Interviews with Experts
To further the conversation on the relationship between economic inequality and business, BEIF interviews experts on the topic.
Following are a few videos in which leading scholars explain what high economic inequality does to organizations and what managers can do about it.
- Dr. Paul Hirsch, James L. Allen Professor of Strategy & Organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
- Dr. Kamal Munir, Head of the Strategy & International Business subject group at University of Cambridge's Judge Business School.
- Dr. Tom Lawrence, W.J. VanDusen Professor of Management, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.
- Dr. Michael Harris Bond, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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Public Forum Videos
To facilitate conversation among various stakeholders, two public forums were conducted by Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba.
These forums titled “What does Occupy mean to Business?” featured industry leaders, community representatives, economists, business academics, and university administrators.
The panels were held to initiate a new agenda of research on ‘business and economic inequality’, in which scholars from business schools and broad disciplinary backgrounds
can come together to investigate the complex relationship between business practices and societal economic inequality.
Individual presentations by panelists can be accessed by linking the hyperlinks under their names:
- Brent Bailey , Manager of Advisory Services, Winnipeg Foundation discusses how poverty can be alleviated by providing educational and skill development opportunity to the underprivileged.
- Hari Bapuji , Associate Professor, Business, University of Manitoba ( Presentation 1 and Presentation 2 ) argues that unequal societies and organizations are like inverted pyramids and underscores the costs of rising inequality to businesses.
- David Barnard , President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manitoba emphasizes the need for scholars to delve deeply into inequality.
- Art DeFehr , President and CEO, Palliser Furniture points that businesses contribute to economic inequality through unethical practices and lack of a broader vision
- Michael Benarroch , Dean, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba suggests that inequality is a result of adopting a short-term orientation to pursue immediate profits.
- Radhika Desai , Professor, Political Studies, University of Manitoba ( Part 2 ) argues that greater inequality results in lower growth and lower human development in the society.
- Alan Freeman , Cultural Economist points to evidence that businesses can benefit by paying a living wage to their workers and investing in creative labour.
- Reg Litz, Professor, Business, University of Manitoba ( Introduction 1 and Introduction 2 ) highlights the need to discuss the relationship between business and economic inequality
- Rick Workman , Workman Associates ( Part 2 )