Archive for October, 2010

CANCELLED: 11/18 Lunch: Oded Shenkar of Ohio State University

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The lunch will take place in February.

Copycats: How Smart Companies Use Imitation to Gain a Strategic Edge

What is more critical for economic prosperity: innovation or imitation? Most would assume that innovation is much more important than imitation, but Professor Shenkar challenges this view and argues that imitation is as important to prosperity as innovation. He will illustrate how talented imitators generate large profits by saving on R&D,┬ámarketing and advertising┬ácosts, and avoiding costly errors by observing and learning from other’s trials. He will present suggestions for making imitation a core element of competitive strategy and how to pair it with innovation. These suggestions cover how to select the right model to imitate, how to avoid oversimplification of a model, which imitation strategy to use, and how to prepare and execute an implementation plan.

Invitation: NEC Annual Dinner

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Tuesday, November 9
Gary Gensler
Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

He previously served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Under Secretary of Domestic Finance (1999-2001) and as Assistant Secretary of Financial Markets (1997-1999). He subsequently served as a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Senator Paul Sarbanes, on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reforming corporate responsibility, accounting and securities laws. Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

  • Former Co-Director, Program in Monetary Economics, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Former Vice President of the American Economic Association
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

DINNER 7:00 P.M.

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10/22 Lunch: Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Title: Short Term Pessimist, Long Term Optimist: Trade Protection on the Road to the Seoul Summit

What is the extent of protectionism since the onset of the Great Recession? What are the prospects for trade policy and trade growth in the medium term? Dr. Hufbauer will review empirical evidence on change in protectionist measures in the recent past and the outlook for globalization over the next decade.