Keynote Speakers


Prof. Basu D. Sharma
University of New Brunswick, Canada

Basu D. Sharma, Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick in Canada since 1985, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in U.S.A. He has held appointments at the National University of Singapore, Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal), and University of Saskatchewan. He has been a consultant for the International Labour Organization, the Singapore National Employers Federation, and the Singapore Institute of Labour. He has held the position of president of the Atlantic Schools of Business Society thrice-in 2005, 2006 and 2016. He has served the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, the flagship association of the profession, at different times in different capacities such as member of the Executive, Awards Chair, division Chair for Management Education division, and for International Business division as recently as 2018. Dr. Sharma is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative International Management. And he has been or was on the editorial boards of many academic journals including: the Journal of Management, the International Journal of Management Literature, Labour and Management in Development, Research and Practice in Human Resource Management, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Workplace Review, and Transnational Corporations Review. Professor Sharma's wide-ranging research interests include: human development, foreign capital resources and developing countries, comparative-international employment relations; executive compensation in international context; and cross-cultural negotiation. He has published papers in a variety of academic journals such as Applied Economics, ASEAN Economic Bulletin , Asian Economies, Asian Pacific Journal of Human Resource Management, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Economics Letter, Euro-Asia Business Review, Industrielle Beziehungen, Industrial Relations, Journal of Labour Research, Journal of Asian Business, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Total Quality Management Journal. He has contributed chapters to more than a dozen edited volumes. He is the author of Aspects of Industrial Relations in ASEAN-also translated into Japanese by Professor Kagawa and published in Japan by Doshisha University in Tokyo.
Speech Title: Work and Employment Relations in the Platform Economy
The new digitally transforming economy goes by various names, depending upon one’s assessment of its potential to create economic and social benefits. It is the creative economy, or the sharing economy for optimists; for pessimists, it is the gig economy or the precariat or the 1099 economy. And for neutral observers, it is the platform economy (Kenney and Zysman, 2016). Whatever way it is branded, the new economy has begun to influence and challenge old modalities of organizing economic activities and relations in a profound way. And companies such as Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit--to name a few--are at the forefront of this revolution. The new technology has created online marketplaces for labour where an open bidding is made possible with the marriage of an algorithm revolution and cloud computing. Applications have been developed to broker the labor markets in the platforms of respective employers. Workers are rebranded as freelancers, contractors, temps, taskers, and project workers. In fact, the spectrum of the changing landscape covers the gamut from proletariats to pricariates (Standing, 2013). These developments have presented to workers and employers with new prospects as well as problems in their relationships. The objective of this paper is to delineate these emerging phenomena with a view to deriving some policy recommendations such that the transition becomes painless for all parties concerned.

Prof. Tim Huh
University of British Columbia, Canada

Tim Huh is expert in operations management, supply chain management and dynamic pricing. He has worked with companies in the semiconductor industry, health care organizations, insurance companies, and manufacturing facilities both in Canada and the United States. In particular, his work with semiconductor companies was on capacity expansion and configuration when both the production technology and demand for products are subject to high uncertainty. He has conducted workshops on operational effectiveness for various audiences. He is in several editorial boards for leading journals in operations management. He received PhD from Cornell University. He received multiple teaching awards.
Speech Title: Data Analytics: Methodology and Issues
Abstract: Data analytics is increasingly becoming an important part of decision making process in applications ranging from management, technology, policy analysis and sports. Key decisions that have been traditionally made by humans are now partly made or at least recommended by analytics platforms. We will discuss different types of analytics, and how they have emerged from and are related to traditional academic disciplines. Several examples will be discussed. We will also address social issues associated with the use of analytics such as privacy and technological determinism.

Assoc. Prof. Tao Zeng
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Dr. Tao Zeng is an associate professor at Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. She has many publications in the fields of economics, management, and taxation. Her research interests include theoretical and empirical study of corporate governance and ownership structure, corporate tax, and capital market. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences.

Speech Title: A Review of Family Firm Studies
Abstract: In recent years, increasing economics and management studies turn their attention to the family dimension and examine the characteristics of these firms. Prior literature shows that family firms consist of an important part of global economy. Given the significant presence of family firms around the world, a growing body of literature studying these firms, including firm performance, corporate governance, financing, managerial activities, and so on. Motivated by the growing attention to and research on the family firms, this study reviews the highly relevant researches of family firms in the accounting and finance areas. It brings together a number of aspects of family firms and pays particular attention to the definition, theories, methodologies, findings, and topics, that are addressed by the existing accounting and finance literature on family firms.

Assoc. Prof. Bixia Xu
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Dr. Xu obtains her Ph.D. from Concordia University in 2012. Her research interests are in the fields of R&D investments, stock valuation, corporate disclosure, corporate social responsibilities and information science. She has publications in number of journals including a couple of top journals such as Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Business Research. Her teaching focuses on financial accounting theory, advanced financial reporting and management accounting.
Speech Title: The customer type, IT usage and Firm Innovation Success
Abstract: This study investigates whether firm customer type can moderate the relationship between innovation investments and innovation success. It theocratizes the roles customer type plays in this relationship and empirically test them We find customer type can significantly reshape the relationship especially for small firms. We suggest managers need to consider this effect when allocating their resources for innovation investments, and investors need to map it into firm value when anticipating firm innovation success.

Keynote Speakers at ICEME 2017

Prof. Shaofeng Liu
Plymouth University, UK

Prof. Donald Chang
Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA

Prof. Alessio Ishizaka
University of Portsmouth, UK

Prof. Yixun Shi
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA