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SIM Division Racial Justice Web-Forum series

  • 1.  SIM Division Racial Justice Web-Forum series

    Posted 01-20-2021 07:56

    On behalf of Paul T. Harper,

    [Apologies for cross-posting]



    The SIM Racial Justice Committee seeks to expand the conversation of race and identity in the business academy. Building on the important research traditions within management scholarship that critically engage the role of race in interpersonal conflict and group dynamics, we intend to demonstrate the value of racial considerations in areas of management theory where race has been less prominent. The goal of this series is to spur novel ideas for the development of new research programs and innovative pedagogical and practitioner approaches.


    January 22, 2021, 11:00am- 12:30pm EST – Racial Justice and Business Schools

    Hosts: Robbin Derry (Lethbridge) & Sharon Alvarez (Pittsburgh)

    REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-justice-and-business-schools-tickets-129506534531

    • Penelope Muzanenhamo (Univ. College Dublin)
    • Victor Ray (Iowa)
    • Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh) 

    Panel will examine the role of race in business school curricula and research valuation: what topics matter, which research questions are overlooked, whose scholarship is cited.  Leading diversity and inclusion efforts as well as teaching about racial justice in business schools will also be addressed.

    Event Sponsor: Dhillon School of Business, University of Lethbridge

    February 12, 2021, 11:00am-noon EST – Racial Justice, Social Theory, and Business

    Hosts: Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh) & Cristina Neesham (Newcastle)

    REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-justice-and-social-theory-tickets-133136088625

    • Rabbi Gideon Pogrund (Univ. of Pretoria)
    • Smriti Sharma (Newcastle)
    • Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh)

    Panel will challenge and extend dominant social and political theories operating within business scholarship through a critical engagement with Black studies, post-colonial studies, and global feminism. Diversity professionals will articulate strategies for building communities of trust across identity boundaries.

    March 5, 2021, 11:00am-noon EST – Racial Justice and Business Technologies

    Hosts: Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh) & Kirsten Martin (Notre Dame)

    REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-justice-and-business-technologies-tickets-133138672353

    • Alvaro Bedoya (Georgetown)
    • Muhammad Ali (Northeastern)
    • Ezinne Nwankwo (Cambridge)

    Panel will explore the moral dimensions of technology policy and implementation with an eye toward racial impacts. Issues of fairness and transparency in the use of machine learning algorithms within high-stakes contexts will be a central theme of the discussion.

    Event Sponsor: University of Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center

    March 26, 2021, 11:00am-12:30pm EST – Racial Justice, History, and Business Ethics

    Hosts: Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh) & David Wasieleski (Duquesne)

    REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-justice-history-and-business-ethics-tickets-133140341345

    • Andrew Smith (Liverpool)
    • Jennifer Johns (Bristol)
    • Leon Prieto (Clayton State)
    • Simone Phipps (Middle Georgia State)

    Panel will provide examples of the ways ahistorical methods and temporal frames expose and occlude the role of race in knowledge creation processes. The Atlantic Slave Trade as a context for understanding current management practices will be discussed as well as the unrecognized history of Black entrepreneurship in the U.S.

    May 7, 2021, 11:00am-noon EST – Racial Justice and Sustainability

    Hosts: Robbin Derry (Lethbridge) & Jeffrey York (Colorado)

    REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-justice-and-sustainability-tickets-133144676311

    • Carl Zimring (Pratt Institute)
    • Irene Henriques (York)
    • Mary Beth Doucette (Cape Breton Univ.)

    This panel aims to broaden our perspectives on the relationship between the social and natural environments. It will also deepen our understanding of the conceptual connection between "race" and "waste" in the historical development of public and corporate policies.

    Event Sponsor: Dhillon School of Business, University of Lethbridge


    Call for Papers

    Special Issue on "Racial Justice and Business Ethics"

    Guest Editors: Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh), Robbin Derry (Lethbridge), and Gregory Fairchild (Virginia)

    Submission Deadline: October 1, 2021

    Visit website for full details:



    The SIM Division Racial Justice Web Forum Series is made possible by the generous support of our lead sponsor:

    The Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh

    Black Lives Matter and racism

    Special forum/discussion on racism and Black Lives Matter. We have always advocated for diversity and inclusion in our Division, but we have been challenged in recruiting diverse members. If you have suggestions related to membership, please email sarah.stephen@unisg.ch.


    • Dr. Nicole Cooke, Augusta Baker Chair at the University of South Carolina: "Anti-Racism Resources for all Ages", which provides links to some amazing resources:


    Vincenzo Vastola
    SIM AOM Connect Manager
    Montpellier Business School
    Montpellier, France