Business, leadership symposium labeled 'huge success'

Educators from more than 40 institutions were at Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union Sept. 28 and 29 for the Inaugural Business and Leadership Symposium, sponsored by the Management Development Center of the university's College of Business and Leadership.

"The first annual Business and Leadership Symposium was an overwhelming success," said Dr. Steve Williams, dean of the college. "With nearly 100 paid attendees, visitors from across the nation were impressed by our Fort Hays State University campus, our students, our faculty, our support staff and our facilities."

Dr. Mohamed Zainuba, (pronounced zay-NOOH-buh) director of the MDC and associate professor of management and marketing, coordinated more than 50 presentations on such topics as leadership, pedagogy, human resources, strategic management, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship and economics and finance.

The academic presentations were geared mostly toward practitioners such as consultants, business executives and managers, but the sessions were open to all.

"We had a 97 percent attendance rate. We were pleasantly surprised with these numbers. Usually, symposiums lose people because the planning process takes a long time. There were 42 American colleges and universities represented. We even had a representative from a university in Australia," said Zainuba.

Williams said one of the major ways the College of Business and leadership continuously improves the quality of the education of its students is by focusing on current and relevant research issues. The symposium and the COBL's newly developed scholarly journal are two complementary strategies used to display the research.

Specific details about the symposium will appear in the College of Business and Leadership's first edition of the "Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching," available in the early spring of 2006.

"The journal, which is published through our Management Development Center, is a high quality, peer-refereed journal presenting cutting edge research findings, practical applications and pedagogical advances in the broad areas of leadership and business," said Williams.

The Management Development Center plans to make the symposium an annual event with the next one scheduled for Sept. 28 and 29, 2006.

"It was a total commitment from the dean of the College of Business and Leadership, Dr. Steve Williams, to faculty, students and the COBL's advisory board," said Zainuba. "We are grateful."

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