The American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) held its twenty-first annual conference October 28–30, 2010, in Falls Church, Va.
More than 125 faculty, students, business professionals, and policy makers attended, including twenty-four students from Eberly College of Business and Technology (ECOBIT) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ebverly students, faculty, and keynote speaker David C. Chavern (fourth from left), executive vice president and chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at the ASC Conference
The conference’s theme was “The New Economic Paradigm: Collaborative Competition.” Keynote speakers included David C. Chavern, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Daniel J. Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C.
In addition, Dr. Mark Doms, the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and William R. Hackney III, a managing partner at Atlanta Capital Management Company, LLC, led a practitioner session on the status of the U.S. economy.
ASC’s board of directors also presented academic awards, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, in the categories of best empirical research and best conceptual paper.
Eberly students, faculty, and keynote speaker David C. Chavern (third from right), executive vice president and chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at the ASC Conference
ECOBIT has a strong relationship with ASC. Dr. Abbas Ali is the executive director, Dean Robert Camp is a founding board member, Dr. Prashanth Bharadwaj is the academic program chairperson, and Susan Brant is the treasurer.
“ASC has had a rich history of attracting prominent keynote speakers from business, academe, and industry, said Bharadwaj, ECOBIT dean’s associate.
The conference also “had a strong international flavor with participants from several countries,” he said.
In addition to the annual conferences, ASC has three publications: Competitiveness Review, Advances in Competitiveness Research, and Competition Forum.