The OMT Podcast

The OMT Podcast

In this podcast, we show you how diverse the Organization and Management (OMT) division of the Academy of Management and its members really are. Our conversations explore how they got to where they are today, the cutting-edge questions they are asking, and what motivates them and their work.


November 21, 2022 45 mins
We end this season with Tim Weiss, who co-hosted the first episode of the season. He talked at length about how he got into his research in Africa, he talked about the difficulties he faced and the rewarding work. He also talked about creating theory from the data he had collected, and how he created a community of interdisciplinary researchers with a similar interest in technology and entrepreneurship in Africa.

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Christopher Yenkey is an Associate Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina

In this episode, we heard another really unusual story into the life as academic. But there is so much more: Chris talked about how he found the topics that are a “fit” with him and fascinated him and also resonated with the world, and in his case this is research in Africa. He talked about how emotional the grounde...
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Aleksandra (Olenka) Kacperczyk is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School in the UK. Her research covers entrepreneurship, innovation, social responsibility and mobility and labour markets. She was also a representative at large at OMT.

Olenka explained how her very entrepreneurial family sparked the questions in her that she now works on in her research. While talking about her journey to the questions ...
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Lisa Cohen is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at McGill University’s Desautel Faculty of Management in Canada. She is also the Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) there.

This episode is the first one hosted solely by Sara Mahabadi, Lisa’s former PhD student, and in this episode you get to know both of them a little bit as they speak about their joint research on hiring, as well as about working at a...
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Rekha Krishnan – Associate Professor of International Business/ Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SFU Beedie School of Business, Vancouver, Canada

This episode is the first hosted by Tanja Ohlson and new co-host Sara Mahabadi. We spoke with Rekha about strategies for publishing in top journals, and about honest feedback when working on papers with her brother.

To find out more about Rekha Krishnan, please visit her official faculty p...
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This special episode is a collaboration with the Africa Tech Collective and co-hosted with Tim Weiss from Imperial College London. The guests, Nicolas Friederici and Marlen de la Chaux got PhDs from Oxford and Cambridge, respectively, and then decided to leave academia, but are still connected to research. They reflect on their journey and the reasons for their decisions, the differences between a job in academia vs industry, and o...
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Emily Block, Associate Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada; Emily is also the OMT Division Membership Chair

Emily provides advice for scholars to be authentic and trust in themselves, even if they do not fit the image of the ‘typical' management scholar or OMT member. She talks about how she was influenced by her family and her professors, and how that experience ha...
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Sun Hyun Park, Associate Professor of Strategy and International Management at College of Business at Seoul National University in South Korea; Sun has also served as OMT’s Global Representative at Large

Sun’s research focuses on how corporate managers cope with a firm’s external environment. We talk about his research and also about his personal journey into academia in the United States and now back in his native Korea.

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Chahrazad Abdallah is Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, in Canada, and Associate Faculty at Singapore University of Social Sciences, in Singapore

Chahrazad not only has a fascinating story of entry into academia, which includes speaking four languages and living in just as many countries, she also does thought-provoking research. She explains how her research discovered her (as opposed to the other way arou...
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Daniel Armanios, Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at
Carnegie Mellon University, in the United States.

In this extra long Black Friday episode, Daniel talks about how, despite being in an engineering department, he works in the field of management and organisation theory. Daniel has always wanted to be an academic (and he has a long list of degrees to show for it) and discusses how he manages to ...
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Martin Kilduff, Professor of Organizational Behaviour at University College London and the OMT Division Chair elect.

In this episode, Martin explains that his research shows how an association with someone famous can help people secure a position. He also explains how it can be detrimental when the long-term association “buffers” people from underperforming or penalizes them for overperforming. Martin also talks about the pandemic-r...
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Andrea Prado, Associate Professor of Management and Organisation at Incae Business School, in Costa Rica.

In this episode, Andrea talks about her recent publication on Covid-19 in The Lancet and the interdisciplinary work she has been doing. She also reveals the impact of her work in a global context and the privilege of writing academic papers as a professor.

To find out more about Andrea Prado, please visit her official faculty pro...
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Lori Qingyuan Yue, Associate Professor at USC Marshall School of Business in California, USA

In this final episode of our inaugural season, Lori talks about moving from China to the US and her research on social movements in China. She also discusses cultural differences, stereotypes, and the importance of paying attention to them.

To find out more about Lori Yue, please visit her official faculty profile:
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Hovig Tchalian, Assistant Professor at Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of
Management, in California

In this episode, Hovig relays his somewhat unusual path into academia, how he originally did
not want to be an academic, and why he really enjoys being one now. He also discusses how
management research relates to the humanities and what scholars in literature could both
learn from and contribute to our field.

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Dalhia Mani, Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore

In this episode, Dalhia talks about family, serendipity and networks. She explains how her
research was originally fuelled by a conspiracy theory and how she found that this was not
supported by her data. She also discusses her experience working in different parts of the
world and why she loves being back in India now.

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Marc-David Seidel, Professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business in Vancouver, Canada.

In this inaugural episode of the OMT Podcast, Tanja talkes with Marc-David Seidel about stand-up comedy, finds out that his startup might have been a unicorn, and why the questions in technology he is working on are extremely relevant today.

To find out more about Marc-David Seidel, please visit his official faculty profile: https://www.sauder.ub...
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