7th IIBA April 2017, Florida – Testimonials for IIBA Conference

Prof. Dr. Moez Limayem, Dean, Muma College of Business, University of South Florida

“I truly enjoyed being part of IIBA Conference. The interdisciplinary and global nature of the conference are very exciting. When I delivered the keynote session, the nature of the feedback I received was very diverse. This allowed me to look at my academic areas of interest from different  perspective. I strongly recommend IIBA conference to attendees from diverse backgrounds. It is a fun and extremely productive conference.”


Prof. Dr. Avninder Gill, School of Business and Economics, Thompson Rivers University

“The IIBA conference (April 2015) from Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel/Belize was a unique experience for me. This innovative idea of a cruise academic conference provided a focused time for research discussions away from all the distractions of a city life. Participation from all over the world gave me good opportunities for research networking. The infrastructure and facilities were state-of-the-art, cost was reasonable and every detail was taken care of by you.  Usually, it is hard to fill the room with audience at a regular conference as people have to do their own thing but at IIBA conference participation level was quite high, may be because of this unique idea. If something is planned on the pacific cost in future, I will try to attend.”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. John N. Mellon, College of Business, Misericordia University

“I have presented at two IIBA Conferences and have submitted a paper for the 7th IIBA Conference because the international attendees present current operational research from a global perspective based on their experiences in their own countries.    Most accreditation agencies, including The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), require business programs to demonstrate awareness of this global perspective on business issues and this Conference provides that experience.

In the long term, the IIBA conference affords me the opportunity to communicate with attendees that can add to my preparation of classroom lectures and discussions that will enrich the education of my diverse student population as well as preparing more traditional students with a unique international focus on world issues of business, marketing, and communications.”

Dr. Greg Clydesdale, Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce, Lincoln University

“People may think that a conference on a cruise ship is a bit of a ‘gravy train’ – there are certainly added advantages.  I got to see places I had never seen before.  But I also made progress academically.  For example, at the evening dinner table I discussed other papers I was working on, and these conversations encouraged me to stick with a paper that I was on the verge of giving up on.  That paper has just been accepted in a good journal (something that wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t go on that conference).

One thing that annoys me about other conferences is the attendees who present their own paper and then take off sight-seeing.  They cannot do that at these conferences because they are stuck on a boat, so attendances are good. 

It is a smaller conference so it is less specialised and you cover a broader range of topics, which is important if you feel you are becoming stuck in a silo.”

Prof. Dr. Nazir Sangi, Faculty of Sciences, Allama Iqbal Open University