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Business Professor Dr. Kenneth Norton Invited to International Consortium

Jun 14, 2012

Assistant Professor of Finance Dr. Kenneth Norton has been invited to attend an international business consortium reserved for the nation’s top junior faculty.

“It is quite an honor to be selected,” said Norton, who has been at the University since 2009.

The Academy of International Business is a leading group of scholars and specialists in international business whose membership comprises more than 3,500 members from 78 nations.  Norton will attend the AIB’s Junior Faculty Consortium on June 30 in Washington, D.C.

Norton said the invitation will allow him to consult with top scholars in his field.  The consortium is designed to assist junior business faculty obtain tenure and become published in top international journals.  Eventually, Norton said this could lead to him serving on an AIB panel.

“The panel will give me strategies on furthering my career and contributing more to the scholarship of Claflin University,” he said.

His research specialty is the financing of multinational corporations.   

Currently, he is investigating how culture impacts the various international markets of those corporations.  For example, he notes the menu at a McDonalds in Russia has several differences from one in South Carolina.  He theorizes that it takes quite an investment for a corporation to successfully expand internationally and their strategies must be tailored to specific markets to turn profit.

“It takes a while,” said Norton.

Norton received his doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

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