"From Public Interest to Private Profit: The Changing Political and Social Legitimacy of International Business" will be held in Toronto, Ontario, on May 5-6, 2016. Funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust in the UK, and sponsored by the Centre for the Political Economies of International Commerce (PEIC) at the University of Kent, UK (directed by William Pettigrew), and the Business History Group at the Rotman School of Business, this two-day conference "will bring historians, business historians, management scholars, and business practitioners together to discuss . . . questions within a long time frame and within a cross-disciplinary framework."
The event will include a keynote lecture, an
opening panel of business practitioners in which the present-day
challenges facing international corporations are discussed. The first
day of the conference will focus on the period 1600-1850; the second
day will focus on 1850 to the present day. The conference will end with a
summary panel session in which business practitioners reflect on the
place of present-day corporations in their five-century history.
The full conference announcement, with a more detailed discussion of topics and aims, may be found here. Inquiries and proposals should be addressed to organizer Christopher Kobrak, Wilson/Currie Chair of Canadian Business and Financial History at the Rotman School of Management.
Hat tip to The Past Speaks.