Conference Schedule

Subject to change


Thursday,  December 7, 2017

6:00-8:00 p.m. Reception, The Georgia Tech Historic Academy of Medicine, 875 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309


Friday, December 8, 2017

Location:  The Georgia Tech Historic Academy of Medicine

8:30-8:45 Registration

8:45 Welcome and Introduction
Magnolia Room

Dr. Yves Berthelot, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Denning Globalization Chair, Vice Provost for International Initiatives, Georgia Tech

Dr. Silvester Ivanaj, ICN Graduate School of Business, President, MESD Association

Dr. John R. McIntyre, Professor of Management, Conference Host, CIBER National Center Executive Director, Scheller College of Business

9:00-9:30 Keynote Address
Magnolia Room

Dr. Raymond Saner, Professor, Basel University, Switzerland and Sciences-Po, Paris; co-founder
CSEND, the Center for Socio-Economic Development, Geneva, Switzerland

Implementing the SDGs through Partnerships: Policy Options and Responsibilities for MNEs

Introduced by Prof. Beril Toktay, Brady Family chair, Faculty Director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Professor of Operations Management


9:30-10:30 Panel I

Corporate Governance:  The Emergence of Sustainable and Global Enterprise
Magnolia Room

Moderator: John R. McIntyre, Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Scheller College of Business

Jeffrey Hales, Catherine W and Edwin A Whalen Jr Professor of Accounting

The Changing Landscape of Sustainability Reporting

Manpreet Hora, Associate Professor of Operations Management, Scheller College of Business,

When Do Appointments of Corporate Sustainability Executives Affect Shareholder Value?

Omar Rodriguez-Vila, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Scheller College of Business,

Competing on Social Purpose – the Challenge, Promise, and Practice of Turning Societal Benefits into Growth for your Brand.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Panel II

New Approaches to Sustainability, Enterprise and Development
Magnolia Room

Moderator:  Dr. Jan Youtie, Director of Policy Research Services, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute   

Valerie Thomas, Anderson Interface Professor of Natural Systems, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering and School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech

Innovative Approaches for Developing Sustainable Industrial Ecologies

Omar Isaac Asensio, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech

Corporate Sustainability Strategies: Insights from the Rollout of Evs (electric vehicles)

Philip Shapira, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester & School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech

Responsible Innovation, Emerging Technologies, and Development


12:00-13:30 Lunch and Keynote Address
Magnolia Room

William Strang, President, Operations and eCommerce, TOTO USA

Foreign Direct Investment and the Power of Transparency

Introduced by Dr. Michael E. Chang, Deputy Director of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Georgia Tech.

1:45-3:00 Panel III

Best Corporate Sustainable Practices in Global Firms

Crystal Dining Room

Moderator:  Dr. John McIntyre, Executive Director, GT CIBER National Center

Jennifer Ann Ragland, Senior Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations, The Coca-Cola

Embedding the SDGs at The Coca-Cola Company

Jessica Sanderson, Director of Sustainability, Novelis Inc.

Creating Value Through Sustainability

Joel M.  Pollino, Senior Research Scientist, Solvay

The Solvay Way—Sustainable Development as a Source of Opportunity and Value Creation

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 Panels IV A and Panel IV B (parallel sessions)

Panel IV A:  Internationalization of the Firm, Sustainability, Innovation

Magnolia Room

Moderator:  Dr Francis Ulgado, Associate Professor of Marketing and CIBER Faculty Director

Jimmi Normann Kristiansen, Assistant Professor of Innovation Management, International Business Center, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark

Multiple Modes of Innovation to Support Sustainable Growth

Olav Jull Sorensen, Professor of International Business, International Business Center, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark

Internationalization of Innovation in a Global Value Chain and Triple Helix Perspective

Poul Houman Andersen, Professor of Business Marketing, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark

Pump up the Volume: Firm and Fluid Mechanics for Engaging the Sociotechnical in Developing Economies

Marin Alexandrov Marinov, Professor of International Business, International Business Center,
Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark

Intensity and Sustainability of Internationalization of Small and Medium-Sized Firms

Panel IV B Country and Regional Level Perspectives on Sustainable Development Policies

Crystal Dining Room

Moderator: Fatemeh Shafiei, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science; Director of the Environmental Studies, Spelman College Atlanta, GA

Brian Woodall, Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech

Institutions, Values, and Regional Prosperity, Transportation Infrastructure, Equity and Sustainable Development in the USA, Japan, and Denmark

Diana Alleva Caceres, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech

Rebalancing Economic Growth:  From Traditional to Science and Technology-based Industries: Where does Sustainability Fit?

Alasdair Young, Professor, Co-Director, Center for European and Transatlantic Studies (a Jean Monnet Center), Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech

Do as we Say and as we Do: The European Union Sustainability Policies

Anjali Thomas Bolhken, Assistant Professor, School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech

Improving Water Access in Mumbai’s Slums



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Location:  Scheller College of Business, enter from West Peachtree Street Side
800 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

8:45-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Panels V A, B, and C

Panel V-A:  Innovation and Sustainable Development
Room 101

Moderator: Vera Ivanaj, Associate Professor, Management Sciences, University of Lorraine, Nancy, France

Marin A.  Marinov, Professor of International Business, Aalborg University, Denmark

Contextualizing the Meanings and Interpretations of Value Creation

Olav Jull Sorensen, Professor, Aalborg University

SMEs and Innovation in the New Global Context

Dina M. Abdelzaher, Assistant Professor, University of Houston at Clear Lake, Texas

The Impact of a Market’s Degree of Innovation on Climate Change  

Jerry Patchell, Associate Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR

Placing the Cloud: Economic and Environmental Parameters of Cloud MNE Data Center Strategies

Sanjay Bhāle, Research Scholar, Indira Institute of Management, Pune, India

Scaling up the Inclusive Development Mechanism Through Innovation


Panel V B Comparative Perspectives on the U.N. SDGs
Room 102

Moderator: Silvester Ivanaj, Assoc. Professor, ICN School of Business, Nancy, France

Edina Eberhardt-Toth, Assistant Professor, ICN Business School, Nancy, France
David M Wasieleski, Professor of Management and Business Ethics, Chair, Management and Marketing Department, Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, Duquesne University
Haresh Mavoori, Associate Professor, ICN Business School, Nancy, France

A French and American Comparison of Ethical Sensitivity to Sustainability

Etienne Musonera,
Associate Professor, Stetson School of Business and Economics
Mercer University-Atlanta

Dr. Michael Weber is the Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing in the Stetson School of Business and Economics, Mercer University, Atlanta Campus

Can Sub-Saharan Africa Attract Multinationals and Achieve Sustainable Development?
The Case of Rwanda

Dorcas Adetula, Senior Lecturer
Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria

Sustainable Development Goals and Listed Multinational Enterprises in Nigeria

Nancy Vas D’ Costa, Assoc. Prof. and Dean of Arts
St. Agnes College, Mangalore, India

A Case for MNEs in the Green Economy:  Sustainable Development of Mangaluru

Panel V C   Sustainable Development, Global Process, Motivations and Alliances
Room 103 

Moderator:  Francis Ulgado, Associate Professor of Management and CIBER Faculty Director

Jayanthi Rajan, William and Mary Endowed Chair in Business
Albright College, Reading, PN

Soma Ghosh, Assoc. Prof., Economics, Albright College,

What Motivates MNEs Commitment to SDGs? An Analysis of MNEs in Emerging Economies

Kalim U.Shah, Assistant Professor, Indiana University

The Role of Business and Industry Associations in Advancing the UN SDGs in Countries in Development

Thierry Houé, ICN School of Business, Nancy, France

Strategic Perspectives for Multinational Enterprises in Rail Freight in France: A Resource-Based Approach

Poul Houman Andersen, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

Weaving a Strategy for a Base-of-the-Pyramid Market:  The Case of Grundfos LIFELINK

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Panel VI A, B, C

Panel VI A   Economic Approaches and Perspectives
Room 101

Moderator: Mona Ray, Associate Professor of Economics, Morehouse College, Atlanta

Justin Johnson Kakeu, Assistant Professor of Economics, Morehouse College, Atlanta

Triple-Bottom-Line Business and Profitability: An Economic Model Approach

Zuoming Liu, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia

Unravelling the Complex Relationship between Environmental and Financial Performance

Qian Cecilia Gu, Assistant Professor, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Jun Xia, University of Texas at Dallas
Marshall S. Jiang, Brock University
Zhouyu Lin, Fuzhou University, China

Spillovers and Barriers to Imitation:  How do Local Firms Respond to Horizontal Foreign Direct Investment through Internal R&D

Eren Cifci, School of Economics, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech

Reassessing Economic Growth, Carbon Emissions, and the UNFCC:  A Difference-in-Differences Approach

Panel VI-B Linking Issues for the MNE:  Gender equity, CSR, IPR, and urban indicators: Implications for Sustainable Development Goals
Room 102

Moderator:  John R McIntyre, Professor, Scheller College of Management

Salwa Mamoun Beheiry, Associate Prof., Civil Engineering, Associate Dean, American University of Sharjah,  United Arab Emirates

Multinational Enterprises and Gender Equity in STEM

Sanjay K. Jain, Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
Geeta Devi, Department of Commerce, Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi
Sonali Jain, Department of Commerce, Bharati College, University of Delhi

Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a Means to Attaining Sustainable Development: Insights from Experiences of MNCs and Other Corporations

Amanda J. Phalin, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Patent Quality, Intellectual Property Rights, and Technology Transfer in the Solar Sector: All in the Family?

Neeraj Sharma, Senior Research Scholar, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, India

Prioritizing Urban Economy, Health and Environmental Indicators: Key Takeaways from Selected Cities across the Globe


Panel VI-C Country Perspectives on UN SDG Implementation and the Enabling Role of MNEs
Room 103

Moderator:  Marin Marinov, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

Blerta Ferra, Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana, Albania

Margerita Topalli, Research Department, Central Bank of Albania

Sustainable Development Goals: Multinational Enterprises and Poverty Reduction in Western

Koleayo Omoyajowo, National Center for Technology Management, Lagos, Nigeria
Role of MNEs in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries: Is 2030 Feasible?

Sanjay K Jain, Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
Geeta Devi, Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi
Sonali Jain, Bharati College, University of Delhi

Consumer Expectations of CSR Actions and Willingness to Support Socially Responsible Companies: Insights from Investigations in the Indian Context for Evolving Sustainable Development Corporate Strategies

Ijeoma Mercy Onwuama, Strategic Business School (SBS), Lagos, Nigeria

What will Follow the Emergence of China as a Leader of Globalization and Trendsetter for Sustainable Development Policies

12:15-1:30 Box Lunch and Ethics Discussion

Bryan G.  Norton,  Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Ethics and Public Policy, Georgia Tech,
Author of Sustainable Values, Sustainable Change: A Guide to Environmental Decision Making
University of Chicago Press)

Noneconomic Values:  The Often-Neglected Elements in Sustainability Discussions

Alex Shapiro, Scholar

Towards a Stewardship Framework of CSR:  Levinas and Multinational Responses to Climate Change