Overcoming Challenges

Management Faculty of Color Association (MFCA) Conference
June 2nd – 4th 2016
Lucas College & Graduate School
of Business
San Jose State University
San Jose, California

Challenges play a central role in the way we live, work, and play. As academics, we face challenges not only in the classroom, but also when engaged in research and service activities. Businesses face challenges in managing human capital, devising effective strategies, and achieving long-term success. When challenges are ignored, they do not necessarily go away. Instead, they must be faced head on. Creating novel solutions, exploring new areas, finding pathways around obstacles, and opening doors for learning are just a few of the ways individuals, groups, and businesses respond to and cope with challenging circumstances in their current environments. But what are the new challenges on the horizon? How can challenges be identified earlier and more precisely? What can management scientists do to help organizations prepare for them? Do new business configurations and steady globalization invite different kinds of challenges? How can we cultivate in our students the ability to not only anticipate and recognize challenges, but more importantly, leverage them in ways that create advantages/value?

Please join MFCA as we explore these and other questions during our 2016 Annual Conference themed “Overcoming Challenges.” The conference host is San Jose State University, located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose. The university offers the excitement of a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. San Jose is a newly revitalized city which hosts major sports, the arts, museums and restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines. The Santa Cruz coastline is less than an hour away and San Francisco is one hour to the north.

Call for Papers, Symposia, PDWs, & Reviewers:

Conference Theme: Overcoming Challenges

Please join the MFCA as we explore these and other questions during our 2016 Annual Conference themed “Overcoming Challenges.” The conference host is San Jose State University, located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose. The university offers the excitement of a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. San Jose is a newly revitalized city which hosts major sports, the arts, museums and restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines. The Santa Cruz coastline is less than an hour away and San Francisco is one hour to the north.
Challenges play a central role in the way we live, work, and play. As academics, we face challenges not only in the classroom, but also when engaged in research and service activities. Businesses face challenges in managing human capital, devising effective strategies, and achieving long-term success. When challenges are ignored, they do not necessarily go away. Instead, they must be faced head on. Creating novel solutions, exploring new areas, finding pathways around obstacles, and opening doors for learning are just a few of the ways individuals, groups, and businesses respond to and cope with challenging circumstances in their current environments. But what are the new challenges on the horizon? How can challenges be identified earlier and more precisely? What can management scientists do to help organizations prepare for them? Do new business configurations and steady globalization invite different kinds of challenges? How can we cultivate in our students the ability to not only anticipate and recognize challenges, but also leverage them in ways that create advantages/value?
Suggested topics/ideas, especially for symposia and PDWs, include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing skills in research, teaching, consulting or service
  • Creating an interdisciplinary network
  • Incorporating technology into traditional classroom structures
  • Transitioning from academic to administrative or consulting positions
  • Preparing for tenure and promotion
  • Using service learning to connect students and the community
  • Creating a climate where students are able to think beyond textbooks, identify challenges and provide actionable solutions
  • Uniting together to leverage our respective experiences and offer support as we progress through different career stages
  • Overcoming challenges of increasing diversity & inclusion of students, faculty and staff at our universities and colleges
  • Overcoming challenges faced by non-traditional classroom environments (e.g., distance learning or lecture capture).

Some research questions to ponder include:

  • How does overcoming challenges bring about organizational change?
  • What factors enhance an organization’s ability to respond to challenges in positive ways?
  • How can we create situations where overcoming challenges becomes beneficial to organizations and their various stakeholders?
  • How does technology help us to overcome today’s challenges or anticipate new challenges?
  • What are the downsides to overcoming challenges?
  • Are there behavioral and cognitive mechanisms needed to overcome challenges?

We encourage you to submit papers (in various stages of development), PDWs and/or symposia/special topics sessions to this year’s conference. All submissions will undergo a double-blind review. We recognize the value of a diverse group of scholars. This includes researchers and practitioners from management and related disciplines with similar or different perspectives and approaches. The deadline for all submissions is April 22, 2016. Notification will be provided to authors by April 30, 2016.
Submit Papers, Special Topic Sessions and PDWs via email to: paul.prosper@usafa.edu<mailto:paul.prosper@usafa.edu>.

Requirements for all Submissions:

Requirements for Papers – A maximum of two papers may be submitted per author. Papers should not exceed 25 pages, including references, tables, figures, etc. The papers should be double-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides; page numbers should be shown as a footer on all pages. Submit papers according to these additional guidelines:

Page 1: Title, author(s) with full contact information. Indicate contact author if there are several authors.

Page 2: Title and abstract (100-150 words)

Requirements for Symposia/Special Topics Sessions – A maximum of two special topics sessions may be submitted per author. Special topic sessions include symposiums, workshops, and panel sessions. Symposia/Special topic sessions should be single-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides; page numbers should be shown as a footer on all pages. The session should include three (3) presenters and a facilitator. Submit special topic sessions according to these additional guidelines:

Page 1: Session title, presentation titles, facilitator and full contact information for all participants.

Page 2: Description of session and rationale.

Pages 3-5: 500-word or less summary of each presentation.

Requirements for Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) – PDWs provide opportunities to share knowledge/expertise on specific topics of your choice while contributing to the professional development of our members. While PDW topics need not address the conference theme, they should be of interest to our members. Please submit proposals for PDWs according to these guidelines:

Page 1: Title of the proposed workshop and full contact information for all organizers

Page 2: Abstract of the workshop (up to 250 words)

Pages 3-5: Overview of the workshop to include an explanation of why it would be of interest to MFCA members, a description of the format/agenda for the workshop, and a summary of the primary learning experience(s) to be attained by the participants.

All papers must follow the current American Psychological Association (APA) submission guidelines.

Scholarships:

4 Management doctoral students who have completed comprehensive exams and are ABD may submit a paper (not a symposium/special topic or PDW) to compete for a $750 travel award to attend and present their paper at the conference. Two of the awards are sponsored by the MFCA, and two are sponsored by San Jose State University. The awards will be given based on best paper as determined by the reviewers. Award recipients can submit receipts for reimbursement to cover their travel expenses. To be eligible for the award, the doctoral student must be the sole author on the paper or have only other students as co-authors.

Reviewers:

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact paul.prosper@usafa.edu by April 15, 2016.

Area Airports:

To get to San Jose State University, you can fly into San Jose Mineta, San Francisco or Oakland airports. The San Jose airport is the closest, with a taxi fare of about $25 to campus.

Lodging Options:

You have two options. 1) On campus dorm rooms or, 2) off campus Hotels.

On Campus Dorm Rooms:

Single occupancy rooms in the Campus Village C (CVC) Suites include four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a shared living area, and a kitchenette with a microwave. Each bedroom features one set of twin, extra-long beds, 2 closets, 2 desks, & 2 chests of drawers (2 beds; still booked for 1 person/bedroom, i.e. each person gets two beds; if booked as single occupancy). Bedrooms come furnished with pillow, blanket, and linen.
The room rate for your single bed spaces in the CVC Suites will be $69.00 per person per night.
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE LODGING IN SJSU’S CAMPUS VILLAGE

Off Campus Hotels

The Fairmont Hotel
$230.00-$248.00/ night plus taxes
170 S. Market Street San Jose, CA 95113 (800) 527-4727 or 408-998-1900
Must specify for SJSU rate and must also provide proof that they are a guest (reservation confirmation, etc. listing date and location of conference).

Westin Saint Claire
$249.00/night plus approximately $43.00 in taxes.
302 South Market Street San Jose, CA, 95113 (408) 295-2000
Must request SJSU price. No additional information or documentation necessary.


Past Conferences

Highlights of 2013 MFCA Conference – Auburn University; Auburn, Alabama

 

Photos from 2014 MFCA Conference – Orlando, Florida


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Photos from 2015 MFCA Conference – Bridgewater State University


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