Published 11/19/14

Educators from around the globe share research about IB at RI conference

AIB conference Dozens of eminent international business scholars presented their research during the prestigious Academy of International Business (AIB) Northeast Chapter Annual Conference hosted by Bryant University. The conference, held in Providence Nov. 14 and 15, welcomed more than 100 participants from more than 12 countries.

Experts discussed the impact that multinational corporations have on outsourcing and insourcing products, as well as trends in global supply chain management, cross culture management and management information systems.

“This conference is a testament to Bryant University’s commitment to international business education.”

Distinguished scholars as well as industry specialists featured at the event included:

  • AIB President Nakiye Boyacigiller from Sabanci University, Turkey (standing in photo above)
  • John Cantwell of Rutgers Business School and editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Business (seated, second from left in photo above)
  • Mike Kotabe of Temple University and editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Management
  • AIB Vice President Sumit Kundu of Florida International University
  • Allan Bird of Northeastern University

“These are all scholars whom I have read countless times, and I am honored that they have come to Bryant to provide us with their valuable experience,” said Bryant University’s College of Business Associate Dean Madan Annavarjula.

“This was a great opportunity to host some of the world’s most accomplished international business scholars,” noted conference co-chair Andres Ramirez, associate professor of finance and coordinator of Bryant’s International Business program. “This conference is a testament to Bryant University’s commitment to international business education.”

AIB conference Conference co-chair and Bryant Associate Professor of Management Crystal Jiang, said, “The University was selected to host this conference because of the strong international business program and the outstanding research that Bryant faculty are undertaking." (Jiang, at far right in this photo, with AIB President Nakiye Boyacigiller from Sabanci University, Turkey, center; and Denise Dunlap, assistant professor at Northeastern University) Bryant presenters included:

  • Diya Das, Management, “Balancing Cultural and Virtual Identities in Global Work: An Examination of the Identity Work in Acculturation Strategies”
  • Suhong Li, CIS, “ Impact of Green Supply Chain on Organizational Performance”
  • Kongli Liu, U.S.-China Institute, and Qin Leng, Science and Technology Department, “Blending Business Learning with Liberal Arts and Cross-Culture Experience”
  • Jim Segovis, Management, "Meeting the Challenge of Developing Innovative Problem-Solving Students Using Design Thinking in Business Courses” (co-authored with Michael Roberto and Lori Coakley)
  • John Visich and Christopher Roethlein, Management, “Social and Environmental Factors in the Offshoring Decision Model”
  • Elzobetk Rustambekov, Management, “Applications of Behavioral Theory of the Firm to Global Investment Banks”

Other scholars who shared their research included:

  • John Clarry, Rutgers University, "Global Innovation and Knowledge Flows in Dispersed R&D Networks" 
  • Denise Dunlap, Northeastern University, "Managing Innovative Ambidexterity in Emerging Economies" 
  • Arturo Osorio, Rutgers University, and Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, UMass Boston, "Challenges Faced by Emerging Ventures in Urban Spaces"
  • Thomas Lindner et al., WU Vienna University Australia, "Risk and Diversification Effects of Institutional Distance in International Corporate Acquisitions"