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2018 Meeting of the Southern Management Association
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2018 Meeting of the Southern Management Association

Join us for SMA 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky!

11/6/2018 to 11/10/2018
When: 11/8/2018
Where: Hilton Lexington/Downtown
369 W Vine St
Lexington, Kentucky  40507
United States
Contact: Hettie Richardson

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Registration for non-members is $285.

Registration for members is $185 until August 31, 2018. From September 1 through October 15, it is $235. Thereafter it is $285.  

Student registration is $95** until August 31, 2018. From September 1 through October 15, it is $115. Thereafter it is $135.  

Registration for a guest can be added for $75. This gains the guest full access to all events.



In order to receive the student price, you must have an active student membership to SMA. Register as a student member and complete that transaction first. Then, register for the conference. If you do not login as a student member, you will see the full price ($285). 



The member volunteers on the SMA Involvement Committees suggested that we bring some professional speakers in to the Meeting to give members something they may not find anyplace else. The result is the Thoroughbred Workshops. You will need to pre-register to attend. See the details of each below.


Design Thinking Demystified - Thursday, November 8, 8:30am-10:00am

You’ve heard the buzz and multiple “interpretations,” but what does design thinking mean? Is it about design? Innovation? Business? Science? All of the above and more? And can your students benefit from the design thinking perspective? Join “thoroughbred” Dick Buchanan, Professor of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, author of Discovering Design: Explorations in Design Studies, and expert at solving “wicked problems in design thinking” to learn how to integrate design thinking into your management courses. This session has a registration fee of $50 and is limited to 50 participants.


How to Have more Time for Research and Writing - Friday, November 9, 10:15am-11:45am

This workshop is led by “thoroughbred” Rena Seltzer, academic career coach, President of Leader Academic, and author of The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors. Designed specifically for faculty, this workshop will teach you strategies for setting physical and technological boundaries around your time for writing, saying “no” with gusto, using the concept of sequencing when triaging potential commitments, preventing your inbox from controlling your life, negotiating for resources that will free up your time, and delegating like crazy. This session has a registration fee of $50 and is limited to 50 participants.



SMA is pleased to offer three special sessions

SMA/CARMA Research Methods PDI Session - Wednesday

Presented as part of the collaboration with CARMA (Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis). Latent variable models are popular for several reasons, and researchers using them must choose between three alternatives: total aggregation, partial disaggregation, and total disaggregation.  These correspond to using scales, parcels, and items as indicators.  This CARMA symposium will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each of these alternatives, and then demonstrate their use with sample data.  It will close with recommendations for improving measurement models in latent variable research. This session is limited to 50 people.

SMA Post-Tenure Career Paths Symposium - Thursday

The Post-Tenure Career Paths Symposium is designed to offer insights to post-tenure career options. The Symposium will be designed with various Round Tables, allowing a scholar interested in a particular aspect of a career (such as whether to move into administration or to switch jobs or even focus of their job, say from research-focused to more balanced schools or vice versa) to attend the Round Tables most targeted to personal interests. A Question and Answer session with presenters who have navigated these issues will also be offered. Pre-Registration required. The 2018 symposium is co-chaired by Matt Bowler (Oklahoma State University) and Lance Frazier (Creighton University). For more information regarding this year's program, or to express interest in participating, contact Matt at or Lance at Limited to 50 participants.

SMA Teaching Symposium - Wednesday

The Teaching Symposium is designed to allow attendees to share ideas regarding pedagogical approaches and delivery methods in the classroom, as well as interact with scholars that are currently implementing various methods in their own curriculum.  Interested individuals can explore flipped and hybrid classrooms, engagement methods using new classroom technologies, and best practices for online learning environments.  The session will be segmented to allow attendees to join discussions at multiple roundtables and connect with other faculty engaged in innovative teaching practices. Limited to 50 participants.

Southern Scramble Golf Event - Wednesday

Would you like another networking opportunity to meet other SMA members? If so, think about playing in SMA’s first SOUTHERN SCRAMBLE golf event. The event is geared toward allowing members to play golf in a scramble (some say best ball) format where foursomes compete against each other for a soon to be announced coveted (read, “lame”) prize. The SOUTHERN SCRAMBLE will take place at 12pm on November 7th (Wed) at the Wildcat Course about 10 minutes from the conference hotel. If you don’t play golf often or play poorly (like Jon and Russell), don’t worry. We don’t expect it to be really competitive… just really FUN… LIKE SMA! If you don’t know anyone else who plays, don’t worry. That will allow us to pair you up and allow you to meet other SMA members. The cost is $60 per person. Rental clubs will be available for a $25 charge. There are a very limited number of rental sets, so those people who have a need for rentals should contact us quickly. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Jon Carr ( or Russell Crook (



It is tradition that as the conference wraps up, we take time to see the area we're visiting by traveling to local venues of interest. This year is no different.

Horse Farm Tour and Auction - November 10, 2018     7:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Participants will get to explore the business management of a horse farm, focusing on a tour of farm facilities, up close interactions with farm horses, and a horse auction.  Be sure to bring your checkbooks, and be careful when you cough or stretch!!!


The FoodChain non-profit food cooperative and the Town Branch distillery and brewery - November 10, 2018     9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Participants will visit FoodChain, a Lexington aquaponics food manufacturer, distributor and educator focusing on community/business partnerships and sustainable relationships.  After the facility tour and lunch at the FoodChain restaurant (lunch not included in the tour costs), participants will then tour the Town Branch distillery and brewery.  Participants will take a guided tour of the company’s beer and spirits production processes, along with a product tasting (included in the tour price).  Links to Tour web pages are: and


Travel Information

Hilton Lexington Downtown - Note: Rooms at this hotel are SOLD OUT for some nights. See below for an overflow hotel.

369 W. Vine St., Lexington, KY, 40507

Phone: (859) 231-9000

Group Rate: $132 single/double, $142 triple, $152 quad

The Hilton Lexington Downtown, located in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky is connected to Rupp Arena with convenient skywalk access to the area’s best shopping, dining and attractions. Guests will also enjoy the proximity to the University of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Keeneland Race Course. It is located five minutes from the campus of the University of Kentucky and has scenic views of downtown Lexington and Triangle Park. The Hilton is 10 to 15 minutes from the Lexington Airport, with complimentary shuttle service. SMA attendees will also enjoy complimentary guest room and meeting room internet as well as free parking (for registered guests).

Ground Transportation:

The airport is approximately 6 miles from the hotel. Lexington has all of the common ride shares and taxis are available. Taxi fare from the airport is about $20. Also, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle. 

Driving Directions:

From Knoxville or Huntington WVa

  • From I-64 West/I-75 North take exit 113 left toward Broadway and Downtown. 
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, take a LEFT toward LEXINGTON Downtown.
  • Stay on Broadway for approximately 3.3 miles.
  • Turn Right onto West Main Street stay left around park.
  • Turn left on Vine
  • Hotel is approximately 1 block on the left just past Triangle Park.

Directions from Airport

  • Exiting the airport, turn left onto Man O' War Blvd, then take first right onto Versailles Rd. Continue onto High St. and Maxwell St., then turn left onto Broadway Rd. Turn right on Vine St. and the hotel will be on the immediate left.


Please note that since room availability changes you may wish to check with the Hilton before booking at Campbell House.


The Campbell House Lexington

1375 South Broadway Road, Lexington (859) 255-4281



We have arranged an overflow block at the Campbell House Lexington, located 1.9 miles from the Hilton. The room rate is $119. The hotel has a free airport shuttle and has complimentary on-site parking. It offers award-winning dining and impeccable Southern charm. Guest rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, pillow-top mattresses and a 37-inch flat-screen TV.

To book at the Campbell House is use this RESERVATION LINK to ensure you get the group rate.




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