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Social Venture Weekend

24 Feb 17:00 - 21:00 | 25 Feb 09:00 - 18:00 | 26 Feb 09:00 - 18:00

Kick-start your social venture at Social Venture Weekend

The Social Venture Weekend at Cambridge Judge Business School is for anyone with an ambition to set up or grow a business that makes a positive social or environmental impact.

The workshop is an inspiring introduction to the social venture sector and a valuable opportunity to focus intensely on your own business. In an inclusive, supportive and friendly atmosphere, you’ll have the opportunity to share and test your ideas with others and learn from the experience of successful social entrepreneurs.



Artificial Intelligence: Disrupting Sustainability (Sustainable Development Forum)

09:00 - 20:00

The MPhil in Technology Policy and the Sustainable Development Forum would like to invite you to join the conference discussion “The Relationship between the Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Development in the Digital Era”. The conference will focus on topics such as transformation of traditional industries, effects of AI on Education and Smart Economies and ethical aspects of AI.



Seminar – Neuronal Signals for Reward Risk and Formal Economic Utility

12:00 - 13:30

Professor Wolfram Schultz, University of Cambridge

In behavioural studies on monkeys, we establish nonlinear utility functions that predict independent attitudes to different types of mathematically defined risk. The animals’ stochastic choices are meaningful in following transitivity and first, second and third order stochastic dominance of the tested gambles, thus confirming rational choice behaviour governed by value, symmetric (variance) risk and skewness risk, respectively. The dopamine prediction error response codes economic utility and satisfies first- and second-order stochastic dominance. These data unite concepts from animal learning theory and economic decision theory at the level of single reward neurons.



Seminar – Family Firms as Institutions: A Study of Multi-Centenary Japanese Shinise

12:30 - 14:00

Professor Davide Ravasi, Cass Business School

with Professor Royston Greenwood, University of Alberta Business School, as discussant and commenting on “where institutional theory is going”.

In this study, we build on Selznick’s theoretical insights to investigate how a group of multi-centenary family firms that are regarded as “institutions” – Japanese shinise – maintain this status. Our findings reveal a system of mutually supporting relationships between family, business, and community that explain the distinctive social standing of these organisations, the preservation of their identity-defying elements despite environmental changes, and their striking continuity. This study contributes to family business research and institutional theory by beginning to unpack the interrelations between communities, as a distinctive sociocultural context, and family firms, and by extending Selznick’s ideas beyond organisational boundaries to appreciate the central role of communities in providing and preserving values.

Paper co-authored by Innan Sasaki and Evelyn R. Micelotta.


Meet the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship Director – London, UK

18:15 - 19:30

The Meet the Director events take place at venues in London, UK, across the admissions year. Dr Chris Coleridge, PGDE Director and Senior Faculty in Management Practice at Cambridge Judge Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre, will be talking about the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship programme and how it can help you become a more visionary and effective entrepreneur. Join us by registering online.