From October 22-24, the Organizations and Social Change (OSC) Research Group of the College of Management hosted the Academy of International Business (AIB) US-Northeast Frontier Conference at UMass Boston.
The interdisciplinary conference theme "Bringing the Political Economy Back In" brought together over 80 management, economics, sociology, and international relations scholars, some of who visited campus from as far as China, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, Pakistan, Qatar, Denmark, Italy, and the UK. View AIB Conference photos >
Major themes of the conference included: global governance and the role of multinationals; gender and international development; global responses to climate change; and new intersections of political economy and international business research. Themes were discussed in six different panels, and fifteen presentation tracks.
Among the universities represented were Rutgers University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas-Dallas, MIT, York University (Canada), University of Reading (UK), Bocconi University (Italy), Copenhagen Business School, National University of Singapore, Stockholm School of Economics, University of Zurich, Victoria University (New Zealand), University of Adelaide (Australia) and Renmin University (China).
The conference was a major success, as expressed by the dozen panelists and speakers – all of whom are globally recognized experts in their fields – and regular participants.
The conference, which also included a doctoral consortium and paper development workshop, was chaired by current AIB-NE president and College of Management faculty member Stephan Manning, in collaboration with OSC PhD students Chacko Kannothra and Chris Whynacht. The organizing committee also included Alessia Contu, David Levy, Banu Özkazanç-Pan, Suhaib Riaz, and Vesela Veleva, as well as staff members Effie Godinho and Andrea Reardon.
The success of this conference will help further establish the UMass Boston College of Management as a hub of innovative and relevant research around the role of business in society – both locally and globally. Several conferences and forums are currently being planned on campus to continue this important conversation. Check out the Organizations and Social Change blog for upcoming conference reviews.