Submission Guidelines


MARCH 24-26, 2021





Abstract submissions for the Spring 2021 International Conference are due by February 1, 2021.  All completed abstracts must be submitted via email to or through this online submission form. Abstracts must include all authors, institutional affiliation, and email information. Acceptance decisions will be made no later than February 7, 2021.


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The Conference


ABR has simultaneous sessions in a variety of business disciplines going on throughout the day. One of the primary advantages to our conference is that the peer-reviewed proceedings are abstract only.  This allows the full papers presented at the conference to still be published in an academic journal without copyright issues. The conference allows a friendly forum for presenters to bounce ideas and gain constructive feedback that can then be used to enhance the full paper.  Many papers presented at past ABR conferences have subsequently been published in top tier journals in their field. 



Learn SmartPLS Version 3.0 – with Many New Features

PLS-SEM Path Modeling Workshop

2021 Academy of Business Research Conference

New Orleans, LA

March 26, 2021



An innovative new opportunity for ABR members will be available at the annual conference in 2021.  Joe Hair will present a workshop on the emerging method of Partial Least Squares Structural Equations Modeling (PLS-SEM) – using the new version of SmartPLS 3.  Scott Manley (Midwestern State University, Texas), will assist him in the presentation and explanation of the SmartPLS software.














Workshop details are the following:


  • SmartPLS Version 3, with many new features, will be explained.


  • Time:        Friday – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


  • Approach: Powerpoint slides with instructions on how to use SmartPLS 3 will be provided, along with major concepts about PLS-SEM.


  • A signed copy of the second edition book of Joe’s new book on PLS-SEM (Sage, 2017) will be given to participants – "A Primer on Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM)" –


  • Most of the workshop will involve “hands-on” analysis of the dataset using the SmartPLS 3 software. Output diagnostics and proper interpretation of the results will be covered, as well as potential obstacles and “rules-of- thumb” to ensure appropriate application of the technique.


  • Who should attend: Individuals wishing to learn the fundamentals of PLS-SEM and the SmartPLS 3 software.


  • Cost:  $50.00 



Requirement:  Participants must bring a laptop with the SmartPLS 3 software loaded.  The software is available free from

A temporary license will be provided to all workshop participants.




The Hotel




Discover AAA Four Diamond style at Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, our hotel features boutique accommodations near world-famous landmarks and charming attractions like Magazine Street. Paying homage to the French Quarter environs and Jazz heritage, the boutique hotel boasts historic architecture and a vibrant, elegant interior. Indulge in delicious French and Southern cuisine at New Orleans Coffee and Beignet Company and sample 



Virtual Presentations


Presentations may be made virtually. Our last few conferences have had participants present virtually from all over the world!


Best Paper

Best paper awards are voted during each session of the conference.  There is a corporate sponsor for each best paper award.  Past corporate sponsors for best paper awards include AACSB, Cabells, Coldwell Banker, SSRN, Sentina Publishing, Silver Wheaton, Trump Entertainment, and many others.


Conference proceedings are abstract only and are peer reviewed publications, so that you may submit your completed manuscripts to one of our journals or any other journal.  The Academy of Business Research publishes four academic journals. Each journal is listed in Cabells and all articles are double blind, peer reviewed.


Topics considered for the conference (and journals) include but are not limited to:

Accounting, Business Law, Economics, Education, Finance, Health Care, Human Resources, Management, MIS, Marketing, Operations Management, Public Administration, Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy.

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