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MBA Workshop: Globalization versus Corruption and Oppression

July 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

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In this workshop drawn from Benjamin Sutherland’s class Globalization and Conflict for Managers, we examine the pernicious role of corruption, especially in poor and failing states. Rather than being the anomaly that many regimes claim they are attempting to stamp out, corruption serves as a feature of a dysfunctional system that distributes privileges to political supporters at the economic expense of the rest of the population. Crucially, business-led globalization can weaken this cronyism, lifting greater numbers from grinding poverty. Understanding this dynamic will help students further economic growth and respect for human rights when operating internationally.

Benjamin Sutherland, a former reporter for Newsweek, writes full-time for The Economist, the international newsweekly. He edited and co-wrote Modern Warfare, Intelligence and Deterrence, a 2011 Economist book on defense and intelligence that was translated into Chinese. Sutherland also teaches geopolitics to undergraduate and graduate students part-time at the Paris School of Business and HEC, a grande école near Paris serially ranked Europe’s top business university by The Financial Times. He studied political sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, his hometown, with a term abroad at La Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. He has traveled widely.

Business attire recommended. Please RSVP to: Lindsay Crissman at [email protected]


July 12, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
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602 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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