Cass Summer Series

We may not be able to host live events this summer, but the Cass community of academics, business leaders and alumni are fully active online. Our calendar of webinars, podcasts and videos will guide you through this uncertain period with insights, advice and news on business and careers related topics.

Our Food for Thought series offers short interview and Q&A sessions with industry leaders every Wednesday at 1pm, Curious Careers is a series of bite-sized interviews showcasing the career and professional development opportunities available through Cass and Cass Perspectives is a series of masterclasses from Cass experts looking at the impact of Covid-19.

Food for Thought series

Bite-sized insights from Cass experts and industry leaders

A weekly webinar series hosted by Professor Andre Spicer, Dr Aneesh Banerjee, or Professor Caroline Wiertz.

We miss our Cass students, alumni, colleagues, and friends – that’s why we’ve created a new occasion for us to come together once a week and discuss important current affairs, our latest research, and insights from industry leaders. We promise to keep it short, every session will start with a 15-minute talk or interview, followed by 15-minute live Q&A with you.

Join us every Wednesday at 13:00 (BST) for your weekly serving of “Food for Thought”! Register to attend below.

Upcoming sessions

The care revolution: How our response to the coronavirus is our last chance to prevent ecologically driven societal collapse - 5th August

  • Guest: Dr Rupert Read, Spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia
  • Guest-hosted by Professor Bobby Banerjee

What?

Covid-19 has taught us how much our care for each other and for our society matters. Can that lesson be applied to the ecological crisis (that underlies the pandemic itself) too? The clock is ticking, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. This probably represents humanity’s very last chance to change course away from eco-induced societal collapse. The opportunities to reset do not come along often – not even once in a decade. Therefore, by the time the next one comes around, it will be too late. What can we do to ensure we don’t miss this opportunity?

Who?

Rupert Read is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is a former chair of the Green House think tank and is a former Green Party of England and Wales councillor, spokesperson, European parliamentary candidate and national parliamentary candidate. He is currently a national UK spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. In his spare time, Rupert enjoys working on his allotment.

Bobby Banerjee is Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Research & Enterprise at the business school at City, University of London. He writes a bit, talks a lot and dreams of not zooming some day.

What are the implications of changing a name? - 12th August

Please note that this webinar is longer than usual, from 13.00-14.30 BST

  • Guests: Prof Derek Alderman (University of Tennessee), Prof Mary Ann Glynn (Boston College), Dr Marius Luedicke (Business School – formerly Cass), Prof Corrado Giulietti (University of Southampton), and Prof Simon Duncan (University of Bradford)
    Hosted by Prof Andre Spicer & Prof Caroline Wiertz

What?

If we have learned one thing these past weeks, it’s that names are important. They are important to our identity, they are important as sites of power struggles, they are important as signifiers of our culture, and they are important as brands. As a result, changing a name is a complex process that provokes strong reactions. Our community is experiencing this first hand right now since the announcement that we are dropping “Cass” from the business school’s name due to our former namesake’s historical links to slavery. As we contemplate the name change process ahead of us, we want to take a moment to pause and ask: What are the implications of changing a name?

We have assembled a fantastic interdisciplinary group of experts to examine this question from a cultural, historical, organisational, branding, economic, and individual identity perspective.

Who?

Our Guests

Derek Alderman is the Betty Lynn Hendrickson Professor of Social Science and Department Head of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a cultural and historical geographer. His research focuses on critical place name studies and using cultural struggles over the naming and renaming of public spaces as an important lens for understanding the unresolved place of race, memory, and identity in America. Professor Alderman will look at the cultural and historical implications of changing a name.

Mary Ann Glynn is the Joseph F. Cotter Professor of Management and a Professor of Sociology at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College. She is also the Director of Research of the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics. Her research interests are at the intersection of micro-level cognitive processes and cultural influences on identity, symbolism, and organisational leadership. Professor Glynn will look at the organisational implications of changing a name.

Marius K. Luedicke is Associate Professor / Reader at the Business School (formerly Cass). His research explores brands and contemporary consumer society with regards to consumer moralism, social conflicts, and acculturation. Dr Luedicke will look at the branding implications of changing a name.

Corrado Giulietti is Professor and Head of Economics at the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton. He is an applied economist working in the fields of Labour Economics and Development Economics with a particular interest in migration issues. Professor Giulietti will look at the economic implications of changing a name.

Simon Duncan is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Social Policy at the University of Bradford. He was Assistant Director of the LSE Gender Institute and Chair of the Network ‘Gender Inequality and the European Regions.’ His current research interests are in families, relationships, and personal life. Recent projects have examined living apart together (LAT), weddings, and marital name change. Professor Duncan will look at the individual identity implications of changing a name.

Our Hosts

Andre Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Business School (formerly Cass). He is author of The Stupidity Paradox, Business Bullsh*t, and Desperately Seeking Self Improvement. Friendly guy who likes chatting to people, so hosting a webinar series is a dream come true.

Caroline Wiertz is Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship at the Business School (formerly Cass). She specialises in consumer research, digital marketing and social media. Podcast addict who wanted to be a podcast host – but a webinar series will have to do for now.

Past events

Imagining work without the workplace - 3rd June

What?

As many employers are giving locked down workers permission not to return before 2021, it raises the question what work will feel like in an age of video calls and emails but limited emotional connection. Bruce believes that the golden age of the office is over, and we need to hurriedly build something that works in its absence.

Who?

Bruce Daisley is one of the UK's most influential voices on fixing work. His book was the UK's top selling business hardback of 2019 and is an international bestseller - translated into 14 languages. Previously he spent over a decade running Twitter and YouTube (the latter at Google) for Europe, leaving Twitter as its most senior leader outside of the US. He regularly posts about the disruption to work that awaits us.

Andre Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass. He is author of The Stupidity Paradox, Business Bullsh*t, and Desperate Seeking Self Improvement. Andre is a friendly guy who likes chatting to people, so hosting a webinar series is a dream come true.

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Loved it or loathed it? Lockdown lessons for dealing with irrevocable change - 10th June

What?

As we slowly exit the lockdown which drastically shaped our lives over the last two months, it’s the perfect time to look back on this extraordinary experience. As our everyday routines and norms got suspended while we were stuck at home, we soon realise that everyone experienced this unusual situation differently. While some found it to be a time to experiment with new skills, others felt completely lost. Laetitia will discuss how the concept of liminality can help us understand our experience during the lockdown and what we can learn from it for dealing with other situations that involve irrevocable change.

Who?

Laetitia Mimoun is Lecturer in Marketing at Cass. She specialises in consumer research, consumer identity and technology consumption and has been studying the concept of liminality for years. While she usually prefers audiobooks to podcasts, she decided to give it a go for this webinar series.

Caroline Wiertz is Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship at Cass. She specialises in consumer research, digital marketing and social media. She is addicted to podcasts and wanted to be a podcast host – but a webinar series will have to do for now.

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Business models for succeeding in the digital economy - 17th June

“Want to succeed in the digital economy? This is the business model you need.”

What?

In a time when face-to-face engagement is banned, online businesses have an advantage - that’s obvious. But why are some online businesses more successful than others? Paolo believes success comes from developing a better business model, and he’ll share with you what that should look like.

Who?

Paolo Aversa (@aversapaolo) is a passionate academic working on business models, digital transformation, innovation and adaptation. He has extensively published on these topics, but he is better known for his studies on Formula 1 – which are infused with lessons from his former life as racing car driver and team manager.

Aneesh Banerjee is a Lecturer in Management and the Director of the Global MBA at Cass. He specialises in technology and innovation management and is co-author of 'The Resilient Decision Maker'. His current favourite book is the ‘The Argumentative Indian’ (Amartya Sen) – which is kind of telling.

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Marketing and branding in a global crisis - 24th June

What?

What should marketers do when faced with a global health crisis? Cut or increase advertising spending? Change the message or stay consistent? Michael will speak about consumer trends that he has witnessed over the pandemic lockdown period and share his assessment of what it means for brands and how they should advertise.

Who?

Michael Brown is a Partner at UM, a leading media agency, and helps UM’s clients understand their audiences and marketplaces by leading the agency’s consumer insight department.

After 5 years at UM, Michael has recently taken on the additional responsibility of leading the agency’s Better World vision, which is our strategy for ensuring our agency makes a positive impact on the world we operate in.

Michael has a particular passion for using traditional research methods to give a platform to marginalised voices in society and for understanding the role and responsibility of ads in creating and tackling stereotypes.

Michael is founder and chair of #MRSpride, the market research sector’s LGBTQ+ network.

Caroline Wiertz is Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship at Cass. She specialises in consumer research, digital marketing and social media. She is addicted to podcasts and wanted to be a podcast host – but a webinar series will have to do for now.

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Virtual mergers and acquisitions and private equity - 1st July

  • Guests: Cass alumni Anna Komarova (Analyst at Ardian) and Nicolas Greilsamer (Principal at Ares Management)
  • Guest-hosted by Professor Scott Moeller

What?

Everyone knows that working in M&A and Private Equity means long, hard hours, often leaving the office at midnight or later. It's also a very relationship-oriented business. So how do M&A and Private Equity bankers deal with lock-down and social distancing - and no longer flying to visit clients, prospective deal makers and the boards on which they sit?

Professor Scott Moeller, himself a former investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank, interviews two former presidents of the student-run M&A / Private Equity Society at Cass: Nicolas Greilsamer who graduated almost a decade ago and is now a Principal at Ares Management and Anna Komarova, three years out of Cass and at Europe's largest private equity firm, Ardian.

Who?

Anna Komarova graduated with a MSc in Investment Management in 2017. While at Cass, she was President of the M&A/Private Equity Society at Cass. She is now an Analyst at Ardian.

Nicolas Greilsamer graduated with a MSc in International Accounting and Finance in 2011. While at Cass, he was President of the M&A Private Equity Society at Cass. He is now Principal at Ares Management. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at Citigroup, where he focused on executing mergers and acquisitions in the power, utilities and renewables industries.

Scott Moeller is Professor in the Practice of Finance at Cass, and also the Director of the M&A Research Centre.

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Recharging mind and body: Steps to improve endurance - 8th July

  • Guest: Arjun Viswanath, Co-founder and Clinical Director of The London Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic
  • Hosted by Dr Aneesh Banerjee

What?

Now that we are coming out of a three-month long lockdown, have you wondered what has been its impact on your mental and physical health? Arjun Viswanath, co-founder of the London Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic, argues that the lockdown has had some visible as well as less visible impact on us. In this session, he will discuss how we can all understand our own level of endurance and most importantly, how to recharge ourselves in a safe manner as we bounce back.

Who?

Arjun Viswanath is a Clinic Director and Specialises in Medical Rehabilitation and Pain Management. Previously, he has worked in hospital management and now juggles his role as a practising clinician with being a start-up mentor in health tech with a passion for innovation, new technology and digitalisation in healthcare.

Aneesh Banerjee is a Senior Lecturer in Management and the Director of the Global MBA at Cass. He specialises in technology and innovation management and is co-author of 'The Resilient Decision Maker'. His current favourite book is the ‘The Argumentative Indian’ (Amartya Sen) – which is kind of telling.

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Considering the global health pandemic through a paradox lens - 15th July

What?

Many responses to this pandemic frame integrated categories as opposing: we must sacrifice the economy for our health; we are trading off the future of the young to protect the aged. At the same time, we have collapsed distinctions between things we usually keep separate, such as the boundaries between work and life. Drawing on a paradox lens I will consider the social dynamics we set in motion when we frame integrated categories as in opposition or collapse them into a single notion. Are there better ways to frame our responses that allow us to reconcile these tensions?

Who?

Paula Jarzabkowski is a Professor of Strategic Management at Cass, who researches the paradoxes involved in using financial market capital to respond to catastrophic disasters in developing economies. As disasters don’t come any bigger or more catastrophic than a global pandemic, she is currently living her research!

Andre Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass. He is author of The Stupidity Paradox, Business Bullsh*t, and Desperate Seeking Self Improvement. Friendly guy who likes chatting to people, so hosting a webinar series is a dream come true.

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How to begin talking about race in the workplace - 16th July

What?

Today, organisations are asking themselves what they can do address racism. To eradicate systemic racism, it is important for management to empower employees and provide them with resources for having productive conservations about race. In this lunchtime talk, Professor Creary will shared her unique ‘RACE’ framework which provides the tools for having productive conversations about race at work.

Who?

Stephanie J. Creary is Assistant Professor of Management at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. She studies identity, diversity and inclusion. She recently provided expert testimony to the US federal congress about Diversity in the Boardroom.

Andre Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass. He is author of The Stupidity Paradox, Business Bullsh*t, and Desperate Seeking Self Improvement. Friendly guy who likes chatting to people, so hosting a webinar series is a dream come true.

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Lessons learnt from taking one of Britain’s oldest institutions digital - 22nd July

‘Alexa, ask the Church of England for today’s prayer!” – Lessons learnt from taking one of Britain’s oldest institutions digital

What?

The Church of England (CofE) might not be the first organisation that comes to mind when you think of examples of successful digital transformation. But you would be surprised. Even before the lockdown, the CofE was brushing up its digital skills – even literally, by introducing CofE Alexa skills. Churches across the country have embraced live streaming services in lockdown to support their congregations and the many people exploring faith at this time. So, is online worship here to stay? How will digital sit alongside and support the Church’s physical presence through 16,500 churches across the country? What lessons can be learnt from taking one of Britain’s oldest institutions digital?

Who?

Adrian Harris is the Church of England’s first ever Head of Digital and was appointed in 2016. During time, his team has grown from non-existent to ten members. Before joining the CofE, Adrian headed digital communications for Bupa and Tesco. In lockdown he has been perfecting breadmaking and keeping a toddler occupied.

Caroline Wiertz is Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship at Cass. She specialises in consumer research, digital marketing and social media. She is addicted to podcasts and wanted to be a podcast host – but a webinar series will have to do for now.

Rethinking the trading floor: market stability and social distancing after Covid-19 - 29th July

What?

As banks reopen for business, executives and policy makers are debating how to keep trading rooms open while allowing for social distancing. While working from home in other sectors has proved unexpectedly effective, the shift to trading from home during March 2020 has been singled out by official reports as one cause of the market crash on March 9th. How then should trading rooms be redesigned to reconcile market stability and social distancing? This session introduces the management literature on trading floors and lays out how banks have adjusted their floors to the return to the office, including organizational and technological innovations. It concludes with emerging lessons about proximity, social distancing and technology for managers.

Who?

Daniel Beunza is Associate Professor in Management at Cass. Daniel's research aims to better understand and improve the management of banks on Wall Street and the City of London. His latest book, Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room was published by Princeton University Press in September 2019.

Aneesh Banerjee is a Lecturer in Management and the Director of the Global MBA at Cass. He specialises in technology and innovation management and is co-author of 'The Resilient Decision Maker'. His current favourite book is the ‘The Argumentative Indian’ (Amartya Sen) – which is kind of telling.

Curious Careers

Curious Careers offers bite-sized career-focused insights from career experts, leading employers and Cass alumni.

Curious Careers, hosted by the Cass Careers Team, is a bite-sized interview series showcasing the career and professional development opportunities available through Cass Business School. The series is an excellent opportunity for students, employers, the Cass community and potential students to engage with the school through the medium of careers while celebrating the successful career stories of our international alumni. All of the above achieved in 15-minute interview segments.

Latest episode

Group Business Development Director Mike Kennedy offers advice for working in tech

What career advice would Executive MBA graduate and Group Business Development Director, Mike Kennedy give someone wanting to work in technology?

Join David Huff as he discusses career development with Executive MBA graduate and Group Business Development Director, Mike Kennedy. Discover what drives an individual to take on the challenge of an Executive MBA. Understand the benefits of an advanced qualification and get top career tips and advice from a business leader candidate, you can prepare for the upcoming September recruitment process.

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Previous episodes

David Huff talks to Jo Hole, Amazon UK recruiter

In our first edition, join Cass Careers Corporate Relationship Manager, David Huff and Amazon UK recruiter Jo Hole as they discuss Amazon's move to an entirely virtual recruitment process to overcome the challenges currently created by the pandemic.

Get top tips from Amazon's Jo Hole on how to ace your virtual interview and stand out in a crowded Amazon recruitment process. Learn about Amazon's unique customer-centric and innovative culture and how, as a candidate, you can prepare for the upcoming September recruitment process.

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David Huff talks with Brett Hemmerling of Moody's

Are you interested in working for Moody's?

Join Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff as he talks with Moody's recruiter Brett Hemmerling. Learn about the unique culture at Moody's. Discover what Moody's look for in potential employees. Hear Moody's experience of hiring from Cass Business School and future recruitment opportunities.

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David Huff talks with Cass Business School alumnus and Google employee Fergus Miskelly

What influences someone to do an Executive MBA at Cass Business School?

Join Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff as he talks with Cass Business School alumnus Fergus Miskelly. Fergus is an ex-JP Morgan, Barclays and Accenture employee and is currently working at Google as a leader in Cloud Technology. Learn why people choose to come to Cass Business School. Discover how an advanced degree is a career game-changer and uncover top career tips for succeeding in world-leading companies.

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David Huff talks with Cass Business School alumnus Xavier De Pauw

Join Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff as he talks with Cass Business School alumnus Xavier De Pauw. Xavier is ex-Merrill Lynch and a Co-Founder of a Bank. Discover why Xavier choose Cass Business School to start his finance career, how the Cass community is a powerful and supportive network. Learn top career tips from a seasoned finance executive.

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Sarah Juillet talks with Bloomberg's Head of EMEA Entry-Level Recruitment Irina Fransson

If I want to work at Bloomberg, where do I start?

In part one of our two-part Bloomberg interview, Postgraduate Careers and Professional Development Director Sarah Juillet speaks with Bloomberg's Head of EMEA Entry-Level Recruitment Irina Fransson. Discover the entry points to Bloomberg and how you can stand out from the crowd. Learn about the Cass Business School difference and how Bloomberg actively engages with Cass Business School. Understand the importance of networking and building your Cass Business School alumni network and connections.

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David Huff talks with Bloomberg's EMEA Head of Trade Support Emma Balon

Do you need a finance background to work at Bloomberg?

In part two of our two-part Bloomberg interview, Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff speaks with Bloomberg's EMEA Head of Trade Support Emma Balon. Understand if you need a finance background to be successful at Bloomberg. Learn about the culture at Bloomberg and what makes someone stand out from the crowd in a Bloomberg interview. Discover how Emma has led a team of 80 people successful through the current pandemic.

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Cass Perspectives

A series of masterclasses from Cass Business School's experts exploring the Impact of COVID-19. Over 10 Cass academics have run a class so far, each examining a different topic or sector.

  1. Business Model Response to COVID-19 - Professor Charles Baden-Fuller
  2. Business and Climate Change - Professor Bobby Banerjee
  3. Behavioural Economics and Social Distancing - Dr Simon Hayley
  4. Making Your Organisation and Supply Chain Resilient and Adaptable for COVID-19 - Professor Manmohan Sodhi
  5. Financial Strategies Companies Adopt in Financial Distress (Part 1) - Professor Meziane Lasfer
  6. Sequence Risk: Whoever Thought the ORDER of Investment Returns Matters? - Professor Steve Thomas
  7. Pandemic and Insurance - Professor Paula Jarzabkowski
  8. Finance in the time of COVID-19 - Professor Thorsten Beck
  9. What have we learnt about personal leadership through Covid-19? - Natasha Maw
  10. The role of analytics in the new normal - Dr Dimitris Paraskevopoulos
  11. Financial Strategies Companies Adopt in Financial Distress (Part 2) - Professor Meziane Lasfer

Watch the full Cass Perspectives series now

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