Nearly 100 Eberly College of
Business students attended the American Society for Competitiveness Annual
Conference November 7–9 in Pittsburgh.
More than 100
papers were presented at the event, sponsored by
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Also featured were academic awards for papers, panel sessions, and keynote
This year’s theme was
“Global Competition: From Policy to Prosperity.” Conference objectives
included sharing real world experiences and competitive approaches, integrating
research and practice, and formulating competitive strategies for success.
The main goal of the
American Society for Competitiveness is to foster education and knowledge in
areas related to competitiveness by enabling the exchange of information and
ideas among educators, policy makers, and business people.
The society uses their conferences
and publications to serve the needs of those interested in further developing
their discipline and applying organizational theory to their work.
certainly learned a lot from the featured luncheon speakers and from the three
panels focused on specific industries--manufacturing, energy, and financial
services,” said Eberly Dean’s Associate Prashanth Bharadwaj, ASC academic
program chair. “The speakers were articulate and knowledgeable.”
was an important component for the students who attended the conference.
“The luncheon allowed for plenty
of time to network with the professionals, who were more than happy to share
their wealth of information and expertise,” said senior Josh Noble. “The 2013
ASC conference was an invaluable experience during my undergrad career.”
On Thursday, Kennametal,
Inc., located in Latrobe, received an award for competitiveness and Colleen Cordova, vice
During the Friday
luncheon, Dennis Yablonsky, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of
Community and Economic Development, was the featured speaker.
Abbas Ali is the Executive Director and Dean Robert Camp is a founding board
member of the ASC.