World Economic Forum 2019: Globalization 4.0
A delegation of faculty led by Dean Peter Tufano will be in Davos this week.
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is designed to bring together leaders from politics, business and civil society to shape global, industry and regional agendas, focused this year on the theme Globalization 4.0.
The World Economic Forum is built on the idea that the world needs better co-operation between the private and public sectors to best tackle global challenges. This philosophy is shared by Saïd Business School, which seeks to solve world-scale problems through a collaborative approach with multiple stakeholders and by being embedded within The University of Oxford.
‘Both in terms of approach and ultimate mission, what we do is aligned with the WEF and that’s why it’s important for us to be there to connect with others who think about and approach the issues in ways consistent to us,’ said Professor Tufano. ‘We need to learn from them, and hopefully they can learn from us and appreciate our great work.’
Professor Tufano will be a keynote panellist at an event hosted by Whiteshield Partners about key trends shaping the future of work. The panel discussion will focus on what priority areas the public, private and tertiary sector can collaborate on to prepare for the future of work. The event marks Whitehead Partners' launch of its first Global Labour Resilience Index (GLRI), which compares over 120 countries on their readiness for the future of work. Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education, Marc Ventresca, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, and Eleanor Murray, Fellow in Management Practice will join the event to facilitate discussion, combining their academic expertise with the results of the GLRI to expand the conversation on this important global challenge and to define a future research agenda.
David Shrier, Associate Fellow and co-convenor of Oxford’s Fintech and Blockchain online programmes, will be participating in a series of panel discussions exploring issues such as privacy in the digital age and AI’s potential to improve healthcare outcomes.
Through its pioneering research and engagement with the outside world, Saïd Business School has a vital role to play in helping to advance the World Economic Forum’s agenda at Davos. In addition to the annual meeting, several Oxford academics have contributed to the World Economic Forum year-round, as members of Global Agenda Councils.
Students and alumni too have a key role to play. At this year’s Forum Keely Stevenson, an alumna who joined the Oxford MBA in the first cohort of Skoll Scholars and is a WEF Young Global Leader, is championing her vision for leveraging the capacities of the fourth industrial revolution (4iR) to transform the way we care for each other, especially as we age or fall ill. ‘I have a particular lens on longevity and how technology can better mobilise family or friends to build a more efficient care economy,’ she said. Fellow Skoll Scholar, Jesse Moore will join her at another roundtable she’s putting together on climate change with a group of Young Global Leaders.