November 20, 2015

SVSU group to present business research at Oxford

A group from Saginaw Valley State University will present their research paper at the 13th annual Global Conference on Business and Economics at Oxford University in England.

George Puia, SVSU’s Dow Chemical Co. Centennial Chair in Global Business, will attend the conference Nov. 22-23 with two alumni and two current students who helped him draft the paper that explores links between culture and entrepreneurial development.

“It is a great honor to present at Oxford University,” Puia said.

“It gives us the opportunity to receive feedback on our research from some truly outstanding scholars. I am also very excited that my colleagues from around the world will have the opportunity see the outstanding students that our College of Business and Management graduates. We are very proud of their work.”

Among those attending are students Zackary Gibson, a marketing major from Davison, and Heidi Hicks, a management major from Saginaw.

Two SVSU alumni also worked on the research paper: Lisa Maroni and Rosalie Stackpole. Maroni, a Royal Oak native who received a bachelor’s degree in international studies in 2010, now serves as assistant director of international recruitment and admissions at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Stackpole, a Trenton native who received her bachelor’s degree in marketing in May, works as a marketing project manager at Bloomfield Hills-based Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd.

The group’s paper is titled, “Indulgence, Restraint, and Within-Country Diversity: Exploring Entrepreneurial Outcomes with New Constructs.”

The Global Conference on Business and Economics is sponsored by the Oxford Journal, as well as the Association for Business and Economics Research.