Speakers List 2012

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Platzhalter Speakers
Page West

Professor, Strategy & Entrepreneurship,
BB&T Fellow in Capitalism and
Free Enterprise Schools of Business, Wake Forest University


Dr. West joined the Wake Forest University faculty in 1995. He has taught undergraduate and graduate Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, International Entrepreneurship, Capitalism and Free Markets, and Shakespeare on Management. His experience includes teaching management in London (UK) and Vienna (Austria), and he is a regular visiting faculty member of École de Management in Bordeaux, France. He has won awards for innovative teaching three times, and has twice won an award for the most influential undergraduate business professor as determined by alumni.

He earned his B. A. in Economics at Hamilton College, an MBA at The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to earning his Ph.D. he held positions in marketing and new business development for 17 years at consumer packaged goods companies including General Mills and Celestial Seasonings, and consulted with Westinghouse and other technology companies. He also started up his own food manufacturing company, raised venture capital, and expanded the business to a national level.

His research focuses on top management teams and the evolution of strategy in new ventures. His new Strategic Management textbook was published in 2009 by South-Western. He has published articles in Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of Small Business Management and International Journal of Organizational Analysis.


Management Implications for Capitalism 2.0

We live in a turbulent world marked by dynamic global change, uncertainty associated with unprecedented economic and social challenges, and in the aftermath of a global financial crisis.  The very practice of management has been placed under a microscope. Intense discussions have been sparked about the shareholder-maximization approach to management, and critics attack the lack of human grounding in much of the world’s corporate activity.

In this context recent events reveal that control in organizations has moved away from managers, managers have become less respected, and even the legitimacy of managers and the power they have in society has been questioned.

During our session, we will discuss the twin challenges confronting the next management horizon:  the new environment in which market-driven efficiency and the concern for a functioning society are better aligned, and the nature of management practice that can successfully address this alignment.  The research presented at this conference explores facets of these critical questions.

Three research professors will share their ideas about Management 2.0. Dr. Hayo Siemsen (Ernst Mach Institut für Erkenntnistheorie) will discuss how managers may learn to think like Peter Drucker.  Dr. Hossam Zeitoun (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich) provides insight on how reforming boards of directors may achieve better alignment between shareholders and stakeholders. Dr. Nicholas Fusso (Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management) reflects on the challenges in dealing with "short termism" in management.

Dr. Page West (School of Business, Wake Forest University, USA) will moderate the session.