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Two BSC Business Faculty will be Featured Presenters at Prestigious "Academy of Management" in Boston

Two Bluefield State College Business Division faculty members will be featured presenters at the "Academy of Management," the nation's premier organization for management faculty in higher education, August 9-13 in Boston, MA.

Dr. Steve Bourne, Professor of Business and Director of the Center for Labor-Management Initiatives, and John Snead, Associate Professor of Business, will present "Environmental Determinants of Organizational Ethical Climate: A Community Perspective," at the meeting, which will attract higher education business educators from the leading business schools throughout the nation.

All scholarly submissions received by the Academy of Management are distributed for blind review by three colleagues, and only 20-30% of submissions are accepted for inclusion at the Academy meeting.

The Academy program includes presentations from business schools at institutions of higher education, including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Stanford, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University.

The presentation by Dr. Bourne and Professor Snead focuses upon how a community's values and norms can impact a business or industry locating in that region. "Our research showed that a company can't come into an area and establish its own 'climate' as easily as it may think," Bourne noted. Many companies talk about creating their own culture--we use the term 'microculture'. We have found that when a company comes into a region, it will be most successful when it takes into account the norms and standards of the people who live there."

"This research has particular relevance to corporate training efforts, because it may alter methids by which such training efforts are conducted," Snead said. "We intend to conduct further research in this area."

Bourne and Snead expect to submit their presentation for publication in a scholarly journal following the Academy meeting.