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RSM Seminar | Prof Hari Bapuji

RSM Seminar | Prof Hari Bapuji

Corona crisis and inequality: Why management research needs a societal turn

As the world struggles to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the stark inequalities in our societies have been laid bare, and the interplay between organizations and societies has also become evident yet again. This crisis underscores the need for management scholars to take a societal turn and examine how organizational practices interact with societal economic inequality. Further, it highlights an opportunity to study business and societal responses and learn from them to address societal grand challenges.

My presentation will discuss these aspects, primarily based on a forthcoming article in Journal of Management and an editorial in Business & Society.

  • BAPUJI, Hari; PATEL, Charmi; ERTUG, Gokhan; and ALLEN, David G.. Corona crisis and inequality: Why management research needs a societal turn. (2020). Journal of Management. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business. Available at: https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/lkcsb_research/6552
  • Bapuji, H., de Bakker, F., Brown, J., Rehbein, K., Spicer, A. (2020). Business and Society Research in the Times of the Corona Crisis. Business & Society. (in press)


Hari Bapuji is a Professor of strategic management and international business at the University of Melbourne (Australia). His research is predominantly focused on how economic inequality affects organizations, and vice versa. His research appeared in leading management journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Operations Management, Academy of Management Annals, Human Relations, Business and Society, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Ethics, and has also been noted for its impact on practice and policy. He currently serves as a CoEditor at Business & Society and as a special issue guest editor for Journal of Business Ethics and International Journal of Management Reviews.

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