The American Society
for Competitiveness (ASC) Conference was held in Tysons Corner, Va. from
October 16 to 18, 2014.
and faculty members from the Eberly College of Business and Information
Technology played a pivotal role in the coordination and operation of the
conference, with Abbas Ali serving as executive director of the
organization, Robert Camp serving on the board of directors, and Prashanth
Bharadwaj serving as academic program chair. Several faculty and administrators from the Eberly College also
presented papers and/or served as academic reviewers, session discussants, and
There were 160 papers
presented at the conference, with representatives from 54 different schools and 5
Fifty students from the
Eberly College attended the conference—25 MBA students on Thursday and 25
sophomore business honors students on Friday. Students participated in luncheon programs that featured Dimitri Simes,
president of the Center for the National Interest, and John Hillen, former U.S.
assistant secretary of state.
As indicated on the ASC
website, the principal objective of ASC is to foster education and knowledge in
subjects related to competitiveness by facilitating the exchange of information
and ideas among educators, policy makers, and business people; and by
encouraging and assisting research activities which advance knowledge about
competitiveness practices and increase the available body of teaching and