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Thinking Allowed: The Harvard Business School and the cultural history of pain

Updated Monday, 9th February 2015

This week's Thinking Allowed focuses on the complex moral world of Harvard Business School and the cultural history of pain. 

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On this week's programme

Harvard Business School:

Laurie Taylor takes a journey through the complex moral world of what many call the West Point of American Capitalism. Michael Anteby, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, describes his research into the inner workings, mores and rituals of this highly influential institution. They're joined by Professor Ken Starkey from the Nottingham University Business School. 

The cultural history of pain:

Also, a cultural history of pain with Dr Louise Hide, Honrary Research Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. 

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 11th February 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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