Morgan Academy Seminars
'The Economics of Trust in Organisations'
Wednesday 9 October 2019 - School of Management, Room 113 (Supported by the Computational Foundry)
This presentation will focus on the value of trust in organisations and explore the dynamics and implications of building and diminishing trust over time with key stakeholders.
Bio: Dr. Guy Diedrich is a Vice President and the Global Innovation Officer for Cisco Systems where he is responsible for Country Digital Acceleration. He is currently working with government and industry leaders in countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas to digitize the public and private sectors to increase GDP, create millions of next-generation jobs and develop sustainable innovation ecosystems. Prior to his current role at Cisco Systems, Dr. Diedrich was a Vice Chancellor at the Texas A&M University System where he was responsible for research, commercialization, federal government relations, state government relations and strategic initiatives.
Before joining Texas A&M, Dr. Diedrich served as President and CEO of GRA Inc., a software development and consulting company that he co-founded and grew from a start-up to a firm employing more than 130 professionals. The company was sold to a publicly-traded technology company.
Dr. Diedrich holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge (Kings College) and a Ph.D. from Swansea University where he studied the economics of trust in organizations. He served on the Executive Committee of the George H.W. Bush China-US Relations Conference and has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards, most recently as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St. Michael’s Academy in Austin, Texas. Dr. Diedrich is a published author in cost accounting and medical psychology, and has worked extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East for more than two decades.
'The Economics of Empire or: why poor places (sometimes) stay poor'
Tuesday 19 February, 4pm - School of Management, Room 106
Abstract: Most economic analyses of place development focus on the allocation, use and interaction of resources and capital(s) within places as explanators. The implication of such a focus is that if a place (region or city-region for example) can gain capital(s), or improve their application, prosperity will arrive. In this presentation I suggest that this attention is misplaced, and this it is in fact the political relationship between ‘places’ that is a greater determinant of economic (and hence social and environmental) outcomes. Analyses of global development successes and failures, especially those from outside the economic mainstream, may have much light to shed on why places like Wales stubbornly resist (apparent) attempts to deliver improvements in their relative economic condition.