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CANCELLED - Rebecca Henderson on "Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire"

4:15-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm book talk; 6:00-6:10pm book sale

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Reimagining Capitalism Book Cover
Date: Thursday May 28, 2020 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Rebecca Henderson, McArthur University Professor, Harvard University; Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research; Corporate Director, Amgen and Idexx; Author
Topic: "Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire" (by R. Henderson for PublicAffairs, Apr. 28, 2020)
Venue:

Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor, North Building) | map
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
105 St George Street

Location: Toronto
Cost: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
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Book Synopsis: In this book a renowned Harvard professor debunks prevailing orthodoxy with a new intellectual foundation and a practical pathway forward for a capitalism, a system that has lost its moral and ethical foundation. Free market capitalism is one of humanity's greatest inventions and the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen. But this success has been costly. Capitalism is on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society as wealth rushes to the top. The time for action is running short. Rebecca Henderson's rigorous research in economics, psychology, and organizational behavior, as well as her many years of work with companies around the world, gives us a path forward. She debunks the worldview that the only purpose of business is to make money and maximize shareholder value. She shows that we have failed to reimagine capitalism so that it is not only an engine of prosperity but also a system that is in harmony with environmental realities, striving for social justice and the demands of truly democratic institutions. Henderson's deep understanding of how change takes place, combined with fascinating in-depth stories of companies that have made the first steps towards reimagining capitalism, provides inspiring insight into what capitalism can be. With rich discussions of how the worlds of finance, governance, and leadership must also evolve, Henderson provides the pragmatic foundation for navigating a world faced with unprecedented challenge, but also with extraordinary opportunity for those who can get it right.

About Our Speaker: Rebecca Henderson is the McArthur University Professor at Harvard University (the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member), where she teaches the acclaimed course "Reimagining Capitalism." Henderson spent the first twenty-one years of her career at MIT's Sloan School where she was "teacher of the year" and where her research focused on the economics of innovation and on the question of how large organizations can reinvent themselves. Inducted in to the American Academy of Arts and Science in 2018, Henderson is also a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the recipient of a number of academic prizes, including most recently the Viipuri Prize for strategy research and a recent election to the British Academy. Henderson's academic career is complemented by a deep engagement with the practice of management. She has been on the boards of Amgen, a Fortune 200 company, for eight years, and Idexx, an S&P 500 company, for fifteen years. She has also consulted with a wide variety of companies including IBM, Motorola, Cisco, Nokia, Eli Lilly, BP, ENI, Unilever, and P&G, and is routinely invited to speak to executives around

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