Dear AIB Community,

Do you ever daydream about a conference experience where you will:
-Learn about effective experience-based and simulation based learning
techniques that have been tested in the classroom?
-Meet people from 10+ countries and 20+ states who share your enthusiasm
for engaging learning and rigorous scholarship?
-Be included as part of the group from day one and not get lost in the
-Engage in high-quality professional development and a healthy dose of fun

If you answered yes, then please consider yourself warmly invited to the
47th Annual Conference of the Association for Business Simulation and
Experiential Learning (ABSEL).  Scholars and practitioners from around the
world will gather on the historic campus of the University of Pittsburgh on
March 18-20, 2020.  If you are located near Pittsburgh and can attend for
one day only, then we have a reduced daily rate.

Whether you are an undergraduate student, a retired professor, or someone
in between, you will be in good company!  You still have plenty of time to
submit your work for double blind peer review by October 28, 2020.  Please
see below for details or access the call for papers here:

Contact Program Chair, Dr. Debbie Good, at [log in to unmask] with any

*Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning*

*Call for Papers, Extended Abstracts, Experiential Learning Activities,*

*Simulations, Games, Demonstrations, Panels and Other Submissions*

*47th Annual Conference at*

*University of Pittsburgh, University Club*

*Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA*

*March 18-20, 2020*

*THEME: “Towering through Experience”*

*Submission Due Date: October 28, 2019*

The 2020 program organizers of the Association for Business Simulation and
Experiential Learning (ABSEL) invite new and experienced academicians,
professionals, and students from all disciplinary areas to submit papers
for presentation and/or demonstration. ABSEL welcomes quantitative and
qualitative research, theoretical models, literature reviews, cases,
demonstrations, exercises, panels, and other work related to *creative or
innovative teaching and learning methods* for our main tracks: *Experiential
Learning Methods*, *Simulations*, *Innovations and Future Directions in
Education*, *Games Ready to Play, and Professional Development Workshop *(see
below for further details on each track). Student participation in ABSEL is
highly encouraged.

The Proceedings of the conference will be posted online in an open-access,
word-searchable publication, *Developments in Business Simulation and
Experiential Learning* (DBSEL) available at
 . A complete archive of DBSEL papers (from 1974) is available for either
direct access and search or search through Google Scholar.

*Submission Types*

*Extended Abstract* – *an extended abstract is minimum 1,000 words,
including references. Extended abstracts will be included in the online

*Full Paper* – *full papers will be published in the online proceedings and
will enter the best paper review procedure.

*Professional Development Workshop and Games Ready to Play Sessions – *for
detailed submission information, please refer to the website or contact the
Track or Program Chair.

**Note: *While we accept extended abstracts, we encourage submission of
full papers as they improve the quality and timeliness of the research
available in the proceedings. Our policy allows for subsequent journal
publication of a later version.  If a journal’s editorial policy precludes
publishing a revision of a published conference paper, ABSEL allows authors
to withdraw the original paper from the proceedings prior to submission or
final journal publication.

*Submission Timeline*

October 28, 2019:  Due date for all submission types for review.  All
submissions must be done electronically through the Easy Chair:

November 11, 2019: Notification of reviewer decisions on acceptance of

November 26, 2019: Due date for submission of revised, pre-publication
format manuscripts for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

January 17, 2020: ABSEL registration fees must be paid by January 17, 2020,
in order to receive the early bird discount. Registration payment must be
paid to be included in the conference program.  At least one author for
each submission must register by this date.  Register at:

February 18, 2020: Hotel reservations must be made by February 18, 2020, in
order to receive the ABSEL rate of $139 plus applicable taxes and fees.

*Conference Tracks*

*Experiential: *Focuses upon experiential methods including but not limited
to classroom experiential exercises, service learning, cultural
immersion/study abroad, business planning/new venture creation, and
internship/live case.  These methods may be employed in the classroom,
community as laboratory, or workplace as a learning community.  This track
also focuses on the development, application, assessment, and research
associated with any form of experiential learning activities.  *Track
Chair: **Raghu Kurthakoti, *k <[log in to unmask]>
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*Simulations: *Focuses on the development, application, assessment, and
research associated with business simulations and gaming.  *Track Chair: **Alan
Swank, *[log in to unmask]

*Innovations and Future Directions in Education: *Focuses on developments
in education that reflect new educational and/or technological innovations,
including online learning, distance education, other web-based learning,
and the use of new teaching technologies.  *Track Chair: **Helen Soter, *
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*Games Ready to Play: *This track will allow conference attendees to
actually participate in simulations and games that can be either played to
completion or for some games, played for at least a single round within a
time frame of 1–1.5 hours.  *Track Chair:* *Manabu Ichikawa,*
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*Professional Development Workshop: *This track features four professional
development sessions that are geared towards young professionals and
faculty to help develop teaching skills, led by experienced ABSEL members,
and supported by online preconference collaboration sessions. Sessions
include implementing the applied professional case study research method;
assessment strategies for experiential learning; the flipped classroom
(part three); and designing your own experiential learning exercises for
in-class experience. Click
 to access the background info paper on this new ABSEL track. *Track Chair:*
 *Jennifer Petrie, *[log in to unmask]

*Please contact the Program Chair with any questions:*

*Debbie Good, University of Pittsburgh,  **[log in to unmask]
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*ABSELutely yours,*

*2020 Program Planning Committee*

Raghu Kurthakoti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing,
Chair, School of Global Business,
Arcadia University,
450 S Easton Road,
Glenside, PA 19038
Ph: 215-517-2642

Faculty Senator and Member of the Faculty Senate Academic Committee,
Arcadia University
Board Member and Chair of Experiential Track, Assoc. for Business
Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL),

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