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OBTC is Different
We have a strong tradition of supportive, yet inquisitive and daring dialogue that encourages attendees to discover and try different philosophies and methods for teaching and learning. Sessions are expected to be highly interactive and presenters can expect listeners to engage in a collaborative pursuit for wisdom in teaching and learning. The OBTC tradition (though not a requirement) of rooming on the campus of the annual conference lends itself to seamless continuation of sessions into the evening and early morning hours.
At OBTC you’ll be warmly welcomed and supported. Expect an informal and collegial atmosphere.
A sense of excitement, engagement, and support is what makes OBTC Different
Asheville is Different
Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina is renowned for its eclectic and thriving arts community, consistently noted by artists, musicians, foodies, and beer enthusiasts as a rich mecca for those seeking an array of tastes and sounds, including an organic weekly drum circle and thriving farmers' markets. The University of North Carolina Asheville is dedicated to teaching the liberal arts in a tradition of multi- and interdisciplinary study with an emphasis on undergraduate research and the humanities. A walk through the city or campus reveals a community who proudly embraces their difference.
Dare to be Different
We invite submissions in any area of management education, broadly defined. Many of our members teach throughout the world in business, public administration, management, and related disciplines including accounting, operations management, psychology, economics, environmental studies, and sociology. Others consult and engage in professional education and training. All are committed to making a Difference through innovative and creative learning and teaching.
Conference Site and Activities (Remember, Asheville is Different!)
UNC Asheville is a modern campus with high-tech classrooms, residence halls, and recreation spaces. With amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and easy accessible to local shops, restaurants, hotels, and many tourist attractions, the campus is a perfect location to host management educators from around the world. Combining interior spaces optimal for both small and large gatherings, with a spacious outdoor Quadrangle, Botanical Gardens, and nature trails, UNC Asheville provides attendees with a beautiful environment in which to learn and grow together.
In the liberal arts tradition, UNC Asheville students and faculty share a belief in the importance of exemplary teaching and a respect for diverse learning opportunities. Just as OBTC brings together a melting pot of academicians to explore, debate and collaborate, UNC Asheville appreciates and implements inter- and multidisciplinary education.
We are planning to showcase the beauty of UNC Asheville by honoring the commitment to OBTC traditions, yet also challenging some of them. Our welcome BBQ, the nightly Jim’s Place, the talent show, and a variety of session types will be accommodated in our state of the art facilities. In addition, we’ll do things a bit different in 2013 by offering an off-campus Thursday excursion to the historic and picturesque Grove Park Inn for a tasty lunch buffet overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. The typical Thursday schedule will look different as we are planning evening sessions to coincide with Jim’s Place. Lastly, stay tuned for information on an optional experience to “tent on the quad” – we’re calling it “Sleep Different!” More details on the program, events, and exciting ‘differences’ to celebrate our 40th Anniversary OBTC will be detailed on this website and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/137507609681934/).