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#105 - Business In Society: Part 1 - What is the role of business?

By Michigan Ross

It's said that the world's largest corporations have more money and more power than most countries on Earth - but does that mean they are obligated to be good stewards? Are the economic incentives of socially conscious business strong enough to make it an imperative? Or - should the bottom line and shareholder value be the only measure by which we evaluate business success? These are big questions being played out in the press and the business world every day. Today, we talk with two professors at Michigan Ross School of Business who have some differing views on what role businesses should play in society. This is our first two-part episode. Part two will focus on ways MBA students can get involved in socially conscious work while students and dissect the ways MBAs can make an impact in the work force after graduation. We want to hear your feedback. What do you like about the show, what can we improve, what would you like us to talk about? Leave a review to let us know, or you can reach us at BBUPodcast@umich.edu. Business Beyond Usual is brought to you by the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Michigan Ross Student Government Association. Host: Ramaswamy Annamalai Panelists: Blake van Fleteren, Brianna Brazell Producers: Christopher Ankney, Ramaswamy Annamalai Executive Producers: Jerry Won, Heather Byrne, Maria Karpiel Audio Engineering / Editing: Jonah Brockman Copyright 2017 - University of Michigan

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