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Personal perspective: Reflections of the 2011 Academy of Management meeting

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to share a personal perspective on the 2011 Academy of Management meeting held in San Antonio, Texas. It explores the author's experience of the conference theme of "West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing and Transcending" as well as providing a doctoral student's overall reflections of a major conference. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The paper uses a constructivist perspective in order to reflect upon conference experiences. Observations and the gathering of conference materials helped inform the approach. Findings ‐ This paper argued that the Academy of Management Annual meeting is likely to have a lasting impact on the author. The author was inspired to continue to discover how to become an engaged scholar and practitioner, as well as broadening her understanding of East-West management practices and cultures. Originality/value ‐ This paper has value as it presents a personal perspective of a first-year doctoral student attending her first large, international conference.
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Keywords: Academy of Management; Attendance; Conferences; Constructivist; Reflection; South Asia; West

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 2, 2012

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