A Message from Cheryl Rathert, HCM Division Chair
The recently concluded annual meeting of the Academy of Management, August 4-8 in Boston, was a resounding success, drawing together a diverse and passionate community of health care management scholars. Our division’s unwavering commitment to advancing the field of health care management was clearly demonstrated. The conference provided an unparalleled platform for knowledge sharing, networking, and collaboration. As we look back on this remarkable event, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it a reality and to all the members whose contributions enriched the experience.
Attendees were treated to an array of thought-provoking sessions: the Provan Award Lecture, interactive PDWs, panel discussions, and research presentations, all designed to empower and inspire the health care scholars of today and tomorrow. The commitment to innovation and adaptation was palpable, and it was clear that participants were eager to contribute their unique insights to the discourse.
One of the conference’s highlights was the opportunity to acknowledge the excellence of some of our members during our business meeting. Congratulations to the following award winners:
· Keith G. Provan Distinguished Scholar Award: Rob Weech-Maldonado, University of Alabama at Birmingham
· Mid-Career Achievement Award: Ingrid Nembhard, University of Pennsylvania
· Early Career Achievement Award: Dori Cross, University of Minnesota
· Myron D. Fottler Exceptional Service Award: Rebecca Wells, University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
· Excellence in Teaching Award: Eric Richardson, University of North Carolina – Wilmington
· Best Paper Based on a Dissertation: Phatcharasiri (Angie) Ratcharak for “Emotion Management among Clinical Leads under Leader Identity Threat: A Moderated Mediation Model”
· Best Student-Led Paper: Margo Janssens, Samantha Van Der Bruggen, Alexander Schouten, Laurens Beerepoot, & Roger Leenders for “Utterance Based Analysis of Communicative Phases in Multidisciplinary Health Care Team Meetings”
· Best International Paper Award: Margo Janssens, Samantha Van Der Bruggen, Alexander Schouten, Laurens Beerepoot, & Roger Leenders for “Utterance Based Analysis of Communicative Phases in Multidisciplinary Health Care Team Meetings”
· Best Theory to Practice Paper Award: Eitan Naveh, Noa Nissinboim, Ryan Leib, Jessica Cleveland, Partha Das, David Frank, Craig Bunnell, & Sara Singer for “Workload and Errors: Utilizing Data Collected Through Sensors in an Outpatient Cancer Facility”
· Best Paper Award Co-Winner: Yuna Lee, Robert Litchfield, & Lucy L. Gilson for “The Harmony of Creativity and Standardization in High-Stakes Work: Lessons from the Bedside in ICUs”
· Best Paper Award Co-Winner: Eitan Naveh, Noa Nissinboim, Ryan Leib, Jessica Cleveland, Partha Das, David Frank, Craig Bunnell, & Sara Singer for “Workload and Errors: Utilizing Data Collected Through Sensors in an Outpatient Cancer Facility”
During the business meeting we heard from Ria Hearld, who shared the Division’s communication’s strategy for the coming years. The Communications Committee (Chair, Tory Hogan) is dedicated to enhancing the HCM division experience through timely and accurate communications. The division is no longer utilizing X (Twitter), and is instead focusing on managing the HCM-AOM connect feed, quarterly newsletters, and the annual meeting daily emails. Check out the slides from the business meeting for a more comprehensive understanding of all that was discussed.
In addition to the formal sessions, the conference provided ample opportunities for networking and forging meaningful connections. The Membership Engagement committee (Chair, Geoffrey Silvera) planned excellent off-site socials that enabled attendees to share stories, exchange ideas, and form collaborations that will undoubtedly continue to shape the future of healthcare management. The sense of camaraderie and shared purpose was truly inspiring and reaffirmed the vital importance of the Health Care Management Division in bringing together professionals from academia, practice, and research.
None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our exceptional volunteers. Throughout the year, volunteers from our multiple committees and executive committee gave their time and energy to ensure a rich program, speakers were well-supported, and attendees felt welcome. Their enthusiasm and unwavering commitment were the driving force behind the conference's success.
Looking ahead, the momentum generated by this conference will undoubtedly propel us towards new horizons in health care management. While it feels like the conference just ended yesterday, the executive committee is already in the early stages planning for next year’s conference, the theme of which is: “Innovating for the Future.” Most notably, if you are planning to submit a PDW, please e-mail Amber Stephenson (email@example.com) to discuss your ideas with her. It is our goal to get a diverse group of members presenting during these sessions. Reaching out to her ahead of time enables her to connect you with other members who may be considering similar topics, or give you feedback to ensure the idea/content is unique.
Wishing everyone a productive and successful academic year!
Chair, HCM Division