Conference Schedule - 2020

Management Conference will be held April 24, 2020. Check back often for details. Registration opens January 2020.

Dean’s Address

Noon, Fairmont Hotel, Imperial Ballroom

Welcome remarks by Madhav Rajan, dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting at Chicago Booth.

Keynote Conversation

12:35 p.m.: Keynote Conversation

Keynote conversation with William E. Conway Jr., ’74, cofounder and co-executive chairman, Carlyle Group. Moderated by Steven Neil Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Gleacher Center

Attendees will walk to Gleacher Center, 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago. Please note that shuttles will not be provided between the two locations.


2–2:15 p.m.

First Breakout Sessions

2:15–3:30 p.m., Gleacher Center

Ellen A. Rudnick, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • Jason C. Brown, ’09, Founder & CEO, Tally Technologies
  • Jai Das, ’99, President & Managing Director, Sapphire Ventures
  • Nicole P. Farb, ’09, Cofounder, Darby Smart
  • JP Gan, ’99, Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Capital 
  • Rattan L. Khosa, '79, President & Founder, Amsysco Inc. 

Robert H. Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; John Edwardson Faculty Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • Kevin Connelly, ’79, Chief Executive Officer, Spencer Stuart
  • Kunal Kapoor, ’04, Chief Executive Officer, Morningstar, Inc.
  • Scott Myers, '94, Chairman, President and CEO, Rainier Therapeutics 

Anil Kashyap, Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance, moderates a discussion featuring:

We live in an age of paradox. New technologies match or surpass human-level performance in more and more settings, yet measured productivity growth has declined by half over the past decade, and real incomes have stagnated since the late 1990s for a majority of Americans. Syverson will describe four potential explanations for this clash of expectations and statistics: false hopes, mismeasurement, redistribution, and implementation lags. While a case can be made for each explanation, Syverson argues that lags have likely been the biggest contributor to the paradox. The most impressive capabilities of new technologies, particularly those based on machine learning, have not yet diffused widely. More importantly, their full effects won’t be realized until waves of complementary innovations are developed and implemented.

Presenter: Chad Syverson, Eli B. and Harriet B. Williams Professor of Economics

Some management theorists posit that an organization's "culture" is a far more important and durable advantage than its strategy. To solve this riddle we begin by wondering how to define culture. Can we measure it? Where do we observe it? Is it a forward-looking, coincident, or trailing indicator of organization success? To solve this intriguing puzzle we will use stories from antiquity as a starting point. Examples will be drawn from modern businesses over several decades of observation to answer the questions posed.

Presenter: James E. Schrager, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

Christopher McGowan, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, moderates a discussion featuring:

It is hard to name a sector that will not be dramatically affected by artificial intelligence (or machine learning). Yet learning about this new technology is not easy: most courses and books teach a watered-down version of what engineers should know. Just as knowing how an engine works is neither necessary nor sufficient to understanding how to drive, an engineering understanding is not what a businessperson looking to deploy these tools needs. This tutorial provides a functional, rather than mechanistic, understanding of artificial intelligence. It will give a brief taste of how one might identify use cases and/or recognize bogus claims.

Presenter: Sendhil Mullainathan, Roman Family University Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science


3:30–3:45 p.m.

Second Breakout Sessions

3:45–5 p.m., Gleacher Center

Ralph S.J. Koijen, AQR Capital Management Professor of Finance and Fama Faculty Fellow, moderates a discussion featuring:

Douglas J. Skinner, Deputy Dean for Faculty and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting, moderates a discussion featuring:

Chicago Booth professor of behavioral science Jane Risen is an expert in stereotyping and prejudice. She will present her findings on friendship formation, based on her research at a summer camp that aims to reduce intergroup conflict between Israeli and Palestinian teens. She will share her results highlighting the importance of meaningful, shared experiences, and discuss how repeated and intimate interactions can help us form friendships that overcome our divisions.

Presenter: Jane L. Risen, Professor of Behavioral Science and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow

Machine-learning algorithms are rapidly increasing the ability for computers to perform some types of cognitive tasks, and also helping machines become better at performing physical tasks. These developments have caused observers to worry that we have finally reached the age when technology will create mass unemployment. Hear clinical professor of economics Michael Gibbs discuss these developments, the implications for public policy, and which jobs are at high risk of automation.

Presenter: Michael Gibbs, Clinical Professor of Economics

Professor Budish will describe his recent research paper, "The Economic Limits of Bitcoin and the Blockchain," which uses just a few simple economic ideas to show that Bitcoin, while ingenious, is economically limited. For Bitcoin to become an important part of the global financial system, it would either have to get dramatically more expensive to utilize (and it is already expensive at 0.3 percent of global energy) or it will get attacked. He will also describe some of the open research questions about blockchains.

 Presenter: Eric Budish, Professor of Economics


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