Demystifying Organizations show

Demystifying Organizations

Summary: This management podcast tackles the big questions about leading organizations from some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Jeff Schatten PhD, a business professor at Washington and Lee University and in partnership with McGraw Hill Education, has conversations with top intellectuals, influencers and business executives about challenging topics that are essential to successful 21st century organizations-- insights you never knew you wanted to know.


 Has The Supreme Court Made Corporations King? (with Adam Winkler) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:14

UCLA law professor and National Book Award finalist Adam Winkler and Jeff Schatten discuss the way in which corporate power has changed via rulings by The Supreme Court. They delve into the role of corporations in the founding of The United States and how corporations have increased their influence, which culminated in The Citizens United ruling. They discuss his new book "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights."

 How Exceptional Companies Think (with Michael Raynor) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:32

Deloitte’s Michael Raynor and Jeff Schatten discuss what separates top performing companies from those that are middle of the pack.  They also address the ways in which companies can leverage new big data methods to address goal-setting challenges.  Michael Raynor is a managing director at Deloitte. His research and client work is focused on strategy and innovation in a wide variety of industries.

 Are Corporations More Innovative Than Startups? (with Gary Pisano) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:38

Harvard's Gary Pisano and Jeff Schatten discuss innovation in the corporate space.  They explore the ways in which corporations sit at the forefront of innovation. Gary Pisano is a Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development at the Harvard Business School.  Pisano is the author of over 90 articles and case studies and is an author of six books including his latest book Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation.

 Humans vs. Technology (with Douglas Rushkoff) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:10

Douglas Rushkoff and Jeff Schatten discuss the complex relationship between modern organizations and technology and the challenges that ubiquitous computing poses for individuals, business and democracy. Douglas Rushkoff was named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT.

 Why You Should be a Rebel (with Francesca Gino) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:09

Francesca Gino and Jeff Schatten explore rule breaking, rebels with and without a cause, why traditions should be challenged, the role of curiosity, and the (many) benefits of failure.  Francesca Gino is a full professor at the Harvard business school.  She was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their "40 under 40", a listing of the world's best business school professors under the age of 40.

 Shareholder Activism: Investors with Agendas (with Vinay Shandal) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:35

Vinay Shandal and Jeff Schatten discuss the opportunities and challenges of shareholder activism.  They explore the role of that businesses and corporations have in social causes (environment, 2nd amendment rights, etc.) and how shareholders impact these issues.  Further, they discuss how institutional investors influence corporate policies in areas that relate to environmental, social and corporate governance.    Vinay Shandal is a partner and managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group. 

 Daniel Pink: Why Timing is Everything | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:02

Daniel Pink and Jeff Schatten explore a wide range of topics on the cutting edge of social science that argues that timing is everything.  The conversation covers well-being, management, childhood education, employee performance, and why it’s not so bad to be a night owl.


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