Strategic Management Practices Issues Group

Gallup Consulting

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

November 20, 2009: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

The next Strategic Management Practices Discussion, sponsored by the Chicago Booth Club, will be held on Friday, November 20. These breakfast discussion sessions are held in the loop and are designed to be highly interactive, providing a forum of particular value to alumni responsible for developing, influencing or executing enterprise strategies and policies. Attendance is limited to 20 people so that everyone who attends will have ample opportunity to join the discussion. Meetings start promptly at 7:30AM and end promptly at 8:45AM. Start your Friday morning by updating your MBA, discussing the latest management concepts with fellow Booth alums, extending your network, and still make it to the office by 9AM. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE MOVING TO A NEW VENUE, BEGINNING WITH THE NOVEMBER 2009 SESSION! Jordan Katz has graciously arranged for us to use the meeting facilities at Gallup Consulting on Wacker Drive. Exact location details will be e-mailed to registered attendees prior to the meeting. BECAUSE OF BUILDING SECURITY PROCEDURES, ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH. We regret that we can no longer take any last-minute registrations or walk-ins. The building security staff requires a list of meeting participants one day before the event. If your name is not on the list of registered attendees, you will not be granted access to the building.


Loop/Wacker Drive
Exact address will be sent to registered attendees
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

This month’s discussion will focus on the concept of “freeconomics” (not to be confused with “freakonomics”) as a business model. The most visible proponent of this idea is Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine and author of the book and blog, "The Long Tail." Please read the following in preparation: You could read Anderson’s newest book, "Free, The Future of a Radical Price" (2009, Hyperion Books), but he is no longer giving it away! Instead, we suggest that you read the following article, written before the book was published: Part of the inspiration for Anderson’s idea comes from the definition of economics as the distribution of scarce resources. But is our concept of “scarce resources” too narrow? Here is current thinking on this related idea from Steven Horowitz, a professor of economics at St. Lawrence University. And finally, the Warton School offers some insights on their web site, including this article: Prior to the discussion, we will post several other (optional) articles of interest through the LinkedIn group. We look forward to seeing you – and hearing from you – on November 20th.


No Charge


Register Online
Because of building security at the meeting venue, all registrations must be complete by November 18. No last-minute registrations or walk-ins can be accommodated.

Deadline: 11/18/2009


Bob Rieder 


Other Information

There is no speaker at this event! The participants constitute the "panel," and everyone will have an opportunity to share their ideas.