Call for Proposals

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

      Submit your proposal for the 2018 IABS Conference

Deadline:  Friday, December 8, 2017

Acceptance of Proposals:  TUESDAY, January 30, 2018

This year’s conference theme is Making the Invisible Visible in Business & Society Research

One of the most dynamic cities in the world, Hong Kong is a study in contrasts. A rich city, it also has a substantial population of workers from other countries who do the jobs that are largely hidden from public view: childcare, manufacturing, and domestic service to name but three. It is a city of finance and a city of massive income inequality, a city of highly paid workers and of people who are trafficked for their labor.

 

Making the Invisible Visible

The conference theme is an invitation to reflect on our own thinking regarding the relationship between business and society by considering what we may not be seeing in our research and teaching. Making the invisible visible can include:

  • considering stakeholders that heretofore have not been taken into account in our field’s theoretical and empirical work,
  • questioning why some B&S topics are more visible than others,
  • embracing creative approaches to business & society research—perhaps from core disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political science, history, and literature—that we have not used, and
  • pondering our own research, and the implicit ideologies and points of view that function as frames that we largely are unaware of and that in turn affect what and how we engage in research.
Proposals are invited for the following session types:
  • considering stakeholders that heretofore have not been taken into account in our field’s theoretical and empirical work,
  • questioning why some B&S topics are more visible than others,
  • embracing creative approaches to business & society research—perhaps from core disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political science, history, and literature—that we have not used, and
  • pondering our own research, and the implicit ideologies and points of view that function as frames that we largely are unaware of and that in turn affect what and how we engage in research.
The conference can’t happen without all of you! Please consider attending (of course!), submitting proposals, and signing up to review. The YMCA Salisbury, a four-star hotel in the vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) section of Kowloon Island, is the site for IABS 2018. TST is centrally located, close to Victoria Harbor and the world-famous Star Ferry that will bring you to Hong Kong Island in just a few minutes.  
 
Please contact the conference chair, Harry Van Buren (University of New Mexico) at hjvb3@unm.edu with any questions.

 

 

Submission guidelines

Our conference provides a forum for scholarly work in various stages of development. It also contributes to establishing an innovative learning community. We invite you to submit the following proposal types:

Discussions

Share an idea that is in the early to middle stages of development but is not yet paper-ready.

Sessions provide ample time for conversation, questions, suggestions, and other feedback from attendees.

Discussion sessions are limited, and preference will be given to new and innovative research topics.

Discussion submissions will be grouped with like proposals, and participants will convene as a group.

Discussion abstracts will be circulated prior to the conference.

Format required:

Proposals should be approximately 3-4 pages (single-spaced) in length and should clarify how the idea fits into the field of business and society and the key point/issue to be discussed. 



Papers

Authors should submit a detailed abstract that includes the objectives and scope of the research, methodology, and findings.

Paper sessions will include time for audience questions and feedback. Full papers will be eligible for a Best Conference Paper Award.

Format required:

The abstract should be a maximum of 5 single-spaced pages in length. 

Please submit only abstracts as specified

Full length papers will not be reviewed, but they should be submitted prior to the conference

Full papers are limited to a maximum of 15 pages. 

 

 

 


Symposium

Symposium presenters will not be anonymous to the reviewers.

A symposium can focus on a particular area of business and society research or on a specific teaching-related topic.

Format required:

A symposium proposal of 3-5 single-spaced pages in length should provide both the presenters’ names and their specific contributions to the symposium

The proposal should also provide an overview that clearly defines the interconnections among the various presentations.





 

Workshop

A workshop is a working meeting that focuses on a specific research or teaching challenge.

Workshops may be ‘open’ – you do not need to know all your participants ahead of time.

A workshop session can require participants to read and prepare feedback on one another’s abstracts or do some other preparation prior to the session.

Format required

Proposals for workshops should be 3-5 single spaced pages in length.

The proposal should include a brief overview of the basic area of research or teaching that will be addressed; a summary of the session’s planned logistics and mechanics; and a brief discussion of the workshop leaders and some tentatively identified participants.













Innovative Session

An innovative session invites conference participants to propose a session with activities/experiential exercises that facilitate reflection on the conference theme.  

The activity/exercise could explore the conference theme,  examine practices related to the theme, or enable participants to experience the theme in a new and unique way. 

Format required

Proposals for innovative sessions should be 3 – 5 single spaced pages in length and summarize the session’s logistics and mechanics. 

Successful proposals demonstrate a clear connection with the conference theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submit Your Proposal

Please read the Submission Requirements carefully.

All conference proposals will be subjected to a blind peer-review process.

Each submission must be:

  • In font ‘Times New Roman’
  • 12 point font
  • Single-spaced

Each submission must not:

  • Include any identifying information in the file containing your submission
  • Exceed 5 pages

Please include a separate file that contains a cover sheet that states:

  • The intended session format
  • Designated corresponding author
  • Contact information (name, address, phone, fax, email) for the author and any other participants (e.g., workshop panelists, symposium presenters, etc.)
  • Three keywords to assist in assigning reviewers.   

Submission constitutes a commitment that at least one paper author will attend the conference if the submission is accepted.

Everyone submitting a proposal will be requested to serve as a reviewer for at least three other submissions.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically here.