Conference Organizing Committee

Dr. Susan Forquer Gupta, AIB-SE 2018 Immediate Past Chapter Chair

Dr. Susan Gupta is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Monmouth University. Her research is focused on cross cultural differences in managerial decision making (B2B), culture measures, as well as cultural differences in brand meaning and branding in global markets. She has published in Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal (CCM), the International Marketing Review (IMR), Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing (JBIM), and the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, among others. She spent a semester as a visiting scholar at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (1995) and has given a number of invited speaker presentations around the globe, including India, Czech Republic, Hungary, and the United States. She has served in a number of officer roles including president of the Women of the Academy of International Business (WAIB), which supports mentoring, networking, and gender research in international business, as well as was appointed to the AIB Strategy Committee, and chaired its subcommittee the AIB Membership Task Force. Previous to her current position at Monmouth University, she was on the marketing faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Jeffrey Kappen, AIB-SE 2018 Chapter Chair

Dr. Jeffrey A. Kappen is an assistant professor of International Business at Drake University. He holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Beloit College in International Relations and Modern Languages, an MBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Organization Studies from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. His current research projects look at integration efforts among emerging markets such as the BRICS, transnational institutions and networks, and the role of language in multinational firms. Before returning to academia, Dr. Kappen spent ten years working with companies from start-ups to the Fortune 100, which included over three years working and studying in Europe and South America.

1608010, location headshots from New Faculty Orientation, shot 08-15-16Dr. Stanford Westjohn, AIB-SE 2018 Conference Chair  

Stan is assistant professor of marketing and international business at The University of Alabama. He worked 12 years in industry before earning his PhD from Saint Louis University. His first academic placement was at The University of Toledo in 2009, and departed as a tenured associate professor before moving to Alabama in 2016.

Stan’s research focus is on international marketing strategy and consumer behavior. He has published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of International Marketing, and International Marketing Review, among others. He is a member of the editorial review board of International Marketing Review and the Journal of International Marketing.

stewartmillerDr. Stewart Miller, AIB-SE 2018 Academic Program Chair

Dr. Stewart Miller is a professor of management in the Department of Management at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He joined the UTSA faculty in 2007. He has served as the chair of the Department of Management. He has held faculty appointments as an assistant professor at The University of Texas-Austin and Michigan State University. His Ph.D. is from Indiana University, and his undergraduate and master’s degrees are from Northwestern University. He was a local arrangements co-chair for the 2011 Academy of Management annual meeting in San Antonio.

Dr. Miller has teaching and research interests in international strategy, liability of foreignness, international strategic alliances, internationalization and emerging markets.

He has published in the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Organization Science, Global Strategy Journal, Management International Review and Long-Range Planning, among others. He is a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies and Global Strategy.

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Dr. Alexander Assouad, AIB-SE 2018 Local Host Chair

Dr. Assouad has been teaching, researching and serving in the academic world for over 7 years. Dr. Assouad believes that all three pillars of advanced learning work synergistically together, and that being active in each arena is imperative, this is reflected in Dr. Assouad’s diverse research and community engagements.

First from a research perspective, Dr. Assouad’s focus is on the institutional environment, specifically in the emerging market context. In conjunction, Dr. Assouad is then able to share new and relevant research from this stream, teaching both strategic management and international business. Finally, in terms of service, Dr. Assouad presently holds various positions amongst a myriad of not-for profit institutions. First, the Global Action Platform, a think tank focused on the innovation economy, second, X-Culture, as an avid advisory board member, professor and evangelist, and finally, Dr. Assouad has served as track and session chairs for AIBSE for the last 3 years, whilst having also served as a reviewer for both AIB and AIBSE for the last 6 years.

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Dr. Jun Wu, Communications and Membership Director

Jun Wu is an Associate Professor in Management and Marketing at Savannah State University. She studies international business and strategy management. She has published over 20 journal articles, book chapters, book reviews and editorials. Four of her articles are published in “A” journals of Australian Business Deans Council Quality Ranking List, including Management International Review, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. Her editorials appeared in Financial Times, the leading business newspaper. She serves as Co-Director of ‘Global Logistics and International Business Education Research (G-LIBER)’ Center of Excellence at Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia. She is also the Associate Editor of International Marketing and Management Research Series.

moDr. Mohamad (Mo) Sepehri, Dean, School of Business and Public Administration, University of the District of Columbia

AIB-SE 2018 Chapter Treasurer

Mo Sepehri has a double Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and has over 30 years of experience in market analysis and research. Prior to his graduate education, Mo served at several international corporations as the Director of Marketing, Director of the International Division, and the Assistant General Manager (VP level). He is a consultant and research analyst to business corporations, and has served as expert advisor and consultant to a number of city, county, and state governments in the areas of consumer research, transportation, market feasibility, economic impact and the “Blue Laws”.

Mo has written numerous scholarly works that have been published in professional publications. The ranges of topics include information technology and global business, leadership for the twenty first century, curriculum studies, behavioral and consumer market studies, and securities and exchange market analyses. He has been acknowledged in the Journal of Operations Management as an “outstanding contributor” on several occasions. Mo is a member of China Business Education Council in Jacksonville and is a board member/executive officer of the Academy of International Business–Southeast (USA) and he currently serves as the treasurer. He also serves on the Executive Board of the International Visitor Corps in Jacksonville and he has the designation of Citizen Diplomat by the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Peter Magnusson, AIB-SE 2017 X-Culture Symposium Liaison 

Dr. Peter Magnusson is an associate professor of international marketing at the University of Alabama. He served as the AIB-SE 2013 Conference Program Chair, the 2014 AIB-SE Conference Chair, 2015 AIB SE Chapter Chair and is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of AIB SE.

Dr. Magnusson’s research is focused on issues related to international marketing strategy, including export marketing and localization vs. standardization. Another stream of research is focused on issues related to country of origin and global branding. His research has been published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Development Processes, and International Marketing Review, among others. He also serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of International Marketing and International Marketing Review.