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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Where is the 2011 SMS Annual International Conference being held?

  • A: Loews Miami Beach Hotel
  • 1601 Collins Avenue
  • Miami Beach, Florida 33139
  • Phone: 1-202-898-9000
  • Fax: 1-202-289-0947

Q: Will I have to make a hotel guestroom reservation?

A: Yes, all conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. SMS has contracted a room block at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Rooms are available for a special rate on a first-come, first-serve basis. We advise all attendees to make reservations early to secure a room with the special conference rate.

Q: How can I make hotel reservations for the SMS Miami Conference?

A: Reservations should be made directly with the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. You can make a reservation online here or call 1.800.235.6397 and reference the Strategic Management Society block to receive the conference rate.

Q: What is the deadline to reserve a guestroom?

A: Your reservation must be made by October 13, 2011 to receive the reduced room rate. Please note there are a limited number of guest rooms available through the SMS block, and could be exhausted before this date.

Q: What if the SMS room block is exhausted?

A: The conference hotel may make additional rooms available, but likely not at the special SMS conference rate. There are other hotels in the area where rooms may be available. We recommend making your arrangements early.


Q: How do I get to the conference hotel?

A: There are a variety of options.

Traveling from Local Airports to Hotel:

Miami International Airport:

  • Airport Phone: 305.876.7000
  • Hotel direction: 20 minutes South
  • Limo service: (on request)
  • Estimated taxi fare: Approximately $30-35 per person (one way)
  • Super Shuttle: (on request) 305.871.2000 - *Fare approximately $20-25 per person one way

Driving Directions from Miami International Airport to Loews Hotel:

  • Follow airport signs to Le Jeune Road South (NW 42nd Avenue)
  • Take Le Jeune Road to SR-836 East (Dolphin Expressway)
  • Travel on SR-836 East, through the toll plaza until I-395 East
  • Continue on I-395 towards Miami Beach (MacArthur Causeway)
  • Stay on the left hand side and exit on Alton Road North
  • Continue on Alton Road and turn right on 16th Street

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport:

  • Airport Phone: 866.435.9355
  • Hotel direction: 35-40 minutes South
  • Limo service: (on request)
  • Estimated taxi fare: Approximately $70-75 per person (one way)
  • Super Shuttle: (on request) 305.871.2000 - *Fare approximately $30-35 per person one way

Driving Directions from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International to Loews Hotel:

  • Follow airport signs to I-595 West
  • Take I-595 to I-95 South
  • Continue until I-195 East
  • Travel on I-195 and take Julia Tuttle Causeway East
  • Stay in the far-right lane and take Alton Road South Exit
  • Continue on Alton Road and turn left on 16th Street
  • Loews Miami Beach is directly ahead


Q: How can I register for the conference?

A: You must register through our online registration system. If you have not done so already, you will need to create a short profile to be a recognized user on our website before accessing the online registration.

Q: How can I pay the conference fee?

A: We offer a variety of payment methods

  • Online credit card: Payment on secure site (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).
  • Credit card via mail or fax: Complete the payment portion on the registration invoice and mail or fax the form to the SMS Executive Office.
  • Check: Mail copy of registration invoice with a check to the SMS Executive Office. Check must be drawn from a U.S bank.
  • Wire transfer: Wiring instructions can be found on the downloadable registration invoice. Please make all wiring fees payable by sender, and include your name in the transaction details.

Q: Can I register on-site at the conference?

A: Yes, on-site registration will be available each morning before the start of the program. The registration fees will be higher if you wait to register during the conference.

Q: When is my registration confirmed?

A: Your registration will be confirmed when SMS receives your conference fees. Until payment is received, your registration is pending.

Q: Do I receive a reduced rate as an SMS Member?

A: Yes, there is a $100 reduction on the conference rate for SMS Members.

Q: Is there a special registration fee for students?

A: Yes, there is a Student Bundle that includes a reduced registration fee as well as two years of SMS membership.

Q: As a PhD Student, can I wait to register for the conference until after I find out if I am accepted to the PhD Workshop?

A: Not if you are a submitting author whose proposal has been accepted. You will be required to register by May 16, 2011, in order to secure a place in the program for your proposal. To finalize the conference program, we need to know that an author is definitely attending and presenting.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: No refunds will be issued for cancellation of your registration, but you may transfer your registration to another person within your organization or to one of your co-authors before August, 2011. Read our policy.

Q: I am an international guest and will need an official Letter of Invitation to apply for my visa. How can I get this?

A: You can request an invitation letter by emailing the SMS Executive Office. Please be aware that the visa issuance is outside our control and often requires time and effort from you.

* Do you require a visa: Visa requirements are set by the country you plan to visit. It is your responsibility to check entry requirements with the consular officials of the countries to be visited well in advance of your trip.

**SMS cannot guarantee the issuance of a visa to enter the U.S**


Q: What is a Paper Session?

A: It is a panel of 3-4 authors who will present their research in a comprehensive fashion, followed by interaction between authors and audience on a number of papers in a related theme. Read more information about paper sessions.

Q: What is a Common Ground Session?

A: It is more interactive session than the traditional paper sessions. The session includes authors of 5-6 proposals who will conduct a facilitated discussion on the topic of their research. The facilitator is a renowned scholar in this field of research. Read more information about a common ground session.

Q: What is the role of a Session Chair?

A: Each Paper Session has a Session Chair. This position is often filled by one of the authors of a proposal that is presenting in the session. The main responsibility is to introduce the presenters and to make sure that the session starts and stays on its time schedule. Please contact the SMS Executive Office if you are interested in volunteering for this role.

Q: What is the role of a Facilitator?

A: Each Common Ground Session has a Facilitator, who is typically a known scholar on the session topic and not one of the authors. Their responsibility is to encourage discussion among the presenters and the audience, as well as keep control of the flow to ensure that it remains closely related to the topic of the proposals. The facilitator should prepare for the session in advance by familiarizing themselves with the material that is to be presented.

Q: Can I switch my proposal to a different session format?

A: No. Apart from the initial selection of preferred session type, authors will not be able to influence the session type they are assigned to. Final decision for accepted proposals will be made by the Program Directors and is determined by topic and/or developmental status of the proposal.

Q: Can I influence the scheduling of my presentation?

A: No. We will schedule all sessions and they can be anytime on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday until noon. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate special requests.

Q: How and when can I learn when my presentation is scheduled?

A: We will provide notification in mid July 2011 on the SMS conference website and will inform authors via email.

Q: What Audio Visual equipment will be available for presenters?

A: Presenters in Paper Sessions will have LCD projectors available, but will have to bring their own laptop computer. Authors participating in Common Ground Sessions will have access to flipcharts only. Overhead projectors will not be used in any sessions.

Q: Can I get a copy of the papers that will be presented?

A: All presenters will be invited to upload copies of their presentations and/or to our website. They will be available to conference attendees to download. For copies of the paper, please contact the author directly.

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