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Leonard Arvi was interviewed by “Changes Keep Coming to a Bank Near You.” To read the article, visit

Brian Hill’s article “The Heat is On: Tournament Structure, Peer Effects and Performance” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Economics.

Karen Papke-Shields and Kathie Wright received SAP Global Certification in Business Foundation and Integration with SAP ERP 6.05. This followed a two-week intensive training program held at Georgia Southern University, May 21-June 1, where they learned about the organizational structures, master data, transaction steps, information flows and key integration points for all business processes supported by SAP ERP (financial accounting, managerial accounting, human capital management, sales order management, procurement, inventory management, material planning, manufacturing execution, plant maintenance, customer service, lifecycle data management and project management) as well as NetWeaver, the technology infrastructure supporting the ERP processes.

Jonathan Munemo’s articles were recently published:

  • "Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Is Africa Different?," Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Vol.17, No.1, 2012.
  • "Business Regulations and Private Domestic Investment in Africa," Journal of African Business, Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2012.

George Summers and Kathie Wright were featured in the technology article “The Future is Now: XBRL Emerges as a Career Niche” in the 125th anniversary issue of the Journal of Accountancy published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The article discusses the importance of XBRL in accounting education. The Perdue School is in the vanguard this area by integrating XBRL concepts into multiple courses (Accounting Information Systems, Global Information Technology Management) and through ongoing research projects.

Over the summer, E. Patrick McDermott spent three weeks in China. He visited Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Hefei and Shanghai for field research on Chinese industrial relations. In Hefei, he delivered a lecture to Anhui University School of Law students on “The U.S. Civil Litigation Model.” McDermott also visited Limerick, Ireland, this summer to speak at the 11th World Congress of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management on the subject of “A Comparison of Participant Evaluation of the Procedural and Distributive Elements of Chinese Labour Arbitration Committee Mediation Versus Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Mediation.” He also spoke at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Advanced Mediator Training Conference in August. In September, he spoke at NAVSEA, Wallops Island, VA, on the use of alternative dispute resolution in the resolution of American With Disabilities Act disputes. This fall, he published an article titled “Discovering the Importance of Mediator Style – An Interdisciplinary Challenge” in the Journal of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. His chapter on the U.S. employment law published by Peking University Press and the Fulbright Program is currently at the press. The text is the first effort by U.S. law professors, all former Fulbright Scholars of Law in China, to publish a Chinese language textbook on the U.S. legal system. McDermott also spent three days at the State of Maryland judicial training center in Annapolis becoming certified in the area of collaborative law. On October 5-6, he was in Paris, France, speaking on “Party Perception Asymmetry at Mediation and its Influence on Settlement” at the Western Business and Management Association Annual Conference. During Thanksgiving break, he will be in Beijing, China, teaching a compressed course on the subject of International Commercial Arbitration at the prestigious Beijing Normal University School of Law (“Beishida”). McDermott and the Perdue School have been invited by Cornell University to join in the development of a program titled the “Asia Labor Arbitration Project” in collaboration with Cornell and the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University Law. The program seeks to develop a labor arbitration-training program and permanent institute that will provide needed expertise for workplace dispute resolution in Vietnam and China.

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