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J.C. Spender retired from full-time university life in 2003 and has spent much of the time since teaching (especially in Warsaw) and writing about management and the history and vicissitudes of business schools worldwide. His recent publications include two articles for BizEd, the AACSB journal: “A Brief and Non-Academic History of Management Education” and “How Management Education’s Past Shapes its Present,” both published in February 2016. He also has two books out: Business Strategy: Managing Uncertainty, Opportunity, and Enterprise; and Strategic Conversations: Creating and Directing the Entrepreneurial Workforce. In addition, he writes for Revue Francaise de Gestion and has just joined its editorial board.

Cambridge University Press has recently contracted J.C. to edit a series of Elements on Business Strategy. He is looking for contributors attracted to publishing in this list. The topics are not only academic/theoretical; they can also be executive, based on real-world strategizing and, more specifically, management issues in Africa. If you’re interested in being published in the Elements series, please contact the Student Services Coordinator.

Dr. Paul Howe’s paper titled “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in International Joint Ventures: Case Studies of the Higher Education Sector” was accepted at the 9th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sydney last September. The conference was hosted by the Network and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Group at The University of Sydney Business School, in conjunction with Oxford and Tsinghua Universities.

It welcomed scholars, industry leaders, and policymakers from around the world presenting research and thought leadership on trends and new developments in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. For more information, go to
ISM PhD candidate Dr. Bisola Onajin-Obembe will speak at the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) International Conference on Global Surgery Implementation in Africa. The conference will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 1-3, 2017. It aims to raise awareness and organize funding for a national global surgery policy in African countries. According to Professor Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, President of the PAAS, “even in middle income countries, there is a significant unmet need with regards to surgically treatable conditions. The consequence of this is an increased burden of disability and increased poverty.” For more information about the conference, go to
On January 19, 2017, ISM DBA candidate Dillis Viney successfully defended her dissertation titled "Developing Innovative Fundraising Strategies for Residential Care of Autistic Adults in the United Kingdom." The defense jury was made up of Professor Nicholas Harkiolakis (adviser), Professor Kimberly Reeve (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research). Also in attendance were Sir Ken Olisa (Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, UK) and Professor Matthew Andrews (ISM’s Director of Academic Affairs).
On January 10, 2017, ISM PhD candidate Ronald Jean Degen successfully defended his dissertation titled "Cognitive Framework of High-Growth Entrepreneurs and Reasons for the Almost Complete Absence of High-Growth Ambition of Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in Brazil." The defense jury was made up of Professor Nicholas Harkiolakis (adviser), Professor Christian Adendorff (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research).