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The rise of populism: Challenges and potentials for business schools

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.

Where:     AT3 (Albany), SGP1.02 (Manawatu)
When:      Wednesday 2 August, 12:30–2:00pm


Working through practice-led research: Metaphysical notions of “leading man back to the Divine”

Seminar with Dr. Derek Ventling

This seminar contemplates the metaphysical notion of light focusing on a recent art installation.  From the perspective of a contemporary practitioner, I revisit Bonaventure’s 13th Century theory of light as a connective agency and an activating principle along the path of creative endeavour.  As both the embodied observer and the observed, I experientially consider the dynamic relationship between making, light and my conscious self.  I am particularly interested in exploring the threshold between metaphorical and visible light, the real and the imaginary, the seen and the unseen.  Immersed in material assemblages I captured fleeting moments photographically.  I will explore how the installation heightened creative consciousness by inviting a discourse on the potential of light.  If, according to medieval theory, light is indeed providence and catalyst, it may be the mediator that transcends the boundaries of our space and being, engendering a transformational influence on our cognitive journey.


Where:     Wonder Room (ground level of the Atrium)
When:      Wednesday 19th July, 12:00–1:00pm

Perspective on ageing and workforce participation

The problem in focus for this the first in the School of Management Debate series for 2017 is that of the ageing workforce.  The format for this debate will be a series of brief talks offering different disciplinary and philosophical perspectives on the issue of ageing and work.

The impending skills and labour shortage that will accompany the mass retirement of the baby boomer generation presents a considerable challenge to organisations and the economic wellbeing of New Zealand and many other countries.  Put simply, there are not enough people coming into the labour force to offset this loss.  One important way of managing this problem is to find ways to effectively retain and productively engage older workers within the labour force.  In this seminar we overview recent research by Massey scholars and our collaborators looking at the problem of older worker retention and engagement, followed by a series of brief talks providing Maori, organisational science, employment relations and HRM perspectives on the more general issue of work and ageing.  

Alongside these contributions from the School’s academics, MBS CEO in residence, Mark Powell, will provide an industry perspective on the issue of the ageing workforce.  The audience will be invited to join a general discussion with our panel of speakers in the second half of the seminar.

Who should attend: Anyone with an interest in the ageing workforce and related social and economic issues
Where:       AT3 Albany & SGP1.02 Palmerston
When:        Wednesday 5th July, 12:30-2:00pm

Exploring Cultural Perceptions of Money and Wealth

Dr. Jason Mika from the School of Management presented at this conference on the topic of "The indigenous entrepreneurs’ dilemma: Balancing commercial and cultural imperatives in business using indigenous values"

Video recordings of the conference are available on the Fin Ed website.

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