2017 ABC Southwestern U.S. / FBD Conference

Association for Business Communication Southwestern United States/Federation of Business Disciplines

Little Rock, Arkansas USA
March 8–11, 2017

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Call for Papers

See the full call for papers here.

Research papers or position papers related to business communication topics in the following areas are encouraged:


Communication Technology


Technology and Education



Innovative Instructional Methods


Business Education Issues



International Business Communication


Paradigm Shifts in Communication



Training and Development/Consulting


Interpersonal Communication



Nonverbal Communication


Executive/Managerial Communication



Legal and Ethical Communication Issues


Organizational Communication


Conference Location

The 2017 ABC-SW Conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Submission Deadlines and Guidelines

Presentation Submission Deadlines

  • Presentation deadline for abstracts submitted for presentation: October 17, 2016
  • Deadline for Proceedings submission: January 16, 2017
    • NOTE:  For your research to be considered for the Richard D. Irwin Distinguished Paper Award, you must submit a completed paper rather than a proposal by the submission deadline, October 17, 2016.

Presentations and Papers

  • Papers or proposals should include a statement of the problem or purpose, methodology section (if applicable), findings (as available), a summary, implications for education and/or business, and a bibliography.
  • If you are submitting a proposal only, it should contain 750 to 1,500 words and must be submitted on the ABC website. The link for this submission will be added soon.
  • If you are submitting a completed paper, please submit your proposal online as indicated above. Then e-mail the completed paper to Laura Valenti (laura.valenti@nicholls.edu) by October 17, 2016. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word.
    • Personal and institutional identification should be removed from the body of the paper. Identify yourself and your institution only on the cover page. Submissions will be anonymously reviewed.
    • A cover page is required with the title of the paper and identifying information for each author: name, institutional affiliation, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
  • Submitted papers should not have been previously presented or published, nor should they be under consideration or accepted for presentation elsewhere.
  • FBD Statement of Academic Integrity:
    • "Your paper should not have been previously published or previously presented at FBD. Please indicate to the Program Chair if your paper is currently under submission to another FBD association. If your paper is later accepted by another FBD association, it is your responsibility to notify the appropriate Program Chairs."

Poster Presentations

  • FBD is sponsoring the Poster Presentation venue for all organizations at the FBD conference.  Poster sessions have become a significant communication style for presenting research results in professional association meetings.

Poster submissions may describe research projects, recently completed work, highly relevant results of work in progress, presentation of data, or speculative or innovative work in all areas.

Posters offer the opportunity to have substantive discussions with interested colleagues. The audience circulates among the posters, stopping to discuss papers of particular interest to them. Visitors to poster sessions see and hear more presentations than in the equivalent time dedicated to presented papers; moreover, the opportunity for close conversation between presenter and visitor is one of the most important ways that information can be shared among scholars.

To submit a poster presentation for consideration you will choose Poster Session in the presentation type when submitting your proposal and a 250 word abstract must be submitted. In order to maintain interactive and exciting poster presentations, at least one presenter per accepted poster is required to attend the conference and must be registered through ABC-SW.

Proposal Submission Instructions

Submit a proposal by clicking here.

Proposal submissions will be accepted, beginning in mid-September.

Be prepared to enter on the ABC proposal-submission page the following:

Track (select one)

  • Business Education Issues
  • Communication Technology
  • Executive/Managerial Communication
  • Innovative Instructional Methods
  • International Business Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Legal and Ethical Communication Issues
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Paradigm Shifts in Communication
  • Technology and Education
  • Training and Development/Consulting

Title, written in the third person

Session Type: Individual Presentation, Group Panel, or Poster Session

Presenter name, institution, and email address (for each presenter)

Co-author name, institution, and email address (for each co-author)

Short description: a 60-word (or fewer) description, written in the third person.

Description (proposal) — 750-1500 words

If proposing a group panel, enter the theme.

Scroll to the bottom of the submission page to click "OK," which will submit the proposal. You will receive an indication that your proposal was submitted.

Submit a proposal by clicking here.


Conference and hotel registration will take place at www.fbdonline.org .

Program Chair

Laura Valenti


ABC-SW Conference Proceedings Deadline: January 16, 2016