U.S. Corporations in the Recovery and Beyond

What is the Corporate Role in an Economic Comeback?

Following is the agenda from the conference held on April 22 and 23 at The New School with links to speakers’ presentations and related work. We will continue to post relevant articles and work to continue the dialogue begun during the event.

Thursday, April 22 Welcome by Conference Organizers Bill Lazonick and Will Milberg

Panel 1: Corporate Investment, Innovation, and Job Creation Moderator: Will Milberg, New School for Social Research Panelists: Susan Helper, Case Western Reserve University “Helping Manufacturing Can Help the Rest of the Economy” “Dis-integration of Production and the Role of Institutions in the US Auto Industry” “Renewing U.S. Manufacturing; Promoting a High-Road Strategy” “Can Price Hikes Save GM?” Presentation Slides

Michael Mandel, Visible Economy LLC Presentation Slides
Martyn Roetter, MFR Consulting Presentation Slides
Christian Weller, University of Massachusetts Boston (CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS)
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John Zysman, University of California, Berkeley “The Digital Transformation of Services: From Economic Sinkhole to Productivity Driver
“The State in A Double Bind: Staying Wealthy in a Changing Global Economy” Presentation Slides

Panel 2: Sustainable Human Resource Practices Moderator: Louis Uchitelle, New York Times Panelists: Mary Adams, Intellectual Capital Advisors “Management 2.0: Leveraging the Growing Intangible Side of Business” Response to Panel Discussion: “The Role of the Intangibles Information Gap in the Financialization of the American Corporation”
Rosemary Batt, Cornell University Presentation Slides
Al Cotton and Jim Elliott of Nypro Inc. Presentation Summary

Reception with Welcome by Bob Kerrey, President of The New School

Friday, April 23

Panel 3: Managing Globalization Moderator: Dan Breznitz, Georgia Institute of Technology Panelists: Ronil Hira, Rochester Institute of Technology “Bridge to Immigration or Cheap Temporary Labor?” “Outsourcing America’s Technology & Knowledge Jobs” Presentation Slides
Susan Houseman, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Presentation Slides
William Milberg, Schwartz Center, New School for Social Research “Financialisation and the Dynamics of Offshoring in the U.S.” Presentation Slides
Tim Sturgeon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Presentation Slides

Panel 4: Executive Compensation and Corporate Performance Moderator: Devin Leonard, contributor to the New York Times Panelists: Joseph Blasi, Rutgers University Presentation Slides
Ray Carey, former CEO of ADT Inc.; Carey Center for Democratic Capitalism “Executive Compensation and Corporate Performance”
William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts and University of Bordeaux “Marketization, Globalization, Financialization: The Fragility of the U.S. Economy in an Era of Global Change”
“The Explosion of Executive Pay and the Erosion of American Prosperity”
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Robert Monks, founder, Lens Governance Advisors; publisher, ragmonks.blogspot.com “Corporate Governance Past Present & Future”

Panel 5: Corporate Financial Behavior and the Crisis Moderator: Jeff Madrick, SCEPA and Challenge Magazine Panelists: Eileen Appelbaum, Rutgers University Presentation Slides
Stephen Diamond, Santa Clara University “Beyond the Berle and Means Paradigm: Private Equity and the New Capitalist Order” “Can Institutional Economics Inform the Efficient Market Hypothesis?” Presentation Slides
Thomas Ferguson, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ralph Gomory, President Emeritus, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; New York University
Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Presentation Slides

Panel 6: Governing the Corporation Moderator: Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation Panelists:

Fred Block, University of California Davis (CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS) “A Corporation with a Conscience?”
Gerald Davis, University of Michigan “The Rise and Fall of Finance and the End of the Society of Organizations”
“After the Ownership Society: Another World is Possible” Presentation Slides
David Finegold, Rutgers University
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Charles Heckscher, Rutgers University

William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts and University of Bordeaux “The Chandlerian Corporation and the Theory of Innovative Enterprise” “The Rise and Demise of Lucent Technologies” Presentation Slides

Barry Lynn, New America Foundation