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ONU President to Moderate Student Debate on Wal-Mart

Oct 30, 2006

“Wal-Mart: An American Company or A Chinese Agent?” is the theme for a debate at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Forum of the James F. Dicke Hall on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Students in a special topics course in the College of Business Administration will debate the controversies, both domestic and international, that swirl around the international corporation. ONU President Dr. Kendall L. Baker will moderate. The debate is open to the public.

Starting with one store in Rogers, Ark., in 1962, Wal-Mart has grown to a worldwide retailer with more than 6,500 stores in 15 countries. With such explosive growth has come numerous controversies. The size of the corporation, its pricing practices, the impact of Wal-Mart on local communities and small retailers, working conditions for Wal-Mart employees and international implications all make Wal-Mart a topic of interest to business leaders.

The class is structured to allow business students to research current global topics and confidently debate the issues in a public forum says, Dr. A.F. Alhajji, associate professor of economics. “This debate and this particular topic provide an example of applied, active learning by Dr. Alhajji and his students in our College of Business Administration,” says Dr. James Fenton, dean of ONU College of Business Administration.

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