HBR gets to business as a means to make the world better (and not just in a “kind capitalism” CSR way)

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in purpose idea, Social business | One Comment

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We've (well, my good buddy Hugh and I have) written (and ranted) a lot over the last decade about the wierd selfishness of late 20th Century Capitalism and in particular the notion of the primary importance of shareholders' interests/value

This great piece by Henry Mintzberg really dissects the rise of the selfish corporation and the management class that has benefitted most from that rise.

And now, there's a great chat by Michael Porter of HBS around his notion of "shared value". Not much that is new to fans of "purpose ideas" and the purpose-led organisation – but it's interesting that a self-confessed old-school economist should find themselves acknowledging the civic and societal role of business.

Of course, the Economist doesn't like it…but are we surprised?

 

 

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    September 6, 2011

    And now, there’s a great chat by Michael Porter of HBS around his notion of “shared value”. Not much that is new to fans of “purpose ideas” and the purpose-led organisation – but it’s interesting that a self-confessed old-school economist should find themselves acknowledging the civic and societal role of business.