March 30, 2010 by Grace Ann Rosile
That is, if your stories are about balance sheets rather than beanstalks, or about Enron ethics rather than big bad wolves.
The theme of the 20th Annual Standing Conference on Management and Organization Inquiry (sc’MOI is Storytelling, Narrative and Antenarrative: A Celebration of the Contributions of David Boje, April 14-16, 2011, in Philadelphia, PA. Boje is an internationally known professor at New Mexico State University’s Management Department in the College of Business.
The sc’MOI group is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. The conference began under Boje’s leadership with a small group of cutting-edge researchers focusing on postmodern and critical theory, with an emphasis on qualitative research, narrative, and storytelling. Modeled on smaller European conferences, participants stay together for three intensive days of a building conversation.
The group has more than tripled in size in the past two decades. During the last five years, attendance averaged about 50 scholars from 10 countries. Based on early reactions, conference organizers are gearing up for a jump in submissions for the 2011 meeting, and are expecting 75 attendees.
It is the intimacy, intensity, quality and community that the sc’MOI regulars say keeps them coming back — and it is also the colleagueship and mentoring of David Boje. In the early days, the conference was nick-named “The Boje-Fest,” but that term has rarely been heard in the past decade due to the wealth of prominent attendees. Doctoral students have been impressed with the numbers of journal editors and “names” in their fields with whom they can meet and converse at these events.
While most sc’MOI-ers have come from the management field, the group’s broad and unusual focus has led to those in communication, economics, philosophy, marketing, strategy, anthropology, and accounting becoming regular participants. Also, many cite this conference as the incubator for one of the newest groups in the Academy of Management, the Management, Spirituality and Religion group.
This conference event inspired by Boje’s work will be held April 14-16, 2011, in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, or to join the sc’MOI network, go to http://www.scmoi.org or http://sc-moi.ning.com. Further details will be forthcoming via the website, or contact Ken Ehrensal, Treasurer and Local Arrangements Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.