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K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (SIMSR) hosted the 12th SIMSR Global Marketing Conference on February 9-10 in Mumbai, India. The theme was “New Age Customer Centric Marketing.” On the second day, ISM PhD candidate Diana Derval presented her research on "Designing Luxury Brands: The Neurophysiology of Shiny" and had the honor of giving the valedictory address.
ISM DBA alumnus Mark Esposito, and ISM professor Terence Tse recently published the article “Some Electrifying Thoughts,Urbanisation and driving power”. In the article, Esposito and Tse discuss how urbanization boosts economic growth, but brings in challenges to environmental issues such as air pollution. They discuss how electric vehicles could play an increasing role in improving air quality and potentially in balancing electricity supply and demand. To read their article, click here.
On February 2, 2017, ISM PhD candidate Grant Groves successfully defended his dissertation titled “Developing a Digital Communication Strategy for the Pharmaceutical Industry.” The defense jury was made up of Professor Daphne Halkias (adviser), Professor Philippe Salphati (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research).

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