I am thrilled to be joining Professor Carl Rhodes at UTS Business School to discuss redesigning universities for an interdisciplinary future. My work on economic history and the higher of higher education, and Carl’s expertise in organisational studies and university management, should make for a lively and productive discussion! 

When: 23 November, 2022, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Who: For academics, educators and education stakeholders

Where: In Person at UTS Business School (Building 8), Room CB08.02.002. Also online via zoom.

Interdisciplinary research is the key to addressing the challenges of our current moment. Climate change, global development, pandemics and so on are infuriatingly complex, and rarely respect disciplinary boundaries.

For many, interdisciplinary research is seen as a source of innovation and scientific breakthroughs, with discourse in Australia and elsewhere voicing the need for ‘job-ready’ graduates and ‘useful’ real-world research. Despite this, the policies and practices of universities continue to reinforce the dominance of disciplines. Everyone wants interdisciplinary research, but very few understand how it is produced, and even fewer actively implement policies to encourage it.

Join us as we examine the progress of economic history – one of the world’s oldest interdisciplinary fields – and outline the lessons this history provides to workers and managers seeking to develop robust interdisciplinary conversations.

We explore how we can radically rethink rankings and key performance indicators, the structure of degrees, and even the physical space of universities to encourage flexible, innovative, cross-disciplinary knowledge in the future.

The event is presented by the UTS Business School’s Management Discipline group, with the discussion starting at 5pm. We encourage you to continue the conversation over refreshments after the event from 6pm.


About the speakers

Dr Claire Wright

Dr Claire E. F. Wright is a business historian at the UTS Business School. She is interested in the ways that interpersonal connections affect knowledge, markets, and business strategy, focusing particularly on Australian corporate networks and diversity in leadership. She is the author of Australian Economic History: Transformations of an Interdisciplinary Field (ANU Press, 2022), and is currently an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow (2022-24), working on the first history of Australia’s corporate women across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Professor Carl Rhodes

Professor Carl Rhodes is Dean of the UTS Business School, and a Professor of Organisational Studies. Carl’s research investigates the ethical and political dimensions of management and leadership and regularly contributes to the media with articles and commentary on issues related to ethics, politics, and management.

Carl’s most recent books include Woke Capitalism Democracy Under Threat in the Age of Corporate RighteousnessDisturbing Business Ethics: Emmanuel Levinas and the Politics of Organization and CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life (with Peter Bloom).

Please join us!