Crafting a Great Submission for IBAM 22

from IBAMer Frank Jeffries

Want to write a great manuscript for IBAM? Showing excitement for your subject is a great place to start. This is an opportunity to share your great idea with people who can help you move it forward so it is ok to be excited. If you believe in your new idea your enthusiasm will help others get excited about it too. Therefore, the start of a great submission is your attitude about what you are about to share.

Tell an interesting story and it will get read. Here are some questions to ask when developing an idea. Is what you discovered really new? Is what you discovered really important? Is what you discovered really useful? And finally, you need to be able to answer the question, So What? If all the answers to these questions are solid you probably have something worth writing about. Let’s take them on one at a time.

Is what you have discovered really new? A thorough literature review is invaluable to establish whether your idea is new. The literature review is also where all the raw material for theoretical development comes from. Many authors shortcut this stage and it is a really bad idea. Conduct a thorough search on key terms in the literature relevant to the area of research being developed. Then, read the literature so you understand not only the results but also the supporting literature and context of the research you are citing. Next put your ideas on paper in a rough draft form and run it by your colleagues to see what they think. Many times they are familiar with relevant literature that did not occur to you. If the idea makes it past these tests it is likely that it is truly a new concept.

Is what you discovered really important? The answer here needs to be absolutely yes. If you are not convinced that the research you are reporting, or the theory you are developing, is going to have an impact there is no way it will be interesting or fun to write about. The writing will lack enthusiasm and the result will be a boring manuscript.

Is what you discovered really useful? When writing for IBAM in particular it is important to think about what the research can be used for in terms of practical application. Theory is great, but the focus of the conference is joining academics with practitioners to transfer useful knowledge that can yield results in application. If there is a good chance that application of your research can yield positive results when applied to a business situation you are on to something useful.

So what, why should anyone read this paper? This is the question that you need to answer in the abstract and introduction of your paper. By addressing the other questions above you will have developed the material used to answer this question. What you have to say is new, it is important because it will have impact on the management literature, and it will be useful in achievement of positive business outcomes. If you cannot confidently make these assertions there is more work to do.

If you have gotten to this point you should be excited about your discovery and eager to share it. Write with that feeling and drive. Use an active voice and be convincing. Start by crafting an introduction that makes a compelling case for reading the rest of the manuscript. Identify the gap in the literature, state what your contribution is going to be, why it is important, and identify the implications for business. Finish the introduction with a road map of how the rest of the paper is laid out so that you prime the reader for what follows.

As you craft the paper, it is important to pay attention to the details. Include the right sections in the right order (the previous blog with Tom Martin addressed this). Be sure to include transitions at the end of one section that lead to the next. It will make the paper flow and it will be much easier to read. Tell a convincing story. Make sure that as you make your case for your new idea that you build on appropriate theory and research in a logical and consistent manner. Have others proof your draft to make sure that you are not making ‘leaps of faith’ that are not logical conclusions/extensions of established research. There are times that a line of research is so new that it is largely exploratory – in this situation it is doubly important to build a logical believable case.

Finally, follow the appropriate style manual –  in this case APA. The reviewers expect the paper to follow a particular format and, if it does, it helps make their job easier. Do your very best work and have others proof it for style, punctuation, spelling, grammar, logic, and flow. Error free work allows the reader to focus on the message and is the mark of a professional.

Writing can be a lot of fun if you are really excited about what you are developing as a stream of research. Pick an area that is really interesting and engaging for you and enjoy the process of developing and sharing new ideas.

Frank Jeffries is Professor in the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage .

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IBAM 22 Call for Papers

The Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management



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October 9-11, 2014

IBAM 2014 – Call for Papers 

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Priority Submission

 April 30, 2014

Regular Submission

May 31, 2014

Join us in beautiful Orlando, Florida for IBAM 22, where we will gather to discuss, debate, and present our ideas about the future of behavioral and applied management!  As one of America’s most visited cities, Orlando’s famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry: Walt Disney World Resort, located in Lake Buena Vista, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971; the Universal Orlando Resort, which consists of the two parks of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure; City Walk; SeaWorld; Gatorland; and Wet ‘n Wild Water Park.

  Stay  at the incredible Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort. Located adjacent to the excitement of Downtown Disney® the Walt Disney Good Neighbor® ( offers free scheduled transportation to all nearby Walt Disney World® theme parks and the ability for guests to purchase Disney tickets.  Try out Universal Studios® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure just down the road. Visit Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando, or take a swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove. However, if you would prefer to just relax, simply enjoy the Florida sun by the pool and hot tub.

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Participate as a presenter, reviewer, session chair, discussant, volunteer, or division chair.  IBAM welcomes management educators, business practitioners, and students to share their ideas, research, and experiences in a friendly and supportive environment.   Session discussions are lively, informative, stimulating, and broad-based.

We will welcome you warmly and value you as an individual and colleague, not a member of a cast of thousands. Executives, managers, professionals, and students are all members and active participants in IBAM’s annual conferences.

Conference Theme: The Pursuit of New Knowledge

Long before google and blog were verbs, when wiki was just Hawaiian for “very fast”, university libraries were the primary repositories of all manner of information.  And while university libraries are still the center of campus (offering subject matter experts, the best coffee, AND  Wifi),  information access has decentralized.  The conference theme for IBAM 22 springs from our organization’s commitment to inquiry and academic rigor in the rapidly expanding knowledge economy.  Albert Einstein reminded the informed of his day, “Information is not knowledge,” and Peter Drucker, ushering in the era of the knowledge worker counseled, “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” IBAM 22 is a collegial forum for research to be presented, heard, discussed and dissected on its way to becoming published. Educators, students and practitioners are encouraged to submit papers engaging the theme “The Pursuit of New Knowledge” in the field of behavioral and applied management.

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Submit  your original paper, symposium, workshop, or idea incubator proposal for anonymous peer review. The IBAM conference is an excellent outlet for completed research, work-in-progress, and the sharing of experiences in a variety of management sub-fields through refereed paper sessions, symposia, workshops, and panel discussions.

Please consider one of these six categories of submission – one is sure to fit your needs!

TraditionalCompleted research paper; preparing to submit to a journal; review is held to highest level of rigor; “Best Paper” awards will be selected from this category. PipelineResearch is completed and paper is in early stages; goal of future publication. Could be a paper previously not accepted for publication and desire to “revive” it through conference feedback.
Symposia or WorkshopEither panel or presenter format. Proposals that cross disciplines and include multiple institutions are highly encouraged.Sample ideas: Best Online Practices; Faculty Best Practices; Using Technology in Management Education; Preparing for the Doctoral Oral Defense; Conducting a Peer Review (Conference or Journal); Early/Mid Career Faculty Consortium; Mid/Senior Career Faculty ConsortiumNote: Not double-blind reviewed; selected by the Program Chair for inclusion in the program.
Idea IncubatorFresh research idea or research that is not yet completed; opportunity to present topic and receive feedback from peers in a more informal setting. StudentLead author must be a student. We are seeking Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral learners. “Best Student Paper” award(s) will be selected from this category.

 Meet  our Program and Division Chairs and feel free to contact them if you have a question specific to their division.

VP/Program Chair

Sara Kimmel

Division I 

Human Resources Management 

Kathy Utecht

Alan Jackson

Division II 

Organizational Behavior 

Tom Martin

Division III 

Strategic & Global Management

Marcel Minutolo

Division IV

Management Education & Pedogogy

Fred Walker

Veena Prabhu

Division V 

Student Papers

Conna Condon

Sally Francisco

Submission Guidelines

  1. All submissions must be entirely original and may not be under concurrent consideration or accepted for presentation elsewhere. You may submit up to two papers and/or proposals in any or all of the divisions.  This includes papers and proposals that are co-authored.
  1. All submissions should include three keywords and a 75-word abstract. When selecting the Topic Area (s), please select at least one but no more than three. Papers, proposals, and summaries should be double-spaced with one-inch margins, typed in a 12-point font, and follow APA format.
  1. Guidelines by submission type:
    1. Traditional, Pipeline, & Student Papers should not exceed 24 pages (total – including references).
    2. Symposia & Workshop Proposals  should submit a three to five page proposal outline, along with a statement that all presenters intend to register for the conference.
    3. Idea Incubator Session should submit a 250-500 word summary of the research idea/proposal.
  1. April 1 – May 31, submit your paper, proposal, or summary by uploading it into the IBAM Conference web-site:  and following the instructions for submissions located at that site.
  1. Please do not include a cover/title page with your paper.  Author information will be recorded on the submission page at the IBAM Conference site.  The uploaded document should be free of any identifying author indications and the document “Properties” data should be cleared as well. All submissions are double blind-reviewed.
  1. All accepted program participants must register and attend the conference.  Fees must be paid by August 1, 2014, and cannot be returned after this date for any reason.

Best Papers are Eligible for Journal Publication

The Best Papers in each Division are eligible for publication consideration in the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management (JBAM). The journal provides an international outlet for its contributors. To learn more about our journal, please visit

Student Scholarships Available

IBAM desires to support student scholars and may award a $250 scholarship in each of its student classifications: bachelors, masters and doctoral. The scholarship is granted to the student submitting the best paper in each classification. A student must declare (check box) that it is a student paper at time of submission. Eligible papers may be co-authored with a faculty member, but the student must be first author. Student scholarships will be presented with the award at the conference award luncheon.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!
Kenneth Levitt, IBAM President  Print the Call:  IBAM 2014 – Call for Papers