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Master of human resource management students present research at national conference

December 6, 2013

 Four research patpers written by Saint Francis University master of human resource management students were selected by the American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) for presentation and discussion at their 24th Annual Conference, held November 7-9, in Pittsburgh. Approximately 100 articles were presented at this year’s conference from 70 different universities.

Written in the fall 2012 semester, Marian Bender presented her paper entitled “Benefits Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Employees.” Written in the spring 2013 semester, Jacqueline Sheader presented her paper entitled “Workforce Challenges in Transit in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Trends and Implications for Human Resource Practitioners.” Amie Pastore submitted her paper entitled “How Marijuana Legislation Can Affect Human Resource Policies in the Private Sector,” with Jonna Contacos-Sawyer presenting her findings at the conference. Andrea Muth was among the others to present her paper entitled “Balancing Individual and Team Performance in the Workplace,” but was unable to attend the conference. In addition to the opportunity to present at the conference, these students have been selected to submit their manuscripts for publication in the 2013 Competition Forum, a collection of research affiliated with the annual conference. Contributors to all four works are Ms. Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, visiting assistant professor of human resource management, and Dr. Brennan Thomas, professor of English.

The ASC is an association of academics, business executives, and public-policy makers who share a commitment to improving competitiveness at individual, firm, industry, country, region and global levels. Established over two decades ago, the Society welcomes the exchange of information and ideas among individuals who bring differing perspectives and expertise to the interdisciplinary and cross-sector communication needed to address competitiveness. The Society publishes scholarly journals and offers national awards for contributions to competitiveness. Presenters with diverse professional and educational backgrounds participated, representing the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, India, China, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.