Dr. Nikolay Megits is an expert of global economics, strategic management, FDI in emerging markets, and entrepreneurship, with a distinguished record of academic achievement in lecturing and scholarly research. He possesses over 25 years of international business experience including strategic planning, sales, and import/export practices. Dr. Megits received his MBA from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and earned a Doctorate in Economics from the Universitas Libera Ucrainensis in Munich, Germany. He is associated with Target Corporation and serves as an adjunct professor for numerous international business courses at Hamline University School of Business and Globe University/Minnesota School of Business. During his business career, Dr. Megits founded, owned and operated several successful start-up enterprises. Most currently, he established the Institute of Easter Europe and Central Asia and launched the Journal of Eastern European and Central Asian Research. Dr. Megits is an Academic of the Ukrainian Academy of Economic Sciences and a Member of the U.S. Academy of International Businesses.
Dr. Charlotte Davis is an Associate Professor of Management at Concord University in Athens, WV. Dr. Davis earned her degrees from Texas Tech University, Wayland Baptist University, and the University of Memphis. Her research interests are in the area of expatriate management; employee motivation, culture and HR strategy; immigrant professionals; and grief in the workplace. She teaches courses in International Business, Human Resource Management, Business Ethics, and Principles of Management. She has taught at the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University (Memphis), Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), and Concord University. While in Vienna, she taught courses in Global Mindset and Intercultural Competence, and in International Management. She is in charge of an international exchange program between Concord University and Universidad Politécnica de Puebla in Mexico, and is working with the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program in the State of West Virginia. She holds a CPA, PHR certification, and SHRM-CP certifications.
Chairman of Advisory Board
Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Julian Z. Schuster is Webster University’s chief academic and chief operating officer. He received the doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Belgrade. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed Harvard’s executive program at Kennedy School of Government. As a consultant, he worked on projects financed and sponsored by World Bank, International Monetary Fund, foreign governments, and Fortune 500 companies. He is widely published in the area of international political economy and serves on editorial boards of several academic and professional journals. He regularly comments on political and economic developments in regional and national media. In addition to English and his native Serbian/Croatian, Dr. Schuster speaks Russian, Slovak, Macedonian, and reads in six additional languages. He serves on numerous boards and is the member of the steering committee of the Mosaic Project – a major initiative to spur the immigration and innovation in the Saint Louis City and County.
Dr. Mahtab Farshchi is the Senior Lecturer for the School of Natural and Built Environments, at Kingston University, London. With a PhD in economics from Henley Business School, University of Reading, two MSc degrees in Architectural Engineering and Construction Economics she has been active in academic research, teaching as well as professional practice as an architect. Over the past 25 years she has been engaged in numerous research projects in areas such as urbanization, economic agglomeration, clustering, internationalization, knowledge management, design management, and innovation and has presented her work at many conferences across the world. She supervises PhD’s dissertations in areas such as energy management, renewable energy and construction economics. She is the founder of Innovation and the Built Environment Academy (IBEA) which has organized many international events to promote an interdisciplinary approach to innovation. Dr. Farsshchi is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
Dr. Janelle Harrison earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, with emphasis in Human Resource Development. She also holds a M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Dr. Harrison is an experienced global professional and educator, serving as a professor of Management and Business for two graduate programs in the United States, as well as the MBA/Management Programmes at the University of Liverpool, UK. She also serves as a dissertation advisor for the University of Liverpool and has professional experience in international e-commerce and communications. Her research interests include autonomous learning, virtual leadership, verbal immediacy in online contexts, creativity in learning, and instructional leadership. Dr. Harrison has published numerous scholarly articles, and has presented her research at various conferences in the United States and internationally. Dr. Harrison has course development experience and has served as an academic writing specialist and style expert.
Dr. Kenda Lentz is a highly perceptive and intrepid organizational leadership expert who always has a grasp on the delicate balance between human dynamics and corporate systems. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Lentz has served in leadership positions in corporate organizations, consulting practices, and higher education. She has conducted numerous corporate research studies, led a variety of business workshops, and provided strategic consulting services to global businesses in manufacturing, healthcare, government, energy, finance, and education industries. Dr. Lentz earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the School of Leadership & Business at Regent University. Her research agenda includes an examination of the role of structure, power, and control in organizations and the role of human agency in personal leadership development. Dr. Lentz currently serves as an affiliate faculty member at Spring Arbor University where she teaches a variety of business courses and advises action-research thesis projects in the MBA and Management programs. Dr. Lentz also serves as a human strategy consultant and board member with Bracken Leadership LLC.
Dr. Daniel A. Sauers earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Theory from The Florida State University. Currently, he is serving as a Professor of Management at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. Prior to taking up his position at Winona State, he served as the Director for Postgraduate Studies at Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand and the Professor of Management at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. His research interests lie in the areas of ethics, human resource development and management, international business, leadership, organizational behavior and theory, and strategic management. Dr. Sauers has published numerous scholarly articles and has presented his research at various conferences regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Sauers also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications, and Conflict and as a reviewer for various journals and textbook publishers.
Associate Regional Editors
Dr. Richard Brunet-Thornton holds two full-time positions in both Montréal (Canada) and Prague (Czech Republic). As an assistant professor at the University of Economics, Prague, his expertise encompasses Cross-Cultural Management and Communications, Knowledge Management, Project Management, and Academic Writing. His area of specialty is the Czech Republic. In addition, he is a native speaker of both French and English. He has published numerous articles in various scholarly journals and textbooks as well as holding various editorial positions in numerous journals. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. On the application side, he is responsible for an international business practice with the fourth largest global IS/IT provider. In this field, his expertise is in Telecommunications and Information Systems. During his many years of business tenure, Dr. Brunet-Thornton has worked on every continent within the telecommunications domain. His areas of specialization in Cross-Cultural Management include the Anglosphere, la Francophonie, and of course, the Czech Republic.
Dr. Natalya (Natasha) Delcoure is a full professor of Finance and Dean at the TX A&M University – Kingsville. More recently, she served as an Endowed Professor of Strategic Leadership and Associate Dean for the Lucas Graduate School of Business, San Jose State University. She has published more than 30 articles in scholarly journals, including Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Economics and Finance, International Real Estate Review, International Review of Economics and Finance, Review of Business, Managerial Finance, Journal of Centrum Cathedra, and Journal of Finance Case Research. She serves as a member of the editorial board and review for Investment Management and Financial Innovations Journal and as an ad-hoc review for several journals, including International Review of Economics and Finance, Review of Financial Economics, and Managerial Finance. Dr. Delcoure is active in a number of professional associations, including FMA, SWFA, and SFA.
Dr. George Griffin earned his Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2003 and M.S.A. from Central Michigan University. He is an associate professor of business at Spring Arbor University, Michigan and has been at this university for 18 years. Currently, Dr. Griffin is the Director of External Business Programs, School of Graduate and Professional Studies. His main academic interests are in international business. He is a Fulbright Scholar and taught MBA students in the Republic of Georgia in 2010. Working with people from different cultures piques his interest in organizational behavior and cultural understanding. Dr. Griffin presented his work at many regional, national, and international conferences. He has traveled to most of Europe and is looking forward continue performing research related to topics of international business education. As a teacher, he has taught an array of courses: Organizational Theory, Business Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Business Leadership, Strategic Management, Business Ethics, Management Trends, Research Methods, Business Communications, Economics, Finance, International Business, Research Applications, and Techniques. George is the member of Academy of International Businesses.
Dr. Jitka Hilliard is an assistant professor of finance at Auburn University. She is a native of Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Hilliard received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Czech Republic and a Ph.D. in finance from Louisiana State University, USA. Her research interest includes empirical issues in option pricing, investments, and exchange traded funds. She has published in the Quantitative Finance, the Financial Review, the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting and other finance journals. She has also presented her research at conferences in the United States and Europe. Dr. Hilliard teaches Security Analysis and Financial Statement Analysis at Auburn University. She is an active participant of the Southern Finance Association and a member of Financial Management Association and Eastern Finance Association.
Dr. Brent McKenzie (PhD, Griffith University; MBA, Dalhousie University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, in the College of Management and Economics, at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Dr. McKenzie has a special interest in the countries of the former Soviet Union, in particular the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. He has engaged in extensive research fieldwork, and conducted a number of workshops and presentations in these countries. His research has been published in such academic and practitioner publications as the Journal of Business Research, Management Decision, the Baltic Journal of Management, the Journal of East-West Business, International Journal of Management Practice, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, and The Retail Digest. He is also a holder of an Academic Research Fellowship with the Estonian Studies Centre, and Tartu College, in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Nazar Mustaph is an assistant professor of finance at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA at the Department of Accounting & Financial Economics. His current research expertise is in the areas of banking and financial institutions, international finance, and microfinance. He frequently presents at international conferences in economics and finance and has numerous publications in refereed journals. Dr. Mustapha has a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the University of New Orleans. He also holds two M.S. degrees from the same university, one in statistics and the other is in financial economics. Dr. Mustapha has been the recipient of several prestigious research grants, and he is the College of Business “Faculty of the Year” award winner for several years. Dr. Mustapha was a member of the Business Advisory Council at Dillard University where he has contributed in instituting, integrating and enhancing the College of Business educational programs.
Dr. Serhiy Reverchuk is a professor of economics and Chair of Banking and Insurance Department in the Lviv National University, Ukraine and member of the research faculty since 1983. He is the author of 12 books and 185 articles. Dr. Reverchuk is an Academic at the Ukrainian Academy of Economic Sciences, and Founding Director of the Lviv Region Association “Economic Elite”. Professor Reverchuk research interests are in the European corporate restructuring, regulation of banks and financial institutions, credit risk and valuation of corporate debt, and asset pricing with a focus on the effects of liquidity risk. In addition, he has consulted numerous government institutions on topics of regulation of banks and financial institution. Professor Reverchuk has received various government awards and recognition. He teaches an undergraduate, master and a Ph.D. course. Reverchuk is a visiting professor at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich. Currently, he is a candidate for the post of Rector at the Lviv National University.