JIIBR Symposium 2015

JIIBR Symposium brings interdisciplinary business researchers
from around the world to Cal State LA

Mike Sarian

Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Angela Young and Dean Goodrich, of the College of Business and Economics and to Justin Evans of Fort Hayes University for pulling together the 2nd annual Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Business Research symposium.  This year’s event more than doubled the number of attendees from last year culminating in over 48 presentations. Researchers from as far away as China, New Zealand and Switzerland came together with faculty from U.S. universities and the Cal State university system to share their current research and ideas October 7th through 9th in the Cal State LA Student Union.  The symposium is part of a collaboration between the Colleges of Business at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and Cal State LA.

Sessions covered timely business issues with both a global perspective and of interest to the local Los Angeles business community.  Attendees shared research findings including an exploration of entrepreneurship issues in Lebanon, China and Latin America and raised awareness of how other countries deal with issues relevant to LA including the impact of earthquakes on the housing market in New Zealand and recent research collaborations with local firms and organizations including Huntington Hospital and the American Film Offices.

In addition to a broad range of interdisciplinary business issues, other sessions centered on teaching effectiveness and curriculum design.  Panelists covered recent best practices for effectively teaching entrepreneurship, the use of interdisciplinary curriculum design and cloud resources for e-learning.  Our own faculty shared recent research on maximizing creative potential through diversity, how visionaries use purpose to create positive lasting change, and the relationship between institutional ownership and R&D investment.

Provost Lynn Mahoney and Dean Goodrich welcomed the attendees and introduced Keynote speaker Michael Sarian, President of Operations at Prime Healthcare, who discussed new developments in healthcare operations in the U.S. His comments led a series of presentations about global issues in healthcare.  Thursday’s panel discussed healthcare leadership issues, international health security and economic policy, and technology adoption in the healthcare field. 

The symposium is an important part of university life and academic development.  It provides an opportunity for business researchers to come together to share findings, develop collaborations, and get feedback to make their investigations stronger.  Conducting a symposium on the Cal State L.A. campus bolsters the academic reputation of the university, college and all its programs.  It supports faculty development and scholarly achievement which can be used to build program quality and enhance students’ learning experiences. Thank you to all who participated and helped prepare for this important event.