The Organization Theory in Health Care Association (OTHC) was established to create a platform for junior faculty to share their research with the community and to benefit from the detailed feedback of established scholars.

OTHC invites abstracts from health care organization researchers.  Priority will be given to submissions from junior faculty, but we also welcome submissions from doctoral candidates and others with an academic affiliation.  Up to five abstracts will be chosen for podium presentation based on peer review, with preference given to those that directly integrate and contribute to organizational theory and to those that indicate the related paper will be completed by the time of the conference.   Submissions that are not selected for a live presentation will be considered for a poster presentation, another key part of the conference. 

Research using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods is welcome. Theory development papers are also welcome (these should be original contributions to theory and not review articles).
If you would like to present your research at the conference, please submit an abstract for your work to Abstracts are due by Friday, March 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Abstracts may be up to two pages double-spaced, 12-point font, and should include the following sections:

  • For Empirical Papers: Title of abstract; Author names/affiliations/titles; Presenting author, email, and phone number; Study objectives; Hypotheses/ theory/ conceptual model/ research questions; Study design; Data sources; Measures; Methods; Results; Conclusions; Implications for policy, practice, or both; Implications for theory.

  • For Theoretical Papers: Title of abstract; Author names/affiliations/titles; Presenting author, email, and phone number; Problem to be addressed; Purpose of the conceptual approach; Logic and structure of the conceptual approach; Potential hypotheses; What is new in the conceptual approach; Implications for Research and, potentially for practice.

For either type of abstract, please include at the end:

  • A statement describing the state of completeness of the work upon which the abstract is based
  • Whether you wish your abstract to be considered for podium and/or poster presentation.


Key Dates for Conference Abstracts and Papers

Open call for abstracts: January 31, 2024
Abstracts due: March 1, 2024
Authors notified of selection: March 22, 2024
Complete papers due: May 13, 2024
Papers emailed to conference registrants: May 15, 2024
Conference: May 29 to 31, 2024

Please contact the organizers,, with any questions on abstracts submission or dates.