Several highlights of the Academy of Management’s annual meeting next week in Denver
August 1, 2002
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AMERICA'S CRISIS IN CORPORATE MANAGEMENT
Sunday, August 11, Noon-1:15, Adam's Mark Hotel, concourse level, Governor's Square, room 15
As the largest organization in the world devoted to management research and teaching, the Academy of Management has scheduled this session to address issues raised by the scandals at Enron, WorldCom, Arthur Andersen, and other companies. Prof. Jean Bartunek of Boston College, the 2001-2002 president of the Academy of Management, will chair the session, which was organized by Prof. Thomas Kochan of M.I.T. Among the questions to be addressed: 1) What will be the effect of the much-publicized legislation on corporate governance recently passed by Congress? 2) How can corporations be made accountable not just to their shareholders but to other stakeholders? 3) What controls need to be put in place within corporations to prevent top executives from abusing stakeholders' trust? and 4) How can company employees have a larger role in governance?
SPIRITUAL MEDITATION AND CORPORATE LEADERSHIP
Sunday, August 11, 2:35-4:30 p.m., Adam's Mark, Plaza Ballroom, A-B-C
Chaired by Santa Clara University's Andre L. Delbecq, an authority on religion and spirituality in the corporate world, this session will feature three spiritual leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist traditions who will discuss the foundation of contemplative/meditation practice. They will set forth how their tradition conceives of the practice, how the discipline might shape the spiritual journey of a leader, and what results one would look for in a leader shaped by their tradition's practice. Then three CEOs will discuss their personal meditation practice and how it influences their executive decisions.
ADDRESS BY RUSSELL T. LEWIS, CEO, THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
"The CEO's Lot is not a Happy One - with Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan"
Sunday, August 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Adam's Mark, Plaza Ballroom A-B-C
Lewis will address the current national crisis in corporate governance from his perspective as CEO of one of the world's leading newspaper and media companies. How does a 150-year-old company that has flourished through the strength of its values perpetuate and articulate those values in the face of the pressures that lately have proved so devastating to some of the nation's leading corporations? What is the CEO's role in this, and how does it play out in the day-to-day operations of the company?
ADDRESS BY ROSABETH KANTER, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Despite the Riots, Globalism Really Can Make a Better World
Monday, August 12, 12:20 p.m., Adam's Mark, Plaza Ballroom D-E-F
Any listing of the five or six leading management thinkers of the past half century would include Rosabeth Kanter, who might very well be the only woman to make the list. With every major meeting on the global economy provoking rioting these days, Kanter will take the bit in her teeth and argue that globalism really can produce a better world. In a speech entitled "Leading toward a Better World? Business as a Force for Change," Kanter will explore the connection between business success in the digital age and active corporate citizenship - for example, the efforts of pharmaceutical companies to improve health in developing countries, the efforts of oil companies to address environmental sustainability, and the initiatives of technology companies to bridge the digital divide. How do such efforts stand up to the critics of global capitalism and their suspicions of giant enterprises?
ADDRESS BY CHUANZHI LIU, CORPORATE LEGEND OF MAINLAND CHINA
Monday, August 12, 8:30-10:20 a.m., Adam's Mark, Plaza Ballroom A-B-C
An engineer and scientist, Mr. Liu started a computer company in 1984 with 10 colleagues and a loan from a nearby commune equivalent to $80,000 U.S. dollars. The company grew by leaps and bounds through an ownership and incentive system designed to bring into full play the initiatives of employees. Last year this company, Legend Holdings Group, Ltd., had sales of roughly $4 billion and was China's top producer of personal computers. Meanwhile, the company entered into a joint venture with AOL Time Warner to provide internet services in China and was ranked by Business Week as the best-managed company in the country. His company is widely viewed as a model of how to achieve high growth in a nation evolving from a planned to market economy.
SYMPOSIUM ON WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT: DISCOURAGING NEWS
Wednesday, August 14, 10:40-12, Convention Center, A101-03
The bad news derives from a report to be presented by researchers who monitored all executive job changes reported in The Wall Street Journal over the course of one recent year, a total of almost 3,000 announcements involving some 600 companies in 50 different industries. The researchers, from Baruch College of the City University of New York, will report that women received only six percent of the senior management positions and only seven percent of the top management positions. Further, while most men were appointed to top-level jobs, almost three-fourths of women's appointments were to functional-management or general-management positions. "Our analyses of these executive appointments," the researchers conclude, "raise questions about the extent to which women have achieved parity with their male counterparts, both in terms of the types of positions they attained and the degree of mobility represented in their job moves."
The Academy of Management, founded in 1936, is an international organization that works to foster the advancement of research, learning, teaching, and practice in management disciplines. It has over 12,000 members in 90 countries, including some 8,000 in the United States. The academy's 2002 annual meeting, August 11-14 in Denver, will draw 6,000 scholars and practitioners for more than 1,000 presentations on a host of issues relating to corporate organization, the workplace, and technology development, and other management-related subjects.