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