Chicago GSB Alumni Club – Strategic Management Practices Issues Group

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

March 21, 2008: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Start your Friday morning by updating your MBA, discussing the latest management concepts, sharing insights with fellow GSB alums, extending your network and still make it to the office by 9 AM. These discussion sessions are designed to provide a highly interactive, engaging forum of particular value to alumni responsible for developing, influencing or executing enterprise strategies and policies. The Strategic Business Practices Issue Group consists of a series of monthly small group discussions bringing a practical focus to current research in business strategy, organizational design, and general management practices. This group is all about participation and making connections while learning about the latest management concepts. A differentiating feature of this group is the focus on engaging member dialogue while creating community and connectedness across the members. (There is no invited speaker or formal presentation.) The facilitated discussion starts with reactions to a selected background reading (available online from a leading strategy, business, or academic publication) before branching out into a broader exploration of the topic as participants share their own personal and practical experience of what works, what doesn’t, and how to tell the difference. Our topic for March will be: “Why Wait for Trouble”, three vital questions that can keep the turnaround specialists away. A timely topic for all business leaders as the US economy threatens to enter a recession.


CharterMast Partners LLC
11 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

As the US economy threatens to enter a recession, acceptable performance requires getting the most out of your organization. The alternative can be a devastating downtrend from which the only exit may be an expensive and disruptive turnaround. Join us as we discuss one expert's (KKR's Kenneth Freeman) prescription for keeping the turnaround experts away from your door. This month's featured article, "Why Wait for Trouble" from the Summer 2007 issue of Strategy+Business, can be downloaded at no cost from (Free registration is required.) Please be sure to read the article ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. Come ready to share your thoughts as the key to the success of this event is your participation! Our past topics have included: participative management, closing the gap between strategy and execution, innovation and how successful leaders think. Future articles will explore additional areas of strategy. Suggestions for future articles or future topics are welcome. Please send your information to Topics and articles for future meetings are decided on a month-by-month basis. This is a discussion event and will not present a featured speaker. Meetings are usually held on the third Friday of the month in the 11 South LaSalle Building. Meetings in 2008 will be: April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17 and November 21.


No Charge


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Email confirmations will be provided on or before March 19.

Deadline: 3/18/2008


Dennis Aust 


Other Information

Because of limited space, and to provide sufficient opportunity for everyone to participate, attendance is strictly limited to 20 people. If this event is oversubscribed, priority will be given to GSB Alumni Club members who RSVP before March 14. Please feel free to bring coffee and/or breakfast to enjoy during the discussion.