San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
We are pleased to announce this semester’s Fletcher Reads the Newspaper, which convenes a group of interdisciplinary Fletcher experts around a single business-related current news topic. This is a platform for integrating the business skills and contextual knowledge that are central to a Fletcher business education, where panelists and audience members participate in examining the problem – and the solutions – through multiple disciplinary lenses.
Can a Business Head Make a Good Head of State?
Wednesday, November 2
Dan Drezner, Professor of International Politics
Alnoor Ebrahim, Associate Professor of Management
Deborah Nutter, Senior Associate Dean & Professor of Practice
Moderated by Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean of International Business and Finance
Join us on November 2nd as we join the already considerable chatter surrounding the presidential election, but from a distinctly multi-disciplinary Fletcher perspective. We want to know: Can a business head make a good head of state?
When asked what makes Donald Trump qualified to be POTUS, supporters are quick to name his success as a business mogul. This isn’t the first time a business leader has been positioned as the leader of a major political party. From Mitt Romney’s campaign back through George W. Bush, Truman, and Hoover, many have sought to market their business acumen to the American electorate – both in the US and elsewhere. But how does leadership in the board room ultimately translate to the Oval Office? If business success can be measured in financial returns, can public service success be measured in public goods? Are the diplomatic skills employed by the head of a company different or similar to those needed by a head of a state? And if there are transferable skills that are key to both corporate success and policy success, what would they be? Are there examples from outside the U.S. that help inform these questions?
The evening will open with insights and observations from the panel, followed by audience discussions and feedback from the experts. Participants should prepare by reading the articles below in advance, and come ready to engage and problem-solve!
2. Trump’s a Businessman. Where’s His Business Backing? | New York Times
4. Will Businessman Trump Make a Great President Trump? | Huffington Post
5. The Pitfalls of a CEO President | US News