Philosophical Paradigms in Business: A Long View of Two Cultures

The Philosophy Dept. presents a lecture by Rebecca Wayland, MBA, PhD

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Large Conference Room, 1 Bowdoin Square, 6th Floor

Suffolk University's Philosophy Department presents a Pearl Lecture in Philosophy and Public Affairs, "Philosophical Paradigms in Business: A Long View of Two Cultures," by Rebecca Wayland, MBA, PhD.

Calling for an end to the partisanship that divides philosophy and business, Rebecca Wayland explores how taking a long view reveals a deep interdependence between the two cultures.  Based on over 20 years of experiences consulting with Fortune 100 companies, non-profits and educational institutions, Dr. Wayland discusses how scenario-based thinking combines philosophical appraches with traditional analytic techniques to provide a more dynamic and diverse view of future issues, opportunities and risks.  This holistic approach assesses potential social, technological, economic, environmental and political changes with the goal of supporting better decisions and creating more desirable futures for organizations, societies, and individuals. 

Rebecca Wayland has a PhD in Philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  She has worked with clients to explore the Future of U.S. Higher Education, the Future of the Internet, the Future of Risk, the Future of Oil & Gas, and the Future of Successful Automobiles.

Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact Professor Cherkasova at

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