Bryant’s world-class faculty are accomplished scholars who present their research at top conferences around the world. These conferences are an opportunity for faculty to collaborate with colleagues, deepen their expertise, and enhance their teaching effectiveness. Here’s a roundup of their participation and contributions to recent global conferences.
ISPIM Innovation Conference – Florence, Italy
Management Professors Crystal Jiang, Ph.D., Director of the International Business Program, and Dirk Primus, Ph.D., represented the University at the International Society for Professional Innovation Management’s (ISPIM) 30th annual conference, held in Florence, Italy, from June 16 to 19. Jiang and Primus presented valuable insights on organizational diversity and biometric signals to the innovation management community.
Jiang led the discussion, “Does organizational diversity matter and how does it impact firms’ innovation activities?” and Primus ran the session, “How can Biometric Signals be used in Innovation Management Research?”
The conference “Celebrating Innovation – 500 Years Since Da Vinci” welcomed more than 500 researchers, managers, executives, and consultants from around the world who share a passion for innovation management.
Known as Europe’s premier innovation conference, ISPIM discussed the role innovation can play in solving global challenges and included a series of keynote presentations, discussion panels, workshops, site visits, and networking events. Established in 1983, ISPIM currently has more than 700 members in 70 countries.
Academy of International Business Annual Meeting – Copenhagen, Denmark
The Academy of International Business (AIB), the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business, held its 61st annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, from June 24 to 27.
Bryant’s International Business program sponsored and presented the “Best Paper Award in Emerging Economies Research.” Several Bryant faculty members were in attendance, including: Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business, Management Professors Diya Das, Ph.D., Crystal Jiang, Ph.D., and Elzotbek Rustambekov, Ph.D., Marketing Professors Sukki Yoon, Ph.D. and Srdan Zdravkovic, Ph.D., and Finance Professor Andres Ramirez, Ph.D.
Yoon, Zdravkovic, and professors from the University of Split, Southern Methodist University, and Dongguk University, presented research during the session “What’s Funny to Me Is Not Funny to Them: A Three Country Study Delineating the Impact of Provocative Humor in Advertising.”
Rustambekov, who chaired the session “Dynamic Issues in Global Strategies,” presented his strategies and insights for “Risk Taking Behavior During Crisis” while Ramirez joined several professors on a panel that discussed the “Inter-Institutional Association for the Advancement of IB Education.”
Prior to the conference, Jiang, Rustambekov, Zdravkovic, and Finance Professors A. Can Inci, Ph.D. and Ying (Cathy) Zheng, Ph.D., served as members of The Program Review Committee, evaluating submissions from potential presenters.
Jiang currently serves as a board member of AIB’s Northeast Chapter, the second largest U.S. chapter in the Academy of International Business community, with close to 400 members. Established in 1959, the AIB has 3,449 members in 94 countries.
International Conference on Management and Marketing – Athens, Greece
Marketing Professor Stefanie Boyer, Ph.D. presented “Adaptability Insights for Sales Leaders” to academics and researchers from all over the world at the 17th annual International Conference on Management and Marketing at the University of Athens, in Greece, from July 1 to 4.
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), who organized the conference, is an independent world member-based association of academics and researchers with 2,507 members from 117 different countries.
Boyer is currently the Director of the Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC), which brings the brightest sales students and leading sales organizations in the northeast together for networking, recruiting, competition, and skill-building. Now going into its eighth year, NISC is a unique opportunity for outstanding students pursuing sales careers to connect with employers from some of the best sales organizations in the nation.
Academy of Management Annual Meeting – Boston, Massachusetts
The Academy of Management (AOM), the leading professional association for management and organization scholars, held its 79th annual Meeting in Boston, MA, from August 9 to 13. Management Professors Erim Ergene, Ph.D., Crystal Jiang, Ph.D., Eileen Kwesiga, Ph.D., Kathryn Ostermeier, Ph.D., and Elzotbek Rustambekov, Ph.D., shared their research and expertise at the conference.
Ostermeier presented a research paper, “Lead me away: The influence of managerial turnover on subordinate departures and unit performance,” in collaboration with co-authors from the University of North Texas and the University of Texas, while Ergene and co-authors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and ESSEC Business School, presented their paper on “Customer Co-production, Service Complexity and Human Capital in High Captivity Service Firms.”
Kwesiga co-organized the session “Tribal Identity and the Challenge of Building Inclusive Organizations” on behalf of the Africa Academy of Management and participated in the session, “The Extended Family as an Entrepreneurial Asset in Collectivist Cultures.”
As a Caucus Committee Member, Jiang, a past chair of AOM, supported a Caucus on “Revisiting Gender Entrepreneurship in the Post #MeToo World,” that was well received by scholars from several different countries, including the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
This year’s theme, “Understanding the Inclusive Organization,” examined the global trends that have an impact on the workforce as well as challenges around people’s sense of belonging and their ability to fully participate in organizations. Founded in 1936, the Academy of Management’s global community is nearly 20,000 strong, with members from more than 120 countries.