The 2018-19 Annual Report, published by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, tells stories of outstanding achievements made by our faculty, students, staff, donors, and alumni over the course of the academic year.
FACULTY INTELLECTUAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND IMPACT GRENADA SPORTS COMPLEX FEASIBILITY STUDY The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development collaborated across three business programs -- Economic Development, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Sport Management -- to assist the city of Grenada on a sport’s complex feasibility study. Matthew Harrison, the economic developer from Grenada County and a Master of Science Economic Development program alumnus, initiated the study in conjunction with Southern Miss, saying he was confident that our expert faculty could provide him with valuable knowledge and resources to create a well-developed feasibility study. Dr. Sungsoo Kim, Dr. Brandon Allen, Dr. Chris Croft and Dr. Chad Miller traveled to Grenada County multiple times throughout the summer to collect primary data through intercept surveys and secondary data from a variety of sources. Upon completion of their research, the team gave a presentation to community leaders and citizens showcasing their ideas for the city. The collaboration resulted in two reports: Sports Complex Feasibility Study for Grenada County, Miss., and a Preliminary Economic Impact Study. These reports made it possible for local leaders to make more informed decisions concerning their investment of the new sports complex. Harrison stated that the feasibility study ultimately became the foundation for their success. “We used the data to build awareness and educate the community about the economic impact, which allowed our support to gain in momentum. The vote was held on October 2 and passed with a whopping 86 percent. We could not have had this type of success without the feasibility study prepared by Dr. Sungsoo Kim and his expert team at the USM College of Business and Economic Development." The new, 170-acre complex is currently in the engineering design phase, with indoor and outdoor developments. The completed complex will include 12 baseball/softball fields and five multi-use fields, along with an indoor track, bowling lanes, fitness and training areas, basketball/ volleyball courts and a natatorium. THE GRENADA SPORT COMPLEX WON THE <strong>2018</strong> COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD, GIVEN BY THE MISSISSIPPI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. The award is intended to recognize exceptional contributions of communities in the state of Mississippi for efforts, such as business retention and expansion, business recruitment, community development and community involvement. PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES - CONTINUED Wang, T., Wang, W., Wu, Z., Su, C., & Chen, M., (20<strong>19</strong>). Understanding farm household’s participation in “Nong jia le” in China. Sustainability, 11(5), 1282. Wang, W. (20<strong>19</strong>). The influence of perceived technological congruence on consumers’ attitudes toward price change and adoption of smartphone application in air travel. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, 10(2). 122-135. Wang, W. & Wang, S. (20<strong>19</strong>). Urban Residents’ Place-Based Perceptions and Attitudes toward Tourism Development: A Comparison between the United States and China. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism, 20(2). Wang, W., Yaoyuneyong, G., Sullivan, P., & Burgess, B. (<strong>2018</strong>). A model for perceived destination value and tourists’ souvenir intentions. Journal of Applied Marketing Theory, 8(2), 1-23. Wang, W., Chen, J. S., & Prebensen, N. K. (<strong>2018</strong>). Market analysis of value-minded tourists: Nature-based tourism in the Arctic. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 8(June), 82-89. Wang, W., Cole, S., & Chen, J. S. (<strong>2018</strong>). Tourist innovation in air travel. Journal of Travel Research, 57(2), 164-177. Weber, M. J., Lambert, J. T., Conrad, K. A., Jennings, S. S., & Adams, Jennifer R. M. (<strong>2018</strong>). Discovering a Cultural System Using Consumer Ethnocentrism Theory. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 31(6), 617-636. Wilson, R. (<strong>2018</strong>). Juror Bias and Auditor Negligence: Evidence Using the Social Identity Theory. Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics, 23. Yang, Y., Lai, F., & Chu, Z. (In press). Continuous Usage Intention of Internet Banking: A Commitment-Trust Model. Information Systems and e-Business Management. Yuan, Y., Feng, B., Lai, F., & Collins, B. J. (<strong>2018</strong>). The role of trust, commitment, and learning orientation on logistic service effectiveness. Journal of Business Research, 93(12), 37-50. Zaplac, R., Miller, J., & Miller, K. (In press). A case when you can’t fool Mother Nature: Understanding and addressing stakeholder reactions linked to organizational decisions stemming from a natural disaster. Journal of Case Studies in Sport Management. I M 46 | C O L L E G E O F B U S I N E S S A N D E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T
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