Keynote Speaker (1)
Prof. Donald Louis Amoroso
Auburn University Montgomery
Professional Summary Lowder-Weil Endowed Chair of Innovation and Strategy and Professor of Information Systems at College of Business, Auburn University Montgomery. Main areas of research include innovation, strategy, culture, and leadership in technology.
Working interdisciplinary academic fields and cross-culturally with faculty to integrate areas to understand and change corporate and consumer innovation adoption.
Finished five-year research project in Japan analyzing the mobile strategy ecosystem; working with colleagues at 12 Japanese universities to develop research on each of the components of the mobile ecosystem. Research includes the strategy of mobile application development, food tracking and information, aging population, and consumer behavior culture. Interviews with key carrier executives include NTT DoCoMo, Softbank, and AU KDDI.
Currently conducting innovation research in the Philippines as Visiting/Research Fellow Faculty member of Asian Institute of Technology with executives at Globe and Smart telecommunications companies. New research project with Chinese consumers; working with faculty in China at ten universities. Teaches case method with innovation, strategy, and information management.
Author of 42 refereed journal articles, 74-refereed conference proceedings and academic presentations, including publications in Journal of Management Information Systems, Information & Management, Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, Data Base, and Journal of E-Business Research. Grants and funding followed major research project efforts. Conducts seminars in the areas of leadership and strategy, corporate governance, marketing, technology investment, and innovation, including a seminar in Atlanta twice annually called CIO Certification Seminar, with a handful of aspiring CIOs in leadership and strategy. Working with doctoral students at Tokyo Tech University, De La Salle University, Philippines, and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Formerly Chair of the Computer Science and Information Systems department and Executive Director and founder of the International Center for Innovation in Technologies (ICIT) at Kennesaw State University.
University Of Georgia (1983-1986)
Ph.D. in Management Information Systems, dissertation on end-user computing success factors.
Auburn University Montgomery (2014 TO PRESENT)
Position: Lowder-Weil Endowed Chair of Innovation and Strategy
Rank: Professor, Information Systems
Responsibilities: Chair, Graduate Curriculum Committee
Teaching: Case method - Graduate courses in the MSISM program
Areas of interest: strategy, innovation, big data, data analytics, information systems
Keynote Speaker (2)
Dr. Yoshiro Miyata
School of Engineering, Chukyo University
Introduction of Dr. Yoshiro Miyata
University of California at San Diego – Psychology Department
University of Osaka – Graduate School of Engineering Science, Japan
Waseda University – Department of Physics
Professor, Chukyo University - School of Engineering (1998-present)
Associate Professor, Chukyo University – School of Computer and Cognitive Sciences (1991-1998)
Research Fellow, University of Colorado at Boulder (1989-1991)
Mr. Alex Tat Hing Ho
School of Design
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Introduction of Mr. Alex Tat Hing Ho
The University of Texas at Austin- Master of Arts in Computer Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin- Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences
Director of Technology, e-Crusade Marketing Ltd. (Quarry Bay, Hong Kong)
Project Manager, Research & Development Team, ecVision Ltd. (Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)
Team Leader of the eCommerce Framework Development Team, Hong Kong Telecom IMS (Shatin, Hong Kong)
Topic: Empathy and Gratitude Education for Future University Graduates
The society nowadays progress rapidly since the industrial revolution to create tools and products that give us more convenience and help us to do things quicker. But achieving our goal fast and easy always implies hidden costs: we tend to be less appreciative to and even less conscious about resources, tools, people who produced them and the impacts to other stakeholders. Examples are abundant: over usage of air condition, traveling on private automobiles rather than public transportations, overconsumption of fast food and snacks, fast fashions and the rapid upgrade cycles of new and advanced electronic gadgets like mobile smartphones. In results, our consumption behavior becomes unsustainable in terms of availability of environmental resources or support of the social structure, where people are imposed into compulsory consumption of mass-produced products, often exploiting natural and human resources to create what Ivan Illich (1973) called “radical monopoly”. A recent research from Professor Yoshinori Hiro of Kyoto University and Hitachi Group (2017) showed that the two most important factors for a sustainable society in Japan are to maintain the population in rural areas and cooperation between rural and city areas. To achieve these, it is necessary for people in the cities to appreciate the natural and human resources in rural areas that support their daily lives, with a further goal of encouraging the inheritance of the culture and value of rural communities. What can education do to nurture a healthy relationship between the people and resources that support their lives? We propose to inject empathy and gratitude oriented education into the university curriculums. Empathy is a competency (Gilbert, 2017) defined by one’s ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Gratitude is an urge (Toda, 1981), defined by the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Researchers and educators showed that resilience, giving back, well-being and happiness are closely related to gratitude and empathy. We hope that by integrating gratitude and empathy into our education, future university graduates will help aligning the development path from pursuing speed and effortlessness to well-being and conscience, which would eventually lead to the concern about the social and planetary wellness. As a result, this would improve the chance on global sustainability. Our approach on gratitude education is based on Toda (1981)’s Urge Theory , which involves the followings:
• Triggering gratitude by making the contributors visible to the students.
• Encourage contribution by involving students in the production experience with the contributors.
As for commencing empathy education, we provide the following activating factors:
• Making the situation or context for empathy visible through group topics researches.
• Encourage establishment of connection and identification among students through common topics discussion by different parties and cross presentations of each other’s findings and perspectives.
To implement the above, Media Engineering Department of Chukyo University and School of Design of Hong Kong Polytechnic University have been collaborating since 2016 for annual exchange activities. These include experience workshops with natural resources, farm and factory visits, cross cultural research on sustainability topics linked with the activities and visits, followed by cross presentation of each other’s findings and perspectives. In previous researches, we showed that these activities qualitatively affected students’ social urge with gratitudes and contribution (Miyata, Ho, 2017). In our keynote, we look forward to sharing quantitative results on students’ gratitude affected, while also evaluate their empathy developed through these activities. We believe that through the above approach, well-being and conscience are achieved as a result of appreciation of natural and human resources supporting one’s lives, encouraging creative activities to produce our daily needs using local resources and lead to a more sustainable future with co-existence of rural and urban populations.
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