Business Anthropology Matters! is an exciting initiative planned for the 2017 AAA Meetings. The organizing committee consists of Bob Morais, Timothy Malefyt, Elizabeth Briody, and Allen Batteau. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
We invite you to submit sessions or workshops for the AAA meeting under the Business Anthropology Matters! banner. Please review the information below and inform the organizing committee of plans to submit by the last week of March. Note that AAA submission deadline is 4/14/17.
Background and Rationale
Business Anthropology is one of the latest chapters and perhaps a leading future direction for anthropology asserting itself on the global stage. Business anthropologists contribute to economic development globally, provide direction for better run organizations, and help companies improve their understanding of consumers, leading to product innovations and brand communications that are responsive to bona fide consumer needs and wants. In addition, business anthropologists work around the world with those in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. On an educational level, business anthropology scholars contribute to an understanding of culture and commerce. Business anthropology teaches students in anthropology departments and business schools about the culture of work, ethics, and exchange, including the values of and respect for actors on a global scale, advancing cross-cultural understanding. Finally, business anthropology is a path for professionals who want to have a career that expresses “what anthropology is and does” in an engaged space.
Scope and Events
The organizing committee is planning a wide-ranging series of events that reflect the 2017 AAA meeting theme Anthropology Matters! The Business Anthropology Matters! program will draw attention to business anthropology as a vital sub-discipline that comprises an engaged anthropology, offers significant career opportunities for anthropologists at all levels, and acts as a “voice” that loudly and effectively conveys the capabilities and potential of the field of anthropology. The agenda is comprehensive in scope, including a planned Executive Session, an Invited Session, other sessions, a large array of workshops and special events, and an online presence. The organizing committee intends for the initiative to continue in several venues long after the 2017 AAA meeting.
Key Program Objectives
Among the Business Anthropology Matters! workshops are: