Annual CMSC Research Workshop Brings Global Community of Scholars to Campus

Workshop participants pose for a group photo Image by Ed Brennen
Almost 50 scholars from around the world attended the Chinese Management Scholars Community research workshop at the Saab ETIC's Perry Atrium.

By Ed Brennen

The Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship welcomed nearly 50 Chinese scholars from 30 universities around the world to campus recently for the annual Chinese Management Scholars Community (CMSC) research workshop.

Participants, who came from the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom, learned about scholarly writing for leading management journals from a panel of editors and board members. Panelists included faculty from the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, the National University of Singapore and the City University of Hong Kong.

Yi Yang, an associate professor of marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation (MEI) in the Manning School of Business, helped bring the daylong workshop to the Saab ETIC’s Perry Atrium.

A workshop participant takes a photo of notes Image by Ed Brennen
A workshop participant takes a photo of group session notes.

“It’s an opportunity to bring scholars from all over the world to campus and let them see what we are doing here,” says Yang, who is a member of CMSC, an informal community that offers career-related services to Chinese (or Chinese-speaking) management scholars.

Workshop coordinator Eric Zhao, an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at Indiana University, says the UML campus provided “such a great setting for us to exchange ideas and talk with colleagues.”

While most of the workshop sessions were conducted in Chinese, there was an English-speaking lunchtime session that was open to all Manning School faculty and Ph.D. students.

Workshop participants were in the area for the 79th annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), which concluded the previous day in Boston. The five-day AOM event drew more than 11,000 scholars and researchers from more than 90 different countries – including several Manning School faculty members.

A UML PhD student listens during a lunch session Image by Ed Brennen
Asst. Dean of Online and Continuing Education Amy Yacus, a Ph.D. student in the Manning School of Business, listens to a speaker at the CMSC workshop.

As part of the AOM program, the Manning School hosted the International Management division’s gala event at the UMass Club. Asst. Prof. of MEI Denise Dunlap chaired the event, which drew nearly 700 guests from around the world. The Manning School was a sponsor of previous galas in Chicago and Atlanta.

Manning School Dean Sandra Richtermeyer thanked Dunlap for chairing the event.

“It is a significant undertaking on her part, and the impact of this wonderful networking opportunity is substantial,” Richtermeyer says.