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Topical Tuesdays: The Power of Purposeful Business with Professor Alex Edmans OP, 1993-98

22 MARCH 2022


Zoom Webinar

The Topical Tuesday series sees guest speakers from the St Paul’s Community share their take on the current environment.

Purpose is the corporate buzzword of today, with politicians, the public, and even shareholders calling on businesses to serve wider society. But purpose is also controversial, because companies have a responsibility to deliver returns to investors. Is there a trade-off between purpose and profit, or is it possible for companies to achieve both?

This talk will critically examine the case for purposeful business, using rigorous evidence and real-life examples to show what works – and, importantly, what doesn’t. It will discuss practical ways for businesses of all sizes to put purpose into practice, how investors and citizens can play their part, and how we can distinguish businesses that are truly purposeful from those that are green-washing.

Professor Alex Edmans will draw on his new book, “Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit”, which was named to the Financial Times Business Books of the Year for 2020.


Professor Alex Edmans OP, 1993-98 – Alex is a Professor of Finance at London Business School. He studied Economics and Management at Merton College, Oxford and worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking (London) and sales and trading (New York). After a PhD from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar, he became a finance professor at Wharton, where he earned tenure shortly before moving to LBS. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and given the TED talk “What to Trust in a Post-Truth World” and the TEDx talk “The Social Responsibility of Business” with a combined 2.3 million views. He serves as Mercers School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College and on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. His research covers eclectic topics ranging from executive pay, corporate governance and corporate culture to the effect of football and music on the stock market. He has appeared on the BBC, CNBC, Sky Sports and ESPN and in newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the Daily Mirror and Daily Star. He has been named to Poets and Quants Best 40 Professors Under 40 and Thinkers 50 Radar.

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