Divisions provide disciplinary "home bases" for members with specific scholarly interests. They function like mini societies by encouraging scholarship, dissemination of information, and fellowship among persons of similar academic and professional interest. There are currently 25 professional divisions and interest groups the Academy governed by their respective memberships in conformance with Academy policies and bylaws.
Interest groups are formed around emerging trends in management thought and research, unlike the divisions, which represent established bodies of management knowledge. The research focus of interest groups is in areas where members are beginning to make or are likely to make scholarly contributions, whereas the research focus of divisions is firmly rooted; members are clearly and regularly making scholarly contributions and the body of scholarship has an independent record in scholarly books and journals and in application to the management field.