International Research

Our faculty travel around the world to study the latest trends in global business. They incorporate their research in the classroom, giving you access to the latest information in your field.

Here are just a few examples of what they’re working on:

Accounting

Born in Chile and raised in Israel, it’s natural for Associate Professor Ariel Markelevich to think globally about accounting. His main interest is standardized financial reporting. He’s been studying the global use of extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) and international financial reporting standards (IFRS).

“The focus on XBRL enables me to expose students to better and easier ways to get access to and consume financial accounting data.”

Markelevich is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountants XBRL Advisory Committee.

Innovation

As companies go global, we need to embrace change and find new ways to solve challenges. As one of our most widely published researchers, Bob DeFillippi, chair of the Strategy and International Business Department, studies how organizations like Xerox and Proctor and Gamble collaborate to create innovative solutions.

DeFillippi’s work has been praised internationally. His book, Knowledge At Work, which he co-authored with former Management Professor Michael Arthur, was selected as one of the most promising management books of 2006 by the European Academy of Management.

DeFillippi is also the director of the Center for Innovation and Change Leadership, which fosters creative collaborations with businesses, government, nonprofit organizations, and academia.

International Business

Assistant Professor of Strategy & International Business Sokol Celo has received multiple research awards at two international conferences.

He won the Temple University/Academy of International Business (AIB) Best Paper Award at the 2012 Academy of International Business (AIB) international conference for an article he co-authored with Ay Chacar of Florida International University.

Their winning article, "Country Relatedness and International Coherence," proposed an alternative approach in international business research “that relies on survivor data culled from the actions of individuals and firms to compute country relatedness,” as opposed to the conventional approach, which is “to consider and/or compute country distance as independent of individual firm actions.” The paper also introduced the concept of firm’s international coherence and investigated its effects on firm performance.

Celo was also one of four finalists for the International Management Division Fundação Dom Cabral Best Paper in Strategy/International Business Theory Award at the Academy of Management annual meeting. He was later selected for the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, which categorizes him into the top-10 percent of submitted papers.

Management and Innovation

Mark Lehrer’s work often looks abroad to examine novel or interesting practices in management and innovation. After earning his PhD at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, he worked for two years at the Social Science Center Berlin.

Privatization

Businesses—particularly utility services, such as water sanitation, and electricity—are becoming increasingly essential in developing countries. But how can corporations take up the place of governments and provide an increasing range of items to the poor on a financially viable basis?

Strategy and International Business Professor Carlos Rufin, a native of Barcelona, travels around the globe to find the answer.

He’s studied some of the most innovative electricity companies around the world, including Spain’s Endesa and Iberdrola, as well as AES from the US. He’s found that a financially and socially sustainable business model for supplying the urban poor includes two key components: helping poor communities increase their incomes, and helping them manage, or even reduce, their consumption of electricity.

Supply Chain Management

Kuo-Ting (Ken) Hung, chair and associate professor of Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM), won the Best Theoretical/Empirical Research Paper Award for the 2011 Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Conference.

He co-authored the paper with Chanchai Tangpong, associate professor of Management at the North Dakota State University. The authors identified cross-level fallacies as a major problem in behavioral research on operations and supply chain systems. To prevent such fallacies, they developed an innovative method to examine how the interaction of various factors influence behavioral decision-making in operations and supply chain systems.

Our Faculty's Experiences

“The Fulbright Scholar grant I received for the republic of Georgia provided me with a great opportunity to conduct research and establish international connections. My relationship with local colleagues actually began several years prior to the grant when our Healthcare Administration department hosted physician-executives from post-Soviet states on a State Department-sponsored tour. During my sabbatical in Tbilisi, I reciprocated the visit and gained valuable insight into the Georgian health system, which has since contributed to my research in global health management.”

Peter Martelli, PhD Associate Professor, Healthcare Administration; Director, Master of Healthcare Administration Program

“As a Fulbright scholar, I was originally slated to spend six months in Israel and Germany, but due to Covid-related disruptions, my tenure spanned two years. This extended period afforded me a unique perspective on daily life and work in Israel, which contrasted sharply with tourist experiences. Additionally, the ample time at my disposal during the pandemic allowed me to co-author and publish a high-caliber article in a top-tier International Business journal with my host, an esteemed dean at a private Israeli college.”

Mark Lehrer, PhD Professor, Strategy and International Business

“Suffolk University and the Sawyer Business School have been strongly supportive of the opportunity afforded by my Fulbright Award. When COVID-19 struck, and the Fulbright Awards were postponed for a year, I was able to postpone my sabbatical so as not to lose the Award. My award-funded travel to Central Asia allowed me to conduct research about a part of the world that is new to me and relatively little known, and to forge relationships with scholars and universities in this part of the world.”

Carlos Rufin, PhD Professor of Strategy and International Business, Affiliated Professor of Public Service, Chair of Public Service and Healthcare Administration, Director of International Engagement

International Research

Accounting

Born in Chile and raised in Israel, Associate Professor Ariel Markelevich has a global perspective on accounting, with a primary focus on standardized financial reporting. His research centers around the global use of extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) and international financial reporting standards (IFRS). As a member of the Institute of Management Accountants XBRL Advisory Committee, he actively contributes to promoting better access and consumption of financial accounting data for students. In April, 2023, Markelevich will present in a webinar hosted by Israel Securities Authority, highlighting the benefits of iXBRL data.

International Business

Associate Professor Sokol Celo, has received multiple research awards at international conferences. Notably, he won the Temple University/Academy of International Business (AIB) Best Paper Award at the 2012 AIB conference for his co-authored article with Ay Chacar of Florida International University, titled "Country Relatedness and International Coherence." The paper proposed an innovative approach in international business research, using survivor data to compute country relatedness instead of conventional country distance methods. Additionally, Celo was a finalist for the International Management Division Fundação Dom Cabral Best Paper in Strategy/International Business Theory Award at the Academy of Management annual meeting and was later selected for the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, recognizing him among the top 10 percent of submitted papers.

Entrepreneurship

Associate Professor Nesij Huvaj research interests span the areas of innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, and entrepreneur-investor relations, with a focus on how investors, entrepreneurs, and managers make important strategic and financial decisions. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Research, Venture Capital, and Journal of Entrepreneurship. During his sabbatical leave in spring 2023, Dr. Huvaj visited the Department of Economics and Statistics at University of Salerno in Italy to conduct a joint research project that examines several aspects of technology ventures, including the institutional support structures, the impact of digital transformation, and the effect of adoption of flexible working practices.

Marketing

Professor Cristian Chelariu collaborated with researchers at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies in Romania, resulting in a recent publication on sustainable development goals in European Union countries in the journal Amfiteatru Economic. Additionally, he worked with Sawyer Business School’s Visiting Research Professor Valerie Mock to establish research exchange with the Technology University of Moldova (TUM). In August 2023, TUM delegates visited Suffolk University and participated in the Academy of Management Conference in Boston.