Message from the Presidents
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We would like to thank you for all your support and contribution to the Academy of International Business Midwest (AIB-MW)! AIB-Midwest is an organization that fosters research and education in the field of international business. We try to achieve this goal by sharing research and professional efforts from practitioners and scholars in business, government, and academic areas. Over the past few years, AIB-MW has witnessed great success at our annual conferences in Chicago. The success would not have been possible without your contribution and support. We would like to thank all of our authors, reviewers, panelists, speakers, keynoters, and conference participants. Of course, thanks go to our hard working AIB-MW executive officers. Thank you for your active involvement and hard work!
Current and Past Presidents
David Boggs, PH.D.
President, Academy of International Business Midwest USA Chapter
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Management
Eastern Illinois University
Man Zhang, Ph.D.
Immediate Past President, Academy of International Business Midwest USA Chapter
College of Business Administration
Bowling Green State University
Past president, Academy of International Business Midwest USA Chapter
Director, Latino Leadership Institute
HACU Faculty Caucus Member
Missouri State University
Anthony Koh, Ph.D.
Past President, Academy of International Business Midwest USA Chapter
College of Business & Innovation
The University of Toledo
Dr. David J. Boggs, President, received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is currently Associate Professor of Management and the Assistant Chair of Management at Eastern Illinois University; previously he was an Assistant Professor of International Business at Saint Louis University. Dr. Boggs has taught and presented his research in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America and has a long history of involvement with the AIB, AIB-Midwest, and MBAA. His research focuses on emerging and developing markets, internationalization and international experience, and technology’s impacts on management and managing across borders. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses primarily in the areas of business strategy and international business. Boggs CV available here
Dr. Etienne Musonera, Vice President, is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Stetson School of Business and Economics, Mercer University (Atlanta, Georgia), where He teaches Marketing in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Prior to that, He was an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Eastern New Mexico University and has taught a variety of marketing and management courses including Project Management, Business Research, Operations and Production Management, International and Marketing Management. Dr. Musonera is also a William Davidson Institute Faculty Affiliate at the University of Michigan and has taught Marketing in the Goldman & Sachs Women Entrepreneurship Program in Rwanda. He also taught in the Executive MBA program at the School of Finance and Banking (SFB) in Rwanda under the United Nations Development Program (UNDVP). He has also designed and conducted short course training in Project Management, Operations Management, Quality Management, and Quality Improvement Process. Dr. Musonera holds a unique Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (II PhD) in both: (I): Industrial Engineering and (II): International Marketing from Wayne State University. He has a Master of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Wayne State University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Western Michigan University. He is very active in consulting and offers a unique expertise in Marketing Strategies, Foreign Direct Investment, Decision Risk Analysis, Lean Six Sigma, Business and Quality Improvement Process Management, Project Engineering Management, and World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Best Strategies and Practices. Dr. Musonera is included in Who's Who in Finance and Business; Marquis Who's Who in America, and He is a lifetime Honored Member of the Cambridge Who's Who Registry of Executives and Professionals (http://business.mercer.edu/faculty-staff/musonera.cfm).
Dr. Anand Pore, Program Chair, has earned his PhD from Rutgers University. Currently he is working as an Assistant Professor at University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses primarily in the areas of strategy, international business and leadership. His research interests include: modes of offshoring, effectiveness of various teaching methods and humanistic capitalism. Also, he has more than nineteen years of professional experience working in various capacities ranging from Network Engineer to Vice President in the Information Technology field and has worked for various companies such as Chase, Johnson & Johnson, The Prudential, AT&T, Mars and Mars, Delta Consultancy Services and Tata Unisys.
Lydia Gan, Secretary, earned her BA and MS degrees in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Ph D. degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. She has over 27 years of higher education teaching and research experience and has been with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for 8 years. Her research has appeared in a number of leading academic journals, including The Economics e-Journal, Review of Applied Economics, Academy of Economics and Finance Journal, Healthcare Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Vacation Marketing, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, Information and Management, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, and Journal of Asia-Pacific Business. She also serves on a few editorial boards, including Open Economics and Management Journal, and Journal of Business Theory and Practice.She is also the co-author (with Frank, Bernanke, and Chen) of The Principles of Economics (2009), Asian Edition, McGrawHill, a textbook widely used by Economics students throughout Asia -- in countries such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Indonesia. The textbook has also been translated into Chinese language. Her work on medical tourism has received international acclaim. She was invited to speak on her research in this area at The Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in November of 2013. She has been consulted by various organizations including insurance companies, medical tourism facilitators, and independent research agencies. She has conducted research interviews relating to medical tourism with hospitals in a number of countries, including South Africa, Turkey, Singapore, and Malaysia, and plans to write a book based on her interviews.
Ramin Cooper Maysami, Treasurer and Editor of Journal of International Business Research and Practice. Dr. Ramin Cooper Maysami is currently the Dean and Professor of Economics at Jackson State University. He served as the Dean of School of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina Pembroke for three years prior to arriving at Jackson State, and as the Chair of Economics, Finance, and Decision Sciences department at UNCP for the previous six years. He was also Founding Director of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Maysami joined UNCP in 2003 following a 9-year stay in Singapore where he conducted research in financial services and regulation, and served as a consultant to several financial institutions and government agencies, in addition to teaching in the country’s premier school of business, Nanyang Business School (NBS). While in Singapore, he he also served as the Director of the Interest-Free Banking and Finance Research Unit and the Associate Director of the Central Banking Policies Research Unit at NBS. He taught at the University of Illinois at Springfield prior to his time in Singapore. Dr. Maysami is an avid researcher and writer. His areas of research include regulation of financial institutions, interest-free banking and finance, entrepreneurship, and recently, online teaching and learning. His publications appear in academically refereed journal as well as professional/practitioners journals. He is the co-editor of Journal of International Business Research and Practice, member of editorial board of International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, and a regular reviewer and discussant for academic conferences and journals. He is the recipient of several awards including a UNCP’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Adolph L. Dial Endowed Awards in the area of Scholarship and Creative Work. Dr. Maysami graduated from Iowa State University, and received his CPF license from the Financial Planning Association of Singapore.
Alex Polacco (MBA, BSIE, CPIM, CSCP, CMOE, CQE, CQA), Co-Editor of Journal of International Business Research and Practice, is a Professor of Management at St Cloud State University in Minnesota. He has been teaching courses in Operations and Supply Chain Management there for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he had worked for 22 years in industry as a consultant, manager, and engineer. He was president of the Central MN APICS chapter for 3 years, and has been faculty advisor to the SCSU Student chapter for the last 8 years. He was named Faculty of the Year in the Herberger Business School, SCSU, 4 times in last 7 years; and won the APICS Student Chapter Mentor of the Year award in 2013. He has been a member of the APICS Academic Committee since 2013.
Dr. Christopher Ziemnowicz, editor of the program proceedings, earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the George Mason University in Virginia and a MBA in International Business from The American University in Washington, DC. His first teaching appointment was with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where he also facilitated a School of Business faculty exchange program with the Social Sciences and Economics Institute at the Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska or Warsaw Tech) in Poland. He established new business ventures and later served as the General Manager of a privately held service enterprise in Washington, DC. He continued with teaching at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, as well as providing consulting services for the Small Business Development Center at Bucknell University. He developed entrepreneurial ventures while earning a PhD in management at the Warsaw University of Technology. Returning full-time to academe at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, he served as the Department Head for Business Administration and also as the director of the Graduate Business Programs (MBA, MS in Accounting, and a joint MBA-JD). Dr. Ziemnowicz’s next appointment was with Concord University, a part of the West Virginia state system, located in Athens, WV. He is currently with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP), where he served for six years as the Chair of the Management, Marketing, and International Business Department. His teaching responsibilities and research interests include marketing, management, international business, and entrepreneurship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also facilitates study abroad opportunities for students and is focused on bringing innovative techniques to improve student learning in the classrooms, as well as incorporating Quality Matters (QM) benchmarks into his online courses. He has been invited to present at several teaching conferences sponsored by the European Union (EU) often as the sole representative from the United States. His other professional development work includes numerous peer-reviewed research articles, chapters in books, conference presentations, and currently serves as an associate editor for several professional journals.
Dr. Man Zhang, Immediate Past President, (Current Webmaster)is an Associate Professor of International Business at College of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University. She earned her PhD in International Business from Washington State University. Before pursuing a PhD, she worked at Major University in Thailand for five years. Dr. Zhang has been involved with AIB-Midwest since 2008. She served in different executive positions in this chapter, including secretary and Program Chair. During her time at BGSU, Dr. Man Zhang’s primary teaching responsibilities have been with International Business courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research focuses on entrepreneurial capabilities of small exporting firms in emerging markets. Her research was accepted for publication in outlets such as the Multinational Business Review, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Global Marketing, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Journal of Technology Research, Journal of Global Information Management, Journal of Academy of Business and Economics and ICIS proceedings etc. Her most recent research involved global companies in three countries, namely China, Thailand and S.Korea.
Anthony C. Koh, Past President , is Professor of Marketing and International Business Emeritus in the Department of Marketing and International Business, College of Business & Innovation, The University of Toledo. He received his Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Economics from the University of Malaya, and his Master (Marketing) and Ph.D. (Business Administration) degrees from the University of Alabama. He has worked as a management consultant in Malaysia and served 10 years with the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority, of which five years were in Australia as an Investment and Trade Consul. He also worked at the Alabama International Trade Center, Tuscaloosa, providing export counseling and assistance to small businesses. Anthony teaches courses in Marketing and International Business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His major research works have appeared in several publications, including International Marketing Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Global Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Teaching in International Business, International Business Review, Journal of Product and Brand Management, International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, and the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research. His research focuses on exporting, foreign direct investments, Asia (particularly China, India and Southeast Asia), cross-cultural implications, branding and consumer culture positioning, and marketing strategies and internationalization of family-owned businesses. In collaboration with the COBI Executive Center for Global Competitiveness, Anthony facilitated a series of cross-cultural training seminars for executives and staff of a major high-tech corporation headquartered in the U.S. and with subsidiaries in Germany and Malaysia.
Dr. Raffaele DeVito, President Emeritus, Professor of Management in the School of Business, joined Emporia State University in 1982. He received his Doctorate from Northeastern University Boston and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University, New York. He also has a Chinese Language Certification which he received from Yale University, in Connecticut. Dr. DeVito has served as the chair of the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council (KITCC) and during the past 25 years. Among other responsibilities, the Council membership works with Kansas international firms and selects the recipient of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award each year. In 2008 and again in 2013, he received a special Governor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the State. Dr. DeVito has presented or published international business papers in Europe, Latin America, the Pacific Rim (China and Taiwan) and the U.S.A. He has served as Visiting Lecturer at East China Normal University, Shanghai, P.R.C. and conducted workshops in France, Poland, and Hungary. Most recently as part of a sabbatical semester, he lectured at three Chinese exchange universities and met with Chinese manufacturers who were conducting business with the U.S. These included companies in the fields of energy, agricultural equipment and other industrial products. He currently teaches International Business, Strategic Planning, and related management courses. DeVito’s research activities are focused on small- and medium-sized firms and their development of international supply- chain relationships.