The Corporations and Society Initiative hosts the nation’s leading academics and practitioners to discuss the complex and interacting forces that impact corporations and society.
- Past EventUncovering the role of short-sellers in shaping market accountability and fostering responsible investing.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventDavid Barboza, Co-Founder of The Wire China & WireScreen, ex-NYT, & Pulitzer Prize winner, discussed how data unveils stories impacting business leaders, policymakers, & consumers.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventA conversation between Professor Anat Admati and Kevin Warsh, former governor of the Federal Reserve, moderated by Professor Amit Seru-*This event has already occurred.
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Choosing a Path to Power for Good: An Exploration of Leadership with Linda Ginzel, Anat Admati, and Jeffrey PfefferAn interactive conversation between leading academics, students and others on how to forge a path to power while creating positive change.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventHow missteps, mistrust, and American capitalism sabotaged our pandemic response-*This event has already occurred.
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Unmasking the Financial Secrecy System: How Rogue Capitalism Threatens Democracy and the Rule of LawA Conversation with Larry Diamond and Raymond Baker, Author of "Invisible Trillions."-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventOreskes, author of "Merchants of Doubt," discussed consequences of businesses pushing “free market” ideology and changes needed for markets to serve rather than impede democracy.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventPete Stavros, global head of private equity at KKR & founder of nonprofit Ownership Works, discussed how businesses can help employees build wealth through shared ownership models.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventFaiz Shakir, senior advisor to Bernie Sanders & executive director of More Perfect Union, highlights how business leaders can more thoughtfully engage with labor unions.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventFormer BlackRock executive explored how pushing Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG targets misses the mark, and how to achieve change on social and environmental issues.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventA unique insider conversation about an important regulatory agency, charged with making sure financial markets and companies work for the people.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventIn business education discussions, labor unions are primarily presented as obstacles management must overcome to achieve worthy corporate goals. What's the other side of the story?-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventThis event brought together reporters, former regulators, experts in law, finance, insurance, and energy to help unpack the issues so we can see the challenges as they are.-*This event has already occurred.
- Past EventA faculty-student evening of frank, honest discussion about the goals of a business education-*This event has already occurred.
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Jack Welch and the Consequences of Profit at All Costs: A Conversation with New York Times Reporter David Gelles, author of "The Man Who Broke Capitalism""The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America—and How to Undo His Legacy" author Gelles in discussion w Jeff Pfeffer-*This event has already occurred.
Short Selling in Bull Markets with Founder & CIO of Safkhet Capital, Fahmi Quadir
Renowned investor Fahmi Quadir (featured in the Netflix series Dirty Money), discusses the role of the short seller in keeping markets honest and what it takes to stay afloat amidst the rising tide of a bull market. Short sellers like Quadir play an indispensable role in ferreting out fraud and holding companies accountable for what they tell their investors, their stakeholders, and the world at large. But, as we saw during the Gamestop saga, it can be a controversial and often thankless job, involving limitless risk. She shares what it is like to perform this role.
Corporations, Governments, and Cybersecurity with Nicole Perlroth
Cyber weapons, including hacks, surveillance, and ransomware can cause enormous harm to businesses, governments, and the critical infrastructure and services we all depend on. Nicole Perlroth, author of the book "This is How they Tell Me the World Ends", shares insights learned from investigating the highly opaque, often government-backed market for cyber weapons and the arms race it has created.
Can Business Help Strengthen Democracy? What Solutions Move the Needle?
If American Democracy is broken, who can fix it? This event, moderated by Didi Kuo, Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, will educate and challenge the GSB community to understand our country’s political structures and highlight where they need modernization to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Inside Amazon: A New Kind of Monopoly
Over the last two decades, Amazon has risen to become one of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world—and many have started to call into question the tactics that it has used and is using to get to and stay at the top. CASI welcomed Stacy Mitchell, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a staunch advocate for policies that help level the playing field for independent businesses and curb corporate power, for a conversation with MBA ’21 Susannah Shattuck about the risks that Amazon poses to consumers, workers, and the market if it continues to dominate unchecked.
Surveillance Technology Governance
As the world rushes to put contact tracing and illness-tracking tools in place to enable effective response to the coronavirus pandemic, privacy experts are raising concerns about exactly how this technology will be built and governed. CASI and the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School co-sponsored a panel discussion on the use and governance of surveillance technology during (and after) the coronavirus pandemic. Our panelists shared their thoughts on how to align private and public sector interests to benefit society and support public health efforts, while also preserving privacy and civil rights.
COVID-19 Bailout Debate: Must Bailouts Go Through the Banking System?
GSB Finance Professors Arvind Krishnamurthy, Hanno Lustig, and Amit Seru joined moderator Professor Anat Admati to debate the objectives, policies, and implementation strategies of the U.S. government’s recent COVID-19 stimulus packages. This video is an excerpt from the longer conversation.
How Big Business Influences Government: A Conversation with Professor Thomas Philippon
The Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford GSB hosts a discussion, with Professor Thomas Philippon of NYU Stern School of Business and CASI faculty director and GSB Professor of Finance Anat Admati, about Philippon's book: "The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets."
From Tesla to Wells Fargo: Scandal, Success, and Accountability in Corporate America
A conversation with three experts in legal, reputational, and financial risk to explore causes of, and solutions to, corporate scandals.
CASI-Stigler Center Workshops on Corporations and the State
Workshops for faculty and doctoral students, co-sponsored by the Stigler Center at Chicago Booth and the Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford GSB.
2016-2018 Interdisciplinary Visitors Program
The Interdisciplinary Visitors Program was developed as a first step in breaking down academic silos to rethink corporations and capitalism. It brought together academics and practitioners with experience and expertise in law, economics, finance, policy, and the media with the goal of challenging assumptions. More details on the talks given by individual guests are linked below.
Jerry Davis, Associate Dean for Business and Impact at the Ross School of Business
Lee Drutman, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation
Jesse Eisinger, Senior Reporter at ProPublica
Frank Foer, Contributing Editor at Slate
Peter Georgescu, Chairman and CEO at Young & Rubican
Bethany McLean, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair
Fiona Scott Morton, Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at Yale University School of Management