Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI) 49th Annual Meeting

Albuquerque, New Mexico March 7-10, 2018

Hyatt Regency & Albuquerque Convention Center

When Teaching and Research Serve Students

49th ANNUAL MEETING, Albuquerque, New Mexico March 7-10, 2018

When Teaching and Research Serve Students

Hyatt Regency & Albuquerque Convention Center

Deadline for Paper Submissions: October 2, 2017



For more information, refer to the conference website:



Competitive Papers. Competitive papers are invited on, but not limited to, the topic areas listed below. All submitted papers will be reviewed by qualified individuals and go through a double blind peer review process. In addition, we welcome the submission of one-page single spaced research abstracts (about 150-300 words). Acceptance of abstracts and papers are subject to final approval by the Track Chairs/Program Chair. Accepted papers and abstracts of authors who have registered for the conference by the close of online registration will be scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting and the presented papers and abstracts will be published in the Proceedings (available website only). Paper submission acknowledges that the author(s) will register for and attend the conference, and personally present the accepted paper at the time specified in the conference program.

Submission Policy. The submission of a paper or abstract means the author certifies it is not copyrighted, has not been accepted for publication in a journal or proceedings, has not been presented or accepted for presentation at a professional meeting, or is not under review currently for a journal or proceedings, or presentation at another professional meeting. Concurrent submission and/or presentation of the same or similar paper at another conference is considered a breach of professional ethics.

Program Participation. Paper reviewer and session chairpersons will be needed for the program to be a success. Please contact the Program Chair or one of the Track Chairs by November 1, 2017, if you are interested in serving as a session chair or reviewer. Symposia, tutorials, and workshops on current topics are invited. Please contact the Program Chair concerning these proposals.

Distinguished Paper Awards. Distinguished paper awards will be presented to the outstanding papers.

Student Papers. Up to three cash awards for student papers will be presented. Papers submitted in the student track must be solely of student authorship. Watch the SWDSI website for information about a Doctoral Student Consortium.

Fast Track Journal Reviews. The papers nominated for the best paper awards will be recommended to a group of journal editors for another round of fast track peer review and possible publication in these journals.

International Journal of Mobile Communications ( International Journal of Electronic Finance ( International Journal of Services and Standards ( Electronic Government: An International Journal (

Studies in Business and Economics (



Accounting, Mary Fischer, University of Texas at Tyler, [log in to unmask]

Business Analytics, Adam M. Fadlalla, Qatar University, [log in to unmask]

Decision Support and Expert Systems, Binshan Lin, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, [log in to unmask]

E-Commerce and Mobile, Robert Cutshall, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, [log in to unmask]

Enterprise Systems (ERP), Brandon Phillips, Texas A&M University-Central Texas, [log in to unmask]

Finance, M. Kabir Hassan, The University of New Orleans, [log in to unmask]

Healthcare and Economics, Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani, University of Texas at Tyler, [log in to unmask]

Information Security and Privacy, Mohammad I. Merhi, Indiana University South Bend, [log in to unmask]

Innovative Education, Kai Koong, Tuskegee University, [log in to unmask]

International Business, Yasir Fadol, Qatar University, [log in to unmask]

Internet of Things and Big Data, John Seydel, Arkansas State University, [log in to unmask] Management Information Systems, Mike Ellis, University of Central Arkansas, [log in to unmask]

Management and Org Behavior, Michael Meeks, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, [log in to unmask]

Marketing, Thiagarajan Ramakrishnan (Ram), Prairie View A&M University, [log in to unmask]

Operations Management, Balaji Janamanchi, Texas A&M International University, [log in to unmask] Quality and Lean Six Sigma, Matthew Lindsey, Stephen F. Austin State University, [log in to unmask] Quantitative Methods, Robert Pavur, University of North Texas, [log in to unmask]

Social Media & Social Networking, Habibullah Khan, Qatar University, [log in to unmask]

Supply Chain, Logistics and UAVs, Krishan Rana, Alabama A&M University, [log in to unmask]

Business Environment, Law, Ethics, and Cross Cultural Studies, Andrew Dahdal, Qatar University, [log in to unmask]

Student Track, Victor Prybutok, University of North Texas, [log in to unmask]

Special Panels, S. Mantravadi, University of West Florida, [log in to unmask]

Proceedings Editor, Mohan Rao, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, [log in to unmask]




1. Author(s) should submit papers/abstracts via the website

( and also as an email attachment directly to the Program Chair at [log in to unmask]. Abstracts should not exceed three pages; papers should not exceed 20 pages. The more complete and detailed the submission, the greater its chance for acceptance. Hard copies will not be accepted.

2. Each submission must include a separate title page with the following information:

(1) title of submission

(2) type of submission (i.e., Refereed Research Paper,

Non-Refereed Research Abstract, and Proposal of a Workshop, Tutorial, Panel, or Symposium).

(3) author(s)

(4) affiliation(s)

(5) complete address(es)

(6) telephone number(s)

(7) email address of the author(s)

(8) name of the dean(s) of the affiliate school(s)

(9) track (or topic) that best fits the submission

(10) corresponding author

3. The main body of the paper, abstract, or proposal must have a title but should not include author name(s).

4. All submissions must be received by October 2, 2017.

Acceptance or rejection notifications, as well as Publication guidelines will be provided by or before December 2, 2017. Camera-ready submission deadline for the Proceedings is January 8, 2018.

5. A pre-registration fee will be required before papers are accepted by the Proceedings Editor.

6. Volunteers: Anyone interested in participating in the program as a session chair or reviewer should communicate their interests to the Program Chair. A

Call for Participation form is available on the SWDSI website.

 3-D Printing

 Accreditation Issues in DS

 Analytics

 Artificial Intelligence

 Autonomous Vehicles

 Big Data

 Bodycams and Vision Systems

 Changing Career Paths

 Cloud-based Systems

 Corporate Social


 Data Visualization

 Data Warehousing

 Data and Text Mining

 Drones/UAVs

 Emerging Programming


 Employment Trends

 Ethical & Legal Issues

 Exporting, Importing, and

Global Sourcing

 Foreign Direct Investment

 Geospatial Analytics

 Global and Regional

Economic Cooperation

 Globalization

 Healthcare Informatics

 High-frequency trading

 Impact of Higher Education

 Inclusiveness

 Inequality

 Innovation

 Instructional Issues in DS

 Instructional Issues in DS


 Internet of Everything (IoE)

 Knowledge Management

 Mgmt. of Technology

 Market-based Curricula

 MOOCS and their Variations

 Multiculturalism

 Multimedia

 Online/Distance Learning

 Optimization

 Organizational Culture

 Outsourcing & Offshoring

 Performance Measurement

 Process Reengineering

 Professional Student


 Project Management

 Rapid Prototyping

 Reengineering Higher


 Research Issues and


 RFID Applications

 Scorecards and Dashboards

 Simulation

 Socio-technical Systems

 Student Engagement

 Sys Analysis and Design

 Systems Implementation

 Technology for the Aging

 Technology in the classrooms

 Total Quality Management



Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Yasir Yasin Fadol, PhD

International Business Track Chair


Department of Management and Marketing

College of Business & Economics

Qatar University

P.O .Box: 2713, Doha - Qatar

Phone: + 974 4403 5043

Email: [log in to unmask]

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