The Academy is a member-driven association governed by a volunteer Board of Governors.
Annually, between September and October, the "Call for Nominations" is posted for all voting members. Members may nominate themselves or others for the four seats on the Board that become vacant each year: one vice president-elect/program chair-elect and three representatives-at-large. The Nominating Committee, a standing committee of the Board, takes nominations into consideration when constructing the slate of candidates for an election. Note: Due to the volume of nominations received for these positions each year, only those selected for the ballot will be contacted by the Nominating Committee (by January 30).
With a changed schedule starting in 2020 to enable Board Elections to coincide with Division and Interest Group Elections, Elections are held between mid-April and mid-May. Elections are open and all voting members are invited to select a new vice president-elect/program chair-elect from among three nominees and three new representatives-at-large from among three nominees for each slot. The three representatives-at-large are nominated on the basis of activity in the divisions, activity in the affiliates, and potential leadership.
New officers and Board members, elected by May of a given year, officially assume their positions at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in August.
The officer elected to the position of vice president-elect/program chair-elect typically holds a position on the Board for five years unless unseated by a write-in candidate. The succession of the positions is as follows: vice president-elect/program chair-elect (year 1) to vice president/program chair (year 2) to president-elect (year 3) to president (year 4) and, finally to past president (year 5).
Representatives-at-large serve staggered three-year terms.
The Academy of Management values elections that are free of active campaigning. As such, all nominees (during the nominations period) and all candidates (during the elections period) are asked to review and abide by the professional norms outlined in the Campaigning Philosophy and the Academy's Code of Ethics. At the Academy, campaigning is defined as any attempt to influence the vote of others (or promoting one candidate or another). Examples of campaigning can also be found in the Campaigning Philosophy document.