In July, FIU business was in the spotlight in front of the world’s leading international business scholars. The college was the local host institution in 2022. The Academy of International Business (AIB) annual meeting presented the latest research in international business in a scholarly debate on key issues affecting global networks.
The conference, attended by more than 750 academics, consultants, researchers and government and NGO representatives, was themed “Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: Justice and Fairness in International Business”.
A key issue facing multinational companies, panelists agreed at one session, is the diversity gap, which requires a deeper look beyond age, gender, religion and ethnicity. As educators, many have focused their research on related topics to spark conversation and see real change.
“It’s a complex problem, sometimes you have to attack the details, and demographics is a good place to start, even though it’s just the beginning,” said William Newburry, chair of FIU’s Department of International Business and Ryder Eminent Global Business Scholar. and Chair of the Conference Host Committee. “Different situations can produce different aspects of diversity, and the specificity of the context can make a big difference.
In another panel session, FIU Business Dean William Hardin, joined by Florida Atlantic University College of Business Dean Dan Gropper, discussed how skills learned during the pandemic have changed and will continue to influence the nature of international business education.
“We have a lot of capabilities and technology infrastructure,” Hardin said. “The need to innovate and work with technology is about 100% greater than it was before. We must embrace technology or fail.
The panel’s third session focused on the impact of the pandemic on the global movement of goods, which has experienced major disruptions, and how this has focused attention on the connectivity and vulnerability of systems between suppliers and different parts of the supply chain.
E-commerce during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 increased from 45% quarter-on-quarter to 53% year-on-year.
“In logistics, we’ve been waiting to be cool,” said panelist Michael White, executive director of FIU’s business and president of Trade Network Consultants.
Air travel has changed dramatically, he said, as airlines have cut passenger traffic and ocean carriers have raised prices and faced additional backlogs.
“Air has become a lifeline in keeping people alive around the world,” White said. “Passenger planes have become cargo planes. Today, many airlines are converting those planes to passenger aircraft and buying cargo aircraft.
AIB is the world’s oldest and largest not-for-profit professional association of academics from various disciplines who share research and teaching interests on topics of international importance.
In total in 2022 More than 150 committee meetings and other meetings were held during the three days of the AIB meeting. On the second night of the conference, FIU Business hosted a gala event called “One Hot Night in Miami” at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, featuring international dinner stations, entertainers, a DJ and dancing.
PayCargo, a logistics payment and data infrastructure platform, was the diamond sponsor of the conference. Other sponsors included the University of Florida Warrington College of Business and the Florida Atlantic University College of Business.
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