Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research - Eighth Annual Conference,

Acronym: 
INGRoup
Conference Dates: 
Thursday, 11 July 2013 to Saturday, 13 July 2013
Location: 
Atlanta, Georgia
Submission Deadlines: 
Thursday, January 31, 2013 (10 p.m. EST).
Details and Notes: 
Overview
Societies are dependent on the formation and utilization of groups and teams, making them relevant to countless aspects of life. Accordingly, scholars who study groups can be found across a wide array of disciplines (e.g., anthropology, communication, education, history, information systems, nursing, organizational behavior, philosophy, psychology, political science, public health, sociology). The Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) was created to provide a context for scholars to:
•        Promote communication about groups and teams research across fields and nations
•        Advance understanding about group dynamics through research
•        Advance theory and methods for understanding groups and teams
•        Promote interdisciplinary research
The 8th Annual INGRoup Conference will be held so scholars across disciplines can come together, share information, and learn from one another. The conference program will include paper, symposia, and panel sessions, a keynote address, and a business meeting open to all members so the future of INGRoup can be collectively planned and shaped.
Submissions
An online system (accessible via www.ingroup.net) will be made available from late-November, 2012, to January 31, 2012.  All submissions must be accompanied by a 50-word abstract for inclusion in the conference program. Provide full name, position, institution, discipline, and contact information for all presenters. Submissions that include participants from a variety of disciplinary traditions are highly encouraged.  Scholars can be the presenting author on no more than three submissions. Late submissions will not be accepted. Submissions that involve research that has been previously presented at other professional conferences should be modified so that they are not identical to past presentations, and, most importantly, should be tailored to suit the INGRoup’s interdisciplinary audience. Manuscripts accepted for publication cannot be submitted for presentation at the conference. We accept the types of submissions listed below.
Papers
Submission for paper presentations can take two forms: an extended abstract or a complete paper.  Note, to be considered for the conference best paper awards, complete paper submissions are necessary.
•        Papers. A complete paper should (a) present original research or (b) develop, review, or critique group theory or group methods. Complete papers can be up to 35 pages, inclusive (tables and figures excluded from the page limit). Complete papers should include the following: title, keywords, purpose, methodology, results, conclusions, and references. Complete papers for theories, reviews, or critiques should include the following: title, keywords, purpose, scope of theory/critique/review, conclusions, and references. During the submission process, you will be asked to indicate your preference (not guaranteed) of presenting your paper as an oral presentation or in an interactive poster session.
•        Extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be 1,500-to 3,000-words and present original empirical research (Note: Conceptual or theoretical manuscripts that develop, review, or critique group theory or group methods must be submitted as papers). Extended abstracts for empirical papers should include the following: title, keywords, purpose, methodology, results (preliminary if in early stages), conclusions, and key references. During the submission process, you will be asked to indicate your preference (not guaranteed) of presenting your paper as an oral presentation or in an interactive poster session. Extended abstracts are intended for research projects that are still in process. Manuscripts must be complete by the time of the conference.
Sessions
Submission for session presentations can take two forms: a symposium or a panel. Symposium sessions are primarily presenter-oriented, while panel sessions are highly interactive.
•        Symposium. Symposia submissions should adequately describe an overarching theme that has relevance across disciplines. All else being equal, submissions that include participants from more than one discipline will be favored. A symposium can have either (a) 4 presentations or (b) 3 presentations and a discussant. Presenters should discuss research that directly relates to the overarching theme of the session. If a discussant is involved, the role and contribution of the different roles should be discussed. Submissions should be between 900 and 1,500 words and describe the focal issue, participants’ qualifications and expected contributions. Each presentation within the symposium should be described by a title and abstract of up to 150 words. By submitting, at least one co-author from each paper is committed to register for, and attend, the conference upon acceptance.
•        Panel: Panel submissions should adequately describe an overarching theme that has relevance across disciplines. Panel submissions should aim to create a forum for scholarly discussion about contemporary issues related to the advancement of group theory and/or research. All else being equal, submissions that include participants from more than one discipline will be favored. A panel should have a moderator to facilitate discussion and can have up to 6 participants total (including the moderator). Submissions should be between 900 and 1500 words and describe the focal issue, participants’ qualifications, and expected contributions. Submissions should adequately describe a plan for facilitating discussion between panelists and/or the panel and audience, and should describe how such discussions could advance group theory and/or research. By submitting, all participants are committed to register for, and attend, the conference upon acceptance.
Submission Procedures
Submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. The program chair will notify the submitter of acceptance by late March. Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards (based on full paper submissions), and Best Poster awards will be presented at the conference. All session participants must register for and attend the conference; all accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors.
Local Arrangements
The 2013 conference will be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, in Atlanta, GA. A block of rooms have been reserved at the conference hotel July 9 through July 14, 2013 at the conference rate of $144.00 (single, double, triple, quad). A phone number and website for room reservations through the hotel will be provided at www.ingroup.net.  The conference fee includes conference programming; a welcome dinner reception on the evening of July 11; morning and afternoon breaks and lunch on July 12 and 13; and a closing reception on July 13. For more information, please go to www.ingroup.net, or contact a member of the organizing committee:
•       Stephenson J. Beck (Program Chair), North Dakota State University (ndsu.ingroup@ndsu.edu)
•       Joann Keyton (Vice-chair and Conference Coordinator), North Carolina State University (jkeyton@ncsu.edu)
 
Level: 
National