World renowned academic for business school conference
Neville Graham, Gleaner Writer
World renowned business academic Professor David Storey headlines the list of persons who will participate in the inaugural Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) International Conference.
The conference, launched at the MSBM, University of the West Indies, Mona campus, yesterday, runs from January 7-9 at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay, St James.
"Given the calibre of the speaker, the MSBM is extremely fortunate and thankful to have Professor David Storey to be a part of this. (He) is one of the most cited scholars in small business and entrepreneurship behind (Joseph) Schumpeter, and that's not something you take lightly; that is big," said Professor Densil Williams, executive director of the MSBM.
The conference will bring together business leaders and academics to discuss questions of business and management theory and practice in light of the Caribbean reality under the theme 'Breaking the Barriers: Enterprise, Competitiveness Growth and Development".
GOOD MIX OF EXPERIENCE
Speaking at the launch, Dennis Chung, executive director of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, commended the MSBM organisers for including local experts in the deliberations in addition to having a mix of academic and practical experience.
"I find that the practical experience with business is far different from what you learn in theory, and so it is very important (to include local business leaders)," he said.
Indications are that more than 80 papers will be presented at the conference and discussions will cover MSME financing, export-led growth, diasporic entrepreneurship, investment and competitiveness.
The opening session will be addressed by Minister of Industry Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton.