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UML Hosts Business History Conference for American, European Groups


LOWELL -- For the first time in their histories, the American-based Business History Conference and the European Business History Association will hold joint annual meetings, June 26-28 in Lowell, Mass. The unprecedented collaborative conference is entitled "Regions, Nations, Globalization.” The registration deadline is June 2, 2003, and information is available at

UMass Lowell is the lead sponsor of the conference which is expected to attract nearly 400 attendees from around the globe. Prof. Bill Mass of Regional Economic and Social Development (RESD) and co-director of the Center for Industrial Competitiveness initiated the effort to bring the conference to UML four years ago when he was a nationally elected trustee of the Business History Conference.

According to Mass, "The themes of the conference are central to the

mission of RESD and UML."

One hundred and forty papers will be presented by researchers, policy makers and scholars from 27 countries from all over the world. Current policy debates have influenced the focus of many papers to be presented.

The conference topics are far ranging, including the role of state policies, contrasting business strategies for diversification and globalization, indigenous industrial development in less developed economies and the impacts of “Americanization” of international business institutions. The large majority of the papers explore dynamics during the post world war II era and recent history up to the present day.

Mass is one of a number of UML faculty presenting at the conference. Others include: RESD Profs. Bob Forrant and Bill Lazonick, Prof. Mike Best, Professor Emeritus of Management, Prof. Emerita Mary Blewett and Prof. Jonathan Liebowitz of History and Vesela Veleva of Work Environment.