48th Annual Conference
Call for Papers 2021
Submissions Accepted Starting Sunday, November 1st
Conference Dates: June 16 – 19, 2021
Submission Deadline is Monday, February 15th, 2021
Tradition Meets Technology: Finding Ways Forward
Advancements in technology define our past and continue to shape our present and future. As a microcosm of society, the management classroom is not immune to technology’s influence. From the introduction of learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard or Canvas) to e-books and polling software, the trend towards “modernizing” the classroom has been ongoing and omnipresent. This past year, however, the opportunity and allure of using technology as a tool to teach was replaced with anxiety and apprehension as our traditional classrooms were suddenly and unavoidably replaced with the virtual classroom. While we (and our students) were fortunate that communication technologies, such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, enabled us to continue teaching, our newfound reliance purely on technology to teach and communicate has left many of us in unchartered waters.
As we continue to find our footing, it’s important to remember that “you can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.” In that spirit, vMOBTS 2021 represents a unique opportunity for us to come together to make adjustments and find ways forward by capitalizing on our new tech-savvy skills. And yet, as we move forward, it is equally important to remain connected to our past, and therefore to devise ways to leverage technology to adapt traditional teaching methods/assignments for the virtual classroom and continuously improve our effectiveness in this new landscape.
Thus, the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS) invites proposals for the upcoming 2021 virtual conference. We will continue our tradition of interactive and experiential sessions and encourage you to submit your proposals that share best practices in management education, encourage discussion and dialogue of relevant issues in management education, and/or facilitate effective teaching and learning. These can be in the form of interactive exercises or cases on a specific topic, round table discussion sessions that encourage dialogue about an issue in management education, or presentations of best practices in management education.
We are not asking that all proposals explicitly articulate a connection to the conference theme of Tradition Meets Technology; we simply want participants to focus on engaging in interactive dialogue that promotes effective practices in management education. However, we do encourage participants to consider submitting proposals that do purposefully address the theme which we hope will result in a track of themed sessions at the conference. For example, Tradition Meets Technology submissions may include sessions that do the following:
- Demonstrate how technology has enabled you to try new things in the classroom
- Provide best practices for rethinking traditional assignments and/or updating in-person activities for the virtual classroom (i.e., merge the old with the new)
- Consider what teaching modalities, activities, and assignments our students will expect and/or prefer moving forward
- Identify new technological tools or ways to facilitate and assess student engagement
- Discuss emerging opportunities for adapting course/syllabus design for the virtual classroom
Following vMOBTS 2020 feedback, there will be no 30-minute sessions scheduled. All Experiential Sessions, Roundtables, and Cases should be submitted and prepared as 60-minute sessions. PDWs, Panels, and Symposia may opt for 60- or 90-minute sessions.
All submissions are blind reviewed.