Positive Links Speaker Series
Impact at scale: Fulfilling the base of the pyramid promise
January 24, 2017
Free and open to the public; reception to follow.
Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ann Arbor
Vice President, Scale Impact Initiative, William Davidson Institute; Faculty, Michigan Ross
About the talk
While business can play an important role in addressing society’s grand challenges, enterprise leaders and their partners have yet to fully deliver on this promise. To fulfill these aspirations, we must challenge embedded assumptions and provide business leaders with actionable strategies and tools for achieving impact at scale. Focusing on the base of the pyramid – which includes the four billion poorest people on this planet – Ted London will draw from his new book to present a roadmap for building sustainable, scalable businesses that generate positive impacts for companies and move us toward a more equitable and inclusive global society.
An internationally recognized expert on the intersection of business strategy and poverty alleviation, Ted London focuses his research on developing enterprise strategies for base of the pyramid (BoP) markets, building cross-sector collaborations, and enhancing mutual value creation.
He has published extensively with an emphasis on creating new knowledge with important actionable outcomes, serves on several advisory boards, and shares his latest work in venues across the globe. He has also advised dozens of leadership teams in the corporate, non-profit, and development sectors on developing sustainable and scalable BoP impact enterprises.
Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, London was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, where he received his PhD in strategic management. He has also held senior management positions in the private, non-profit, and development sectors in Africa, Asia, and the U.S.
His latest book, The Base of the Pyramid Promise: Building Businesses with Impact and Scale, translates over 25 years of research and field-based experience into actionable strategies, frameworks, and tools for developing sustainable, scalable enterprises in BoP markets.
Winter 2017 Positive Links Speaker Series host
Jane Dutton, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations; Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology
The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Learning & Professional Development, Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane and Paul Jones (MBA ‘75), for their support of the 2016-17 Positive Links Speaker Series.