2014 Presidential Address: Our Academy, Our Future Conference Paper uri icon


  • Academy of Management Review. As a living association of scholars from across the globe, the Academy of Management changes over time. My experience supports this, given that the Academy is quite different today than it was in 1976 when I attended my first annual meeting. Herein I argue that the challenges the Academy is now facing - challenges that will bring about additional change - arise primarily from increasing expectations of us as scholars as we complete our work, the increased scrutiny from stakeholders that affects our work, and a set of external realities (e.g., declining revenue streams from sources that historically have supported academic institutions and reputational contests through which universities seek to be seen positively relative to their peers) and conditions within academic institutions (e.g., changing compositions of management faculties). I offer a value proposition that might serve as a foundation for determining actions the Academy can take to deal with the constant challenge of a changing world. While the proposed proposition (Supporting Scholars, Producing Scholarship) requires thorough analysis, it may be able to serve as a starting point for productive discussions among Academy members. These discussions are appropriate in that, as members, we are the Academy of Management, and we have the opportunity and responsibility to shape its future.

published proceedings

  • Academy of Management Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Ireland, R. D.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Ireland, R Duane

publication date

  • April 2015