updated: 6/13/2007 5:01:29 PM

IU to Host International Business Conference

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Indiana University's Kelley School of Business will this year host economists and scholars from around the world as part of the Academy of International Business conference June 25-28. The conference has been held the past three years in world cities like Beijing and Stockholm. More than 800 members from 40 countries, who are faculty teaching in schools of business, are expected to attend.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- In the last three years, the Academy of International Business, a leading organization of world economists and scholars, has held its annual meeting in Beijing, Quebec City and Stockholm. This year, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business will host the distinguished group in Indianapolis, June 25-28.

At least 800 of AIB's 3,300 members will attend from more than 40 countries. Members include scholars from the leading global academic institutions as well as consultants, researchers and NGO representatives.

Next year, the meeting moves back across the Atlantic to Milan, Italy.

Among the presenters this year will be Douglass Cecil North, the Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is the winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics and one of the founders of the "new institutional economics."

"These are faculty who teach primarily in schools of business from around the world," said Marjorie Lyles, the OneAmerica Chair in Business Administration and professor of international strategic management at Kelley-Indianapolis. She also is local arrangements committee chair for the meeting. "They teach the current business leaders of their countries. They are teaching the future business leaders of their countries," she said.

"The fact that they are coming to Indiana is pretty amazing. It's one of the few times that Indianapolis and Indiana has hosted an international group of this size, particularly one that is this business oriented. It speaks to the strong international reputation of the Kelley School of Business that we have been chosen to host this year's meeting," said Lyles.

While the majority of the sessions will feature presentations of research papers, Lyles said Indiana business people may find some portions of the conference of interest.

Tim Solso, Cummins' chairman and chief executive officer, will speak on June 27 and will receive the International Executive of the Year award. James T. Morris, a Hoosier and former executive director of the United National World Food Programme, will speak on June 26 in conjunction with the Tobias Center for Excellence in Leadership speaker series.

One presentation in particular -- "Sport Business and Sport: Facing the Challenges of Internationalization" -- will be of local interest. The session, which will focus on motorsports, will include Joie Chitwood III, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and faculty from the University of London, Université Laval and the University of Adelaide.

"The Kelley School has long been a leader in international business education," said Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School. "This is the world's premiere international business conference. It is indeed an honor for us to host the event. The featured speakers, Jim Morris and Nobel Prize recipient Douglass North, are superb and will provide tremendous insight on the challenges and opportunities posed by the rapidly changing international environment. It will be an informative program with something for everyone interested in global business."

All participants in the AIB conference have to be registered members of the Academy of International Business. More information is available online at http://aib.msu.edu/events/2007/.

Several Kelley School faculty members and doctoral students will present at the meeting. They include Lyles; Alan Rugman, the L. Leslie Waters Chair in International Business and AIB's president in 2004-06; Dan Li, assistant professor of international business; Patricia McDougall, associate dean of faculty and research at the Kelley School and professor of strategic management; and Charles Dhanaraj, associate professor of management. Ball State and Purdue universities also will be represented at the conference.

The 2007 AIB conference, "Bring the Country Back In: The Importance of Local Knowledge in a Global Economy," will be held at the Westin Hotel Indianapolis, 50 S. Capitol Ave. A highlight will be a gala celebration on June 27 at the Eiteljorg Museum.

The conference will conclude with a reception to honor the recipient of the Journal of International Business Studies Decade Award, which goes to the most influential paper published in that publication 10 years ago.

"This is a tremendous recognition for the quality and innovativeness of someone's work," said Lyles, who received the award last year. She is one of three Kelley faculty members who have received this honor.

Sponsors of the conference are the Kelley School of Business, and its journal, the Kelly School's Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, Business Horizons, Cummins Inc., Deloitte, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, BAA, Vis-ŕ-vis and Simply Hospitality.

Established in 1959, AIB has 3,335 members in 74 different countries. Members include scholars from the leading global academic institutions as well consultants, researchers and NGO representatives. The academy has 13 chapters around the world to facilitate networking and the exchange of knowledge at local levels.

Source: Indiana University

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