Karen Schnatterly University of Missouri Conference Co-Chair
Robert Hoskisson Rice University Conference Co-Chair
MB Sarkar Temple University Conference Co-Chair
Welcome From The Program Chairs
CK Prahalad reached across boundaries and expanded possibilities with his uncompromising emphasis on impactful research. Although his academic career was stellar, his work had an even greater impact on corporate leaders. Through a series of breakthrough ideas, his research changed the business world and helped improve people's lives. In this conference, we aim to reflect on his many contributions with his co-authors, examine the impact of his research with business leaders, and discover different ways in which his ideas are being moved forward by scholars and researchers. Through panels and paper presentations, through interactive discussions and round tables, this conference is to celebrate, reflect on and extend the many contributions made by CK Prahalad.
CK's work, itself, had great breadth. In particular, his work on international strategy focused on the tension between global integration and local responsiveness that multinationals face. We will not only review this work but also explore extensions to this framework in the era of emerging markets. Similarly, we will debate emerging ideas that are founded on his work in Competing for the Future and Core Competence. His ideas on poverty alleviation and applying business models to solve intractable social problems found a voice in "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profit." This has had significant influence on public policy in developing countries, and strategies of both incumbent firms and entrepreneurial start-ups. Importantly, it has refocused our attention on the changing relationship between business and society and the need for large companies to engage with the poor. His foundational contributions to organizations such as The Indus Entrepreneurs, his engagement with the Aspen Institute, the World Resources Institute, and his Vision@75 initiative which has become a driver of many public-private initiatives in India all speak to the diversity of his talent and the span of his influence. The recipient of many honors and awards, CK's most recent accolades included a 2009 Padma Bhushan, India's highest civilian honor.
It is hard to think of CK as being associated with any specific region over another, since he was such a noted scholar and consultant worldwide. However, we have chosen to hold this conference in Southern California because it is where the Prahalad family has made its home.
We hope you will join us to celebrate CK's contributions, extend his ideas, and renew the dialog on impactful research that bridges boundaries and improves managerial practice.