about us

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 manageme​nt.​​

Thomas Wright, Past President

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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.

Kim Hinrichs, Vice President and Program Chair, 2021

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Ana Maria Peredo, President

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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

Antoaneta Petkova, Presidential Track

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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. 

Jim Downing, Chief Financial Officer

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I am a Senior Lecturer of Strategy in the Department of Defense Management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  My research examines the formation of strategic groups to create unique approaches for engaging an organization's environment.  I also have enjoyed conducting wine business research through an entrepreneurship lens to understand how wineries develop differentiation in the fragmented Northern California wine industry.  My doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago provided the foundation for my current research endeavors while stressing the importance of participating in the Academy. 


"The greatest aspect of WAM is the people.  The organization prides itself with scholars looking to be colleagues and helping others in our research pursuits.  I have discovered more co-authors at the WAM conferences than any other academic organization.  My research has advanced from the good feedback received at presentations and from fun discussions during social activities - this is what it means to be Whammy.  The WAM annual conference is a gathering I look forward to attending every year.  The Western Academy of Management attendees are my fellow scholars, these are my friends, these are my colleagues." 

Jyoti Bachani, 2 Year Representative

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 Chet Barney, 3 Year Representative

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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.”

Kathryn Aten, 2 Year Representative

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Alex Bolinger, Communications

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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 Management at the Naval Postgraduate School. I study how technologies influence individuals and organizations and teach strategic management, management of IT, and managerial inquiry methods. I work at a unique institution, which allows me to apply my scholarly research to address organizational problems posed by Navy and Marine leaders, such as ‘How can the Marine Corps effect technological and behavioral change to increase fuel efficiency?’ And, ‘How can the Navy encourage enterprise social media use while maintaining needed bureaucratic controls?’


I really appreciate how WAM attendees’ share feedback, encouragement, and interest in my teaching, scholarly, and applied work. I particularly enjoy WAM’s developmental sessions and opportunities to interact in informal settings. I attended my first WAM when I was a doctoral student at the University of Oregon. I drove to from Oregon to Palm Springs with another student and we shared a room at the Motel 6. It was a rewarding experience, despite the drive and lodging, and I have been coming back ever since. 

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