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Fall 2009 International Opportunity Grant Recipients

Please click on the purpose of travel synopsis for a more complete descripton of the project.

 
Recipient School/Department Purpose of Travel Countries
Chris Adler College of Arts and Sciences: Music Conduct a residency focused on cross-cultural compositions for Asian and Western instruments Singapore
Susan Babka College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Research for her book, Christology of the Mercy Seat: Imagining the God Who Suffers Italy and Germany
Rachel Blaser College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology Present research at the European Behavioral Pharmacology Society annual meeting Italy
Sandy Buczynski SOLES Research & travel with students at a summer camp “Education for Social Responsibility in the twenty first century.” Lithuania
Ami Carpenter School of Peace Studies Present paper at International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences entitiles “Resilience to Violence Conflict: Adaptive Strategies in Risky Environments” Greece
Russell Fuller College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Participant in Seminar panel on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible Rome & Jerusalem
Sarah Gray College of Arts and Sciences: Marine Science Field research program to study the impact of sedimentation on coral reefs Virgin Islands
Michael James Office of Public Affairs Examine the possible use of the internet technology to further collaboration between USD and the University of Ulster United Kingdom
Joseph Jeon College of Arts and Sciences: English Research for his book project, Scenes from the Uninhabited Present: Korean Film at the End of History South Korea
Eric Jiang College of Arts and Sciences: Math & Computer Science Participation in the 15th ACM conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining France
Molly McClain College of Arts and Sciences: History Present a paper, “‘Going Dutch’”: Culture and Identity in the Life of Queen Mary II,” at The Bangor Conference United Kingdom
Vidya Nadkarni College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science Present paper entitled "Diversity, Inequality, and Security: Indian and Iranian Policies in the Caspian Region" Brazil
Marjorie Patrick College of Arts and Sciences: Biology Research on mosquito larvae Brazil
Reyes Quezada SOLES Present at the 2009 International Council for the Education of Teachers Conference Oman
Emily Reimer-Barry College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Research Project entitled "Global Feminist Theologies Symposium and Collaborative Research Project" Kenya
Nathalie Reyns College of Arts and Sciences: Marine Science Research on blue crab population dynamics Mexico
Amanda Ryan Center for Educational Excellence Collaboration with colleagues on "Fostering Organizational Development through Literature: An Inter-institutional Exploration" Brazil
Barbara Sarter School of Nursing Establishing an Electronic Clinical Research Database at a Community Clinic in Calcutta India
Sandra Sgoutas-Emch College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology Present research "Helping Communities Help Themselves: Applying Civic and Political Engagement to a Health Psychology Course" Norway
Charles Tu School of Business Present paper “Stakeholders in Graduate Real Estate Education: What Are Their Priorities in a New Economy” China
Michael Wagner College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy Attend the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference Poland
Carson Zimmermann School of Business Conference Presentation at the Academy of Business in Society Australia
 

Chris Adler, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Music
Associate Professor
cadler@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Adler was invited to conduct a 9-day residency focused on his cross-cultural compositions for Asian and Western instruments. The residency included a public lecture about his music, several performances of his compositions given by himself and in collaboration with student performers at the Conservatory, rehearsals and coaching of performers, and master classes on the subjects of composition, improvisation and his commissioning of new works for solo Thai mouth organ.

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Susan Babka, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
Assistant Professor
sbabka@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Babka conducted research for a book, Christology of the Mercy Seat: Imagining the God Who Suffers. She has been studying the images employing the Gnadenstuhl motif in art in context, since so many of these images are in churches, especially those in the countryside that are not otherwise accessible.

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Rachel Blaser, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology
Assistant Professor
rblaser@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Blaser presented her research at the European Behavioral Pharmacology Society annual meeting. Her research addressed the effects of alcohol on zebrafish behavior, and she presented the results of experiments on alcohol as an anxiolytic in zebrafish.

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Sandy Buczynski, PhD

SOLES
Associate Professor
sandyb@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Buczynski will work with a group of USD students as they participate in a study abroad program in Lithuania. The students’ views will be examined in order to document the realization of teacher education international expectations. These expectations include (but are not limited to): a “transformative” experience, experience as “the other,” growth in awareness of issues of privilege and cultural understanding, increase knowledge of the global dimensions of K-12 subject areas, increased knowledge of and ability to teach world languages, and the use of comparative educational research to improve their own practice. Meeting these expectations prepare teachers to support K-12 students in the development of a positive disposition toward cultural differences in California schools. Dr. Buczynski will conduct interviews with USD students enrolled in EDSP 589 Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education. This course, taught by Nancy Hanssen, will provide SOLES students with an overview of two critical areas relative to teaching school-age populations in schools: (1) creating supportive, healthy environments for students learning and (2) teaching special populations in general education. The course content will be provided during class sessions at USD prior to travel to Lithuania. In Lithuania students will have an opportunity to experience the importance of inclusive education by observing models of former Soviet institutions and the progress the country has made to include persons of disabilities into the community. The group will be at the Vyliompolie Institute in Kaunas for three days and the Institute at Venta (Near the Latvian border) for two days. The theme for the summer camp is “Education for Social Responsibility in the twenty first century.”

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Ami Carpenter, PhD

School of Peace Studies
Assistant Professor
acarpenter@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

For the past three years Dr. Carpenter has been researching community resilience to violent conflict, endeavoring to understand what enables certain communities to adjust and cope in risky environments so as to remain internally peaceful. She haslearned that communities are resilient to violence if they can successfully control the spread and escalation of violent, destructive attitudes and behaviors. This outcome is made possible when communities are able to deploy a wide range of strategies to protect the sources of shared trust and conflict resolution within and between communities – in other words, when they can protect the social bonding networks that prevent conflict within and between communities. Her conference paper, “Resilience to Violence Conflict: Adaptive Strategies in Risky Environments” which was presented at the Fourth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Athens, Greece is the first to articulate a theory of community resilience to violent conflict. In particular, this paper highlights the importance of key social institutions (rules, norms and traditions with a positive benefit for cooperation and risk mitigation) in generating collective willingness and acceptance to adapt. This paper also explores how development and peacebuilding efforts can avoid squelching the self-organizing, emergent, and adaptive strategies which emerge (even in very dire situations) though admittedly, this requires a shift in perspective of what "development" should and can accomplish.

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Russell Fuller, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
Professor
fuller@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Fuller attended the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and participate in a seminar panel on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible. Additionally, he will do individual research and collaborative research with colleagues at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Fuller will also present a paper at the Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies. His paper is entitled "Allusions and Citations of biblical Texts in Non-Biblical Compositions from the Judean Desert and their use in the Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible."

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Sarah Gray, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Marine Science
Associate Professor
sgray@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Gray research in the Virgin Islands has contributed to her ongoing field research program to study the impact of sedimentation on coral reefs. The purposes of her trip were to continue ongoing reef sediment monitoring research with three USD undergraduate students. During this trip, she was able to expand her previous research agenda to include storm water sampling in the Coral Bay watershed and to visit her field site with a potential research collaborator from Mexico. Finally, she conducted meetings with research and outreach collaborators including: the Coral Bay Community Council, the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, and researchers at the University of the Virgin Islands.

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Michael James

Office of Public Affairs
Director
michaeljames@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Michael James will travel to Northern Ireland to work with colleagues, at the University of Ulster, Magee Campus, to examine the possible use of the internet technology to further collaboration between the universities. The collaborative technologies to be explored include Video Conferencing, Telepresence Learning, Webcasts and Social Networking.

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Joseph Jeon, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: English
Associate Professor
jjeon@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Jeon's book project, Scenes from the Uninhabited Present: Korean Film at the End of History, examines the recent boom in South Korean Cinema in the context of the traumatizing 20th-century history of the nation. Arising in a context of occupation by Japan and then by the United States as well as a bloody war that divided the country, both geographically and ideologically, modern Korean history is often defined as traumatic. In the recent films Dr. Jeon examined, however, the trope of forgetting becomes increasingly prominent, which fundamentally conflicted with the narratives of trauma that pervade the nation. How can one feel trauma when one can no longer remember the injury? His book argues that this is the fundamental dilemma of post-modern Korean culture: how does a nation whose national self-conception depends on historical trauma continue to define itself once the memory of the trauma fades into the past? The first chapter of the book examines Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy (2003), which won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The horrifying experience of its protagonist, he argues, represents the plight of the Korean salary man working for the large conglomerate corporations that dominate Korean business. After the 1997 IMF-crisis in Korea, it was the salary men and not the conglomerates that suffered. Suicides were common and many felt a sense of betrayal from these companies which had for so long preached a gospel of familial loyalty that rang decidedly false during these difficult financial times. Dr. Jeon has already published the first chapter of the book in the major journal in his field and this grant has helped fuel the momentum he has generated toward the completion of his manuscript.

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Eric Jiang, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Math & Computer Science
Associate Professor
jiang@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Jiang's project was entitled “Semi-Supervised Text Classification Using RBF Networks” and it investigated text classifiers that integrate clustering algorithms into RBF artificial neural networks and can learn for classification from a very small number of labeled training samples and a large pool of unlabeled data effectively. The purpose of the travel was Dr. Jiang's participation in the 15th ACM conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) in Paris, France. The ACM KDD conference is the premier international forum for data mining researchers, scientists and practitioners to share their ideas, latest research results and experiences.

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Molly McClain, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: History
Associate Professor
mcclain@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. McClain presented a paper, “‘Going Dutch’: Culture and Identity in the Life of Queen Mary II,” at The Bangor Conference on the Restoration: Politics, Religion, and Culture in Britain and Ireland in the 1680s, sponsored by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Bangor and Aberystwyth. Dr. McClain also participated in a panel on Queen Mary II.

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Vidya Nadkarni, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science
Professor
nadkarni@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Nadkarni presented her paper, "Diversity, Inequality, and Security: Indian and Iranian Policies in the Caspian Region," together with a colleague from the University of Central Florida at the ISA-ABRI Joint International Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. She examined Indian policies in the Caspian region and explored the geopolitical and geoeconomic aspects of India’s goal for energy security.

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Marjorie Patrick, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Biology
Assistant Professor
mpatrick@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Patrick traveled to Brazil to collect mosquito larvae from Amazonian rainforest breeding sites to study their physiological mechanisms of maintaining body fluid salt composition in the face of unusual environmental water chemistry. This research trip also served to restart her study of Amazonian mosquitoes, which she had initiated during her PhD training, and provide the foundation for a long-term, ongoing collaboration. Results from this research have led to one publication and formed the basis of a National Science Foundation grant to support yearly expeditions to the Amazon, with the hopes of taking USD students to provide them with an international research experience. Dr. Patrick's previous research trips to Brazil were funded by NSF International Programs. Additionally, the biology that she learned and the research techniques that she will employed while at INPA, have been integrated into the biology courses she teaches at USD, specifically her upper division Invertebrate Physiology course -Bio 477,477L. Dr. Patrick's previous research experiences in Brazil have not only had a tremendous impact on her scholarly activities but have enhanced her appreciation for other cultures. While living in Manaus, one learns much about the history, culture, food, music, etc of the different groups that together, call themselves Brasileiros. She has truly enjoyed immersing herself into everyday life in Brazil.

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Reyes Quezada, PhD

SOLES
Professor
rquezada@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Quezada will present at the 2009 International Council for the Education of Teachers Conference. This IOG proposal is to present preliminary research data from University of San Diego students’ who have participated in our international student teaching abroad SOLES-Global Program. The research will present student teacher perceptions while teaching abroad and how it has made an impact in their professional teaching or employment practice.

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Emily Reimer-Barry, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
Assistant Professor
erb@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Reimar-Barry participated in a collaborative research project entitled "Global Feminist Theologies Symposium and Collaborative Research Project." The goal of this project was to bring together feminist theologians from Africa and the United States in order to create a space where they could listen to one another and engage in constructive dialogue and collaborative research. The project included ten participants from the United States and various African countries gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for a symposium on Global Feminist Theologies at the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies. The Maryknoll program was directed by Anne Nasimiyu-Wasike, and integrated fieldwork with the study of key texts in African feminist theology and ethics. The goal of the program at the Maryknoll Institute was to create an atmosphere of cross-cultural dialogue that could pave the way for the second phase of this project, a one-week listening symposium directed by Susan A. Ross. There, participants reflected upon immersion pedagogy in light of global feminist and postcolonial concerns.

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Natalie Reyns, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Marine Science
Assistant Professor
nreyns@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Reyns traveled to Mexico in order to conduct further research assessing the blue crab population dynamics in Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico. This project provided valuable data regarding the population dynamics of blue crabs (Callinectes bellicosus, a commerciallyharvested species) and involved fishers to improve scientific communications with local stakeholders. The results of this study have become available to Mexican federal and state scientists, and this information has helped fisheries scientists develop a management strategy to ensure a sustainable blue crab fishery (thereby providing economic stability to the region). Blue crabs have been harvested in Bahía Magdalena for the last 20 years, but the fishery is currently unregulated and little is known about the blue crab population. Thus, the overall objective of this study was to obtain data that could be used for a preliminary assessment of the blue crab stock in Bahía Magdalena. The team's primary approach involved quantifying the number of blue crab postlarvae settling in estuarine habitats (e.g. seagrass habitats that serve as nurseries) near Puerto San Carlos, Bahía Magdalena.

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Amanda Ryan

Center for Educational Excellence
Assistant Director
aryan@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Amanda Ryan's project is entitled "Fostering Organizational Development through Literature: An Inter-institutional Exploration." Academic excellence requires a learning community that is characterized by inclusive engagement with diverse peoples and perspectives. The Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) seeks to provide collaborative programming to gather and discuss different perspectives to help promote broad changes to the culture. Several innovative programs sponsored by CEE have provided opportunities for all members of the campus, and the greater community to listen to, explore, and discuss some of the complexities of gender and race though literature. The collaborative efforts USD’s Center for Educational Excellence and a network of professors and cultural arts performers sparked interdisciplinary gatherings on campus to reflect on diversity and inclusion and promote organizational change. This IOG funded project will promote an exchange of ideas about how the programs at USD were planned, supported, implemented and evaluated while gaining perspectives on the importance of diversity in institutions of higher education in Northern Brazil. The project will compare the diversity work at each institution and explore the ways in which literature can foster better understanding among students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members about perspectives from marginalized populations and promote culture changes on campuses regarding diversity. It will also extend USD’s professional and organizational development network internationally. As the University of San Diego becomes more internationalized and faculty develop curriculum to enhance the strategic goals toward cultural competence, staff in USD’s Center for Educational Excellence need to become more aware or and appreciate the practices of our counterparts globally. Ms. Ryan was invited by Professor Socorro Oliveira, author and coordinator of a research group on literacy to visit the Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Norte’s (UFRN) Centro de Ciências Humana, Letras e Artes and Conselho de Ensino, Pesquisa e Extensão. Meetings will be set to meet with research groups in Brazil working on literacy to discuss systematic processes that have been established to support the development of their organizations to increase inclusion and diversity. An invitation to present formally during the UFRN Semana de Humanidades was also extended to Ms. Ryan. The exchange of information will help CEE develop new strategies about tapping into faculty connections in order to improve practice in the development of diversity and literacy programming in order to promote positive organizational change.

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Barbara Sarter, PhD

School of Nursing
Associate Professor
bsarter@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Sarter will be working on a project entitled "Establishing an Electronic Clinical Research Database at a Community Clinic in Calcutta, India." The Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation operates two community clinics in the heart of Calcutta, India. Over 1400 patients a day are seen, six days a week. The chief doctors, Prasanta and Pratip Banerji, have developed disease-specific protocols for treatment of all varieties of illness using homeopathic medicines. They have been quite successful in their treatment of cancers, especially with the most aggressive of brain cancers that are incurable with Western conventional medicine; even our National Cancer Institute has reviewed their cases and visited the clinic. They have a computer system in which they enter data related to their cancer and kidney failure patients, but it is very difficult to retrieve and track the data for research purposes, and all the other patients simply take their medical notes home with them after each visit. Dr. Sarter will work with the Foundation and its software designers collaboratively to set up an effective electronic medical record system that is also research-friendly. They are doing important work which needs to be investigated through carefully designed prospective clinical trials. She will also train the clinic staff on how to maintain follow-up with clinic patients to determine their level of compliance, other treatments they are using, etc. Homeopathic medicines are inexpensive, widely available, and completely safe, with no side effects, so their approach to treatment has important global public health implications. The Banerji Protocol provides standardized, disease-specific treatments - so once the necessary clinical data can be collected, stored and retrieved it will be very amenable to scientific analysis. Homeopathy is an accepted medical system around the world, but there is little strong scientific data about its effectiveness, so this is important work to document. Dr. Sarter will then use the data collected in the Calcutta clinic to support applications for grant funding for controlled, randomized clinical trials in the United States of promising homeopathic therapies. This project will be highly consistent with USD’s international mission by supporting direct collaboration between its faculty and the physicians at this clinic, and by setting up an infrastructure for continuing collaborative clinical research projects between me and the Banerjis. It also supports the service mission of the University and my own professional ethic of service by encouraging the development of a safe, inexpensive, and accessible medical system that is highly valued by the citizens of India and other developing nations.

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Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology
Professor
emch@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Purpose of the travel was to attend the European Congress of Psychology in Oslo and present research on community outreach in the classroom. The research that was presented at the conference was based on Dr. Sgoutas-Emch’s project entitled "Helping Communities Help Themselves: Applying Civic and Political Engagement to a Health Psychology Course." The project focused on the implementation of community service learning and political engagement in health psychology of women and ethnic minorities. The research was part of a requirement for a fellowship Dr. Sgoutas-Emch was awarded from the California Campus Compact and Carnegie foundation for instituting political engagement in the classroom. The students in her course worked with community partners to design and administer a survey for a family success center located in a local middle school. The center provided services to help families in the Linda Vista Community. Students then went into the classrooms of the middle school and held informal focus groups with the student body on what they would like the center to be. Based on the data collected, suggestions for helping the center in the future were proposed. Some of these suggestions are now being implemented. The European Congress gathers scholars from all over the world to discuss their research. The conference also does a wonderful job of exposing the attendees to the local culture with its various programs and activities. Dr. Sarter is also interested in different health care models and Norway has a very progressive health care system. She has routinely used the information she learns at these conferences in her classes.

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Charles Tu, PhD

School of Business
Associate Professor
tuc@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The primary purpose of this travel is to present the paper “Stakeholders in Graduate Real
Estate Education: What Are Their Priorities in a New Economy” at the first annual
meeting of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC) to be held on August 20-22 in Beijing, China. Dr. Tu will also take the opportunity to exchange research ideas and explore collaboration possibilities with researchers in China. Additionally, Dr. Tu would like to establish connection with academics and real estate professionals in China to enhance the international contents of his existing courses and possibly develop new courses.

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Michael Wagner, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy
Professor
mwagner@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Michael Wagner attended the The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies conference in association with the Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education (“Ignatianum”). There, Dr. Wagner presented a paper, “The Artist as Demiurge in Plotinus” and chaired at a paper session. He also acted as secretary-treasure and at-large member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. During his trip he was also able to discuss and “market” his recently published book, The Enigmatic Reality of Time: Aristotle, Plotinus, and Today, whose publisher (E.J. Brill: Leiden & Boston) also had a book display at the conference. Finally, Dr. Wagner interacted with philosophers and classicists in his area of research from universities in such diverse locales as Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Israel, Canada, Mexico, India, and of course Poland.

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Carson Zimmermann, PhD

School of Business
Assistant Professor
zimmermann@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Zimmermann will present the 2009 Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) Conference. The purpose of the presentation is at least threefold: First, he examines firms’ initiation into international diversification, along the trail first launched by Penrose in her analysis of the value of indivisible resources: the firm has an incentive to expand to make more efficient use of its current resource base and utilize its most valuable resources exhaustively. Second, by adopting a resource-based perspective he seeks to identify the ways in which resource constraints impact upon firms. He seeks to characterize the ways in which resource and capability constraints and combinations affect different stages of internationalization. Third, his sample responds to calls for larger sample studies and robust empirical evidence on the relevance of resource-based constraints for internationalization.

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