Professor Jo Crotty – Inaugural Lecture
When the Soviet Union came to an end on Christmas Day 1991, it was hoped that Russia would become an open economy and a functioning democracy where freedom of movement and expression were embraced. Today, common perceptions of post-Soviet Russia are instead shaped by images of Boris Yeltsin engaged in drunken dancing; oligarchs buying football clubs; mail-order brides; Vladimir Putin riding horses both bare back and bare chested; and the state-sponsored poisoning of former Russian agents. But how accurate is this?
In her Inaugural lecture, Professor Jo Crotty will reflect on her time as both a consultant and academic, working, living and researching in Russia during a time of unprecedented change, 25 years after her first visit to the former Soviet Union. By revisiting her body of work on state-society-business relations, civil society development, corporate social responsibility and her most recent project on #MeToo and the Russian Women’s Movement, Jo will both confirm and dispel some of the common myths associated with modern-day Russia. She will also offer a very personal insight into the changing nature of Russian society and the challenges it presents, particularly to the lone, female researcher.
Professor Jo Crotty, is Director of the Institute for Social Responsibility and a Professor of Management at Edge Hill Business School. Jo has published over 70 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, including British Journal of Management, Sociology, Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Organization Studies. She has been awarded research funding from ESRC and the British Academy and sits on the Editorial Board of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Journal. She is also an academic advisor at London Business School.
5:30pm – Registration and refreshments
6:00pm – Lecture
7:00pm – Q&A
7:15pm – Wine and canapés
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