A briefing was held on Tuesday 18 May 2016 by way of introduction to the topic of The Future of the Corporation.
To what extent has business historically been associated with a social purpose? How has the purpose of business changed over time? Were there periods during which business was regarded as making a particularly valuable contribution to society? What has contributed to the rise and decline of business organizations in different regions of the world? What, for example, were the factors contributing to the rise and subsequent decline of enterprise in the Middle East over several centuries and the relative decline of British business in relation to other industrialized countries over the past 150 years? How has business been depicted in contemporary literature over time and around the world? How have families that engage in business been regarded? What are the examples of highly regarded businesses in history and what can be learnt from them? Why has the corporation emerged in different places, at different times, and for different activities?