The Role of Business in Politicized Societal Discussions

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business Presents:
Business & Society 2020

Join us for a new event series featuring expert faculty, industry leaders, and professional development workshops, to explore how business can address the most important economic, social and political challenges of our generation.

The Role of Business in Politicized Societal Discussions

Moderator
Yesim Orhun
Associate Professor of Marketing // Michigan Ross

Speakers
Catherine P. Bessant // Bank of America
Chief Operations and Technology Officer

Robert L. Fregolle, Jr. // Proctor & Gamble
Retired Global Sales Officer

Join some of the top names in business for a thought-provoking discussion about the impact of gender and society on brands. Full details to follow.

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The Choice: Silo-Bridging, Ensemble-Based Institutional Analysis

Business+Impact and U-M’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems will again bring together U-M scholars from across disciplinary boundaries to ponder big questions about how society should best choose the institutions/methodologies to make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organizations’ ability to flourish. These institutions and mechanisms guide, manage, allocate, and harness society’s intellectual, financial, social, and ecological resources to decide on laws, policies, and leaders.  

8:30-9:00 Danish Java Mingle

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction

9:15-10:10The Five Pure Types: A Gathering of Experts”

10:10-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Keynote Tom Malone (MIT)

11:45-12:45 “Dyads: Real World Choices “

12:45-1:30 Lunch 

1:30-2:15 “Spillovers, Robustness, and Context”

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:15 “A Deep Dive: The Legal Choice”

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Micro-Charette: “Metrics for Civic Capacity”

4:30-5:00 Closings and Openings

Some featured participants include Tom Malone of MIT, Melissa Valentine of Stanford, and Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan.


The Choice consists of an interdisciplinary group of scholars focusing on how institutions influence allocations, shape our decision-making, and organize how we relate to one another politically and economically. Within any domain, be it health or education, law or the economy, a society must choose among institutional forms to distribute resources, assign power, or otherwise structure the way that we interact with one another and pursue our interests. Those institutional choices matter for their specific domains and also more broadly.

Our inquiry focuses on five core questions related to those choices:

(1) How societies choose and design individual institutions

    • why do we have markets for cars and democracy for judges?

(2) How technological advances and demographic changes influence these choices

    • the rise of markets to structure employer-employee relationships; algorithms for criminal sentencing

(3) How nested and linked institutions produce robust outcomes

    • eg, the functionality of boards of directors atop hierarchies and federalism as a marketplace for citizens’ ideas

(4) How institutional ensembles contribute to civic capacity

    • how communities build trust and order

(5) How civic capacity limits or enables institutional choices and forms

    • why development projects fail in some countries; how norms can constrain or enable innovation

Building Trust in Crisis

Trust is a precious asset for all businesses. What happens when this trust is broken? Join Tim Sloan for a fireside chat with Lindy Greer, associate professor of management and organizations, as they explore the leader’s challenge of preserving trust in the face of crisis.

BUSINESS & SOCIETY 2020 – This new event series features expert faculty, industry leaders, and professional development workshops, to explore how business can address the most important economic, social and political challenges of our generation.

REGISTER HERE

Business+Impact Showcase

Flowing from clubs to initiatives and centers, the Ross Business+Impact Initiative is an essential part of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Not only that, but through partnerships with other U-M schools and specific programs, we create multidisciplinary action-based learning opportunities across campus. New and existing students interested in poverty alleviation, healthcare access, sustainability, human rights and diversity should attend to discover opportunities to make a difference in the places where they live and work, at the school, and around the world.

This event is a tabled event with multiple constituents, and there will be light hors d’oeuvres served.

Exhibiting Organizations:

Blueprints For Pangaea
Business+Impact
Career Development Office
Center for Positive Organizations
Center for Socially Engaged Design / Innovation in Action
Community Consulting Club
Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project
Detroit Revitalization & Business
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion @ Ross
Education+Business
Emerging Markets Club
Engaged Learning Office (UMSI)
Erb Institute
Ginsberg Center
Global Initiatives at Ross
Graham Sustainability Institute
Healthcare and Life Sciences Club
Impact Investing Group
Michigan in Washington

Net Impact – MBA
Net Impact – Undergraduate
Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships
Open Road at Ross
optiMize
Poverty Solutions
Problem Solving Initiative
Propel Business Club
Semester in Detroit
Smart Cities Club
Social Venture Fund
Systems Studio / Taubman College
Tauber Institute for Global Operations
TechArb Student Venture Accelerator
University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program
William Davidson Institute
Wolverine Disaster Relief Club
Zell Lurie Institute

Net Impact @ Ross Awarded Gold Chapter Status

Earlier this summer, in recognition of their hard work as a chapter, Net Impact @ Ross received Gold status from Net Impact Central. The chapter accomplished a great deal in the 2018-2019 year and NI Central said it was excited to see what your chapter does this school year.

Net Impact Central will be announcing the full list of Gold chapters on their site to share Net Impact @ Ross’  great stories with the larger Net Impact community.  As a Gold chapter, Net Impact @ Ross has also been entered into the running for Chapter of the Year and is promised special status at the 2019 Net Impact Conference in Detroit Oct. 24-26.

Business+Impact is proud of this extraordinary club and close partner in the work of impact for business.

ProsperUS Neighborhood Business Lab: Southwest Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit is coming to Southwest Detroit and will be at Mexicantown Bakery!
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Join Chris Butterfield anytime between 11:30 AM and 4 PM for a chance to have them answer questions, have conversations about your business, and make access to our services even easier.

Thinking of applying for a loan? Looking to use business services? Want to know more about training? Bring any and all questions to an office hours session near you, or any of our other sessions that fit your schedule! Come say hi!

Ann Arbor Charging Forward Workshop

Learn about installing electric vehicle charging stations at your business

Electric car plugged inAnn Arbor businesses— including property owners and managers, retailers and office buildings, government and universities— are invited to join us on Thursday, June 27 at Ann Arbor SPARK to learn more about installing electric vehicle charging stations at their business.

During this workshop:
– You will learn about the value of having electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at your businesses
– DTE Energy Inc. will share more information about their new Charging Forward program which is designed to help expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Michigan.
– EV charging station technology providers will describe what it takes to have charging stations on business sites

Register here to attend.

ProsperUS Neighborhood Business Lab: Cody Rouge / Warrendale

ProsperUS Detroit is coming to Cody Rouge / Warrendale and will be at the Edison Branch of Detroit Public Libraries!

Join Chris Butterfield anytime between 11:30 AM and 4 PM for a chance to have them answer questions, have conversations about your business, and make access to our services even easier.

Thinking of applying for a loan? Looking to use business services? Want to know more about training? Bring any and all questions to an office hours session near you, or any of our other sessions that fit your schedule! Come say hi!

ProsperUS Neighborhood Business Lab: Central Woodward / North End

ProsperUS Detroit is coming to Central Woodward / North End and will be at Avalon Cafe and Biscuit Bar!

Join Chris Butterfield anytime between 11:30 AM and 4 PM for a chance to have them answer questions, have conversations about your business, and make access to our services even easier.

Thinking of applying for a loan? Looking to use business services? Want to know more about training? Bring any and all questions to an office hours session near you, or any of our other sessions that fit your schedule! Come say hi!

Healthcare Delivery in Emerging Markets Presentations

Join us as graduate student teams share in-country project summaries of their work with healthcare organizations in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Peru, and Rwanda.

The graduate student presenters are enrolled in the International Business Immersion course which is designed to enhance the students global leadership capabilities, awareness of diverse business issues on the current international landscape, and on-the-ground experience in a specific country. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about this course, the students’ work and their experiences abroad.