Monday, September 19

16:45 - 17:45  h
Potsdam III
Plenary Panel Session
Session Leaders
Anja Tuschke LMU Munich
Dodo zu Knyphausen-Aufsess Technical University of Berlin

All Sessions in Track PLENARY

Sunday: 14:30 - 15:45 h   |   Session 307
The Strategic Management of Cities

Sunday: 14:30 - 15:45 h   |   Session 308
The Future of Growth

Tuesday: 09:30 - 10:30 h   |   Session 312
Lifetime Achievement Keynote and Award

Session 311 -
Inequality and Poverty from a Strategic Management Perspective

“Inequality” is one of the big topics in our societal discussion and is, for example, seen as a fundamental root cause of the refugee problem in the near east und in Europe. Academically, inequality is most popularly discussed in Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the twenty-first century”. Inequality has many dimensions, such as income, education or gender and ethnic discrimination. Economists often argue that at least some inequality is necessary to incentivize people to perform better, but most would agree that too much inequality is detrimental for societies and also for organizations. Moreover, it should also be clear that real poverty is inacceptable for all of us. This panel discusses how firms cause and are affected by inequality and poverty, and what strategic management as an academic discipline but also as a practical matter can do to reduce inequality within our society as well as within business firms. In other words, what can firms do to improve its “economic inequality footprint” (Suhaib Riaz), what kind of business models could work in bottom-of-the-pyramid markets? And what’s about in/equality within their own organizations?

Ulrich Frei

...has considerable management experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Since 2008, Ulrich has been the executive director and since 2015 Executive President of FUNDES International...

Clemens Fuest
IFO Institute President of the IFO Institute, Professor for Economics and Public Finance at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Director of the Center for Economic Studies (CES) and Executive Director of CESifo GmbH. He is a member of...

Suhaib Riaz
University of Ottawa Associate Professor of Management at University of Ottawa, Canada. Prior to this he was Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston, United States. He holds a PhD from Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada...

Christian Seelos
University of Leuven the Leo Tindemans Chair of Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven, a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and an academic visitor at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Previously...