Chicago GSB Alumni Club – Strategic Management Practices Issues Group

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

April 18, 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 the April meeting is the strategic implications of Going Green, how companies large and small are responding to higher energy costs, tighter regulations, shortages of natural resources, and pressure from environmentally oriented stakeholders.


CharterMast Partners LLC
11 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Smart companies are responding to the opportunities presented by increased concern for the environment while at the same time reducing their own negative impact to get ahead of the regulators and gain competitive edge. Wal-Mart is demanding that its suppliers reduce waste and improve energy efficiency, and GE is selling off its plastics business to focus on environmental goods and services. What are the strategic advantages and pitfalls of Going Green? What is marketing hype vs. fundamental long-term change? This month’s featured article is available at There is no charge, but you may be asked to register. Please read the article ahead of time and come ready to share your thoughts as the key to the success of this event is your participation! For additional background you may also want to read “ When Addressing Climate Change Is Good Business” by Suzanne Charlé published in Strategy+Business 2/20/07 Our past topics have included: closing the gap between strategy and execution, participative management, innovation, how successful leaders think and leadership. Future articles will explore additional areas of strategy. Suggestions for future articles or future topics are welcome. Please send your information to This is a discussion event and will not include 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: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17 and November 21. It is important that this group stays in compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding the protection of intellectual property and copyrights. Accordingly, we are not able to provide copies of articles that are discussed, but we do direct you to sources where these articles are available either for free or for purchase. Most sites that provide articles in downloadable format stipulate that these articles are for personal use only and not for distribution to others. Please respect whatever limitations or conditions are attached to the articles you download.


No Charge


Register Online
Include your email address when registering. It is needed for the email confirmations which will be provided on or before April 16. If you need to cancel, email Dennis Aust at so that we may give your seat to someone else.

Deadline: 4/15/2008


Dennis Aust 


Other Information

If you need to cancel, email Dennis Aust at In order 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 April 11. Please feel free to bring coffee and/or breakfast to enjoy during the discussion.