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Summary of CPBIS Board of Executives (BoE) meeting of Tuesday, June 20, 2006 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, July 13, 2006 -- The CPBIS Board of Executives (BoE) met on June 20 in Ottawa, Canada.  In a continuing shift in emphasis from basic strategic issues to more specific ones, a considerable portion of the agenda of this fourth meeting was devoted to discussion of critical research needs that the Center is particularly well positioned to address. The discussion focused on identifying the key issues and research questions for two general areas that were identified during the previous meeting: strategic management and global trade and governance. In the area of strategic management, the Board discussed the need for research leading to a better understanding of changing market structures and capacity dynamics, the role of private equity and corporate governance, and the changing North American workforce, among other issues. Global trade and governance issues that were identified as needing study included global competition policies, global environmental policies, and growth of the paper industry in China. 

The BoE is still deeply involved in reviewing these topics, and will devote further attention to them at its next meeting.  This activity is a critically important part of setting the Center’s research agenda for the next three years.  

The next meeting of the Board of Executives will be on September 28 in Atlanta.


About CPBIS: The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS) is an internationally recognized academic research center providing business knowledge of relevance to the global forest products industry. Researchers associated with the Center combine specialized knowledge of pulp and paper with broad, comparative perspectives on industrial management and business practices. CPBIS, located at Georgia Tech, is a joint venture between Georgia Tech, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the pulp, paper, and forest products industry.

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