Business & economics
Economic History of Poverty and Wealth
This is the most important story in economic history which is neglected in the standard history curriculum. Why did the world stay so poor for most of history and why have some countries break away from poverty only in the last two centuries?
Why are gasoline prices so volatile? What will happen to energy prices in the future? What is the impact of energy markets upon the economy?
Economics of food security
What causes famines? Can the world feed itself as population doubles to 10 billion people within the lifespan of the next generation? What is the relationship between fossil fuels and food prices?
Old toys and value: trash or treasure?
Old and collectible toys are shared to illustrate the valuable roles that toys play in our lives and society. All participants are encouraged to bring an old toy and share its values story with the group.
Ronald L. Friesen
Ohio toy producers over the years: Who were these characters?
Examples of old and collectible toys produced by Ohio businesses over the years are the basis for a discussion of the history of toy production in Ohio. Stories of unusual and interesting, even weird, Ohio inventors and entrepreneurs are shared. All participants are encouraged to bring toys and share what they know about the producers of these toys, whether made in Ohio or elsewhere.
Ronald L. Friesen
Chocolate Pioneers: Business practices from the early years of the Cadbury and Hershey
The British chocolate firm Cadbury was founded by Quakers. Hershey was founded by Milton Hershey who had strong Mennonite connections. This lecture explores the business and ethical practices of both firms in their founding years near the end of the 19th century and how these may have been influenced by their religious beliefs.
Understanding the rapid growth of the Chinese economy
Many discussions of the Chinese economy tend to focus on how the U.S. is being impacted by China's growth. This lecture focuses more on understanding how China is being impacted by its own rapid growth. The material for the lecture is grounded in a Bluffton MBA program study trip to China.
Leadership: Profit and Non-Profit
Twenty eight years of lessons on leadership: Life, Love, and Learning from Procter & Gamble and Ten Thousand Villages.
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