AMA/ACRA Second Triennial Conference, Miami, 4-7 Mar 2015, Chairs Dhruv Grewal, Rodney Runyan, Anne Roggeveen, Jane Swinney and Jens Nordf?lt; Deadline 30 Sep


Sponsored by AMA Retail & Pricing SIG and ACRA

Miami, FL: March 4 – 7, 2015

The conference will be held Wednesday, March 4 through Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Alhambra, in Coral Gables. The Hyatt is located in Coral Gables’ shopping and restaurant district (

Conference Co-Chairs

Dhruv Grewal – Babson College                                Rodney Runyan – Texas State University                                       

Anne Roggeveen – Babson College                           Jane Swinney – Oklahoma State University                                                             

Jens Nordfält, Stockholm School of Economics


Submission Deadline:

September 30, 2014 for:

·         Extended Abstracts

·         Competitive (Full) papers

·         Workshop Proposals

·         Doctoral Paper submissions


NOTE: Only full papers will be considered for Best Paper awards and for potential publication in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services Special Issue.

Submission Guidelines:         

Extended Abstracts

(1)   Submit your extended abstract as a WORD attachment.

(2)   Include the paper title and contact information of all authors on the first page.

(3)   Extended abstracts: not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages + references; at least 2 pages long.

(4)   At least one author of an accepted extended abstract must agree to: a) pre-register for the conference upon acceptance; b) appear at the conference to present the paper.

Extended Abstracts should be submitted to:

Anne Roggeveen, Babson College


Competitive Papers

(1)   Submit your competitive paper as a WORD attachment to the appropriate track chair.

(2)   The paper title and contact information of all authors should be on the cover page.

(3)   On the first page include the paper title and a single-spaced abstract no exceeding 100 words.

(4) On the second page being the paper.  The paper must not exceed 25 double-spaced typed pages, including exhibits, references, and appendices

(5) Competitive papers will be double-blind reviewed. Authors should not reveal their identities in any way in the manuscript.

(5) To be considered for acceptance, the paper/abstract or a similar version of it MUST NOT: a) have been previously published, b) have been accepted for publication elsewhere, c) be under consideration for publication elsewhere, or d) be submitted for review elsewhere during the conference review process.

(6) At least one author of an accepted paper MUST agree to: a) pre-register for the conference upon acceptance; b) appear at the conference to present the paper.

(7) Authors whose papers have been selected for inclusion in the Special Issue of the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services agree to have their article published in the Special Issue. 

Competitive Papers should be submitted to:

Track                                                                     Chairs                                                                   Contact Information

Branding; Strategy

R. Krishnan, University of Miami

Atmospherics; Merchandising; Promotion

Sejin Ha, University of Tennessee

Consumer Psychology & Consumer Behavior (satisfaction, loyalty, patronage)

Scott Motyka, Babson College

Jessica Strubel, University of North Texas

Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Small Business; Global Retailing

Gopal Iyer, Florida Atlantic

Greg Clare, Oklahoma State

Sustainability, Rural Marketing, CSR

Cosette Armstrong, Oklahoma State

E-Tailing; Multi-Channel Technology; Social Media

Patrali Chatterjee, Montclair State 

Sarah Xiao, Durham University

Selling; HR; Services

Krista Hill, Bridgewater State

Nancy Puccinelli, Oxford

Pricing; Supply Chain

Lauren Beitelspacher, Portland State


Workshop Proposals

Workshops designed to improve teaching, research, writing or presentation skills are welcome, especially those aimed at PhD students or early-career faculty. Additionally, workshops focused on industry topics are encouraged. Workshops should be designed for delivery within a 60 minute period.

Workshop Proposals should be submitted to:

Jane Swinney, Oklahoma State University


Doctoral Papers:

A special track for doctoral student papers will be held, featuring AMA/ACRA members as track discussants. This track will be highly competitive; only 3-4 papers will be selected for inclusion (those not selected will be sent to the appropriate track for inclusion). Discussants will each review the selected papers, and provide in writing and verbally, a critique of the paper, with the aim of helping the doctoral student improve his/her skills at preparing a publishing-worthy manuscript.

Doctoral Papers should be submitted to:

Rodney Runyan, Texas State

Dhruv Grewal, Babson College


Other Conference Information:     

Best Papers and Best Reviewers

We will provide best paper and reviewer awards for each track. Large tracks may have more than one best paper. An overall best conference paper award will also be given.

Best Papers to be considered for publication in a Special Issue of The Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

Each track chairperson will recommend 1-3 papers in his/her track as suitable for inclusion in a special issue in JRCS. The guest editors of the special issue will review each track chairperson’s recommendation and select 6-8 papers for inclusion in this special issue. Those chosen articles will go through another round of blind-reviewing with JRCS. Authors must agree to fulfill the editorial requirements of JRCS, and submit their revised paper in a timely manner as necessary for publishing deadlines. We anticipate a late 2015 or early 2016 publication of the special issue.

Plenary Sessions

We will hold three plenary sessions, featuring leading academic and industry thought leaders. These will include:

Ø  Technology and retailing, featuring Derek Phillips, VP North America Retail for JDA – the world leader in supply chain and merchandising solutions

Ø  Entrepreneurship and retailing: speaker TBA


       Ø  The role of big data in pricing and merchandising decision making: speaker TBA