Shucks … I missed it

Why we need more powerful multinational corporations
(But only after we make some changes in them)
Presenter: Professor William H. Starbuck (Professor emeritus at New York University and Courtesy professor-in-residence at the Lundquist College of Business of the University of Oregon)
The world faces very serious challenges and existing social institutions have been unable to address these challenges effectively. There is need for more powerful institutions that can cross national boundaries and act rather speedily and with purpose. The corporation is the most effective organizational form that mankind has created, and it is possible for corporations to counteract and compensate for some of the deficiencies of governments. However, we dare not give more power to corporations in their present form. We need to reformulate the concept of corporation so as to moderate corporations’ propensity for sociopathic behavior. Is it possible to make corporations more beneficial without undercutting their advantages?

Professor Starbuck is courtesy professor-in-residence at the Lundquist College of Business of the University of Oregon and professor emeritus at New York University. He is a world-renowned scholar in organizational studies and research methods. Professor Starbuck has served as the president of the Academy of Management, as the Chair of the screening committee for senior Fulbright awards, and as the editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. He has served on the editorial board of such prestigious journals as Academy of Management Review; Accounting, Management and Information Technologies; the Journal of Applied Social Psychology; the Journal of Leadership Studies; the Journal of Management Inquiry; the Journal of Socioeconomics; the International Journal of Management Reviews; and the Journal of Management Studies. His publications include close to 180 articles on a wide variety of topics, many of them in premier journals, two books written and seventeen books edited by him. He has received honorary doctoral titles from Stockholm University, the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), and the Université Paul Cézanne (Aix-Marseille III). He has further held visiting positions at thirteen Universities around the world.

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5 Responses to Shucks … I missed it

  1. Grigory M

    Bill Starbuck? Wasn’t he the wandering charlatan in The Rainmaker?

  2. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    He’s crash hot with the contrapuntal titles to raise luvvie’s ire (fixed by the brackets, natch, as he’s one of them).

    So, thirteen universities have experienced Professor Starstruck in his travels and have moved him on. Well done.

  3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Dang! Apostrophe man – it is, of course the plural: luvvies’

  4. entropy

    I thought Starbuck was a star fighter pilot on battlestar galatica. He might have been Lorne Greene’s son after Lorne hung up his spurs for an admiral’s uniform, but my memory is hazy.

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