“Building Businesses with Impact: A Roadmap for Empowering Leaders”
The 4.5 billion poorest people on this planet, often referred to as the base of the pyramid (BoP), lack affordable access to goods and services that could dramatically improve the quality their lives. Despite decades of effort and billions of dollars invested, we have found that we cannot donate our way out of poverty. These efforts must be complemented by an expanded role for business.
Results from the field demonstrate that business can deliver value and impact to the BoP, and that the potential to do so profitably is enormous. Yet unleashing the full promise of creating sustainable and scalable businesses that truly alleviate poverty remains elusive. In particular, enterprise leaders have lacked a holistic roadmap that guides their journey to sustainability at scale.
The focus of this talk is on better understanding the opportunities and challenges in building successful businesses that target some of world’s poorest citizens. This includes discussing the Sustainability at Scale toolkit, designed to empower enterprise leaders with actionable strategies, frameworks and processes as they navigate the complexities of an unfamiliar and impoverished market environment.
Ted London, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Senior Research Fellow at the William Davidson Institute, is an internationally recognized scholar for his work at the intersection of business strategy and poverty alleviation. His research focuses on strategies for scaling impact in low-income markets, capabilities for building cross-sector collaborations, and practices for assessing and enhancing poverty-reduction outcomes. Dr. London has published extensively, serves on several advisory boards, and shares his latest work in venues across the globe. He has also advised dozens of leadership teams in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In 2016, he received the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award, which recognized his long-standing contributions to and impact on the development of inclusive business and how it is taught in the classroom.
His latest book, The Base of the Pyramid Promise: Building Businesses with Impact and Scale, translates over 25 years of research and field-based experience into actionable strategies, frameworks, and tools for developing sustainable, scalable enterprises in BoP markets.
The President’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series offers a wide-ranging selection of events annually. These events are designed to appeal to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and our community in Northeast Oklahoma.
Business Professional Attire (men in slacks, coats, and ties; women in business suits or dresses and jackets)
ORU Global Learning Center (Auditorium)
The ORU Global Learning Center is attached to the east side of the Mabee Center (click here to see more).
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All Ages FREE*
*Must present a FREE ticket to enter (including ORU faculty, staff, and students)
*FREE tickets available online & in-person ONLY at the Mabee Center Box Office in the North Lobby
*Mabee Center’s Box Office in the North Lobby will be open until 5pm on 1/31/18 (day-of) for Will Call pick-up and for FREE advance tickets
*All FREE advance tickets will be available until 5pm on January 31st
*Entry for this event will be at the Global Learning Center entrance ONLY
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