SC State researcher’s study on global bankruptcy accepted for international business conference

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Dr. Enoch Beraho, professor of management and researcher for the 1890 Research and Extension Program at South Carolina State University, was selected to deliver a presentation on his research, which investigates global bankruptcy trends, at the 10th International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA) Conference, June 30 – July 2, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr. Beraho’s presentation, “A Study of Global Bankruptcy Trends: Examples from [the] United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, China and Other Countries,” examines, compares and contrasts the bankruptcy reforms implemented by these countries, and it also explains the similarities and differences of the laws that govern the countries’ bankruptcy policies.

“The number of bankruptcy filings is soaring in countries around the world, and the factors for the rise in filings vary by country. However, one thing is certain. All of the countries that are experiencing an increase are earnestly looking for ways to reform their policies,” said Beraho.

This is the second presentation that Dr. Beraho has given at an international conference. In July 2007, he participated in the Athens Institute for Education and Research conference, held in Athens, Greece, where he presented a paper about U.S. and European bankruptcy trends and their implications.

“The IBIMA conference is a significant opportunity not only for Dr. Beraho but for the university as well. Through his participation, Dr. Beraho engaged in discussions with practitioners and researchers from academic institutions from around the globe who are interested in improving business management practices,” said Robert Phillips, Jr, assistant administrator for 1890 research and technology. “His attendance at the conference also exposed participants to the outstanding contributions SC State has given to the state, nation and international community.”

In addition to studying global bankruptcy, Dr. Beraho’s primary research investigates the trends of Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings in South Carolina, from 1996 to 2003, to bankruptcies that were filed after the federal government enacted the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act in 2005.

Dr. Beraho’s research project is one of several studies at the university that is funded through the 1890 Evans-Allen Research Program. The 1890 research projects focus on improving the quality of life for persons in the state and nationwide by identifying solutions for problems in the areas of agriculture and production systems; youth and family development; rural life and rural opportunities; and environment, health and human nutrition.

Details about the IBIMA conference is available at To obtain more information about the various 1890 research projects, visit or call (803) 536-7189.