Guidelines Posters

About the Poster Format

In addition to the traditional competitive and interactive papers (the deadline for which passed already) we welcome posters to any of the conference tracks to be presented in a dedicated poster session. The poster session at EIBA 2016 is designed to push early-stage work towards high-impact contributions.

Here presenters will exhibit the poster they prepared in a large poster hall where all conference participants have the chance to walk by and engage in a fruitful conversation.

Additionally and to provide the best possible experience to poster presenters, we have secured a large number of senior scholars who agreed to give feedback during the poster session. These include:

Ulf Anderson, Gabriel Benito, José Pla Barber, Sjoerd Beugelsdijk, Peter Buckley, John Cantwell, Charles Dhanaraj, Desislava Dikova, Pavlos Dimitratos, Jonathan Doh, Douglas Dow, Rian Drogendijk, Jesper Edman, Igor Filatotchev, Christian Geisler Asmussen, Pervez Ghauri, Jean Francois Hennart, Dirk Holtbrügge, Jorma Larimo, Alexander Mohr, Dirk Morschett, Phillip Nell, Niina Nummela, Chang Hoon Oh, Ronaldo Parente, Torben Pedersen, Dorota Piaskowska, Lucia Piscitella, Trond Randoy, Elizabeth Rose, Stefan Schmid, Arjen Slangen, Günter Stahl, Roger Strange, Bernhard Swoboda, Rob van Tulder, Lena Zander and Mary Zellmer Bruhn, among others.

There will be no activities parallel to the poster session. This means many additional scholars will be interested in discussing your ideas.

Participants who will present their poster at this session will receive a regular attendance mention in the conference booklet and are considered “active participants”. The abstracts of presented posters will be published in the conference proceedings. 


Unless you have previously submitted a paper to EIBA which has then been accepted as a poster, all poster submissions are to be made to the poster track in the submission system. We welcome papers in all areas of IB.

The submission deadline for posters is Saturday, October 1, 2016. Note that this is about two weeks after the acceptance notification for competitive and interactive papers, giving authors the option to resubmit an idea, which is not sufficiently developed, to the more developmental poster track.

Submissions must conform to the following guidelines:

  • The submission format for posters are extended abstracts of maximum 1,500 words (including references and other appendices). Submissions exceeding this threshold will be rejected without exception.
  • Additionally, in the submission system you will be asked to summarize your poster in a short submission abstract (max 200 words). While this seems redundant, it is a prerequisite for the EIBA proceedings in which all poster abstracts will be published as well.
  • Please make sure you remove ALL information from the abstract which might reveal your identity.
  • All abstracts should be prepared in Adobe pdf.
  • Please make sure the extended abstract outlines the research gap, its relevance, the theoretical basis, intended method, and (if existing) preliminary results.

Content, Layout and Presentation of the Actual Poster

Please make sure the poster you bring to Vienna fulfills the following criteria:

  • Poster size is A0 (841×1189 mm)
  • All text on the poster is in English
  • The poster is printed in portrait, not landscape format
  • Print of title, authors, and affiliations is 3 cm, 2 cm, and 1 cm tall, respectively
  • Poster contains contact information of the main author
  • Poster is made from material that is easy to fix to posterboard with push pins
  • All materials on the poster should be easily readable from more than 1 m away

For presentation of your project and discussion with viewers, it is helpful if you prepare a 5 minutes presentation and bring business cards as well as sketch paper, sticky notes, pens, and markers for discussion.

Presenters of posters can have their posters printed in Vienna and collected on the WU campus. Have a look at the link below and see the process description here. Please note that WU or EIBA do not take any responsibility for your poster prints. Please contact for questions about the poster printing process.


Preparing your poster

In general, posters should be self-supporting. The presenter should only need to supplement or discuss particular points after inquiry. Make sure your poster is structured logically, from top to bottom or with a similar easy-to-follow logical structure. Please remember that people with diverse backgrounds and differing interests may be viewing your poster at the same time. Try to be as concise and brief as possible. Illustrations, graphics, and figures greatly increase readability. Make use of them extensively and minimize narrative and long paragraphs. Bullet lists are also a concise and effective way to communicate a series of points. An excellent poster is designed to:

  • Attract attention
  • Provide a concise overview of the key points of your work
  • Initiate discussion

These steps are good practice in preparing a poster. Following them will help you get the most out of the poster session at EIBA, particularly if this is the first time you are participating in such a session.

  1. Create several initial sketches of the poster layout
  2. Choose the best layout and make a full-size draft (e.g. on a whiteboard)
  3. Have colleagues or peers give feedback on the poster draft
  4. Design final version and review digital version using a projector
  5. Print final version

Please note that it is the authors’ responsibility to put the poster up in the designated poster area at EIBA 2016 (and take it down at the end of the session).