Business of Learning

Millennials, Short-Termism, and the Changing Culture of Corporate America

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Carlson School of Management, Private Dining Room
$25 includes hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and parking voucher

5:30 – 6:00           Hors d'oeuvres & drinks
6:00 – 7:00           Presentation

Over the past three decades, a financially driven “culture of liquidity” and short-termism have catalyzed corporate restructuring within organizations, and are creating very new cultures of employment for the millennial generation and beyond. Long-term strategic thinking and action at the corporate level have been narrowed by quarterly expectations and short-term financial models, which have had intended and unintended effects on institutional stability and workforce productivity. Though habituated to this environment, millennials must nonetheless navigate constant change, insecurity, and possibility. 

Cultural anthropologist Karen Ho, Ph.D., who prior to getting her degree worked as an internal management consultant at Bankers Trust, shares her extensive research on how the broader shifts in finance have not only changed corporate America, but also changed work and employment as we know it.

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About the Presenter

Karen Ho
Karen Ho is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota.  Her research centers on understanding and analyzing the culture of finance and financial institutions, its impact on corporate America as well as on broader norms of work, employment, and insecurity.  Her ethnography, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (Duke University Press, 2009), based on three years of fieldwork among investment bankers and major financial institutions, has won two Honorable Mentions from the Society for Cultural Anthropology and the Society for the Anthropology of North America.