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Acumen Dynamics, Managing Director, Dr. David Pistrui, has developed and delivered a variety of "Special Topic" workshops, seminars, and round tables. By working together we can develop custom programs that are designed to address specific opportunities and issues confronting your organization.

The following examples illustrate some of the "Special Topic" programs we have developed:

 

"Making International Private Equity Models Work in the Middle East,"
Middle East Private Equity Conference, Middle East Economic Digest, Dubai, UAE
1/08
"Family Business Masterclass: Wealth Management Strategies to Ensure Long Term Growth,"
Middle East Private Equity Conference, Middle East Economic Digest, Dubai, UAE
1/08
"Family Business Roundtable: What Family Businesses Want and What Private Equity Has to Offer Them,"
Middle East Private Equity Conference, Middle East Economic Digest, Dubai, UAE
1/08
"Innovation across Campus: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Entrepreneurship Education at IIT,"
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX
1/08
"Capturing Value with the Innovation Scorecard,"
Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, Executive Education Workshop, Chicago, IL
12/07
"Entrepreneurship in Action: SeguinWorks - Cultivating Innovative Ideas into Results,"
Social Entrepreneurship Case Studies, The 14th Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, The Institute for Business and Professional Ethics of DePaul University, Chicago, IL
11/07
"Strategic Advocacy: Practicing and Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Dynamic Ecosystem,"
Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network Workshop, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
10/07
"Sustaining Strategic Innovation: Mindset, Mapping, and Marketbusting,"
Comarch Information Technology and AGH Technical University, Krakow, Poland
6/07
"Effective Governance: Understanding Concepts and Improving Practices,"
Middle East Family Business Conference, Amman, Jordan
6/07
"Leading Strategic Innovation: Solving Problems and Creating Value,"
Jiaotong University, Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China
5/07
"Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network Program Showcase,"
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Annual Conference, Tampa, FL
3/07
"Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Mindset, Frameworks, and Fundamentals,"
National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsung, Taiwan
12/06
"Building Effective Corporate Governance: Systems, Processes, and Programs,"
National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsung, Taiwan
12/06
"Doctoral Studies and Entrepreneurship Research,"
National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsung, Taiwan
6/07
"Driving Strategic Innovation: Building Performance Driven Organizations,"
Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, Chicago, IL, USA
11/06
"Small & Medium Sized Enterprises The Engine of Socio-Economic Development,"
Bahrain Small & Medium Enterprises Society, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain,
6/06
"Building Strategy Focused Performance Driven Organizations,"
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China
5/06
"Entrepreneuship in Action: SeguinWorks Cultivating Innovative Ideas into Results,"
North Park University, Axelson Center Symposium 2006: Nonprofits and Innovation, Chicago, IL USA
5/06
"Building Strategy Focused Performance Driven Organization with the Balanced Scorecard,"
North Park University, Axelson Center Symposium 2006: Nonprofits and Innovation, Chicago, IL USA
5/06
"Governance and Leadership: Building Focused Fundamentals,"
North Park University, Axelson Center Symposium 2006: Nonprofits and Innovation, Chicago, IL USA
5/06
"Corporate Governance: Building Effective Governance Systems Processes & Programs,"
Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, December 13-14, 2005
12/05
"Managing to Win: Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset for Balanced Strategic Growth and Learning,"
Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, December 11-12, 2005
12/05
"The Transgenerational Family Effect on New Business Strategy: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation with International Comparisons,"
Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June 8-12, 2005, Babson College, Wellesley, MA
6/05
"Integrity Is All You've Got and seven other lesions of the entrepreneurial life,"
featuring Karl Eller, Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, DePaul University, 18 April, 2005
4/05
"Strategic management for family Firms in Crisis: Improving Performance with Systems Thinking."
Keynote Presentation and Pre-Conference Workshop and, The Institute of Family and Entrepreneurial Business, Lebanese American University, School of Business, Byblos, Lebanon, 16-17 March, 2005
3/05
East meets West: Examining successful family business practices from around the globe,
Bahrain Management Society, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 11 December, 2004.
12/04
Building & Sustaining Entrepreneurial Families,
Post-conference Workshop, MEED 2nd Middle East Family Business Conference, Dubai, UAE, 9 December, 2004
12/04
East meets West: Examining successful family business practices from around the globe,
MEED 2nd Middle East Family Business Conference, Dubai, UAE, 7 December, 2004
12/04
SeguinWORKS Business Overview: An Opportunity Assessment & Marketplace Feasibility Study
The MacNeal Health Foundation, Berwyn, IL USA
3/04
Building & Sustaining Entrepreneurial Families: An Entrepreneurial
Management Framework to Support Balanced Growth & Profitability

KPMG - Partners Seminar, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
2/04
Managing to Win: Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset for Balanced Strategic
Growth and Learning

Bahrain Management Society, 2nd International Management Conference, 17-18
February, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
2/04
Building & Sustaining Entrepreneurial Families Creating An Entrepreneurial
Management Framework To Support Growth & Profitability

Porec Family & Closely Held Business Forum, Porec Croatia
12/03
Creating and Nurturing an Entrepreneurial Mindset: A Workshop to Foster Entrepreneurship and Continued Growth & Learning
Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.
10/03
Entrepreneurship the Engine of Socio-Economic prosperity, Growth, and Change
Bahrain Management Society, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.
10/03
Entrepreneurial Led Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the Global Economy
Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart Graduate School of Business, International
Pre-MBA Summer Camp, Chicago, IL, USA.
7/03
Building Strategy Focused Organizations with the Balanced Scorecard
Strategic Management System

Osijek Family Business Forum, Center for Entrepreneurship, Osijek Croatia.
12/02
Connecting Theory to Practice: An Active Learning Approach to Technology Entrepreneurship
2002 National Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization Annual Conference,
Washington, D.C., November 7-9.
11/02
Governance & Liquidity Issues for Entrepreneurial Families: Creating an Entrepreneurial Management Framework to Support Governance
Structure & Liquidity Policies

Osijek Family Business Forum, Center for Entrepreneurship, Osijek Croatia.
10/02
Family Business Compensation: Balancing Family & Business Values:
Compensation techniques that fair, motivational, and affordable

Osijek Family Business Forum, Center for Entrepreneurship, Osijek Croatia.
2/02
Transgenerational Entrepreneurship: Applying Entrepreneurial Strategy to Enterprising Families
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference,
Coleman Foundation Track, Reno, NV.
2/02
Common Characteristics of Healthy Happy Family Businesses:
Trends of Change, Continuity Concepts, Entrepreneurial Leadership

Osijek Family Business Forum, Center for Entrepreneurship, Osijek Croatia.
11/01
Practical Lessons from the Case Study Approach in Family Business Research:
Research, Teaching, and Best Practices

Family Business Research in the Third Millennium: Building Bridges Between Theory
and Practice, 2001 Family Firm Institute Research Symposium, London, England.
10/01
Modeling Relationships: How values and beliefs shape family business behavior
The Challenges Facing the 21st Century Family Business, 2001 Family Firm Institute
Conference, London, England.
10/01
Family Business: Sustained Success and Succession Planning
DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Industry Roundtable, Luncheon and Presentation, DeKalb, IL, USA.
9/01
Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the Southern Tier of New York State
Southern Tier Central and Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Organizations, Multi-County Economic Research and Development Program.
7/01
Urban Enterprise Forum: Learn How to Grow Your Business
Alfred University and South Wedge Planning Committee Half-Day Conference,
and Workshops, Rochester, NY, USA.
4/01
Entrepreneurship in the Arts, The Benefits of Basic Business Knowledge
and Self-Employment,

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference,
Coleman Foundation Track, Orlando, FL, USA.
2/01
Research: Moving Beyond Antidotes- the power of family business research
Family Business 2000, Family Firm Institute Conference, Washington, DC, USA.
10/00
Fostering family business growth: Creating an "Entrepreneurial Family Profile"
Strategic Renewal Workshop, Family Business Network 11th World Conference,
London, England.
10/00
Entrepreneurship and Community Development: A Profile of the Southern Tier
New York Southern Tier Economic Development Agency Economic Development
Program, Alfred, NY, USA.
9/00
Focused Financial Fundamentals in A Time of Opportunity & Change
Empresas Familiares 2000: Decisiones Relevantes para el exito en el largo plazo,
Santiago, Chile.
6/00
Growing the Family Business: Strategies for New Generation Entrepreneurship
Empresas Familiares 2000: Decisiones Relevantes para el exito en el largo plazo,
Santiago, Chile.
6/00
New and Emerging Entrepreneurship Centers: Questions & Concerns
National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Directors' Annual Meeting,
The Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Center, Muncie, IN, USA.
4/00
Entrepreneurial Spirit and Community Leadership: Common Characteristics
of Family and Closely Held Businesses

The Alfred University Western New York Family Enterprise Forum, and the Galanis
Awards For Excellence in Family Business, Buffalo, NY, USA.
4/00
Entrepreneurial Growth Orientation and Business Valuation Know-How
Rochester Enterprise Titans: Titans 2000 Value, Vision and Action! Rochester, NY, USA.
3/00
Leadership Across Curriculums: Scholarship Through Curriculum Sharing
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX, USA.
2/00
Family Contributions to Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development:
Cross Cultural Comparisons

China University of Geosciences, College of Management Research Symposium,
Wuhan, China.
1/00
Entrepreneurship, Family Business, & SME Development in Transition Economies
South China University of Technology, Graduate School of Business Administration,
Guangzhou, China.
1/00
Growing the Family Business: Strategies for Next Generation Entrepreneurship
Family Firm Institute 1999 Family Firm Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.
10/99
Growth Intentions and Expansions Plans of Venezuela's Entrepreneurs:
The Role of Private Enterprise in Economic Development

Council for Economic Development, National Government of Venezuela, Caracas,
Venezuela.
8/99
Empowering Entrepreneurship: An Economic and Community Vision for the Third Millennium
Rochester Enterprise Titans- Entrepreneurship 2000 Pro-Active Enterprise for the
21st Century, Rochester, NY, USA.
5/99
Entrepreneurship and Community Development: A Profile of The South Wedge
South Wedge Planning Committee Economic Development Initiative, City of Rochester
Economic Development Department, Rochester, NY, USA.
5/99
The Social and Economic Preferences of River Park Commons Residents:
An Investigation Comparing Low and High Rise Needs

River Park Commons Residence Relocation Project, City of Rochester Department of
Housing, Rochester, NY, USA.
4/99
International Perspectives on Family Business: The Face of Family Business
in The United States

The 1999 UCLA - Family Firm Institute International Conference On Family & Closely
Held Business, The Anderson School at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
3/99
Valuation of the Closely-Held Firm: What is the business really worth
The Art and Craft of Business Valuation

The 1999 UCLA - Family Firm Institute International Conference On Family & Closely
Held Business, The Anderson School at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA., USA.
3/99
Family Contributions to Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
in Transition Economies: The Venezuelan Case

Universidad Tecnologica del Centro (UNITEC), School of Business Administration
Research Development Forum, Valencia, Venezuela.
2/99
Entrepreneurship in the Arts: the Alfred University College of Business
and School of Art and Design

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference,
San Diego, CA, USA.
1/99
Family Contributions to Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
in Transition Economies: The German and Venezuelan Cases

Universitat Heidelberg, Department of Economics Research Series, Heidelberg, Germany.
11/98
A Factor-analytic Framework for Operationalizing Expansion Plans
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, Clearwater, FL, USA.
1/98
Non-Business Entrepreneurship Training/Education: Music and Arts:
The DePaul University Music Business Program, Creativity, Enterprise & Community
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, Clearwater, FL, USA.
1/98
Show Me the Money: Entertainment Industry Entrepreneurship
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Meeting
Clearwater, FL, USA.
1/98
Entrepreneurship 2000 Career Opportunities in Music and the Creative Arts
Program to foster career opportunities in music and the creative arts, sponsored by City of Chicago, Coleman Foundation and DePaul Entrepreneurship Program, Chicago, IL, USA.
2/97
Family-Owned Corporations in Emerging Economies: Stories of Adaptation
1996 Family Firm Institute Annual Conference, Wharton Family-Controlled Corporation
Program, Key Note Speaker/Panelist, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
10/96
The Status and Development of Entrepreneurship in the Transforming
Economies of East Central Europe

Key Note Speaker/Panelist, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management,
RENT VIII Research in Entrepreneurship 8th Workshop, Tampere, Finland.
11/94
Crans - Montana Forum in Bucharest: Economic and Social Issues Concerning
East Central Europe, Central Asia and the Arab Countries

Invited Guest Participant at International Conference sponsored by the Government of
Romania, Bucharest, Romania.
4/94
The Origin, Status and Profile of Romanian Entrepreneurship
Black Sea University Summer School, Sociology of Transition in Eastern Europe,
Constanta, Romania.
7/93
Entrepreneur Education in the Post Communist World
International Council for Small Business 38th World Conference, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
6/93
Real-Time Micro-Marketing Network Systems in International Retailing
Japan Media Intercommunication Symposium, Keynote Speaker, Tokyo, Japan.
6/92
Technology Based Electronic Micro-Marketing Systems In Retailing
Presented new state of the art technologies with Siemans-Nixdoroff executives
at CeBit Fair, Hannover, Germany.
3/92
 
 
 
 
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