School of Management Big Issues Debate Series: The rise of populism: Challenges and potentials for business schools

2 Aug 2017 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Albany campus
2 Aug 2017 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Manawatu campus - Turitea
Sir Geoffrey Peren Building, 1.02

In this seminar, in response to the rise of populism drawing a grim picture along with hate speeches towards migrants, practices of authoritarian leadership and anti-intellectualism undermining the ethos of the university, we would like to provoke a debate about the role business schools and management intellectuals.

With the facilitation and introduction of Ozan Alakavuklar, our seminar will present three responses for debate:

  • Ralph Bathurst is going to talk about neo-classicism, and by invoking Schiller’s (1795) insights from his Aesthetic Letters, explore the triumph of form over content in management education, and the concomitant systemic dysfunctions (and dispirited professionals) that it has produced.
  • Craig Prichard will speak in praise of (some features of) populism as a cathartic movement that not only challenges the power of (some) political, economic and academic elites but also shows how much of formal politics is a fantasy game through a syncophantic and compliant media-scape with little meaningful connection to everyday life.
  • Andy Asquith will explore the rise and potential fall of managerialism, specifically the way in which society has been steered. The complicity of the business school in the managerialism project has led to the undermining intellectual rigour in both universities and society in general, in the last 30 years. The end of conformity and the rise of populism could well be a societal reaction to managerialism.

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