Report by Orissa Diary correspondent; Bhubaneswar: The International Conference on Demography, Culture and Marketing (2010) was inaugurated this evening at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar marking another milestone in the growth of this prestigious business school. This Conference is an integrated approach towards Cognitive Justice with Special Focus on Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
This conference would run from December 14-16, 2010 for a period of three days. Inaugurating the International Conference, the Director, XIMB Fr.P.T.Joseph, S.J. welcomed all the participants and hoped that this international conference would raise several issues which would lead to greater interaction and inter disciplinary research in areas of demography, culture and marketing. On this occasion, Prof.Sandip Anand, Chairperson of the ICDCM 2010 provided the brief on the conference and the inaugural address was delivered by Prof.S hiv Visvanathan, Professor, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gujarat. Several eminent international researchers were felicitated by Prof. Subhajyoti Ray, Dean (Academics), XIMB.
These researchers were Professor Steve Frank Rayner, Dr. Yazoumé Yé (ICF International, USA), Prof. Duane T. Wegener (Ohio State University, USA), Prof. Ramadhar Singh (Distinguished Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore), Dr. Mary C. Gentile (Senior Research Scholar at Babson College). The Vote of Thanks was offered by Prof.Paromita Goswami, Faculty, XIMB. There was a cultural programme by eminent flutist Pt. Mohini Mohan Pattnaik's titled Bansira Sandhya.
The ICDCM 2010 has received participation from more than 100 institutions across the globe. The conference has received participation from SAID Business School, University of Oxford, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, Vadym Getman Kyic National Economic University, Ukraine, University of Tehran, Iran among many others.
The conference is first of its kind where interplay of demography, culture and marketing is sought in a elaborate manner. In the conference two workshops are being organized, one on Behaviour Architecture enabling cognitive justice, another one on giving voice to values. The conference is an organized contribution to the debate of sustainability by a B-School demonstrating the leadership of Jesuit Business Schools. The conference has 15 tracks ranging from cultures and values to poverty.