Radical thinkers on business, society and ecology

November 29 2022, 3:30 PM
November 29 2022, 4:30 PM
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Do you want to explore an economy in which nature and people matter? Do you want to hear unorthodox perspectives on growth, capitalism, marketing or ethics? Do you want to imagine new possible futures for businesses and our economy? Then the 'Radical thinkers' conference series is for you.

Changing the world one perspective at a time. To play its role in shaping responsible leaders, the business school of today needs to be a place offering multiple perspectives on the complex social and environmental challenges of the world. The 'Radical Thinkers' series aims to provide a voice to alternative perspectives at the intersection of business, society and ecology. We need to ask new questions where the old answers have become muted.   


Academic thinkers offering an alternative, radical and heterodox perspective on the interconnection of business, society and ecology with an international orientation and from all over the world.

Resilience and Community: D ialogue with Radical Thinker  Stefanie Beninger

In the face of a rising number of disturbances both locally and globally, many are calling for increased resilience. Businesses and communities alike are seeking to increase their ability to weather these disturbances in the face of these challenges, such as through carefully leveraging organizational resources and executing appropriate actions. However, perplexingly, businesses often fail to view their resilience as inherently connected to those around them, including other businesses, their wider communities, and their natural environment. This myopic view can undermine not only organisational resilience, but also resilience of the wider system. As we seek to weather the disturbances of today – and tomorrow – a much more integrated perspective is needed, wherein businesses and communities work together towards multifaceted and inclusive – and thus more sustainable – resilience.

Dr. Stefanie Beninger is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at IE Business School at IE University, a 4.TU Resilience Fellow, and a recent Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow.

Previous episodes of the Radical Thinkers Series 

Revisiting Agency Theory: dialogue with Radical Thinker Beate Sjåfjell

A radical rethinking of allocation of responsibility, accountability and liability. Agency theory has contributed to the extreme challenges of our time in the way it is used to narrow the scope of what company law and more broadly corporate governance should concern itself with. There is a need to fundamentally revisit mainstream agency theory and interrogate its assumptions. In this lecture, this is the basis for an interdisciplinary redefinition of agency theory, which encompasses the complexity of how business is organised today. 

Beate Sjåfjell is Professor Dr. Juris at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, and Visiting Professor at College of Europe, European Legal Studies Department. Beate’s main field is company law and corporate governance, with much of her research concentrating on the regulation of business in the broader context of sustainability. Click here to watch her lecture during the Radical Thinkers series and read more about Beate.

The livings: dialogue with Radical Thinker Martin Drenthen

“Nature” “the Wild”, What is the position of humans among the livings? How can human transcend the duality between exploitation and sanctuarisation to reach a more adequate balance with other living species?

Martin is an environmental philosopher. His most recent research focuses on ethical issues involving the resurgence of large animals, notably the wolf. He further develops novel approach to environmental ethics, that recognizes the role of narratives in human relations with environments and acknowledges the close relation between landscape interpretations and notions of (moral) identity. Click here to watch his lecture during the Radical Thinkers series and read more about Martin.

Degrowth: dialogue with Radical Thinker Timothée Parrique

Imagine a society where the ecological, social and economic spheres are in balance providing a meaningful life for all. Degrowth is a movement that explores such a society. Its revisits growth as a core principle of our economy. All business desire to growth. But what is growth exactly? And what does it mean when a society is not growing? Is that even possible?

Timothée is a French national and passionate about heterodox economics, philosophy of science, and academic writing. His dissertation 'The political economy of degrowth' (2019) explores the economic implications of the ideas of degrowth and has received considerable attention in Europe and beyond. Click here to watch his lecture during the Radical Thinkers series and read more about Timothée.