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The NSF-Targeted Infusion Project: STEM-Business Focused Logistics and International Trade (LIT) Analytics is a collaborative project between the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA) and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

2020 Third (Virtual) Annual Business Research Conference

The 2020 3rd Annual Business Research Conference was organized virtually by the UDC School of Business and Public Administration and supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant #1912070) on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 10 am until 1 pm. The conference was attended through WebEx video conferencing platform by over 100 participants – 95 students and 10 faculty members.

The theme of the conference was Global Business Environment: Risk and Resilience during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis has brought disruptions to the business environment and the way organizations operate. COVID-19 has infected over 54 million people and caused 1.3 million deaths world-wide (Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, dated November 16, 2020), pushing 88 to 114 million people around the world into extreme poverty. COVID-19 has caused the global economy to enter a rapid downward spiral to recession.

The conference was held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 10 am to 1 pm. This time around, there are about 50 undergraduates and graduate students presenting their researches with 24 undergraduate and 15 graduate research abstracts and research presentation video submissions.


Rules and Regulations

The judging process was a three stage process as detailed below.

Stage 1: The external judges judged the submissions as a part of double blind peer-reviewed process. After judging, TOP 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate research abstract submissions were selected. External judges further vetted the Top 10 presentation videos, and selected Top 7 best undergraduate research (on the basis of presentation videos) and Top 6 graduate research (on the basis of presentation videos).

Stage 2: Thereafter, two separate teams of 3 UDC and 1 external judge (for both undergraduate and graduate researchers) vetted each of the 7 undergraduate and 6 graduate research presentation videos for ranking (using rubrics). The judging rubrics contained 5 items (to be ranked on a Likert scale with 1 being ‘weak’; and 5 being ‘strong’) pertaining to student research: 1. Clear Research Purpose, 2. Professional and Appealing Layout of Presentation (along with audio/video quality of presentation videos), 3. Clear Appropriate Methodology, 4. Clear and Interesting Findings, and 5. Student Professionalism. Each of these attributes were evaluated on a Likert scale with 1 as lowest and 5 as highest ranking. Thereafter, all scores were tabulated and final scores resulted in the TOP 3 TEAMS for UNDERGRADUATES and TOP 3 TEAMS for GRADUATES.

Stage 3: December 3, 2020 - Day of the Conference: TOP 3 undergraduate and TOP 3 graduate research teams presented their research through WebEx audio/video conferencing platform; and consequently the first, second and third place winners were announced on the same day.

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Undergraduate Research Category

First Place Winner

Navigating the Fintech-Cleantech Landscape by Ivanna Kovalchuk

 

 

Second Place Winner

Examining University Students’ Multitasking Behavior with Online Learning by Terssa Kassahun  

 

Third Place Winner

Supply Chain Complications in 2020: How Grocery Delivery Services Manage in the COVID-19 by Shanell McNamee & Britany Smallwood

 

Graduate Research Category

First Place Winner

Recalibrating Anthropomorphized Robotic Interactions during COVID-19: Understanding Human Robotic Interactions and Its Impact on Social Isolation by Ndifreke Akpan

 

Second Place Winner

Reverse Innovation, Open Innovation, and Sustainability: An Implication for Innovation-Ready Environment by Prim Patanachaisiri

 

Third Place Winner

The Role of Digital Marketing Towards Growth of Multinational Corporations by Bosson-Sora M. Ahouti and Aya Boukhari

 

Graduate MBA Competition: Judging Team comprises of: Dr. John McIntyre from GA Tech, Dr. Julius Anyu, Dr. Racquel Brown-Gaston, Dr. Feng Xu, Dr. Nazha Gali, and Dr. Suzan Abed from UDC SBPA

Undergraduate BBA Competition: Judging Team comprises of: Dr. Anne Marie Zwerg, Universidad De La Sabana, Colombia, Dr. Malva Reid, Dr. Donovan Collier, Dr. Nazha Gali, and Dr. Feng Xu from UDC SBPA

LIT Faculty Advisors: Dr. Anshu Arora, Dr. Amit Arora, Dr. Alex Tan, Dr. Malva Reid,  Dr. Feng Xu, Dr. Nazha Gali