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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

How are Successful Companies and Successful Universities Alike?

Richard E. Boyatzis, Ph.D. - Distinguished University Professor and H. R. Horvitz Chair of Family Business, Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University
Friday November 11, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

We tend to think that universities have a distinct mission (such as "research," "teaching," or "extending and preserving knowledge") but that all for-profit organizations have a generic mission, namely making money. Yet the profit-motive is too generic to tell managers how to define their organizations' tasks, motivate employees, or represent their organization to the public. And universities certainly have to worry about their financial positions. How different, then, are the tasks of leading either businesses or universities?

Professor Boyatzis argues that a leader, executive or manager is only effective if he or she has shown adaptability over the long term and is seen as a major contributor by multiple stakeholders around him or her - such as employees, customers/clients/students/patients, investors, vendors/suppliers, and the community at large as well as specifically. What might this mean in practice? Join us for a discussion that could help us think about both the business world and universities.

Very best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Using his well-established Intentional Change Theory (ICT) and complexity theory, Richard Boyatzis has continued to research how people and organizations engage in sustainable, desired change. The theory predicts how changes occur in different groups of human organizations, including team, community, country and global change. Ongoing research supporting this theory includes developing new and better measures of an individual’s emotional, social and cognitive intelligence as well as studies that demonstrate the relationship between these abilities and performance. the latest research includes fMRI studies to establish neuro-endocrine arousal of coaching to the Positive Emotional Attractor and resonant leadership.

Where We Meet

This year the Friday Public Affairs Lunch will convene each Friday when classes are in session in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. There is also on-street parking on both East Drive and Bellflower. Both are fairly short walks from the library.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

November 18: Wikipedia in the University.  Peter Shulman, Assistant Professor of History.
Special Location: The Guilford Lounge, First Floor of Guilford House

November 25: No Session - Thanksgiving Break

December 2: University Circle Update. Steven Litt, Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 9: Outsourcing and Offshoring Legal Services.  Cassandra Burke Robertson, Associate Professor of Law

November 7, 2011

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Upcoming Events

The Noise of Democracy Occupying Our Minds

Featured Guest: Jeff Sharlet, Mellon Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College, Ford Auditorium, Case Western Reserve University, Wednesday, November 9th, 2011, 5:30 p.m., Corner of Adelbert Road and Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Free and Open to the Public. Light refreshments will be served.

Jeff Sharlet will discuss the contents of his new book, Sweet Heaven When I Die and shares his insights on the extremists inside and outside of religious movements in the U.S. today. Excerpts from Sharlet’s 2010 book, C Street received the Molly Ivins Prize, the Thomas Jefferson Award, and the Outspoken Award.

Sharlet is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and Rolling Stone. He has been a reporter for the San Diego Reader; editor of Pakn Treger, the world’s only English-language glossy magazine about Yiddish culture, and a senior humanities writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In 2000, Sharlet teamed up with novelist Peter Manseau to create KillingTheBuddha.com, which has since become an award-winning online literary magazine about religion and spirituality. That led to a year on the road for Sharlet and Manseau, investigating the varieties of religious experience in America, including a cowboy church in Texas, witches in Kansas, a Pentecostal exorcism for a terrorist in North Carolina, an electric chair gospel choir in Florida. Publishers Weekly described the book that resulted, Killing the Buddha (Free Press, 2004), as “perhaps the most original and insightful spiritual writing to come out of America since Jack Kerouac first hit the road.” In 2009, Sharlet and Manseau collected the best of Killing the Buddha, the magazine, into Believer, Beware, which Pop Matters described as a book of “cumulative power… it’s easy to imagine these essays as a film by Errol Morris, or as episodes of This American Life.”

E-Health Hazards: Provider Liability and Electronic Health Records

Featured Guest: Sharona Hoffman Professor of Law and Bioethics Co-Director, Law-Medicine Center Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Electronic health record (EHR) systems are becoming a fixture in medical facilities. All attorneys who serve health care providers must understand the legal implications of health information technology use. The potential benefits of computerization are substantial, but EHR systems also give rise to new medical error risks and liability concerns for health care providers. This talk will analyze the potential hazards associated with use of this complex and important technology in the clinical setting. These relate to the systems’ usability, safety, and security.

While EHR technology can enhance treatment outcomes, it might, in some circumstances, endanger patient welfare or strain the physician-patient relationship.

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