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ASU Business Prof Wins International Award

September 06, 2012

Dr. Detelin Elenkov of the Angelo State University business faculty was named the “Outstanding World Researcher 2012” by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) at the group’s World Research Festival held Aug. 22-25 in Cebu City, Philippines.

Elenkov received the honor based on the prodigious number of scholarly research contributions he has made throughout his career.  Since he became involved in international business in 1985, his work has been cited 928 times by other scholars and corporate executives for his top 16 academic publications tracked by Thomson Reuters and Elsevier.  Elenkov has completed 12 editorships in addition to writing 50 scientific articles, eight books and book chapters, 70 referenced papers and 10 research grants.  He has also served as a professor at nine universities and as a reviewer for 13 journals, and has received more than a dozen career honors and awards.

Elenkov’s research interests include cross-cultural management, focusing on economies in transition; environment scanning; and sustainability as it pertains to the triple bottom line accountability concept and its applicability in developing countries.  He next plans to continue with cross-cultural management research as he investigates how subcultures affect business management.

“I do research for pleasure,” Elenkov said. “Research is like a personal necessity for me.”

The IAMURE Outstanding World Researcher honor is highly competitive, with many previous recipients affiliated with Ivy League schools.  To be considered, nominees must be published in journals ranked in the top 50 by the Financial Times.  Elenkov is the 2012 recipient for North America, and the association also recognizes one researcher from Asia/Australia and one from Europe.  Other 2012 recipients were Olivia R. del Castillo Caoili, University of the East, Republic of the Philippines; and Ekaterina Prasolova-Forland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

A professor of international business in ASU’s Department of Management and Marketing, Elenkov is the first holder of the Norris Family Endowed Chair in International Business that was established in December of 2007 through a $1 million donation from the Lloyd Norris Family of San Angelo.  An endowed chair is the most prestigious academic appointment available for university faculty.

Elenkov also serves as president-elect of the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) and chaired the group’s summer conference in Venice, Italy.  He will assume the duties and responsibilities of IABE president in January.  IABE is a global organization of academic scholars, business executives, students and public policymakers in business, economics and related fields.  It hosts annual conferences for worldwide participants at international forums to present research papers and exchange ideas in research, teaching and managerial practices.

Elenkov earned his bachelor’s degree from Sofia University in Bulgaria.  He went on to earn his doctoral degree from the prestigious Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, consistently ranked among the top three business schools in the world.

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