Marianne W Lewis 2017

Marianne W. Lewis is Dean of Cass Business School and Professor of Management.

She joins Cass after a decade as associate dean at the University of Cincinnati, having earned her PhD from the University of Kentucky, and her MBA from Indiana University.

Her research explores leadership and management issues involving organizational paradoxes. Change and complexity accentuate tensions – competing demands, contradictory pressures and challenging double-binds.

Her work develops paradox theory to explore related leadership opportunities and challenges. Studies span contexts, applying this lens in such fields as product development, organizational change, governance, and technology implementation. Her paper, “Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide” received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2000.

Her work also appears in other leading journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Operations Management, and Human Relations. Professor Lewis was a UK Fulbright in 2014, and is currently completing two books addressing leadership and organizational paradox.





Marc J Epstein 2017

Marc J Epstein is the author of more than 20 books and 200 articles and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Marc J Epstein’s publications primarily focus on the following three topics: 1) innovation and entrepreneurship, 2) corporate sustainability and improving social impacts, and 3) governance of corporations and non-profit organizations. His current focus is on: a) presentations to both academic and business audiences, b) advising senior leaders in governments and global corporations, and c) continuing research and writing projects.

He was, until recently, Distinguished Research Professor of Management at Rice University. Prior to that he was a professor at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, and INSEAD.

In 2014, he coauthored his second book on innovation titled “The Innovation Paradox: Why Good Businesses Kill Breakthroughs and How They Can Change.” Along with his lengthy work at Apple on both innovation and leadership and his extensive work on governance through numerous articles, monographs, and a book, this presentation will build on the latest research and practice in leadership, governance, and innovation.


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