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Faculty Office Hour: Future of Business for the Greater Good

December 7, 2022
12-1 p.m. ET

via Zoom
(link provided upon registration)


This fall, Faculty Office Hour is partnering with the College of Business in honor of its 100th anniversary to explore the Future of Work.

We welcome management strategy professors Douglas Creed and Mallory Flowers from the College of Business for a frank dialog about both the potential and the limitations of business thinking in bringing about positive change for people and the planet.

Traditional measures of business success focus on whether corporations create economic opportunities and deliver value to customers and shareholders. Newer models also evaluate companies on how they treat stakeholders—including the Earth. As a result, business leaders are increasingly looking for strategies to benefit people, the planet, and the bottom line as they aim for more inclusive prosperity.

Businesses are a vital part of new systems to address climate change, species extinction, and ocean acidification. The creative and innovative capabilities companies typically use to maximize shareholder value can also serve as an engine for system-level social change that can help people and the planet flourish.

This discussion will be moderated by Karl Aspelund, associate professor and chair of the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design.

Douglas CreedDoug Creed has been a professor of management at the College of Business since 2004. His research focuses on issues of workplace diversity and organizational change processes for greater inclusion and equity. He is best known for his work on the lived experience of marginalized groups and individuals engaged in institutional change efforts. Before URI, he held a faculty appointment at Boston College and visiting appointments at MIT Sloan and UMass Boston. In 2007, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and in 2016 he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Business and Economics in Austria. He also serves as a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics. He earned a Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, with Distinction in English, from Yale College.

Mallory FlowersMallory Flowers is an assistant professor of management at the College of Business, where her teaching focus is in strategy. Her research explores private governance at the intersect of business, policy, and technology. She has studied corporate sustainability and social responsibility in the real estate, finance, and global commodities trades. Prior to URI, Mallory held a postdoctoral research faculty position in the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She completed her Ph.D. in public policy at Georgia Tech. Her doctoral dissertation on green certification practices was funded in part by the National Science Foundation and was awarded Best Dissertation in 2017 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the flagship organization for policy research in the USA.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 7

Cost: Complimentary

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