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.
As part of the Business of Learning Speaker Series, cultural anthropologist Karen Ho will share her perspective on how the broader shifts in finance have not only changed corporate America, but changed work and employment as we know it.
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, is based on three years of fieldwork among investment bankers and major financial institutions. It has won two Honorable Mentions from the Society for Cultural Anthropology and the Society for the Anthropology of North America.
The Business of Learning Speaker Series
"Millennials, Short-Termism, and the Changing Culture of Corporate America," by University of Minnesota Associate Professor of Anthropology Karen Ho
February 5, 2015
$25 includes hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and parking voucher