How To Submit An Abstract

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is accepting abstracts for presentation at its first Symposium on Free Market Solutions to Urban Grand Challenges.

Urban grand challenges are systemic and inter-related problems that affect cities and require multidisciplinary solutions.Among these problems are violent crime, child hunger, adult obesity, substance abuse, educational underachievement, housing blight, and communicable disease.

Accepted abstracts will be invited for full paper submissions to the Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Technology Transfer, or Small Business Economics, as appropriate to the mission of each journal. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Symposium participants will be responsible for their own travel costs, and there is a $50 registration fee for the conference and meals.

In addition, the organizers will conduct a PhD students’ consortium before the symposium to mentor doctoral students and discuss their research on free markets and urban grand challenges. Selection into the consortium will be made by a committee of senior faculty. We invite faculty to nominate their graduate students to participate in the consortium. PhD candidates should submit a 70-word abstract of their research idea. Invited candidates will receive a $1,000 stipend to cover travel and accommodation costs.

The Symposium on Free Market Solutions to Urban Grand Challenges is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Charles Koch Foundation. It will include participation from experts in medicine, public health, nursing, education, sociology, and free enterprise from across the United States.

To submit an abstract, please copy the following form and email to