• Low Library

A Century of Impact, a Future of Innovation

May 2, 2016
Low Library Rotunda, Columbia University


About the Symposium

For 100 years, Columbia Business School has helped shape the modern business landscape. But its impact on the key forces shaping business is only beginning. The Centennial Symposium will commemorate the School’s landmark achievements in key areas of business over the past century, while simultaneously challenging pioneering thought leaders to look to the future and examine the major forces that will impact business in the years ahead.


Panel 1

What Is Next in Management Education?

As business changes, so must business education. In a landmark gathering, an esteemed panel of deans from the world’s top business schools comes together to answer critical questions and examine what steps business schools need to take to continue preparing tomorrow's leaders with the skills necessary to face challenges in a twenty-first century economy.

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Panel 2

The Changing Face of Global Business: Prospects and Challenges for the Next 100 Years

In today's rapidly changing business environment, multinational companies must be agile, resilient, flexible, and adaptable. The digitalization of the global economy, for example, is transforming core business practices everywhere—from supply chain management to ever-evolving consumer preference behaviors and experiences to retraining and recruiting top talent. How are companies meeting these formidable changes that challenge today’s fundamental business models? What might the next century of global business look like?

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Panel 3

This panel was held under Chatham House Rules and therefore was only viewable at the Symposium and via the livestream.

Value Is the Heart of Success for Business and Society: What Lies Ahead?

Value creation and enhancement are critical to the sustainable success of any business, social, or government enterprise. The notion of “value” has been identified with Columbia Business School’s rich traditions in teaching and research, including value investing, customer lifetime value, consumer choice, total quality management and process optimization, accounting based valuation, negotiations and labor relations, and networks in organizational design. In a world of increasing competition, speed of change, regulatory oversight and transparency, what is the current state of value—both creation and enhancement—and what will it take to continue to identify and deliver on the promise of value?

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