Call for Papers | 21st SMAANZ Conference in beautiful Tasmania, November 25-27, 2015

The Tasmanian School of Business and Economics invites you to Hobart for the 21st SMAANZ conference

November 25 – 27, 2015

The theme for the 2015 conference is ‘Coming of Age’. Deakin University recently hosted its third SMAANZ conference in 2014 to celebrate twenty years of collective efforts to advance sports management scholarship.

After twenty years we think it is fair to say that Sports Management research and professional practice in Australia and New Zealand has ‘come of age’ and that this is a perfect motif for a 21st birthday. It offers a timely and useful theme for a conference whose discipline, while still relatively young, has grown into a vibrant area of scholarship and professional practise, and provides a useful platform from which to critically examine the knowledge and insight gained over the past twenty years, with a maturity of purpose, vision and direction that only comes with age.

2015 will be the first time the University of Tasmania and its School of Business and Economics has hosted SMAANZ and we warmly invite you to join us. The School will have recently moved into its newly refurbished building overlooking the River Derwent, which will provide the ideal location on campus, but close to the heart of Hobart.

Described by Lonely Planet as ‘beguiling and bewitchingly just that little bit different’, and listed in Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations for 2013 and 2015, Hobart, Tasmania is the perfect destination for a 21st celebration. We are proud to host the 2015 SMAANZ conference and hope you will join us and perhaps take the opportunity to stay just that little bit longer.


Call for Papers

SMAANZ invites individuals to submit a variety of abstract types, including empirical, methodological, conceptual, and teaching related abstracts. Completed research or research in progress is acceptable.

The 21st SMAANZ conference and ‘Coming of Age’ theme provides the opportunity to reflect on Sports Management’s history and heritage, and its growth and maturation and provides fertile ground to envision its future.

  • SMAANZ 2015 topics are:
  • Qualitative Theory in Sports Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship in Sport
  • Social Impact of Sport
  • Technology in Sport
  • Sport Management Education
  • Community Sport
  • Sport Venue Management
  • Sport Facility Design and Development
  • Sustainability in Sport Business
  • Sport Development
  • Sponsorship in Sport
  • Governance in Sport
  • Globalisation in Sport
  • Marketing in Sport
  • The Future of Sports Management

Key dates

Call for abstracts – 23 March 2015
Deadline for abstract/symposia – 29 May 2015
Notification of acceptance – 19 June 2015
Revised abstracts deadline – 26 June 2015
Early bird registration closes – 30 September 2015

Submission guidelines

Presentations may be proposed as either:

  1. A 20 minute oral presentation (including 5 mins of question time)
  2. A 60 minute symposium, round-table, forum, or workshop

Authors’ names may not appear on more than two abstracts/proposals of any kind. The only exception to this limit is for a supervisor to a student who is submitting an abstract, in which case, the supervisor position must be clearly indicated in the author section of the submission. In this case, the first author must be a student and registered at their institution at the time of the abstract submission deadline. Abstracts submitted to SMAANZ should not be concurrently submitted to another conference or have been previously presented at another conference. Abstracts should not be part of work already published.

All abstracts must be submitted to

In the body of the email the following information is required:

  1. Presentation category (empirical research, conceptual, teaching, methodology)
  2. Topic Area (e.g., Facilities, Sport Development, Disability, Finance, Marketing, Legal, Governance, management/leadership, organizational theory, socio-cultural, methodology, teaching/pedagogy)
  3. The type of presentation desired (20 minute oral, 60 minute symposium, round-table, forum, or workshop)
  4. Principal author’s primary contact information

Abstracts (word document) must include the following information and conform to the following requirements: One A4 page maximum using 12 point Arial font;

Presentation title:

  1. Author(s), institution(s), name(s), and contact information. Authors cannot be added after the abstract submission deadline.
  2. Abstract should not include figures and tables. Text only.
  3. Abstract should include in-text citations but does not require a list of references.
  4. Those abstracts selected for presentation will be reprinted and published in the Conference Abstracts as submitted. Some editorial corrections may be made by the Program Coordinator.

All abstracts will be subjected to a blind review.

Standard practice is for a presentation of 15 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions for each paper.

All papers submitted for presentation at the Conference must contain original research that has not been previously presented or scheduled for presentation, published or accepted for publication, and if under review, must not appear in print before the Conference.

Acknowledgement of relevant prior research and sources of words, ideas and data is expected. Authorship and credit should be shared in proportion to the various parties’ contributions. Note, authorship of papers needs to be correct when the paper is submitted, as changes cannot be made once the paper is accepted for publication in the Conference program and proceedings.

The preparation and supply of any handouts or other material used in any presentation will be the responsibility of the presenter(s).

At least one author for each abstract that is accepted for presentation in the Conference Program is expected to register and pay to attend the Conference to present their research. All of the costs to attend the Conference, including the registration fee, must be paid by presenters. SMAANZ does not pay honoraria for any presentations.

During the Conference, a climate of free exchange and constructive criticism is encouraged. It is also important to demonstrate respect for colleagues/presenters with different perspectives and methodologies/methods.

Conference paper submissions

In submitting your paper for review, you are committing that at least one author will register and pay to attend the SMAANZ Conference to present your research.

Please ensure that the authorship and title of the paper is correct before submission, as these cannot be changed for the Conference program or the Conference proceedings.

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