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Can My Company, University or Organization Change?

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Research Symposium:
The Big Big Question: Can My Company, University or Organization Change?

We are entering the age of organizational culture and change as the leitmotif of success. Post-financial crisis, business leaders are faced with the prospect of a new low-growth era, where new regions and market opportunities are an imperative to pursue. The historical lesson is that strong corporate cultures and values such as innovation and trust are the drivers of growth and performance, but these values are not discovered; they must be created. If complex organizations are going to innovate and deliver on their promises to customers, clients, shareholders and stakeholders, they must be able to align and coordinate across a distributed network internally and externally. Systems of control fade in importance, and culture and trust with accountability become more important. Communication and coordination move from vertical to horizontal channels, and formal organization is replaced by informal social networks. Can firms make this transition? Can cultures change? Can universities and professional schools lead this charge by their teaching, research, and example?

Hosted by: the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Friday, November 8, 2013
8:45 a.m.– 2:40 p.m.
Venue: The Italian Academy


Please note that all symposium attendees should arrive by 9:00 AM. The program will begin at exactly 9:15 AM.

8:45 – 9:15 AM

Breakfast and Registration

9:15 – 9:35 AM

Welcome Remarks, Introduction, and Opening Keynote

Gita Johar
Senior Vice Dean
Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Damon Phillips
James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy
Columbia Business School
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Watch Video here.

9:35 – 10:20 AM

Keynote Presentation

Duane Bray
Head of Global Digital Businesses
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atch Video here.

10:20– 10:35 AM

Coffee Break

10:35 – 11:45 AM

Research Presentations and Panel Discussion: Why Change is Hard

Bruce Kogut (Moderator)
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics
Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
Columbia Business School

Elke Weber (Neuroscience)
Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business
Co-Director, Center for the Decision Sciences
Columbia Business School
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Raymond Fisman (Economics)
Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise,
Finance and Economics;
Co-Director, Social Enterprise Program
Columbia Business School
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Joseph Porac (Management)
George Daly Professor of Business Leadership
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
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See the video of this panel here.

11:45 AM– 12:00 PM


12:00 – 1:15 PM

Lunch and Keynote Presentation

John H. Coatsworth
Professor of International and Public Affairs and of History
Columbia University

Dr. Anthony W. Marx
President and CEO
New York Public Libraries
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1:15 – 2:30 PM

Industry Panel: Broader Perspectives

Todd Jick (Moderator)
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business
Columbia Business School
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Lauren Chesley
Director, Change Execution

Nancy DeViney
Vice President, Organizational Change Management

Steven G. Mandis
Adjunct Associate Professor, Finance and Economics
Columbia Business School
Former Executive and Advisor, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and Citigroup

Watch the video of the panel here.

2:30 – 2:40 PM

Closing Remarks:

Bruce Kogut
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics
Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
Columbia Business School



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Featured Research

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Program Brochure

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