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Changing Cultures of Competitiveness: Financialization of Competitiveness

Date: 25 April 2008 Time: 0.00-00.00 pm

Financial markets are now key in framing the ways in which corporate competitiveness is understood and measured. This 'financialization of competitiveness' is, however, somewhat ambiguous, uncertain and contested. The privileged place of finance in setting the parameters for competitiveness would seem to be manifest in the drive to deliver shareholder value, and in corporate governance reforms that further institute the power of shareholders over managers and workers. Nonetheless, the extent to which shareholder value has become embedded and embodied in corporate practice and management is open to question. Corporate governance reform has also received support from pension funds, as processes of financialization feed concerns with ethical investment and shareholder activism that advance corporate social responsibility.

The Financialization of Competitiveness is the second in a series of seminars, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, entitled 'Changing Cultures of Competitiveness'

The programme for the day will begin at 11am. Keynote debates either side of lunch will be followed by breakout paper presentations from mid-afternoon. Confirmed keynote speakers include Rob Aitken (University of Alberta), Shaun French (University of Nottingham), Matthew Watson (University of Warwick), and Karel Williams (University of Manchester).

All those interested in presenting a paper should submit a title and short abstract to by 1st February 2008.

Academics, postgraduates, and practitioners are invited to attend and participate in a seminar that will subject the financialization of competitiveness to critical scrutiny. Attendance at the seminar is free. Places are limited, however, so please contact to reserve your place as soon as possible. Travel grants are available for UK postgraduate participants and practitioners.

Date: 25th April 2008

Venue: Northumbria University, School of Arts and Social Sciences

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Ngai-Ling Sum

Organising departments and research centres: Politics and International Relations


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