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Market Basket battle to be subject of MIT forum next week

September 14. 2014 7:06PM

Arthur T. Demoulas and Gov. Maggie Hassan chat with customer Colleen Ramsey of Londonderry while she shops with her daughters, Kaitlyn and Ella, at Market Basket in Londonderry on Wednesday. The grocery store battle will be the subject of a Sept. 25 forum at MIT in Cambridge. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

It didn’t take long for the Market Basket story and CEO Arthur T. Demoulas to become the subject of academic debate.

A Sept. 25 forum — “Lessons from Market Basket” — will gather representatives from academia, the media, labor unions and executives from the 71-store grocery chain.

The Boston Review/MIT Sloan School Forum takes place at 6 p.m. in the MIT Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst St., Cambridge. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit for details.

“This summer, Market Basket employees and customers fought to save its highly successful business model — featuring low prices and high quality jobs — after their beloved CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, was fired,” says a news release about the event. “After weeks of demonstrations and boycotts, they managed to put Arthur T. back in control of the company.”

The forum “bring experts in leadership, corporate governance and labor together to discuss its implications of this historic revolt for the future of American business and labor.”

Scheduled speakers include:

• Curt Nickisch, WBUR public radio business and technology reporter.

• MIT professors Deborah Ancona, Andrea Campbell, Renee Gosline, Thomas Kochan, Andrew Lo and Zeynep Ton.

• Harvard professors Marshall Ganz and Jay Lorsch.

• CEO of Ownership Associates Christopher Mackin.

• AFCSME organizer Kris Rondeau.

• Market Basket executives.



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