09:00 - 12:30
- Dr Winne Fung
- Dr Kelvin Ho
3/F, Breakthrough Centre,
191 Woosung Street, Jordan,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ticket Fee $500 (for 5 sessions)
- FaSCoRe, HKU
- Lumina College
The Future of Business in a Technological Age (1):
Consumerism and Growth
Business and technology are powerful forces which have shaped – and continue to reshape – each other and the world in which we live. This series of five workshops brings together business leaders, technologists, and academics to consider, from a Christian perspective, the systemic issues facing business in light of technological advances, and the challenges and opportunities arising from these.
This first session will consider what are the problems inherent to unending consumption and growth are, and whether technology save us from them.
Sometime in recent history people were sold the idea that economic growth was good, and that it was always good. This ties in nicely with the idea that people should consume things – the more, the better – and that people can be seen primarily as consumers. Technology has driven consumption (we get a new phone every year) as it has facilitated consumption (we can extract resources at a rate previously impossible). Economic growth has its place: it has brought people out of poverty and improved living standards across the globe. Endless growth and consumption, however, are significantly problematic. A Christian perspective can help identify the problems, and sketch what form solutions might take. It is up for discussion the extent to which technology – which played a key role in the problems – can play a role in the solutions.
About the speakers
Dr Winnie FUNG studied at Harvard University, obtaining her BA in Applied Mathematics and PhD in Business Economics. She is an associate professor at Lumina College. Prior to Lumina, she was an associate professor of economics at Wheaton College, where she also earned an MA in Biblical Studies. She has taught microeconomic theory, development economics, health economics, and quantitative research methods. Her research interests focus on poverty alleviation and economic development.
Dr Kelvin HO obtained undergraduate degrees at Hong Kong Baptist University (BSc), the University of Essex (MSc), and the University of South Australia (MBA) before completing his PhD in Business and Management at the University of South Australia. He has augmented his research interest in internet marketing, online consumer behaviours, and virtual community with practical experience in business start-ups and retailing. He now has over a decade of experience in managing international businesses, and is President of Frasetec Ltd.
8th Dec. 2018: Consumerism and Growth
19th Jan. 2019: The Technology of Buying and Selling
16th Feb. 2019: Moving Beyond Zero Impact
16th Mar. 2019: Technology and the Global Order of Business
27th Apr. 2019: Un-commodifying the World