Why should you attend and register for the PDW on 'Decolonizing Management and Organization Studies: Why Should We Do It and How Can We Do It?' at this year's Academy?
Because there is a disproportional tendency to conduct management research on and with people/organizations from WEIRD countries; countries with a western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic background. This bias might distort scientific procedures as established theories risk to be applicable mainly in Western contexts. This seems particularly problematic as management scholars have set the goal to address current and future Grand Challenges by establishing practical knowledge. Thus, we need to find ways for developing knowledge, able to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals across the globe and not only in certain parts of the world.
Prominent scholars will reflect and discuss reasons to decolonize management and organization studies and try to set out different paths forward:Charlene Zietsma: Facing Own Colonizing TendenciesJoel Bothello: Binary Opposition in Management StudiesElla Henry: Insights from the Mãori CultureAdeelah Kodabux and Amar Seeam: Insights from African PhilosophiesAnna Kim, Tima Bansal, and Helen Haugh: Opportunities of Conceptualizing 'Time' Garima Sharma: Opportunities of Conceptualizing 'Place'Abhishek Nagaraj: Improving Data Access to Democratize ScienceMichael Gill: Phenomenology to Understand Under-represented CommunitiesSneha Chrispal: Decolonizing the Self
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I'm excited to see this PDW! Unfortunately I won't be attending AOM this year since travel to discuss this very topic conflicts with the Annual Meeting.
I'm working on a grant-funded project with Indigenous colleagues in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand to explore processes that could decolonize business education. This project has just started and we expect to report our progress and finding over the coming years.
In addition to seeking ways to contribute to achieving the UN SDGs, we should bring in the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRiME) into this discussion. Management education is supposedly the means to transmit theory to the consumer –i.e., student– and it's our students who will go forth to lead, make decisions, and create policies that impact the SDGs. PRiME could guide us in the knowledge we transfer and values we influence on our students. It's important that we include non-WEIRD ideas and values in this process, especially to students from communities negatively impacted by colonialism and imperialism.
I refer my own work with my colleagues who discuss a non-WEIRD way to address decolonization in our AMLE paper: Indigenous Conversational Approach to History And Business Education.
Joseph Scott Gladstone, Ph.D.
Kainai / Piikani / Nimiipuu
Assistant Professor of Management
Department of Management, Information Systems and Entrepreneurship (MISE)
Carson College of Business
Washington State University Everett
Founder, Academy of Management Native and Indigenous Peoples Caucus
Founding Member, NABSWASAI – The Native American Business Scholars Working Group
Member, The PhD Project phdproject.org
WSU Land Acknowledgement
WSU Office of Tribal Relations
WSU Native American Programs