners are and when the Business Meeting      will be held so the publisher can attend and present the awards.

 

APPENDIX B

RMD Awards Procedures

Approved by RMD Executive Committee Members in 10/2013

Drafted & revised by Jodi Goodman, 8/2000 and 8/2003 and 7/2005; revised by Gilad Chen, 10/2005, 6/2006 and 2/2007; revised by Todd Alessandri, 9/2011.

Procedures and Guidelines for the RMD Awards Committee

Committee Composition & Responsibilities

A committee of seven members (not including the Awards Committee Chair) will be formed immediately after nominations have been received.  The committee will be chaired by an RMD Division Officer.  The Awards Committee Chairperson will be in charge of soliciting nominations for the awards (as specified below), appoint members to the committee in conjunction with the RMD Division Chair, and administering the awards process specified below.  However, the Awards Committee Chairperson will not be a voting member of the committee.  Four members will be officers of the RMD Executive Committee.  The remaining three members will be nominated by the RMD Executive Committee officers or volunteers solicited via RMNet or the RMD newsletter.  Former award winners may also be solicited for the committee.  Those who make nominations for the Distinguished Career Award, the Early Career Award, or for the Robert McDonald Advancement of Research Methodology Award and/or who were nominated for either award will not be permitted to sit on the Awards Committee in that award year.  The committee will be comprised of members with expertise in a variety of research methodologies to ensure comprehensiveness and fairness in the decision making process.  Given his/her involvement, particularly with the conference paper awards, the RMD Conference Chairperson (AKA program chair) will also serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the RMD Awards Committee.  The main responsibilities for the RMD Awards Committee will be to help select winners for the 5 RMD awards:

(1)  The Sage Publications/RMD Distinguished Career Award

(2)  The Sage Publications/RMD/CARMA Early Career Award

(3)  The Sage Publications/Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award

(4)  Sage Publications/RMD Best Paper Award

(5)  Sage Publications/RMD Best Student Paper Award.

The procedures for selecting each of these awards are specified below.

There is one additional award given annually by the RMD, the Organizational Research Methods (ORM) Best Paper Award. The Awards Committee is not responsible for identifying the winner of this award. The procedures for this award are also discussed below.

Procedures for the Sage Publications / RMD Distinguished Career Award

I. Eligibility & Criteria

Any scholar who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of research methodology is eligible for the award.  An eligible person will have advanced the process of doing organizational research, thus improving the validity of conclusions drawn and inferences made from research or increasing the types of research questions that can be tested.  His or her work may address improvements in or new methods for research design, data collection, and data analysis (broadly defined).  It may also address other aspects of research methodology (e.g., philosophy of science issues; delineation of concepts/constructs).  His or her work may make sole methodological contributions or dual substantive-methodological contributions.  Posthumous nominees will not be considered.

The award is based on the following criteria:

  1. A clear record of      excellence in the advancement of research methods.
  2. The impact of the      nominee’s research upon the science, teaching, and use of research      methods.
  3. The      stature of the nominee relative to other scholars in the field of research      methods.

The award winner will be honored at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management.  The winner will be given a plaque and a monetary award in the amount of $4000.  The award will be funded through the generous support of Sage publications. The winner makes a presentation of his or her work during the RMD Proceedings Papers session at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management.

II. Nomination Procedures

Nominations may be solicited via RMNet, the RMD newsletter, the RMD website, SEMNet, and other appropriate sources.  Nominations will be submitted, with written justification, to the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson by mid to late February of the decision year. Anonymous nominations will not be accepted.  Upon receipt of the nominations, the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson will review the nominations, excluding anonymous and unjustified nominations, if any.  Signed, written justification will serve to limit the pool to serious nominations, and will include answers to the following questions:

  1. How has the nominee’s work      improved the way you do research?
  2. How has the nominee’s work      improved research methodology in organizational studies?
  3. For the nominee’s more      recent works, how would you assess the potential for changing the way      organizational research is done?
  4. Include the nominee’s current vita with the letter of nomination.

Nominees who do not win the award in a particular year will be automatically eligible to win the award the 2 years immediately following the year they were initially nominated, without the need to be re-nominated.  More specifically, nominees who do not win will automatically remain in the nominee pool for up to 3 years.  Beyond this 3-year period, nominees are still eligible for the award, but will not be included again in the nominees’ pool unless they are re-nominated.

III. Choosing the winner of the Sage Publications/ RMD Distinguished Career Award

A.  The RMD Awards Committee Chairperson will forward a list of nominees and supporting materials to the committee members.  All committee members will review and judge all nominated persons.

B.  Committee members will also be sent a ranking form to be used to judge the nominees.  Rankings will be based upon contribution to organizational research methods and impact and potential impact on the field, as specified in the above award criteria.  Committee members will rank the nominees in order of preference (with 1 being most preferred).  Committee members will also have the option to recommend that the award be withheld for that year, if they feel very strongly that none of the nominees warrant the Sage Publications / RMD Distinguished Career Award that year.

C.  By early to mid June of the decision year, committee members will submit their rankings to the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson.

D.  A modified version of the Hare Proportional Representation method will be used to select the award winner.  The Hare method is used for choosing multiple winners of elections.  The Alternative Vote method, also known as Instant Run Off Voting and Majority Preference Voting, is used for choosing single winners of elections.

  1. Count 1.  A count is made of the number of times each nominated person is ranked first by the seven RMD Awards Committee members.  A winning person is chosen if he or she receives an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4).
  • If an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4) recommends that the award be withheld, the Awards Committee Chairperson will solicit input from the full RMD Executive Committee with respect to whether or not to actually withhold the award for that particular year.  Ultimately, a decision to withhold an award will require approval from the full RMD Executive Committee.
  1. Count 2.  If no nominee receives an absolute majority of first preference votes, the person receiving the lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated.  The second preferences of the committee members who ranked the excluded nominee first are then distributed to the other nominees.  A second count is taken, and a winning person is chosen if he or she receives an absolute majority of the vote (i.e., 4 first and second preference votes).
  2. Count 3.  If no nominee receives an absolute majority of first and second preference votes, the person receiving the next lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated, and the process in (2) above is repeated, using third preference votes.  This continues until a winner is determined.
  3. The Alternative Vote method ensures a winner, however, in case of a close race, the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson may call a runoff.  The committee members will rank the close-to-tied persons, and the Alternative Voting method will be implemented to choose a final winner.
  4. If the decision is made to withhold an award by the full RMD Executive Committee, Sage will be informed by Chairperson of the Awards Committee in order to to return the funds for the award to Sage.

Procedures for the Sage Publications/RMD/CARMA Early Career Award

I. Eligibility & Criteria

The Research Methods Division has created an award to recognize the early career achievements of scholars in the area of research methods.  The Early Career Achievement award is given to an individual who makes distinguished contributions to research methods research, practice, and education during the individual’s early career stage (defined as within 7 years of receiving the Ph.D).  (For the 2009 award, the individual must have received his or her PhD no earlier than 2002).  Any scholar whose early career performance has made notable contributions to the advancement of research methodology is eligible for the award.  An eligible person will have advanced or facilitated the process of doing organizational research, thus improving the validity of conclusions drawn and inferences made from research, increasing the types of research questions that can be tested, or facilitating the education of research methods.  His or her work (broadly defined, and not limited to journal publications) may address improvements in or new methods for research design, data collection, and data analysis.  It may also address other aspects of research methodology (e.g., philosophy of science issues; delineation of concepts/constructs), education (e.g., development of research method courses, cases, or tools), and service (e.g., facilitating and/or participating in workshops, consistently making valuable contributions to RMNET, performing service to the Research Methods Division).

The award is based on the following criteria:

  1. A record of excellence      in the advancement or facilitation of research methods.
  2. The impact of the      nominee’s efforts upon the science, teaching, and use of research methods.
  3. The      stature of the nominee relative to other scholars also in the early stages      of their careers in the field of research methods.
  4. The      likelihood that the nominee will continue to provide contributions to the      research methods domain.

The award winner will be honored at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management.  The winner will be given a plaque and a monetary award in the amount of $2,500.  The award will be funded through the generous support of Sage publications ($2,000) and CARMA ($500).

II. Nomination Procedures

Nominations will be solicited via RMNet, the RMD newsletter, the RMD website, SEMNet, and other appropriate sources.  Nominations will be submitted, with written justification, to the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson by mid to late February of the decision year. Anonymous nominations will not be accepted, but self-nominations will be accepted.  A current vita should accompany the letter of nomination.  Upon receipt of the nominations, the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson will review the nominations, excluding anonymous and unjustified nominations, if any.  Letters of nomination should address the following questions:

  1. What types of contributions      has the candidate made to the field of research methods?
  2. How has the nominee’s work      (through research, education, and/or service) affected the field of      research methods (e.g., the way research is conducted, the way research      methods are taught).
  3. What is the potential for      the nominee’s contributions to change the way organizational research is      done in the future?
  4. Does the nominee’s      contributions suggest that the individual will continue to make      contributions to the research methods domain in the future.

Members of the RMD Awards Committee will also be asked to nominate individuals and can submit nominations through the same procedure as described above.

III. Choosing the winner of the RMD/CARMA Early Career Award

A.  The RMD Awards Committee Chairperson will forward a list of nominees and supporting materials to the committee members.  All committee members will review and judge all nominated persons.

B.  Committee members will also be sent a ranking form to be used to judge the nominees.  Rankings will be based upon contribution to organizational research methods and impact and potential impact on the field, as specified in the above award criteria.  Committee members will rank the nominees in order of preference (with 1 being most preferred).  Committee members will also have the option to recommend that the award be withheld for that year, if they feel very strongly that none of the nominees warrant the RMD/CARMA Early Career Award that year.

C.  By early to mid June of the decision year, committee members will submit their rankings to the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson.

D.  A modified version of the Hare Proportional Representation method will be used to select the award winner.  The Hare method is used for choosing multiple winners of elections.  The Alternative Vote method, also known as Instant Run Off Voting and Majority Preference Voting, is used for choosing single winners of elections.

1.   Count 1.  A count is made of the number of times each nominated person is ranked first by the seven RMD Awards Committee members.  A winning person is chosen if he or she receives an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4).

  • If an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4) recommends that the award be withheld, the Awards Committee Chairperson will solicit input from the full RMD Executive Committee with respect to whether or not to actually withhold the award for that particular year.  Ultimately, a decision to withhold an award will require approval from the full RMD Executive Committee.

2.   Count 2.  If no nominee receives an absolute majority of first preference votes, the person receiving the lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated.  The second preferences of the committee members who ranked the excluded nominee first are then distributed to the other nominees.  A second count is taken, and a winning person is chosen if he or she receives an absolute majority of the vote (i.e., 4 first and second preference votes).

3.   Count 3.  If no nominee receives an absolute majority of first and second preference votes, the person receiving the next lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated, and the process in (2) above is repeated, using third preference votes.  This continues until a winner is determined.

4.   The Alternative Vote method ensures a winner, however, in case of a close race, the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson may call a runoff.  The committee members will rank the close-to-tied persons, and the Alternative Voting method will be implemented to choose a final winner.

  1. If the decision is made to      withhold an award by the full RMD Executive Committee, Sage      and CARMA will be informed by Chairperson of the Awards Committee to      return the funds for the award to Sage and CARMA.

 

Procedures for the Sage Publications / Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award

I. Eligibility & Criteria

A.  All published organization-related articles and book chapters that make a significant contribution to research methodology will be eligible for this award.  Eligible articles/chapters will advance the process of doing organizational research, thus improving the validity of conclusions drawn and inferences made from research or increasing the types of research questions that can be tested. Articles/chapters may address improvements in or new methods for research design, data collection, and data analysis (broadly defined).  They may also address other aspects of research methodology (e.g., philosophy of science issues; delineation of concepts/constructs).  Eligible articles/chapters may make sole methodological contributions or dual substantive-methodological contributions.

B.        Time frame.  Eligible articles and chapters will have been published in a five year ‘window’ that stretches from six full years to one full years prior to the award date.  For example, for the award given in August, 2007, nominated articles/chapters will have been published between January, 2001 and December, 2005.  In addition, from year to year, publication dates for eligibility will move forward on a one year rolling basis.  Therefore, articles and chapters eligible for the August 2008 award will have been published between January, 2002 and December, 2006.

C.        The author(s) of the award winning paper will be honored at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management.  The author(s) will be given a plaque and a monetary award in the amount of $2500.  The award is generously funded by Sage Publications.

D.        Note: This award was originally called the RMD Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award.  The RMD Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award was established in 2000, and given in 2001, 2002, and 2003.  This annual award will continue as the Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award. Previously, the RMD Endowment funded this award, with contributors to the Endowment able to earmark their contributions specifically for this award.

II. Procedures for Nominating and Choosing the Winner of the Sage Publications /  Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award

A. Nominations may be solicited via RMNet, the RMD newsletter, the RMD website, SEMNet, and other appropriate sources. Nominations will be submitted, with written justification, to the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson by mid to late February of the decision year.  Anonymous nominations will not be accepted.  Upon receipt of the nominations, the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson will review the nominations, excluding anonymous and unjustified nominations, if any.  Signed, written justification will serve to limit the pool to serious nominations, and will include answers to the following questions:

  1. How has the article/chapter      improved the way you do research?
  2. How has the article/chapter      improved research methodology in organizational studies?
  3. For more recent works, how      would you assess the article/chapter’s potential for changing the way      organizational research is done?

B. To increase the list of nominated articles and chapters, each member of the award committee will also independently generate eligible articles/chapters to be considered for the award.  Eligible articles and chapters can be drawn from a variety of micro-oriented, macro-oriented, qualitative-oriented, quantitative-oriented, empirical or theoretical journals (e.g., Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Research Methods, Organization Science, etc.), or from edited books and book series (e.g., Research in Multilevel Issues, Research in Organizational Behavior, SIOP frontiers series, etc.).  Although there is no limit on how many articles/chapters each member should generate, members should focus on the few articles/chapters that most closely match the award criteria specified above.  Each member will communicate his/her list of articles/chapters directly to the award committee chairperson,

C.  The award committee chairperson will then communicate the full list (plus actual copies) of the nominated articles/chapters to the committee.  Committee members will also be sent a ranking form to be used to judge the final set of articles/chapters.  Rankings will be based upon contribution to organizational research methods and impact and potential impact on the field, as specified in the awards criteria above.  Committee members will rank the articles/chapters in order of preference (with 1 being most preferred).  Committee members will also have the option to recommend that the award be withheld for that year, if they feel very strongly that none of the nominees warrant the RMD Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award that year.\

  1.   By early to mid-June of the decision year, committee members will submit their rankings to the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson.

E.  A modified version of the Hare Proportional Representation method will be used to select the award winner.  The Hare method is used for choosing multiple winners of elections.  The Alternative Vote method, also known as Instant Run Off Voting and Majority Preference Voting, is used for choosing single winners of elections.

  1. Count 1.  A count is made of the number of times each nominated person is ranked first by the seven RMD Awards Committee members.  A winning person is chosen if he or she receives an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4).
  • If an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4) recommends that the award be withheld, the Awards Committee Chairperson will solicit input from the full RMD Executive Committee with respect to whether or not to actually withhold the award for that particular year.  Ultimately, a decision to withhold an award will require approval from the full RMD Executive Committee.
  1. Count 2.  If no nominee receives an absolute majority of first preference votes, the person receiving the lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated.  The second preferences of the committee members who ranked the excluded nominee first are then distributed to the other nominees.  A second count is taken, and a winning person is chosen if he or she receives an absolute majority of the vote (i.e., 4 first and second preference votes).
  2. Count 3.  If no nominee receives an absolute majority of first and second preference votes, the person receiving the next lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated, and the process in (2) above is repeated, using third preference votes.  This continues until a winner is determined.

The Alternative Vote method ensures a winner, however, in case of a close race, the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson may call a runoff.  The committee members will rank the close-to-tied persons, and the Alternative Voting method will be implemented to choose a final winner.

  1. If the decision is made to      withhold an award by the full RMD Executive Committee, Sage will be      informed by Chairperson of the Awards Committee in order to  return      the funds for the award to Sage.

Procedures for the Sage Publications/RMD Best Paper Award

I. Eligibility & Criteria

Eligible papers will include the top four papers of those submitted to the Research Methods Division’s annual Academy of Management Conference program, as rated by the anonymous reviewers.  The Best Paper Award will be given the paper deemed to be the best among these four papers.

The author(s) of the award winning paper will be honored at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management.  The author(s) will be given a plaque and a monetary award in the amount of $2000.  The award is generously funded by Sage Publications.

II. Choosing the winner of RMD Best Paper Award

A.  The RMD Program Chairperson will identify the top four rated papers, based on the rank-ordering of papers’ overall ratings.  In case of a tie, RMD Program Chairperson, along with the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson, will be in charge of deciding how to break between tied papers.  She or he will then forward the papers (without any rating or author information) to the Awards Committee Chairperson, who will then forward the four papers to the committee members.  All committee members will review and judge the four papers.

B.  Committee members will also be sent rating forms to be used to judge the papers.  Committee members will first read each paper individually, and then, based on their own reading of the papers, rank the papers in order of preference (with 1 being most preferred). Committee members will also have the option to recommend that the award be withheld for that year, if they feel very strongly that none of the nominees warrant the RMD Best Paper Award that year.

C.  By March 15 of the decision year, committee members will submit their ratings and rankings to the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson, who will in turn inform the Program Chairperson of the winning paper.

D.  A modified version of the Hare Proportional Representation method will be used to select the award winner.  The Hare method is used for choosing multiple winners of elections.  The Alternative Vote method, also known as Instant Run Off Voting and Majority Preference Voting, is used for choosing single winners of elections.

  1. Count 1.  A count is made of the number of times each nominated person is ranked first by the seven RMD Awards Committee members.  A winning paper is chosen if it receives an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4).
  • If an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4) recommends that the award be withheld, the Awards Committee Chairperson will solicit input from the full RMD Executive Committee with respect to whether or not to actually withhold the award for that particular year.  Ultimately, a decision to withhold an award will require approval from the full RMD Executive Committee.
  1. Count 2.  If no paper receives an absolute majority of first preference votes, the paper receiving the lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated.  The second preferences of the committee members who ranked the excluded nominee first are then distributed to the other nominees.  A second count is taken, and a winning paper is chosen if it receives an absolute majority of the vote (i.e., 4 first and second preference votes).

3. Count 3.  If no paper receives an absolute majority of first and second preference votes, the paper receiving the next lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated, and the process in (2) above is repeated, using third preference votes.  This continues until a winner is determined.

 

  1. The      Alternative Vote method ensures a winner, however, in case of a close      race, the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson may call a runoff.  The committee members will rank the      close-to-tied papers, and the Alternative Voting method will be      implemented to choose a final winner.

 

  1. If      the decision is made to withhold an award by the full RMD Executive      Committee, Sage will be informed by Chairperson of the      Awards Committee to return the funds for the award to Sage.

 

Procedures for the Sage Publications/RMD Best Student Paper Award

I. Eligibility & Criteria

Eligible papers will include the top two student papers of those submitted to the Research Methods Division’s annual Academy of Management Conference program, as rated by the anonymous reviewers.  The Best Student Paper Award will be given the student paper deemed to be the best among these two papers.

The author(s) of the award winning student paper will be honored at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management.  The author(s) will be given a plaque and a monetary award in the amount of $2,000.  However, only authors who were students at the time the paper was written would be eligible to receive the plaque and the $2,000 award.  The award is generously funded by Sage publications.

II. Choosing the winner of Sage Publications / RMD Best Student Paper Award

A.  The RMD Program Chairperson will identify the top two rated student papers, based on the rank-ordering of papers’ overall ratings.  In case of a tie, RMD Program Chairperson, along with the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson, will be in charge of deciding how to break between tied papers.  She or he will then forward the papers (without any rating or author information) to the Awards Committee Chairperson, who will then forward the two papers to the committee members.  All committee members will review and judge the two papers.

B.  Committee members will also be sent rating forms to be used to judge the papers.  Committee members will first read each paper individually, and then, based on their own reading of the papers, rank the papers in order of preference (with 1 being most preferred). Committee members will also have the option to recommend that the award be withheld for that year, if they feel very strongly that none of the nominees warrant the RMD Best Student Paper Award that year.

C.  By March 15 of the decision year, committee members will submit their ratings and rankings to the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson, who will in turn inform the Program Chairperson of the winning paper.

D.  A modified version of the Hare Proportional Representation method will be used to select the award winner.  The Hare method is used for choosing multiple winners of elections.  The Alternative Vote method, also known as Instant Run Off Voting and Majority Preference Voting, is used for choosing single winners of elections.

  1. Count 1.  A count is made of the number of times each nominated person is ranked first by the seven RMD Awards Committee members.  A winning paper is chosen if it receives an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4).
  • If an absolute majority of the vote (50% plus 1, (7+1)/2=4) recommends that the award be withheld, the Awards Committee Chairperson will solicit input from the full RMD Executive Committee with respect to whether or not to actually withhold the award for that particular year.  Ultimately, a decision to withhold an award will require approval from the full RMD Executive Committee.
  1. Count 2.  If no paper receives an absolute majority of first preference votes, the paper receiving the lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated.  The second preferences of the committee members who ranked the excluded nominee first are then distributed to the other nominees.  A second count is taken, and a winning paper is chosen if it receives an absolute majority of the vote (i.e., 4 first and second preference votes).
  2. Count 3.  If no paper receives an absolute majority of first and second preference votes, the paper receiving the next lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated, and the process in (2) above is repeated, using third preference votes.  This continues until a winner is determined.
  3. The Alternative Vote method ensures a winner, however, in case of a close race, the RMD Awards Committee Chairperson may call a runoff.  The committee members will rank the close-to-tied papers, and the Alternative Voting method will be implemented to choose a final winner.
  4. If the decision is made to withhold an award by the full RMD Executive Committee, Sage will be informed by Chairperson of the Awards Committee to return the funds for the award to Sage.

Procedures for the Organizational Research Methods (ORM) Best Paper Award

I. Eligibility & Criteria

Eligible papers will include the 3-5 top papers published in ORM, as rated by the Editorial Board.  The ORM Best Paper Award will be given the paper deemed to be the best among these 3-5 papers.

The author(s) of the award winning paper will be honored at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management.  The author(s) will be given a plaque and a monetary award in the amount of $2,500.  The award is generously funded by Sage Publications.

II. Choosing the Winner of the ORM Best Paper Award

A.  The Editor of ORM asks the members of the Editorial Board to nominate articles for consideration during the Spring.

B. The Editor of ORM collects the nominations and calculates the total number of nominations for each article that is nominated. The 3-5 articles with the greatest number of total nominations are identified.

C. The Editorial Board is asked to vote and select the top article from the list of 3-5 articles identified in step B above.

D. The Editor of ORM compiles the votes and identifies the winning paper. The Editor informs the Chairperson of the Awards Committee of the winner of the ORM Best Paper Award.

 

 

APPENDIX C

ADDITIONAL POLICIES

 

I. Policy for Funding Travel for Research Methods Division Outreach

The Research Methods Division regularly seeks to extend its services by outreach efforts to other conferences.  Such efforts generally incur costs, and so in order to help facilitate such efforts, the division makes funds available for such purposes.  Note that these funds are not intended to help defray costs for those simply presenting a paper.  It is to help facilitate a “leadership” type role.  The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for how much funds are available, who is eligible for such funds, and how decisions will be made for making such allocations.

Allocation:

  1. A total of $3,000 will be devoted to potential funding of such opportunities each calendar year.
  2. No more than $1,000 will be allocated for any single person for a single trip.
  3. The amount allocated for travel, and the maximum per trip, can be changed by a majority vote of the elected members of the research methods division executive committee (5 leadership-track positions, 5 representatives-at-large, and the treasurer).
  4. Any member of the executive committee with a proposal currently under consideration must recuse herself/himself from any voting.

To qualify for the funds:

  1. The person must be presenting a PDW, be a member of a panel, or giving a keynote address.
  2. The PDW/presentation/panel/address must already be accepted for the given event.
  3. The person must be a member of the Research Methods Division.
  4. Events at the Academy of Management annual conference, or divisional conferences, do not qualify.

Process:

  1. Individual should submit a proposal to the division chair, describing the form of presentation and making a request for funding.
  2. Proposals will be considered quarterly (with application deadlines of 1/31, 4/30, 7/31, 10/31).
  3. Elected members of the Research Methods Division executive committee will vote, either in person or via e-mail (at the determination of the Division Chair), on whether or not the request for funding will be approved.  The proposal will be voted on by the elected members of the executive committee (i.e., the 5 leadership track positions, the 5 representatives-at-large, and the treasurer).  A majority of members must approve the proposal (thus, requiring 6 positive votes for approval).  If a member of the voting group is the potential beneficiary of the funding, then that person does not vote (and in such a case, that person does not count towards the total number of votes; so, 6 of 10 votes would be needed for a majority vote).
  4. The division chair may, at her or his discretion (such as due to the timing of an event or a sudden opportunity), bring a proposal to the executive committee before the specified deadlines.  Such proposals can be voted on per the above procedures.  Alternatively, a majority of the voting members could choose to delay the vote until the specified deadline.
  5. If the Division Chair is the potential beneficiary of a funding proposal, the process for that application will be managed by the Past Division Chair.

 

II. RMD Student Rep Selection Policy

A. Selection Guidelines:

  1. Completed minimum of 1 year of doctoral studies
  2. Not be graduating in following year
  3. Minimum 2 year, maximum 3 year commitment
  4. Desire to not have more than one student selected from any single university in any given year
  5. Interest in qualitative and/or quantitative methods

B. Process:

  1. Nominations made by Executive Committee members
  2. May also solicit nominations from select RMD members
  3. Nominations must be accompanied by vita and a one page letter from the student outlining qualifications for the position
  4. Use Hare voting by Executive Committee to make decision
  5. Ideal number 4, maximum 5 with overlapping terms for continuity
  6. Annual stipend is $650. This may be increased by a majority vote of the executive committee.