Guest lecture Title
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know? The Role of the Business School in the Production of High Impact Entrepreneurs
You have got to be tough to break new ground. Entrepreneurship is never a place for the faint-hearted. That’s for certain. But all too often great ideas and great initiatives, courageous individuals and great potential struggle to survive the first flush of success. Sadder still, personal malfunction, let’s call it that, ends up up-ending what was going so well.
In this lecture, Chris Mould will ask what the Business School can do about it. How can an academic institution mitigate the risks whilst simultaneously fuelling the entrepreneurial passion? What’s the role? Where does the alma mater’s responsibility begin and end? How can the Business School, which is in at the start, increase the likelihood that high impact entrepreneurship will end well?
Using examples drawn from his personal experience in public services, in the not for profit sector and in the commercial sector; and with movers, shakers and shapers at the highest level of politics, Chris will highlight some recurring themes that warrant further attention. To end, Chris will challenge academic detachment - the idea that what happens after they leave can’t be the responsibility of the School - and offer suggestions that will hopefully enrich the understanding of faculty members about the depth of the contribution to the future that they can make.
Profiled by Guardian Newspapers as one of the UK’s top social entrepreneurs, Chris Mould is an innovative leader, widely experienced in both the public and the voluntary sector. With particular expertise translating public policy into practice, Chris has worked with the highest levels of government both in the UK and in the European Union.
Chris has founded more than 20 organisations in the public and private sectors. He is the founder and CEO of the award winning Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion, a Bulgarian organisation working to break the cycle of poverty in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Between 2007 and 2017 Chris led the Trussell Trust through its transition from a small Charity developing community based projects tackling poverty and exclusion to a multi award winning national organisation that launched over 450 foodbanks, providing three days’ emergency food to over 1 million people each year and engaging over 4 million citizens as supporters.
Earlier in his career Chris founded the UK health sector’s strategic workforce development body, now known as Skills for Health. Subsequently, Chris was appointed by the UK government to establish a new organisation responsible for Police training and workforce development in England and Wales. In this role Chris set up the National Police Leadership Centre and the National Centre for Policing Excellence. Chris keeps an active interest in early stage enterprises. He is currently non-executive Chairman of Evidence to Impact and of FranchisingWorks. Chris is a graduate of Oxford University and has a Masters in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
Time & Date
16.30 – 18.30, September 22, 2020
ZOOM (contact Romeo V. Turcan for the link)
Romeo V. Turcan, rvt(at)business.aau.dk