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Davide Nicolini @ next IMCA Forethought Seminar

Davide Nicolini from Warwick Business School will give a talk at IMCA’s next Forethought Seminar with the title “Using the concept of practice to the study of organization. Why and what for?”.

Thursday, 29. March, 16.30 – 18.00, room A24.

In this presentation Davide Nicolini will discuss why to use the concept of practice to study organisational phenomena, how this can be done, and what for. He will argue that practice theories can offer a radically new way of understanding and explaining social and organizational phenomena. He will build on his work in this area conducted

over several years using examples drawn, albeit not exclusively, from some of his recent publications (Nicolini, 2009a; Nicolini 2009b; Nicolini 2011; Nicolini, Mengis and Swan, in press).

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Save the date: Deirdre McCloskey at IMCA

We will start this semester’s IMCA seminar series with a particular highlight. Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Professor of Economic History at Gothenburg University, will come to Lugano to give a talk about†Ethics, Bourgeois Virtues and Economics.†

Monday, 19. March, 16.30 – 18.00, room A 22.

“Deirdre McCloskey is a well-known economist, with a reputation for originality or, depending on how you like to see it, being a maverick renegade. She is a neoclassical Chicago economic historian by training. But she has been asking about the rhetorical underpinnings of economics for some time. […]

She argues that capitalism, far from being immoral as much of the left think, or amoral as many libertarians believe, is in fact

fully compatible with human and ethical flourishing. And its record on actually encouraging flourishing is much better than the alternatives.”
(from Big Sky Ideas)

IMCA Forethought Seminar with Liisa Všlikangas (Aalto University, Helsinki)

Liisa Všlikangas from Aalto University gave us a very interesting talk on Organizational Resilience. She built on a longitudinal case study of Best Buy to develop the destinction between operational and strategic resilience and the importance of change reservoirs, which enable organizations to collectively rehearse change before it happens. Watch the video abstract of her talk:

IMCA Forethought Seminar – Liisa Všlikangas on Organizational Resilience from IMCA, Uni Lugano on Vimeo.

Liisa was co-founder and later research director of the Woodside Institute, a consulting company. She is also Founder and President of Innovation Democracy, Inc., a non for profit organization committed to supporting innovative entrepreneurship in countries such as Afganistan, Somaliland, or Nepal. She published in high-impact practioner journals such as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, or the Wall Street Journal.

IMCA Forethought Seminar with Margret Tan (Nanyang University, Singapore)

Margret Tan kindly shared with us her thoughts on “Building Digital Capital, Addressing Digital Inequality: A Perspective of Singapores ICT Policy” during an IMCA seminar. Watch the video abstract of her talk:

IMCA FORETHOUGHT seminar – Margaret Tan on Digital Capital from IMCA, Uni Lugano on Vimeo.