‘Borderless business’ in the spotlight as Trinity Business + Technology Forum 20 addresses coronavirus, digital business and climate change

Borderless business is in the spotlight as Trinity College Dublin’s business and technology communities come together with other experts from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the two sectors as the annual Trinity Business + Technology Forum 20 returns to Trinity today.

The unifying theme – borderless business – will be discussed as a force for change with those present set to assess its impact and identify consequences for managers, business, and society.

Special focus will centre on the issues of climate change, digital transformation, finance, Brexit and the new Europe.

Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, said:

“The Coronavirus wasn’t on the radar when we chose this theme but it is yet another illustration that despite any moves towards nationalism around the globe, the reality is that we live in an interconnected and interdependent world of business where features such as digital technology, climate change, travel and viruses and international trade respect no borders. Any business leader needs to harness these influences and that requires a deep understanding of how they impact business and society.” 

“While in a small open economy such as Ireland where we have a long history of not being sequestered by our border, the current technological, ecological and socio-political pace of change are sufficiently rapid and disruptive to cause a reconfiguration of many of the norms of business. In particular, the issues of climate change, digital transformation, finance, Brexit and the new Europe are at the forefront of the agenda.”

The Forum also provides an opportunity to see how Trinity research from across the University is translated into solutions with global economic and social impact. The event will include keynote addresses, panel sessions, workshops and showcases of research, entrepreneurship and alumni businesses.

The full agenda is available at: https://bit.ly/2HJgyJ6

Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, and Leonard Hobbs, Director of Trinity Research & innovation will be joined by a stellar line-up of business experts and researchers from Trinity, Ireland, and the wider world.

Keynote speakers include Frank Sixt, Executive Director at CK Hutchinson Holdings Ltd., and Brendan McDonagh, Chair of Trinity Business School’s Advisory Board and Non-Executive Director at AIB.

Professor Andrew Burke added:

“We are delighted that the Global Business and Technology Forum continues to grow, bringing together many students, graduates and staff of the University as well as a much wider network of people who value and indeed enhance this open community. Our focus is always to address cutting-edge issues facing business and society and to be a catalyst to turn ideas into action.”