2017 Annual Conference

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82nd Annual International Conference
October 1821, 2017
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

Theme:  Shaping and Expanding the Landscape of Business Communication

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Join us for what promises to be an extraordinary conference.

Call for Papers

See the Call for Papers.   Scroll down for the proposal submission link and more submission details.

Submissions Due Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • Submit your 500-750 word proposal (scroll down for link).
  • Complete papers need not be submitted, just your program insert (50 words) and proposal (500-750 words).

 Due Friday, March 3, 2017
   Mentored Review Proposal (optional – supportive, constructive feedback)        (Closed)
   Peer Review Proposal (optional – blind reviewed, limited acceptances in this category)     (Closed)
   Workshop Proposal   (Closed)

Description of Session Types

Presenters may share their work in a variety of different ways this year. Because space is limited and we expect high interest this year:

  1. Individuals may only submit one proposal in the categories of individual presentation or group panel. You may also submit to be a part of the lightning round or roundtables.
  2. Proposals should be 500-750 words detailing the theme, purpose, goals, methodology (if applicable), and expected take aways or proposed outcomes for the talk.
  3. Rather than select keywords related to your proposal, you will be asked to select one primary track for your presentation. Doing so will help our program chairs group papers on similar themes together to create more cohesive panels.  Selection of a particular track does not influence the selection process.

Spanish Sessions

We invite proposals written in Spanish to be presented in Spanish at the conference. Two sessions will be held (one Thursday, one Friday). Proposals may be for one speaker (15 minutes) to be grouped with 2 others or for a panel of 3 speakers (15 minutes each). We will issue a separate call for volunteers to read/review proposals that are submitted in Spanish.

Virtual Presentation Track 

We invite proposals for remote presentations. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, consider submitting a proposal to present from your location to attendees in Ireland. Two sessions will be held (one Thursday, one Friday).

Individual Presentations (15 minutes) or Group Panels (3 speakers, 15 minutes each)

Individuals may propose either an individual presentation that will be grouped with two others by the conference chairs OR a full panel of three speakers on one topic. Please indicate if your proposal is supported by an ABC award or C. R. Anderson Research Fund grant. Individuals may choose to submit their proposal for comprehensive peer review, for review by a peer mentor, or for regular review by our program chairs (See optional Peer Review and Peer Mentoring description below).

Committee/SIG Sessions

ABC Committees and Special Interest Groups may submit proposals for sessions they wish to sponsor during the conference. Proposals should be submitted by the committee or SIG leader. Please include the names of all presenters in the submission.  In addition, the committee/SIG chair may indicate interest in holding a committee meeting by "submitting" to the committee track and putting committee name & meeting in title field and n/a in other required fields. No other meeting details are needed.

Poster Sessions

Presenters may enjoy this opportunity to discuss their research in a one-on-one interactive experience with their audience in a more informal setting. This all-day display, with about 20 minutes of presentation time, can reach a wider audience than traditional presentations and offer a richer opportunity for discussion and feedback.  As with individual and group sessions, the poster title and description will be listed in the printed conference program.

Lightning Round Discussions

Individuals may propose a fast-paced, informative, presentation (7 minutes) that will fit into a pre-defined theme, OR they may propose a whole themed lightning round with 6 or 7 designated presenters. Themed lightning round topics include:

  • Social media in the teaching of business communication
  • Innovative directions in business communication research
  • Creative business communication course projects
  • Innovative approaches to teaching business communication
  • Innovative research methods for business communication
  • New theoretical approaches to teaching/studying business communication 
  • Multicultural approaches to teaching business communication
  • Intercultural approaches to studying business communication

Research Roundtables

If you are beginning a new project or have one in progress and are interested in discussing a new method or theory and how it might apply to your research, or simply getting feedback on an idea, submit a proposal for a research roundtable.

Pre-Conference Workshops   (Workshop submissions closed)     

Workshops should be 3-hour, highly interactive, themed events that do not fit into the regular program. Participants should walk away with a new approach to teaching, researching, or consulting in the realm of business communication that they can immediately implement. Examples of possible workshops include creating a scholarship of teaching and learning research project, understanding emotional Intelligence and designing appropriate assignments, working with international writers, and developing a solid assessment plan for a business communication course/program. Proposals on thematic topics are most welcome.

Optional Peer Review or Mentoring   (Closed)

We offer two optional avenues for getting feedback on your proposal beyond the traditional program chair review:

  1. Peer review - Submission to the peer review track means that you are submitting your proposal to our most rigorous review. Proposals will be reviewed blind by peers in the field and held to the highest standards of the field. Only a percentage of submissions will be accepted on this track, and we will announce the acceptance rate for use in review materials. Proposals not selected within this track will be automatically routed to the program chairs for regular review.
  2. Mentoring - Submit to the mentoring track if you would simply like supportive, constructive feedback on your submission before submitting it for program chair review.  If you select peer review, do not also select mentoring.

Proposal Submissions

To submit a proposal:

  1. Go to http://www.businesscommunication.org/e/sx/eid=12 .
  2. Log in to your ABC account.
  3. Select a track.  (Committee track is for committee meetings only.)
  4. Complete the remainder of the fields.  When adding additional presenters or co-authors, please supply their email address and company/university.  If they are an ABC member, please choose their name from a drop down menu; the name, email, and university will auto-fill.  (NOTE: At prompt for website member, select "Organization Member", then choose last initial, then choose name.  Scroll to bottom and press enter.)
  5. If you are submitting a proposal for either a Spanish or Virtual Session, please select Spanish or Virtual Session in track and then indicate at beginning of proposal if you are proposing a single speaker (15 minutes) or a panel (3 speakers, 15 minutes each). 

Pre-conference Workshops

Six optional pre-conference workshops are offered Wednesday, October 18. Stay tuned for full details.

Managing your Performance: Acting Strategies for Leadership.
Nelson Lopez, Bellarmine University
Anamari Irizarry & Camille Villafañe, University of Puerto Rico

Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Description coming soon

Competency-Based Business Communication: Grading, Coaching, and Assessment with Rubrics
Kristen Lucas & Jenna Haugen, University of Louisville
Jacob Rawlins, Brigham Young University.

Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Description coming soon

Workshop (Stay Tuned)

Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 - 2:55 PM

Workshop (Stay Tuned)

Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 - 2:55 PM

Cross-Cultural Business Cases: A Methodology to Enhance Real World Analysis
Orlando Kelm, University of Texas, Austin
David Victor, Eastern Michigan University

Wednesday, October 18, 3:05 - 5:30 PM

This workshop provides participants with a practical approach to combine traditional business case methodology with the added element of dealing with cross-cultural dilemmas.  We do so by presenting micro case study vignettes that exemplify cross-cultural issues and then combine these vignettes with additional observations and recommendations from experienced executives from different cultural backgrounds who have also read the case studies.  The object of the workshop is to introduce the methodology and to give participants an opportunity to work through sample business cases.

Language in Business, Language at Work: A Language-Based Approach to Teaching Business Communication
Veronika Koller, Lancaster University
Co-author Erika Darics, Aston University

3:05 - 5:30 PM

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to an approach to teaching business communication that centres on the understanding of how language works. Many training events enable teachers to help students and practitioners read the clock. This workshop shows how they can help them understand the clockwork! 


See the Call for Papers: Peer Reviewed Proceedings.

Complete your paper per the proceedings guidelines (see the above link) and save it as a Word file. Submit your paper as a Word attachment to Leigh Ann Whittle before June 18, 2017.

Silent Auction

Details coming.  Contact Becky Morrison with questions or donations.


Royal Marine Hotel

Royal Marine Hotel
Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

The Royal Marine Hotel is regarded as one of the finest 4-star Hotels in Dublin and has hosted many Heads of State, Kings, Queens and celebrities including old blues eyes Frank Sinatra, Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. Steeped in history and a favorite with the locals, this landmark 4-star hotel is an impressive sight on the skyline.

Rates: 134 Euros single (about $149*); 144 Euros double (about $160*). Rates include lovely full Irish breakfast and internet. Rates also include B&B and lodging VAT (taxes).

Reserve your room at:  http://tinyurl.com/zksmzwt      Note the calendar format to be sure you are holding the desired dates.

If you want a room outside the reflected availability, or if you wish to avoid the 3 Euro online booking fee, please email Haley Doyle at the Royal Marine at:  HDoyle@royalmarine.ie

You may also reserve lodging by dialing Haley Doyle directly at: +353 (0)1 2712523  


A short drive along the South East Coast of Dublin will bring you to Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery), where overlooking Dublin Bay you will find the Royal Marine Hotel.

Dun Laoghaire is a seaside town and port based six miles south of Dublin City Centre. While accessible to the heart of the capital, in Dun Laoghaire, you’ll enjoy a more scenic location. With some of the county's most beautiful walks, the town has two mile-long piers, and the People's Park. The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is a quick stroll away. Thirty minutes south of Dun Laoghaire is Wicklow, also known as the Garden of Ireland.

Dublin City Centre is accessible in just twenty minutes via the DART train line--a 2 minute walk away. Hotel parking is complimentary; coach service to/from Dublin Airport is available at the door.

Travel Tips

Visit the conference blog for Ireland Travel Tips to find a wealth of information about traveling to and in Ireland, including information about currency, Dublin Airport, electric plugs and adapters, the climate, food and drink, car rentals, and much more. 

Click on the links below for additional travel, passport, and visa information.


Ryan Air flies roundtrip from many points in Europe for $100 or less.   Carriers from North America offer sales for as low as $400. As of 11/2016, searches show flights from Los Angeles at $599, Newark, $517, Hong King $704, Dubai $564.

A cab from the airport to the conference hotel is about 25 Euros.  Coach (hourly) from the airport to the hotel is about 16 Euros. 

A 20-minute DART rail transit travels between Dublin city centre and Dun Laoghaire; the station is a quick and easy walk to the hotel.

Conference Forum

Would you like to connect with ABC members to find a roommate for the conference? Or to discuss the conference before heading to Ireland? Or to perhaps share transportation to/from the airport? Visit the conference forum, which is private and available to ABC members only.

Leap Card is a re-usable smartcard that enables you to pay for public transport around Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford. It saves you carrying change and Leap Card fares are cheaper than cash tickets. - See more at: http://about.leapcard.ie/faqs#sthash.QovQbDXC.dpuf


Gail Cruise-conference co-chair

Jean Bush-Bacelis-conference co-chair (submission questions)