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Knowledge@Wharton: November 9, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Brian Vandermark (Teacher, Author, United States Naval Academy), Harley Shaiken (Professor, Berkeley Graduate School of Education), Will Johnston (Founder and Executive Director, The MicroLife Institute), Michael Cusumano (Professor of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Timothy Hubbard (Assistant Professor of Management, University of Notre Dame), Stephanie Creary (Assistant Professor of Management Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), and Robert Reed (Senior Director, Southface) on the Friday, November 9, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Robert Reed and Will Johnston

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Will Johnston, Robert Reed

Michael Cusumano and Timothy Hubbard

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Michael Cusumano, Timothy Hubbard

Stephanie Creary and Harley Shaiken

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Harley Shaiken, Stephanie Creary

Brian Vandemark

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Brian Vandermark

Featured Guests

Brian Vandermark

Teacher, Author, United States Naval Academy


Brian VanDeMark teaches history at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis.[1] VanDeMark attended the honors college of the University of Texas, Austin (Plan II), where he received his B.A. in 1981, then his M.A. in 1983 under the direction of Robert Divine. He subsequently attended UCLA, where he received his Ph.D. under the direction of Robert Dallek in 1988. In 1987-1990, VanDeMark served as research assistant to Clark Clifford and Richard Holbrooke in the preparation of Clifford’s best-selling memoir, Counsel to the President. VanDeMark has taught at Annapolis since 1990. In 1991, he published Into the Quagmire: Lyndon Johnson and the Escalation of the Vietnam War.[2] In 1995, he co-authored Robert McNamara’s #1 best-selling memoir of the Vietnam War, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam.[3] In Retrospect became the basis of Errol Morris’s Academy Award-winning documentary film, “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara”.[4]. In 1999-2000, VanDeMark served as Freeman Professor of American History at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing China. In the spring of 2002, he was elected a Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. In 2005, he published a collective biography of the Manhattan Project scientists, Pandora’s Keepers: Nine Men and the Atomic Bomb (Little, Brown, Back Bay Books). In 2012, VanDeMark published American Sheikhs: Two Families, Four Generations, and the Story of America’s Influence in the Middle East, which Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Kai Bird praised as a “highly original contribution to our understanding of America’s troubling relationship with the Middle East.”[5] In September 2018, he returned to the subject of Vietnam with the publication of Road to Disaster: A New History of America’s Descent Into Vietnam (HarperCollins).

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Harley Shaiken

Professor, Berkeley Graduate School of Education


Class of 1930 Professor of Letters and Science, Graduate School of Education and the Department of Geography and Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley

Harley Shaiken is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education and is a member of the Department of Geography at Berkeley where he specializes on issues of work, technology, and global production. He was formerly on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego (1986-1993).

Prior to joining the UC faculty, he was a Research Associate in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1981 to 1986 and in 1980 was a post doctoral fellow in the STS program at MIT. He is the author of three books: Work Transformed: Automation and Labor in the Computer Age; Automation and Global Production; and Mexico in the Global Economy, as well as numerous articles and reports in both scholarly and popular journals.

He is an advisor on trade and labor issues to public and private organizations and leading members of the United States Congress. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Center for American Progress and the Latin American Program of the Open Society Institute.
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Will Johnston

Founder and Executive Director, The MicroLife Institute


Will Johnston, the Executive Director of the MicroLife Institute, is a thought leader and innovator in the microliving world. Over the past four years his organization has enabled policy change and brought acceptance of micro structures in the Southeast through events, projects and advocacy. His philosophy is allowing people to think outside the box by putting them in one.
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Michael Cusumano

Professor of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. Previously he held a joint appointment in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. During 2016-17, he has been on leave and serving as Vice President and Dean at the Tokyo University of Science. Professor Cusumano specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in computer software as well as automobiles and consumer electronics. He has recently taught Software & Internet Entrepreneurship as well as Advanced Strategic Management.

Professor Cusumano received a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1984. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Production and Operations Management at the Harvard Business School during 1984-86. He is fluent in Japanese and has lived and worked in Japan for some eight years, with two Fulbright Fellowships and a Japan Foundation Fellowship for studying at Tokyo University. He has been a visiting professor at Imperial College, Tokyo University, Hitotsubashi University, the University of St. Gallen, University of Maryland, and Ludwig Maximilians University. He has consulted and lectured for nearly 100 companies and organizations, including Alcatel, Amadeus, AOL, ARM, AT&T, BMC Software, Business Objects, Cisco, Ericsson, Fiat, Ford, Fujitsu, GE, Fidelity, Hitachi, Huawei, i2 Technologies, IBM, Intel, Liberty Mutual, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, NASA, NEC, Nokia, NTT Data, Philips, Robert Bosch, Schlumberger, Siemens, Texas Instruments, Toyota, Toshiba, and Verizon. He is a former director of Patni Computer Systems (sold in 2011 for $1.2 billion). He is a current director of Fixstars Corp. http://www.fixstars.com/en/ (Tokyo Stock Exchange listing 3687.T), a Japanese developer of high-performance software applications and storage products; DataXylo https://dataxylo.com/, a predictive analytics company operating out of Cambridge, MA; and Swipesumo http://www.swipesumo.com/, a payments processing company based in India. He has served as editor-in-chief and chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review and writes regularly on Technology Strategy and Management for Communications of the ACM. In 2009, he was named one of the most influential people in technology and IT by Silicon.com.

Professor Cusumano has published 13 books and more than 120 articles and columns. His latest book is Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs (2015, with D. Yoffie), has been translated into 17 languages and received wide media coverage from CNBC, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Fast Company, and other media outlets. Other books include Staying Power (2010), based on the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures and named one of the top books of 2011 by Strategy + Business magazine; and The Business of Software (2004), also named one of the best books of the year in Strategy + Business. His book Microsoft Secrets (1995, with R. Selby) was a path-breaking study of Microsoft’s strategy, internal organization, and approach to product development, and has sold some 150,000 copies in 14 languages. Platform Leadership (2002, with A. Gawer) examines the emergence of industry-wide platforms and ecosystem-based competition. Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and its Battle with Microsoft (1998, with D. Yoffie), was named one of the top 10 business books of 1998 by Business Week and Amazon.com and played a central role in the Microsoft anti-trust trial.
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Timothy Hubbard

Assistant Professor of Management, University of Notre Dame


Tim Hubbard is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Mendoza College of Business. Tim’s research focuses on strategic leadership, with a particular emphasis on behavioral strategy. He leverages experimental methods to better understand executive behaviors. Some specific topics he researches include CEO personality, CEO dismissal, corporate social responsibility, and firm reputation. Prior to entering academia, Tim worked in a number of positions for Caterpillar and as a Senior Strategy Consultant for IBM, where his clients included General Motors, DuPont, and Royal Dutch Shell—among others. His research appears in top journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Management Studies. His research has been featured in over 40 media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio (NPR), Financial Times, Market Watch, and Fox Business News. Tim teaches undergraduate Strategic Management courses. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and also holds degrees from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the University of Illinois.

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Stephanie Creary

Assistant Professor of Management Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Professor Stephanie J. Creary is an identity and diversity scholar and field researcher. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Wharton People Analytics and a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI). A fundamental challenge in organizations lies in eliciting and learning from multiple perspectives and experiences while minimizing the conflict that can ensue when differences become more salient or when individuals are pressured to conceal valued aspects of themselves at work. Professor Creary’s research examines how workers manage this tension and engage their multiple identities in an enhancing way to cultivate positive identities and improve the quality of relationships across difference. She also examines how workers engage their different and sometimes conflicting experiences to promote change that is positive for their well-being and for their organization’s success. She investigates these phenomena in the contexts of diversity initiatives, socialization and professional training, and health care delivery.

Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Professor Creary was on the faculty of Cornell University. Prior to completing her PhD degree, she was a research associate at Harvard Business School and The Conference Board in NYC. She also has extensive work experience in the health care industry. Professor Creary has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; an MBA degree from Simmons School of Management; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
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Robert Reed

Senior Director, Southface


Robert E. Reed, III is the Senior Director at Southface Energy Institute, which promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.

Robert leads Southface’s Regenerative Places and Spaces team. Through community engagement and diverse partnerships, the Regenerative Places and Spaces team implements sustainability programs that range from residential homes to regional community planning, thereby improving the quality of life for residents regardless of income level. His leadership drives our communities towards Southface’s vision for a regenerative economy, responsible resource use and social equity through a healthy built environment for all.

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