The Corporation – Ten Years On: An Audience with Joel Bakan
As part of the 75th Meeting of the Academy of Management conference, happening here in Vancouver – attendees are invited to the Critical Management Studies Division's Activist Speaker Session screening of The Corporation and discussion with Joel Bakan at the Vancity Theatre on Sunday August 9, 2015, from 4-7pm.
Joel's take on corporate social responsiblity, combined with the film screening, should present an opportunity for a lively debate! Watch for our follow up blog about the discussion, and follow us on Twitter #JoelBakan @CorporationFilm
The theme of the 2015 conference, Opening Governance, invites members to consider opportunities to improve the effectiveness and creativity of organizations by restructuring systems at the highest organizational levels. The term 'governance' refers to leadership systems, managerial control protocols, property rights, decision rights, and other practices that give organizations their authority and mandates for action. Opening governance involves revisiting these practices especially in light of big data, crowdsourcing, and other emerging digital technologies that expand the information and expertise available to organizational leaders. How and when should managers open governance practices to involvement by engaged stakeholders? What advances and problems arise from transparency in decision making?
The Opening Governance theme also points to fundamental questions about how various types of organization forms compete to govern valuable resources. What are the tradeoffs associated with pursuing a specific value-creation opportunity under the governance structure of an investor-owned corporation as opposed to a privately held corporation, a B Corporation, or even a licensing arrangement or non-profit organization? How can organizations work more effectively with governmental agencies and foundations to create value?
Opening Governance is an invitation to think broadly and creatively about the ways in which organizations take action to address the most important management problems and opportunities of our time.
We thank the Academy of Management for supporting our #OffTheCouch campaign to make the movie freely available for school and community use. This event is sponsored by Birmingham Business School, UK. Thank you!