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Six exciting events coming to the Rotman School in fall 2019

July 19, 2019

This fall at the Rotman School, learn more about why we need to think about China, how to effectively engage stakeholders and strangers, why bartering pays off, how to achieve a Star Trek future and what’s fair in the age of #MeToo.

For a complete list of upcoming events, see our events page.

Check out these six upcoming Rotman events:

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Wendy Dobson on "Living with China: A Middle Power Finds Its Way"

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Book sale, signing & drinks reception to follow

As we find ourselves dealing with rising tensions over trade and technology — evident in negotiating the ‘new NAFTA’ with Americans and doing business with the China-based telecommunication giant Huawei — Rotman Professor Wendy Dobson urges Canadians to develop a strategy that incorporates China. At this upcoming event, Dobson discusses her new book, Living with China (Rotman-UTP Publishing, Sept 21, 2019), one of the first comprehensive volumes to be published in Canada on a forward-looking Canada-China strategy.

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Sarah Kaplan on "The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation"

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Book sale, signing & drinks reception to follow

How can companies cope with shareholder priorities, the interests of various other stakeholders (such as communities, workers, consumers, suppliers), and corporate social responsibility standards? They need to look through the lenses of different stakeholders — in other words, take a 360° view — and see new ways of doing business, says Rotman Professor Sarah Kaplan. In her new book, The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation (Stanford Business Books, Sept 3, 2019), Kaplan draws on a rich collection of case studies to illustrate how leaders should engage with stakeholders to create possibilities for everyone, and to foster innovative business model transformation.

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Malcolm Gladwell on "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know”

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath, and What the Dog Saw, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers — and why they often go wrong. In his new book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know (Little, Brown and Company, Sept 10, 2019), Gladwell revisits recent scandals taken straight from the news — from the deceptions of Bernie Madoff to the trial of Amanda Knox — and throws our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Gladwell argues that something is wrong with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know.

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Brian C. Gunia on "The Bartering Mindset: A Mostly Forgotten Framework for Mastering Your Next Negotiation"

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Ever wonder why negotiating is so hard — why many of us don’t score the critical raise, can't convince our teenagers to get home on time, and never leave the car dealer feeling particularly good? Professor Brian C. Gunia, from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, takes a deeper look in his new book, The Bartering Mindset (Rotman-UTP Publishing, 2019). Gunia explains that by thinking about negotiations as bartering trades, we can all learn to negotiate better and more productively.

Special note: this is a hands-on event! All attendees are kindly asked to bring several small items that they are willing to trade with others.

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Joshua Gans on "Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator"

Monday, October 28, 2019 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Book sale, signing & drinks reception to follow

Is economic inequality the price we pay for innovation? While the amazing technological advances of the last two decades (artificial intelligence, genetics and materials) have benefited society, it has also made innovators into billionaires, and it might be partially responsible for the growing wealth gap in the U.S. In their new book, Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (MIT Press, Oct. 4 2019), Rotman Professor Joshua Gans and economist Andrew Leigh make the case that pursuing innovation does not mean giving up on equality. The authors argue that if we encourage innovation in the right way, our future can look more like the cheerful techno-utopia of Star Trek rather than the dark techno-dystopia of Terminator.

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Robyn Doolittle on "Had It Coming: What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo?"

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM


Globe and Mail reporter Robyn Doolittle spent nearly two years investigating how Canadian police handle sexual assault cases. Her series Unfounded captured her shocking findings: across the country, in big cities and small towns, the system was dismissing a high number of allegations. Doolittle’s new book, Had It Coming (Allen Lane, Sept 24 2019), picks up where the series left off. Doolittle provides a nuanced and informed look at how attitudes around sexual behaviour have changed and still need to change.

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