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NDSU College of Business faculty members took a leadership role in organizing and hosting the 2016 conference of the Midwest Academy of Management, known as MAM, in downtown Fargo Oct.6-8. The event drew more than 200 participants, which is believed to be a record attendance.
Conference events were spread across several sites, including Richard H. Barry Hall, Radisson Hotel, Microsoft Fargo Campus and Prairie Den. The program included a doctoral consortium, distinguished speaker series, paper or panel sessions, professional development workshops and social networking events.
A conference highpoint was a three-course event on Microsoft Fargo Campus, which included a campus tour; Microsoft Fargo’s Leadership Team discussion panel on attracting, leading and retaining talent; and a reception hosted by NDSU Master of Business Administration program.
“Overall, the conference was regarded as a major success by attendees and the MAM,” said Chanchai Tangpong, professor of management and conference program chair. “The conference was a great opportunity to showcase the city of Fargo and NDSU College of Business. Attendees were very impressed by what Fargo offers visitors and their experience at Richard H. Barry Hall. Some attendees commented that they were surprised by downtown Fargo, and that if employment opportunities match with their expertise, they would love to come to work and live in Fargo.”
The conference also highlighted NDSU business faculty’s expertise and leadership skills, such as:
- Somnath Banerjee, assistant professor of marketing, received the best paper award.
- Charles Stevens, professor of management; Derek Lehmberg, associate professor of management; and Rodney Traub, associate professor of management were named Outstanding Reviewers.
- Karen Froelich, professor of management and former MBA director, was the track chair and Microsoft event chair.
- Tim Peterson, professor of management was the professional development workshop chair.
Support for the conference came from a variety of local organizations, including Gate City Bank, Microsoft, US Bank, Sanford Health, Scheels, Emerging Prairie, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Downtown Community Partnership.