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Sarah Vanneste

Sarah Vanneste was invited to present her research at the localization and Translation Thailand conference in Bangkok on December 1st - 3rd, 2009.

CSB senior, Sarah Vanneste, Delivers Research Paper at Conference in Bangkok, Thailand

Ms. Vanneste's presentation is a part of her honors thesis titled, "High Technology Clusters in the Age of Globalization" in which she compares and contrasts the rise and evolution of cutting edge industrial clusters in the US, UK, China, and Brazil. In doing so, she explores the optimal conditions for advanced clusters to take root and flourish in different countries as well as what factors hinder clusters from reaching their potential. Finally, she studies the impact of high-technology clusters on the economic growth and competitiveness of regions and nations. She has been working closely with her advisor, Dr. Sanford Moskowitz, Assistant Professor of Management, and her work will be incorporated into Prof. Moskowitz's forthcoming book titled, "Advanced Materials Innovation: The Management of Technology for the 21st Century" (John Wiley & Sons).

Ms. Vanneste came across the opportunity to address the international business community in Thailand through contacts she made while presenting her research at the Berkeley Globalization Conference at UC Berkeley (August 3-6, 2009). In her presentation in Bangkok, she spoke about the model of the high-growth business cluster that she had developed and then discussed the implications of her model in creating a dynamic cluster around the high-profile services industry in Thailand.

Ms. Vanneste, while the only presenter at the conference who was an undergraduate, left a strong impression on participants. Professor D. Surintatip, Faculty of Language Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok) -the most selective and prestigious University in Thailand- had enthusiastic reviews of her performance as she related in an email to Prof. Moskowitz shortly following the conclusion of the conference; "Dear Professor Moskowitz, I write to commend your student, Sarah, for her excellent presentation at the Localization conference in Bangkok. I was surprised to find out that she is only an undergraduate. The scope and depth of her thesis is of doctoral quality, and I thought that she was a PhD candidate. Her public speaking ability was also exceptional and she fielded every question with all the confidence in the world. You should be proud of your student, if only my graduate students were half as good."

Commenting on her active participation in the professional international conferences in Berkeley and Bangkok, Ms. Vanneste says, "these events in which I was fortunate enough to be a part of were simply priceless experiences for me as an undergraduate student and soon-to-be professional woman. I wish to thank the CSB Student Senate, CSB President MaryAnn Baenninger, the Department of Undergraduate Research, the Department of Management and my advising professor, Sanford Moskowitz, for all their help and encouragement to have made this opportunity a reality."

Professor Moskowitz further elaborates on Ms. Vanneste's international work, reflecting on the significance of these events: "I applaud Sarah's singular accomplishments at the Berkeley and Bangkok conferences. I am most proud of her energy, intelligence and creativity. Sarah is a prime example of the level of research and international involvement and professional collaboration that can be achieved by our management students here at CSB/SJU."

Ms. Vanneste received a total of $2300 in funding from the St. Ben's Senate, the St. Ben's Office of the President, and the CSB/SJU Management Department.