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Wo+Men’s Leadership Conference: Breaking the Bias

09:00 - 18:15

The Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School is pleased to announce our eighth annual conference ‘Breaking the Bias’.

This year, we’re delighted to welcome as our keynote speaker, Demetra Pinsent, CEO of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Ltd In conversation with Ruth Kennedy, Managing Director, Kennedy Dundas.

It will be an exciting day comprised of a keynote, panel discussions and breakout sessions by outstanding leaders and Cambridge Judge academics. (more…)


Seminar – The effects of piqued curiosity on boundary-spanning networking in organisations

13:00 - 14:30

Professor Tiziana Casciaro, Rotman School of Management

Integrating the differentiated knowledge, skills, and experiences of its members is critical to the effective functioning of an organisation. Hence, interactions spanning formal organisational and informal social boundaries are a principal focus of organisational scholarship. Research has substantiated not only the range of important outcomes deriving from boundary-spanning networking, but also the formidable barriers to engaging in such networking. We argue that a chief impediment to boundary-spanning networking is a lack of motivation. Against this backdrop, we theorise that curiosity—which can be piqued by cues in the organisational environment—heightens individuals’ motivation to network across boundaries in organisations by promoting the drive to learn novel ideas, solutions, and opportunities. We designed and conducted a randomised-controlled-trial field study involving over 2,200 middle-managers in a North American financial services organization to test our predictions, and an experiment to substantiate the underlying causal mechanisms. The findings support our claims and illuminate the psychological foundations of boundary-spanning networking. Our results open new avenues for research, both on how curiosity affects networking and shapes network structure in organisations, and on how organisations induce curiosity in their members as the intrinsic drive to learn.



Seminar – Rhetorical strategies of authenticity: social value judgements in the emerging contest over cellular meat

12:30 - 14:00

Roy Suddaby, Professor, University of Victoria, Washington State University and University of Liverpool

This paper analyses the role of authenticity in processes of technological innovation and new market creation. In 2005 Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University, supported by funding from Google’s Sergey Brin, created the world’s first cultured beef burger, a technological innovation by which embryonic stem cells of animals are engineered to induce the growth of muscle cells in a cell culture media, a process now known as cellular agriculture. The capacity to culture meat in a lab is an innovation that threatens to disrupt traditional animal husbandry in agriculture but holds the promise to solve many of the problems created by modern industrial meat production. It has initiated growing competition between incumbent agribusiness actors and upstart cellular producers. It has also initiated a less predictable, but equally important disruption in the value and identity claims of social groups whose mission is to contest traditional methods of animal husbandry because of the ethical, environmental and health issues created by traditional methods of animal food production. (more…)


Seminar – The ESG home bias

12:00 - 14:00

Dr Moqi Groen-Xu, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance

Firms shift undesirable environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities abroad rather than avoid them altogether. We show that this is consistent with shareholder preferences: we find ESG incident returns to be less negative when they take place outside offenders’ headquarter countries. Our analysis is based on 7,209 ESG incidents involving 63 incident countries and more than 6,000 firms. We exploit events that involve firms from multiple countries to show that geographic heterogeneity in investor preferences explains variation in foreign incident returns. Foreign incident returns are (i) more negative for firms with a larger shareholder base from the incident country, (ii) less negative for firms headquartered in more patriotic countries, and (iii) more negative for firms headquartered in more environmentally friendly countries.



EMBA programmes discussion – That little voice: how to deal with Imposter Syndrome

18:00 - 20:00

Doubting your abilities? Feeling like a fraud or inadequate? Imposter Syndrome or Imposter Phenomenon is a common occurrence. Many people question if they even deserve their accolades or recognition. However, it is important to not let these feelings take hold. From interns to the c-suite, it is vital to acknowledge and accept your own achievements, in addition to supporting your team to recognise theirs. (more…)


Enterprise Tuesday – Leading the future of health

18:00 - 21:00

Our panel of experts will lead a structured discussion around the dimensions that have the potential to shape a plausible future for health: the weight of the past, the push of the present and pull of the future. Working in this future ‘head space’ what innovations do we have to kickstart now to create not just a plausible future but a preferred future? (more…)