Ambassador Program Overview


Management Education and Development (MED) Division
Ambassador’s Program
Version: July 9, 2016

1 – Background

With over 20,000 members from nearly 120 countries, and 8.84% growth since 2010 in international members, the Academy of Management (AOM) membership profile is at a significant point in the history of the organization, where more new members are from outside of the US than within it. In the near future, the majority of the total membership of AOM will be from outside of the US (nearly 47% of current members live and work outside of the US). The MED division of the AOM is proud to be home to an increasing percentage of members from around the world and this program represents an intentional effort to increase and organize global interactions, particularly within its scope.


2 – Goals

The main goals of the MED Ambassadors Program are to:

(a) provide an organizational structure that facilitates and increases international scholarly interactions between MED members and their stakeholders (e.g., their students, employers, etc.),

(b) develop projects which involve, engage, and serve MED members in a global scale, and

(c) develop products or services that contribute to the research, teaching, and service objectives of MED members all around the world.


3 – Definition

A MED Ambassador is a MED Division member who volunteers to represent a country (or geographical region) before the remainder of the membership and beyond. Ideally, MED Ambassadors live and work within the area they represent, but some might have migrated from, or worked for a substantial amount of time in the focal area. Their “insider” status affords them MED knowledge that can be shared with the rest of the membership to increase exposure, learning and any other types of scholarly pursuits. No position is intended or even implied whenever MED Ambassadors represent areas for which political definition is in conflict or transition; the intent of this program is to build relations that contribute to Management Education and Development, to build a better, more peaceful and constructive society.


4 – Expectations

This list is not designed to restrict but to inspire possible activities; Ambassadors are expected to:

  1. Promote the MED division and the AoM in general to scholars and practitioners in their country, for example, by serving as a contact point for PhD students, DBA students and junior faculty in their first years with MED, by recruiting members from their country for projects related to this Ambassadors program.
  2. Advance MED scholarship through reviewing for the annual MED program, authoring or collaborating in PDW, symposia or paper submissions, articles, book chapters and special issues related to management education with a perspective that gives voice to their country.
  3. Create research opportunities linking scholars and management practitioners in their country to MED members.
  4. Promote, organize, or otherwise support MED events in their countries, in association with local research and education institutions. For example, PhD and DBA programs, EMBA, MBA, undergraduate, and other university-level programs may benefit from using video-conferences or other emerging technologies.
  5. Invite MED members to bring another perspective or provide advice for PhD and DBA thesis, give research talks, and, whenever possible, teach courses in their represented country, to contribute in the diffusion and improvement of MED scholarship.
  6. Contribute to MED’s website “treasure chest” by adding educational materials such as teaching notes, ideas, webcasts links, TED talk links, as well as send specific educational material requests.


5) Administration

  • Serving as an Ambassador is both a responsibility and an honorary distinction. A minimum commitment of two years is expected, but it may be extended by common agreement.
  • Outgoing Ambassadors are expected to suggest successors to the MED International Relations Officer during the final 4-6 months of their term. Appointments will be confirmed by the Leadership Team (officers elected to the five-year chairs cycle) or their designated appointees.
  • The MED International Relations Officer is responsible for recruiting new Ambassadors and evaluating the contributions of current Ambassadors. Under certain circumstances (e.g., failing to meet the obligations and principles described above), an Ambassador may be replaced will be appointed
  • Candidates for becoming MED Ambassadors should send CV and a project for their country to the MED international relations officer.


6) To volunteer, or for more information, contact

Sabine Hoidn, MED Membership Chair, University of St. Gallen,, Miguel R. Olivas-Luján (member of the elected MED leadership team 2014-19), Clarion U. of Pennsylvania,, or any other member of the MED leadership team.