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ASU Business Symposium to Explore Outsourcing Issues

November 10, 2010

Dr. Masaaki “Mike” Kotabe, holder of the Washburn Chair in International Business and Marketing at Temple University, will be the keynote speaker for Angelo State University’s 12th annual International Business Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 18, on the ASU campus.

Kotabe will address the long-term implications of outsourcing at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 18 in the ASU Houston Harte University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. The symposium is open free to the public as part of ASU’s celebration of International Education Week.

In the mid-1980’s, Kotabe began researching global outsourcing and procurement issues, and his studies continue on global sourcing, product development, exporting and emerging economies. For the ASU symposium, he will also discuss how outsourcing is influenced by an organization’s current set of competences, and how it alters that set over time. His presentation is based on an in-depth case study of major consumer electronics manufacturers and an empirical study of more than 1,000 manufacturing companies.

Also the director of research at the Institute of Global Management Studies in Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management, Kotabe is the editor of the Journal of International Management and has written more than 100 scholarly publications, including more than a dozen books on various global management and marketing topics.

In 2008, Kotabe was ranked No. 10 on the International Business Review’s list of the world’s 50 most productive international business scholars. His work has appeared in numerous scholarly publications, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Marketing and Journal of Teaching International Business.

Prior to his time at Temple, Kotabe spent eight years teaching marketing and international business at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Ph.D. in marketing from Michigan State University and is a fellow of the Academy of International Business.

The International Business Symposium is sponsored by the ASU College of Business, Center for International Studies and Small Business Development Center, with support provided by Gary Rodgers of Rodgers Capital Inc. It is designed to stimulate international trade and aid economic development in the local area.

For more information, contact the Center for International Studies at 942-2083.