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

Women in Leadership Conference (WILC)

Join current students, alumni, professionals, admissions representatives, and other prospective students at our annual Women in Leadership Conference (WILC).

At Ross we believe that a broad-based, diverse community is essential to the character of our school, to the education and leadership development of our students, and to the contribution we make to business and society through our graduates. The WILC conference is an integral part of our continuing efforts to enroll a diverse student body. The weekend includes programming developed by students from Michigan Business Women.

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“Working Towards Shared Prosperity” Public Events

RESTORING WORKER POWER IN AN AGE OF SHAREHOLDER PRIMACY

OCTOBER 25 @ 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Free

As part of the “Working Towards Shared Prosperity” conference at Ross sponsored by Business+Impact and the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, this is one of two free public events for students, staff and the general public.

To the degree that workers are currently viewed as costs to be managed, how do we change the narrative for boards, executives and especially shareholders? How do we utilize the desire for purpose-driven work to combat distrust in capitalism and corporations and tell a different story about how corporations create value for society?

Speaker Carl Camden, IPSE US-TheAssociation of Independent Workers and former CEO, Kelly Services will be interviewed by Rick Wartzman, Drucker Institute KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society

Joined by John Denniston,Shared X; Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin Law School;and Carmen Rojas, Workers Lab

This event and the conference at large are supported by the W.K. Kellogg FoundationAccentureDeloitte, the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan, and the C.K. Prahalad Initiative.  The media partner for the conference is The Conversation.


ENVISIONING THE FUTURE: BUSINESS AS CREATORS

OCTOBER 26 @ 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Free

As part of the “Working Towards Shared Prosperity” conference at Ross sponsored by Business+Impact and the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, this is one of two free public events for students, staff and the general public.

Business is not an innocent bystander when it comes to forces such as technology and market shifts.  Why then is the current narrative about how business can “cope” with the future of work instead of recognizing the deep influence business has in building that future? What could a more just version of work look like and how do we get there?

Jim Keane, CEO, Steelcase will be interviewed by Joe Nocera, Bloomberg

Joined by Maureen Conway, Aspen Institute; and Tom Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management

This event and the conference at large are supported by the W.K. Kellogg FoundationAccentureDeloitte, the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan, and the C.K. Prahalad Initiative.  The media partner for the conference is The Conversation.