In a post on his blog, Economist Gar Alperovitz describes his surprise at the growing amount of mainstream interest in changing how capitalism works. He describes it in the context of an invitation to speak in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 11 to the Academy of Management which has made “Capitalism in Question” the theme of its annual conference. The AOM is a professional association for scholars of management and organizations that was established in 1936. You can also listen to Apperovitz in a talk (recorded by New Hampshire Public Radio) at the Monadnock Lyceum: “Is There an America Beyond Capitalism?”
The program overview for the AOM’s annual meeting reads:
The Academy of Management’s vision statement says that we aim “to inspire and enable a better world through our scholarship and teaching about management and organizations.” The recent economic and financial crises, austerity, and unemployment, and the emergence of many economic, social, and environmental protest movements around the world have put back on the agenda some big questions about this vision: What kind of economic system would this better world be built on? Would it be a capitalist one? If so, what kind of capitalism? If not, what are the alternatives? Although most of our work does not usually ask such “big” questions, the assumptions we make about the corresponding answers deeply influence our research, teaching, and service.