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Peru State Students, Faculty Present Papers at National Conference in Washington, D.C.


(Peru, Neb.) Two Peru State College (PSC) students and four faculty members recently presented papers at the National Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Conference in Washington, D.C.

Graduate student Carol Malcolm of Falls City, Assistant Professor of Business Dr. Mary Goebel-Lundholm and Assistant Professor of Physical Education Dr. Ellie Kunkel presented their paper titled “The Application of Edward T. Hall's International Business Models to Curriculum Design and Management Training.” The work suggests that educators adapt established corporate training models used to prepare managers for working overseas to the college classroom so that management students learn about the cultures of our own diverse employees that comprise the American melting pot. The paper asserts that management instructors can create greater inclusion in management training through recognition and application of cultural models developed for international industry.

Making her first scholarly presentation at an academic conference, Malcolm described the experience as personally and professionally rewarding. “The opportunity to share ideas, research and experiences with this league of professionals opened my eyes to the positive changes being discussed within the management and education realm,” she said.

In addition to pursuing a Master's degree in organizational management at PSC, Malcolm teaches business content at the Kickapoo Nation School in Powhattan, Kan.

Senior Keiyana Arnold of Canton, Mich., Associate Professor of Business Dr. Judy Grotrian and Assistant Professor of Business Sheri Grotrian also presented at the conference. Their paper "Who Needs an Attitude Adjustment? – Understanding and Adapting to Multiple Generations in the Workplace" examined the various perspectives and beliefs that workers of different generations bring to the workplace. The authors, themselves constituting three generations, surveyed employees of an organization to determine how cross-generationally friendly they view their workplace. The paper describes the survey results as well as how the results align with established research-based strategies for managing today's workforce.

Making her first scholarly presentation at an academic conference, Arnold described the experience as "amazing. I was honored and privileged to have this experience and I will use what I learned to enhance my career," she said.

The authors plan to conduct further research within other organizations in the future.

Both papers were published in the 17th Annual Conference proceedings of IBAM.