Dr. Carlo Bagnoli, professor of business and economics at Ca’ Foascari University in Venice Italy. Photo by Danny Meyer
Window to the World
Dr. Detelin Elenkov
As Angelo State’s faculty and student body become more globally diverse, so does the research produced in many of its academic departments
As a way to showcase that work, the ASU College of Business unveiled its inaugural Norris-ASU International Research Symposium in October, complete with international speakers and research presentations from various ASU departments.“For the past several years, ASU has achieved significant recognition in the area of international research,” said Dr. Detelin Elenkov, ASU professor of international business. “The symposium is a way to really highlight the achievements of various departments, colleges and individuals of ASU.”
The daylong symposium featured keynote speakers Elenkov and Dr. Carlo Bagnoli, professor of business and economics at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy, along with research presentations on topics ranging from European transportation policy to South Korean politics to community engagement in Scotland and Malawi. Additionally, Bagnoli was presented with a plaque recognizing him as the Norris Symposium’s first International Scholar.
“This symposium is a great opportunity for the local community to hear about research going on here at ASU.”
Bagnoli is co-editor-in-chief with Elenkov of the Journal of Strategic and International Studies and chaired the 2013 International Academy for Advancement of Business and Research Summer Conference in Greece. His keynote address was titled “Meaning Perspective of Fit for Business Model Innovation.”
“We believe as business professors,” said Dr. Corbett Gaulden, College of Business dean, “that one of the best ways to promote harmony amongst nations is to promote economic opportunity.”
Research presentations opened with Elenkov on “The New Frontiers of International Business Research.” Dr. Norman Sunderman, professor of accounting, followed with a discussion of European transportation policy, while Dr. Tom Badgett, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, reported on his own research in managing highly perishable consumer goods. Dr. Richard Lawrence, assistant professor of management information systems, and Dr. Sandra Pate, assistant professor of management, also made presentations.
In addition to business faculty, speakers included Dr. Jeffrey Schonberg, professor of English, who spoke on Chinese literacy and religious discourse, and Dr. John Klingemann, assistant professor of history, who related his experience as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico.
Dr. WooJin Kang, a native of South Korea and assistant professor of political science, shared his research on lower-income groups’ support of conservative political parties in the Asian nation.
Dr. Kathryn Artnak, professor of nursing, reviewed her recent study abroad trip with ASU nursing students to Malawi, while Dr. Sharynn Tomlin, executive director of ASU’s Center for International Studies, spoke about her study abroad students’ work to renovate a youth community center in Scotland.
“This symposium is a great opportunity for the local community to hear about research going on here at ASU,” Tomlin said. “Also, we sometimes become so busy that we don’t know what other members of the faculty are doing. It also gives students a chance to see what we’re doing in the area of research.”
José Sanchez, a senior from Van Horn, said, “The symposium had a lot of very relevant information for those of us who are interested in international business. It was overall a very good event.”
The Norris-ASU International Research Symposium is funded by the Norris Family Endowment, which was established through a $1 million donation from the Lloyd Norris Family of San Angelo in 2007, and also endowed the Norris Family Chair in International Business. An endowed chair is the most prestigious academic appointment available for university faculty. Elenkov is the first holder of the Norris Chair.