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Global Business Research Symposium Considers the Quest for Stabiilty

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Igor Tomic, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, is honored at the 12th Annual Global Research Symposium in Cork, Ireland. Photo by: Ivan Abel
Friday, August 25, 2017

The Peter J. Tobin’s College of Business’s 12th Annual Global Business Research Symposium, The Quest for Stability, was hosted by the Business School of the University College of Cork (Ireland) on July 26-28, 2017.

The main purpose of this year's Symposium was to promote discussion among academicians and practitioners from various business disciplines through academic paper presentations and panel sessions. This year the issues of sustainability, internal audit, fairness, and consumer behavior dominated the paper presentations, while the panel sessions focused on risk, accounting education, academic teaching and ended with an interactive panel titled, “Meet the Editors.” The Conference was attended by 61 active participants and 20 guests.

The Global Business Research Symposium originated from the Financial Services Institute at Tobin College to provide an educational and research facility dedicated to the advancement of business and financial knowledge through research in a global setting. The annual symposia were started in 2006 by the late Donald R. Pitti, fomer CEO of J.W. Seligman & Co., and Igor Tomic, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at the Tobin College of Business. Hilmi H. Elifoglu, Ph.D., Professor of Accountancy, and Ivan Abel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, both of the Tobin College of Business, joined the executive committee soon afterwards and continue to work with constant dedication. 

GBRS distinguishes itself from many conferences in a number of ways:

  • All members who serve on the GBRS Board have provided significant support to the organization; there are no board members who are there in name only;
  • The Best Paper Committee does not consist of a small insider group, but rather of over 20 senior researchers from many countries selected from the membership; and
  • The conference is judged to be successful if attending members are satisfied with constrictive comments and advice they receive, and if members engage in joint works.

The following awards were bestowed at the conclusion of the conference:


How HR can contribute to Organizational Viability and Competitive Advantage: A Three Pronged Approach

Niall Hegarty, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University

Michael Jude, HSE Disability Services, Ireland

Corruption and Culture: Empirical Analyses of Long-Term Indulgence and Corrupt Systems

Charles Lanier, Barton College

Mary Kirchner, Methodist University

A ‘Package’ of Management Control Practices: An Exploratory Analysis during an Economic & Fiscal Crisis

Michelle Carr, University College Cork, Ireland

Barbara Flood and Bernard Pierce, Dublin City University, Ireland

Is Fairness Universal? The Context Dependency-independency of Fairness Ethics – A Cross Cultural Comparison

Sven Horak, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University

UN Global Compact: Reasons and Benefits for U. S. Public Company Participation 

Cynthia R. Phillips, Victoria Shoaf, and James Barrese, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University

Accounting Conversations: A Case Study in Auditor Communications

Gabriel Saucedo and Sarah Bee, Seattle University

Innovation in Technology: The Economic and Social Impact of Fintech in Emerging Economies

Salvatore Moccia, UNIR - Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain, founder of

Igor Tomic, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University

Role Reversal: When the Mentor Becomes the Student

Vincent F. Maher and George V. Privolos, Iona College


Sven Horak, Cynthia Phillips, Charles Clark, Niall Hegarty, Alexandr Gevorkyan, Cameron Weber, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University

Catherine Kavanagh University College Cork, Ireland