FIU Business was in the spotlight in front of the world’s leading international trade academics in July. The college served as the local host institution for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business (AIB), which featured the latest research in international business amid scholarly discussions on key issues impacting global networks .
The theme of the conference, which attracted over 750 academics, consultants, researchers and government and NGO representatives, was “Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: Equity and Justice in International Trade”.
A significant issue facing multinationals, panelists agreed in one session, is a diversity gap that requires careful consideration beyond age, gender, religion and ethnicity. As educators, many have focused their research on related topics seeking to drive conversation and see real change.
“It’s a complex problem, sometimes you have to tackle the little bits and demographics is a good place to start, even if it’s just the beginning,” said William Newburry, chairman of the international affairs department. from FIU Business, Ryder Eminent Scholar of Global Business. and the chair of the conference host committee. “Different aspects of diversity can appear in different situations and the specifics of the context can make a big difference.”
In another roundtable, FIU Business Dean William Hardin — joined by Florida Atlantic University College of Business Dean Dan Gropper — discussed how skills learned during the pandemic have changed and will continue to change. have an impact on the nature of international business education.
“We have a lot of technology capabilities and infrastructure,” Hardin said. “The need to innovate and work with technology is about 100% greater than it was before. We must adopt the technology or fail.
A third roundtable focused on the impact of the pandemic on the global movement of goods, which has faced major disruptions, and how it has emphasized connectivity between suppliers and different parts of the supply chain and the vulnerability of systems.
Amid the pandemic, e-commerce saw year-over-year quarterly growth rates of 45% to 53% in 2020 and early 2021.
“In logistics, we’ve been waiting to be cool for many years,” said panelist Michael White, executive-in-residence at FIU Business and president of Trade Network Consultants.
Air travel has changed dramatically as airlines cut passenger traffic and ocean freighters raise prices and face additional backlogs, he said.
“The air has become a lifeline to keep people around the world alive,” White said. “Passenger planes have become cargo planes. Today, many airlines are converting these planes into passenger planes and buying air cargo planes.
The AIB is the world’s oldest and largest not-for-profit professional association of scholars from diverse disciplines who have common research and teaching interests in topics with international implications.
In total, the AIB 2022 meeting featured more than 150 panel discussions and other meetings over three days. On the second night of the conference, FIU Business hosted a gala, “One Hot Night in Miami,” at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, which included international dinner stations, entertainers, a DJ, and dancing.
Payment logistics and data infrastructure platform PayCargo was the conference’s diamond sponsor. Other sponsors included the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business and Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business.