AOM Takes Stand Against Travel Ban

The organization reverses previous policy against making official political statements.

Last October, the board of governors for the Academy of Management voted to protest the Trump administration’s decision to ban citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, and North Korea from traveling to the U.S. This vote was a reversal of the AOM’s previous policy that its leaders “not make publicly stated political views in the name of AOM.”

In a letter to President Donald Trump dated October 16, 2017, the AOM called the policy “antithetical to scientific progress in the sense that it rests on assertions about potential terrorism and public safety that have largely been rejected by research in social science.”

On October 17, a federal court judge in Hawaii blocked the ban’s implementation, stating that the ban unfairly discriminated against Muslims. On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the full ban as its constitutionality continues to be debated in lower courts.

Should the ban remain in effect, the AOM plans to work with an immigration law firm to help any members affected. 

AOM’s full statement is at aom.org/uploadedFiles/About_AOM/Governance/White_House_Letter_10-16-17_FINAL.pdf.