The Western Academy of Management (WAM) began in 1960, and is an independent affiliate of the National Academy of Management
To foster the general advancement of knowledge in the theory and practice of management in its domestic and international, and public and private, applications.
To perform and support educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in the field of management.
To promote research in the field of management.
To improve the teaching of management and promote professionalism in the practice of management.
Thomas A. Wright has held academic positions at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Wyoming, the University of Nevada, Reno, Kansas State University, and most recently, was the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor in Management at Fordham University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held editorship roles at the Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior and Journal of Management Inquiry. Currently President of the Western Academy of Management and CEO of the Wright Institute of Organizational Learning, he conducts research and consults on character-based leadership, optimizing employee performance, developing effective employee recruitment and retention strategies, and finding innovative ways to enhance employee health and well-being. In recognition of his career accomplishments, Wright has been awarded Fellow status in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Married to Kay, his personal life highlight, the highlight of his professional career has been publishing multiple articles with his father, Vincent P. Wright.
Ana Maria Peredo is Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, in Canada. She is former Director (2008-2014) of the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy, and Professor (2000-2016) in the School of Business, also at the University of Victoria. Drawing on her background in Social and Cultural Anthropology, her research focuses on the role of collective action in fostering sustainable communities, especially among impoverished peoples. She has a strong interest in alternatives organizations and Indigenous economies.
Ana María has published her research in such journals as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing and others Ana Maria has won a number of research awards, including the WAM Ascendant Scholar Award for 2007. WAM has been academic home for Ana Maria for close to 20 years
Dr. Sarah Kovoor-Misra is an Associate Professor of Management in the Business School, University of Colorado Denver. She has served as the MBA Director, and the Discipline Director of Management faculty and programs at the business school. She is also on the advisory board of the Eastern Academy of Management International. Sarah's research focuses on various aspects of crisis management and change. She has published a number of peer reviewed research articles on these topics, and has also recently published a book with Sage titled ‘Crisis Management: Resilience and Change (2020). She received her PhD from the University of Southern California.
Sarah Kovoor-Misra is currently the Past President of the Western Academy of Management. She was program chair for the 2018 conference that was held in Salt Lake City.
I am a Professor of Management at California State University, Chico. I earned my Ph.D. in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. The first WAM conference I attended was in 2002 in Santa Fe.
I was initially attracted to WAM because of the support available for doctoral students. I haven’t missed a conference since and for the past few years I have had the privilege to serve on the WAM executive board. I always look forward to the conferences where I have found the atmosphere to be welcoming and inspirational. I appreciate the interesting and beautiful locations that WAM has visited over the years. I find the locations ideal for the kind of conversations with treasured colleagues that make our profession so gratifying.
Dr. Jim Downing is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Chico. His research examines entrepreneurship in the wine industry. "The greatest aspect of WAM is the people. The organizations prides itself with scholars looking to be colleagues by helping each other in our research pursuits. I have discovered more co-authors at the WAM conferences than any other academic organization.
My research has advanced from good feedback from presentations and discussions during social activities - this is what it means to be Whammy. The one gathering that I look forward to attending every year is the WAM conference. These are my fellow scholars, these are my friends, these are my colleagues."
Chet Barney is an Associate Professor of Management in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota. Chet is a first generation college graduate and received his doctorate in management from New Mexico State University in the spring of 2013 and then started at USD that fall. Prior to the Ph.D., Chet earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in information systems from Utah State University (2001), and a Master of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University (2003). After the master’s degree Chet taught full time at Southern Utah University before working in IS management for OpenSolutions (now Fiserv), and then for the State of Utah.
His research has focused on management education and productivity, consumer behavior, and workplace controversies. Outside of academia, Chet and his wife, Jennifer, stay very busy raising three rambunctious kids, while also serving together in the community Cub Scouts as Cubmasters.
“Ever since my first time at WAM in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2013, I have been hooked…although I do wish we’d bring back the Friday night presidential party! Nevertheless, WAM is a great place to collaborate and relax.”
Holly Slay Ferraro is a 2 year representative for WAM. Her current research examines the role of networks and identity in career transition decision making, career decision making at midlife/mid-career and the impact of demographic diversity on leadership attributions. She is especially interested in issues of professional identity and the influence that other identities (including race, gender, and organizational) may have on the construction of professional identity and the outcomes associated with professional identity.
Alex Bolinger is an Associate Professor of Management at Idaho State University. His research focuses on groups and teams, entrepreneurship, and negotiation and has appeared in the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Academy of Management Discoveries, and the Harvard Business Review, among other outlets.
A dedicated educator, he teaches courses in Negotiation and Decision-Making, Teamwork, and Organizational Behavior and serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education.
"I will never forget my first WAM as a doctoral student and how welcoming and down-to-earth everyone was. There is a WAM spirit of collegiality and collaboration that enriches our lives as educators and researchers. I encourage you to join us!"
I am an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Washington, Tacoma with a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from the University of Washington, Seattle. At the passionate recommendation of my mentor Terry Mitchell, I attended my first WAM conference in La Jolla, CA in 2012. I was a junior faculty and found the
doctoral student/junior faculty consortium so insightful and welcoming that I attended it twice in a row! WAM has so many friendly faces; attendees are genuinely interested in getting to know each other and learn from each other. The developmental paper sessions have always been particularly beneficial for my research as session attendees usually provide very meaningful and detailed feedback and engage in stimulating discussions that lead to other research ideas.
I always feel re-energized after having attended WAM! I am so excited about paying forward some of the fantastic support I have received at WAM via my new role as the two-year rep. I am looking forward to many more years at WAM