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5
Apr

One-to-one meeting with MSt in Social Innovation faculty – Hong Kong

Time to be confirmed

Meet Dr Neil Stott, Director of the Master of Studies in Social Innovation at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, Cambridge Judge Business School, who will be in Hong Kong on the 5 April 2019. This is your opportunity to meet with him to find out about the research conducted by the Centre, and to discuss in person why you should apply for the MSt in Social Innovation.

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5
Apr

Seminar – Integrating Distant Pasts and Futures Sustainably in the Present: toward a Theoretical Framework of Organisational Temporality

12:00 - 13:30

Professor Majken Schultz and Professor Tor Hernes, Copenhagen Business School

Contemporary organisations are increasingly confronted with the need to comply with short-term business cycles while addressing long-term concerns. This tension between short and long-term concerns is pertinent in relation to grand challenges, such as climate change, but is also found when organisations are forced by market forces to succumb to extreme “short-termism” at the expense of long-term concerns. Whereas the relation between short-term and long-term horizons has traditionally been considered a matter of trade-offs, there is a need for exploring other dynamics between short- and long-term time horizons in organisations. This talk suggests a theoretical elaboration of how actors may sustainably integrate distant pasts and futures into ongoing activities. We use the interplay between strategy and identity as an example of how new dynamics between short- and long-term horizons may be found. Strategy and identity exhibit distinctively different temporalities, enabling them to be complementary to one another. Based on a longitudinal study of a global brewery we elaborate which temporal differences are likely to lead to sustained interplay, where strategy is meaningfully framed by long-term identity narratives, while more short-term strategies serves to enact identity over time. These findings, we argue, have major implications for how organisations can comply with short-term business cycles while addressing long-term concerns.

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