Sarasota2018 – Graduate Conference

Graduate Student Research Conference in Business and Economics (GRADCONF 2018) with three co-conferences (GLOBE, HOTEL, and GLOSERV), will be held during June 4-8, 2018 at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus in Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida.

This new conference is dedicated to Graduate Students in Business and Economics fields. There is no dedicated research conference for business and economics graduate students where they can sharpen their presentation skills while they are getting feedback from peer students and faculty members in non-threatening environment. The first GRAD Conference was held in Sarasota, Florida successfully. Please see the program and other information from 2017 conference here.

The purpose of this conference is to create an outlet for graduate students in the business and economics fields including other related areas such as hospitality and tourism, information technology, geography, communication, and education. It is a double-blind, peer-reviewed conference. The conference will have also other useful sessions for graduate students (e.g. how to publish in top tier journals, how to prepare yourself for a tenure-track position, one to one mentoring sessions with established faculty members). The first author must be a graduate student to submit a paper to this conference. Faculty members can be co-authors.

 English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions.

These conferences are organized by Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI) and sponsored by University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Florida, USA.

GLOBE 2018 hosts four conferences concurrently. To submit a paper to Graduate Conference, please choose “Graduate Student Research Conference in Business and Economics (GRADCONF)” when you are submitting. Here are the descriptions of four conferences that will take place during June 4-8, 2018. 

1. Graduate Student Research Conference in Business and Economics (GRADCONF)

One of its kind, GRADCONF aims to bring graduate students and professors from the Business and Economics fields together. There is no dedicated research conference for business and economics graduate students where they can sharpen their presentation skills while they are getting feedback from peer students and faculty members in non-threatening environment. The purpose of this conference is to create an outlet for graduate students in the business and economics fields including other related areas such as hospitality and tourism, information technology, communication, and education. It is a double-blind, peer-reviewed conference. Graduate students will also have a chance to see the presentations in all three co-hosted conferences.

2. Global Conference on Business and Economics (GLOBE)

In today’s world it is vital to think regarding business and economics issue on a global scale. That is why GLOBE Conference invites the interested parties from all around the globe to discuss the hot topics and contemporary issues related to Business and Economics. The scholars are encouraged to submit papers or abstracts on any aspect of business and economics and related fields.

3. Global Conference on Hospitality, Tourism, Event and Leisure Management (HOTEL)

HOTEL Conference is an interdisciplinary conference which aims to bring together scholars from different fields to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of hospitality, tourism, event and leisure management and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted. Also, HOTEL Conference is a bridging for all the concurrent conferences, giving the opportunity to expand one’s knowledge and experience in other areas.

4. Global Conference on Services Management (GLOSERV)

The services management has become one of the main aspects in the academia to research on. There is a multitude of studies in this field, bringing its importance even more to the attention of the academia in recent years. There is a great demand among the scholars who are studying in this field to share their findings with their fellow colleagues. Therefore, GLOSERV conference invites researchers who resonate with this topic to share their findings and ideas. GLOSERV conference is co-hosted with Research on Innovation and Services for Development (IRISS), Naples, Italy.

GRAD Conference with the three concurrent conferences allow researchers to present/listen research studies from interdisciplinary fields within a week in the same venue!

Topics of interest for submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Corporate Finance & Governance
  • Creating Value in Delivering and Managing Services
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Education & Training
  • Environmental Issues/Sustainability & Green Tourism
  • Event/Conference/Convention Management
  • Finance & Banking
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Hospitality & Tourism/Smart Tourism
  • Hotel & Lodging Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • International Trade
  • Law, Ethics & Social Responsibility
  • Leisure Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Research Methods
  • Service Management
  • Social Science Studies
  • Sports Management
  • Strategy & Global Trends
  • Technology/E-Business/Social Media

Important Dates:

Manuscript submissions deadline March 11, 2018
Acceptance notification On a rolling basis
Camera-ready copy submission deadline April 20, 2018
Early bird registration deadline March 23, 2018
Regular registration deadline May 15, 2018
Conference dates June 4-8, 2018

Submission Categories:

  1. Abstract only* should be minimum 1,000 words (excluding reference list).
  2. Full paper* should be minimum 3,000 words (excluding reference list and acknowledgements and appendices if applicable)
  3. Roundtable discussions* should be minimum 1,000 words (excluding reference list).
  4. Symposium presentations* should be minimum 1,000 words (excluding reference list).
  5. Poster presentations* should be minimum 1,000 words (excluding reference list).
    *All documents should be written in only word document (.doc or .docx) formats. 

Paper Submission:


Conference Registration Fees:

Types** Early Registration by March 23, 2018 Regular Registration by May 15, 2018***
ANAHEI Members* Non-ANAHEI Members ANAHEI Members* Non-ANAHEI Members
Regular Registration  375USD 500USD  475USD 600USD
Student Registration  250USD   375USD 350USD 475USD

*Please sign up to be ANAHEI member for free. After signed up, please log in and click on the conference registration menu, you will see a discount code. Please add this code while checking out!
**This conference registration fee gives access to all concurrent conferences!
***Registration will close on May 15, 2018 at 11.59PM EST.

Conference Fee Include:

  • Attendance to the conference
  • Conference materials with final program, badge and proceedings
  • Luncheon
  • Welcome Reception

Important Notes:

  • After your submission is accepted, you are required to:
    (1) send your abstract or completed full paper in required conference format
    (2) make your full payment first and register.
  • At least one of the authors must register for the conference, otherwise the paper or abstract will not be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Please note that prospective attendees will be allowed to present maximum three research studies.

Conference Session Formats:

Sessions will vary in structure in order to provide a robust conference experience for presenters and participants. Presenters are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal; however, proposal reviewers may suggest alternative formats and/or the combination of like topics for shared concurrent sessions.

1. Concurrent Presentations

Concurrent Presentations and Shared Concurrent Presentations are sessions that present research, theory, concepts, and practices. This track welcomes papers that are fully completed research papers for stand up presentations. Concurrent sessions are 20 minutes long and consist of either one presentation for the full 20 minutes, or in shared sessions, two presentations. Submissions are required to be either conceptually- or empirically-based. Conceptually-based papers seek to develop a fuller understanding of the education by building on existing knowledge. Empirically-based papers are original research to test or develop a theory or make a new contribution to the knowledge base of the field.

2. Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations provide an opportunity to present and discuss one main research theme, program, practice, or relevant topic in an informal setting, somewhat like an exhibit hall or information fair. The poster session submission includes: (1) significance of the study, (2) literature preview, (3) proposed methodology, and (4) implication/application for education. A good poster session centers on one main theme, presents useful information, and stimulates discussion. The recommended poster size is 36” tall x 48” wide.  (90cm tall 120cm wide). Please click to download a black poster layout.

3. Roundtable Discussions

Roundtables create opportunities for small groups to engage in discussion about a particular educational topic. Generally, these sessions consist of 6-12 people and are held at large, round conference tables. The proposal must include a list of 2-3 clearly stated discussion questions to encourage participation among the audience. Please note that several roundtable discussions happen simultaneously in the same, large room, so formal presentations using slides and/or other support media are not possible.

4. Symposium Presentations

Symposium presentations are formal presentations on an educational topic. Typically conducted in presentation format, these are used generally to report interesting initial findings from a research project. Since these sessions are not blind-reviewed, they are not designed for complete research projects.

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