Mark Zuckerberg: Poster Child for Promise and Peril in the Tech Sector - Professor Drew Harris, Central Connecticut State University
In the 15th year of collaboration between Wilton Library and Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on
the theme of “Tycoons: Bane or Benefactors?” In this program, Professor Drew Harris will discuss Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. "College drop-out becomes a billionaire” is the story of great hope for
many would-be entrepreneurs. His flagship product, Facebook, has provided
vital social connections for billions of people, but it is also at the
heart of public controversies ranging from exploitation of personal data
to rapid, widespread dissemination of false information and conspiracy
paranoia. At the launch into the Metaverse (the latest Zuckerberg
venture), let’s take stock of Zuckerberg, his leadership as a tech
tycoon, and the consequences for business and society.
This program is sponsored by Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Online registration is
required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link which will be sent out early on the day of the program.
This program is being hosted virtually by Wilton Library. No charge to attend, but a $10 donation to the hosting institution is suggested. Click here
Drew Harris, Ph.D., Professor of Management & Organization teaches entrepreneurship, business strategy, and leadership. He leads the CCSU entrepreneurship program. Previously, Dr. Harris taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University, Teacher's College at Columbia University, the College of Business and Economics at Longwood University and the College of Business Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before his career in higher education, Drew was owner and president of HAAS Partners, Ltd., a management consulting firm, and held positions related to information systems at Arthur Young & Company, Morris Decision Systems, Harper & Row, and Digital Systems of Florida. He and his wife, Teresa Twomey, currently provide consulting and training on improving organizational performance and success for new and established firms. Dr. Harris has written numerous articles published in leading national and international business journals focusing on quality, organizing systems for stability and sustainability, and pedagogy. He authored the book Managing Quality: A Primer for Middle Managers
and a chapter on strategy in The Portable MBA: Human Resource Management
. He speaks frequently at educational and professional conferences, symposia and community events and has received several national honors. He holds a Doctorate in Management and an MBA in Statistics and Operations Research from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BA in Mathematics from University of West Florida
The last lecture in the series will be on April 24 – The Perils of Great Men, Business, Ideology, and Questions about Capitalism – Dr. Matthew Warshauer.