The 16th Annual International Business Conference on Teaching, Research, and Practice

Friday, February 19, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 

Saturday, February 20, 2016 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)


The UNF International Business Flagship Program is pleased to invite you to the 16th annual IB conference on Teaching, Research, and Practice. UNFIB-16 will be held in both the Talon Room and the Adam W. Herbert University Center at the University of North Florida.


UNFIB - 16 provides an opportunity for close interaction among researchers and practitioners. The 2016 conference will feature a track that focuses the health care system and economic productivity. Completed research papers, research-in-progress papers, as well as, proposals for panel discussions, workshops, and tutorials from all areas business are invited for submission. All papers will be included in the conference proceedings. The top papers have the chance to be considered for peer review publication in a special issue of the Journal of Chinese Economics; see the following website for details: Only papers submitted by the deadlines indicated below will be considered for this special issue.  


 Conference Registration


       Paper Submission  


Conference Papers


 Important Dates

Date Papers
December 20, 2015 Submission deadline for Research Papers, Research in Progress papers, Panels, Workshops, and Tutorials
January 5, 2016 Accept/Reject Notification
January 15, 2016   Early Registration and Payment deadline for Authors  
February 1, 2016   Deadline for Submission of Final versions of Accepted papers  
February 19 - 20, 2016 Conference


The conference is open on the morning of February 19th and will end with lunch on February 20th. A social event including dinner will be held on February 19th. The conference team will also arrange for tourism opportunities during the evenings of February 20th and 21st, for willing participants. 


Jacksonville Tourism

Important Highlights

  1. Great Keynote Speakers: 
    Dr. Debra Harrison, Chief Nursing Officer at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida
    - TBA
  2. Business Routable: The conference will include a business roundtable discussion on conference theme. Prominent business leaders are expected to participate and interact with participants.
  3. Interaction opportunity: The conference provides an opportunity for individual interactions and building relationships with colleagues. In the past, it has provided for excellent opportunities to discuss research ideas as well as for co-authorships.
  4. Great location: Jacksonville, FL is a great location with fantastic weather in February. Not only is the conference location 10 minutes from the Atlantic ocean – Jacksonville also provides easy access to three prominent tourist destinations – Amelia Island, St. Augustine and Orlando. Staying with our conference theme, UNF was ranked in the top 100 “Coolest Schools” by Sierra magazine, the award-winning magazine of the Sierra Club, America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, for its “green” endeavors on campus. More than 900 four-year colleges and universities were queried for the survey by the magazine.
  5. Pedagogical ideas: The conference will also provide a forum for discussion various ideas regarding teaching IB.
  6. Student participation: The conference welcomes student participation and submissions. The organizing committee will select and recognize the "Best Undergraduate Paper" and "Best Graduate Paper" from among the presentations. 


Research Submission Guideline

Submissions are accepted online for full papers, research-in-progress, workshops, and tutorials. There are separate tracks for each of the business areas as listed below. Please choose your track and submit your work using the template posted on the conference Web page. Contact the program chair, Lian An (, if you are willing to serve as a reviewer.

  • Completed research papers must not exceed 2500 words including all text, figures, and tables. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.
  • Research-in-progress with an average of 2000 words including all text, figures, and tables. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.
  • Panel proposals must include the names and affiliations of panelists who have agreed to participate and a 1-2 page summary of the topic, including a description of how the session will be structured.
  • Industry case studies may report specific strategies being employed or under development to address CPR issues and should be no longer than 3500 words.
  • In all cases, use the templates provided on this website – Click here (Template for papers, research in progress, Template for proposals and tutorials)


  Paper Submission  




Track name

Track Chairs



Parvez Ahmed


Finance and Accounting

Oliver Schnusenberg

Pieter de Jong



Albert Loh

Mina Baliamounz-Lutz



Young Tae Choi


Logistics and Transportation

David Swanson


Information Systems

Lakshmi Goel


Supply Chain Management

Rahul Kale


Pedagogical issues in International Business

Steve Paulson

9 Health policy and health care reform Mei Zhao
10 Health care management Hanadi Hamadi
11 Quality management of health care Rob Haley


Student Research

Russell Triplett

13 Special Track: Argentina and the Changes in Economic Policy Andres Gallo




Electronic proceedings will be published on the conference website. The conference team is working with the Florida Electronic library to potentially place the proceedings in a larger digital library.


Conference Fees

Conference registration is US$250 per faculty or professional, and $50 per student. A $50 discount applies for registration fees received prior to the deadline. Individuals who are not presenting a paper at the conference are invited to participate in the conference. Regular registration fees apply. Registration will open on October 15th.


About UNF 

The University of North Florida (UNF) is a public university located in Jacksonville, in the U.S. state of Florida. The university currently has an enrollment of more than 16,000 students, and employs over 500 full-time faculty. UNF is organized into five colleges which offer 53 undergraduate degree programs and 28 graduate-degree programs, with noted business, coastal biology, nursing, nutrition, and music programs.  The campus is nestled among 1,381 acres that include nature trails and areas reserved for nature and wildlife habitat. The Robert W. Loftin Nature trails encompass 500 acres of wild Florida, a portion of which affords legal protection to a variety of animals since 1972. 


Conference History

The Coggin College of Business’ International Business Research Conference was begun in 2001 through the vision of Jeff Steagall (now Dean at Weber State University) and Alojzy Nowak (Vice Rector University of Warsaw). The conference went from a one day format focusing mostly on encouraging UNF faculty and students to share research on International Business to its current format that includes participants from over 40 countries around the globe. Now in its 16th year, the conference has proved to be an important opportunity for scholars around the world, exchange partners, and Coggin faculty to exchange ideas on all areas of business, politics, study abroad, and teaching of international business. This edition of the conference is jointly sponsored by the International Business Flagship and the Brooks College of Health.