Management Reset: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness

Management experts Lawler and Worley (authors of the bestselling Built to Change) have developed a set of management principles that enable organizations to be both successful and responsible. Existing command & control and high-involvement management styles depend too much on stable conditions and focus too narrowly on economic outcomes. They convincingly argue that we need to “reset” our approach to management to one that fits … [ Read more ]

Hell’s Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler’s War Machine

British journalist Jeffreys (Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug) presents a compelling account of the comprehensive collaboration of Germany’s major chemical conglomerate with Adolf Hitler’s genocidal dictatorship. The fourth largest industrial concern in the world, IG Farben was a key element of German foreign policy. Its employees were well treated. Its scientists won Nobel prizes. Its administrators created an international network controlling the … [ Read more ]

From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Manage

Is management a profession? Should it be? Can it be? This major work of social and intellectual history reveals how such questions have driven business education and shaped American management and society for more than a century. The book is also a call for reform. Rakesh Khurana shows that university-based business schools were founded to train a professional class of managers in the mold of … [ Read more ]

The Market For Virtue: The Potential And Limits Of Corporate Social Responsibility

Activists often find it easier and faster to influence corporate behavior than craft legislation. But such company-focused efforts may be shortsighted and unlikely to stick, argues David Vogel. As he explains in his book, The Market for Virtue, lasting social change needs a combination of solid governmental support and committed corporate action.

Vogel, a professor of business ethics at the Haas School of Business and a … [ Read more ]

The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today’s Business

The suddenly hot topic of corporate governance is further deepened in this title, a collection of columns on business ethics first published in The New York Times. The broad categories tackled here include corporate ethics, policies, hiring, bosses, privacy, “lying, cheating, and stealing,” and leading by example. The strength in this collection is the real-word examples, bolstered by interviews with people involved in an issue … [ Read more ]

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits

The world’s most exciting, fastest-growing new market? It’s where you least expect it: at the bottom of the pyramid. Collectively, the world’s billions of poor people have immense entrepreneurial capabilities and buying power. You can learn how to serve them and help millions of the world’s poorest people escape poverty.

It is being done-profitably. Whether you’re a business leader or an anti-poverty activist, business guru Prahalad … [ Read more ]

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

Journalist Bornstein (The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank) profiles nine indomitable champions of social change who developed innovative ways to address needs they saw around them in places as distinct as Bombay, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and inner-city Washington, D.C. As these nine grew influential when their ingenious ideas proved ever more widely successful, they came to the attention … [ Read more ]

Building Tomorrow’s Company: A Guide to Sustainable Business Success

Building Tomorrow’s Company is about a new and revolutionary phase in market-based capitalism–the ‘inclusive’ approach to business. The inclusive approach is about balancing short-term priorities (profitability) with sustainability, corporate social responsibility and environmental accountability. The basic message is that if businesses are to succeed–indeed to survive–in the 21st century, they must take into account the social and environmental consequences of their activities. Packed with the … [ Read more ]

Socially Responsible Investment: A Global Revolution

With a focus on corporate governance and business ethics, this timely book covers the evolution of socially responsible investing over time and around the world. Author Russell Sparkes is a U.K.-based authority with a bird’s eye view on the global perspective. Chapters cover Britain’s historic 2001 SRI regulations, as well as what Japan and Europe at large are doing in the field of SRI. Interestingly, … [ Read more ]

What Matters Most: How a Small Group of Pioneers Is Teaching Social Responsibility to Big Business, and Why Big Business Is L

If you want your business to thrive, you’d better start paying attention to its values. Jeffrey Hollender, CEO of Seventh Generation, a brand of environmentally safe household products, and Stephen Fenichell, a professional writer, see harbingers for change in the way some companies do business. Religious and business leaders embroiled in scandal, networked global awareness, and an expectation of transparency that embeds reporters with soldiers … [ Read more ]

Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

The history of the twentieth century is most often told through its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, or its economic upheavals. In his startling new book, J. R. McNeill gives us our first general account of what may prove to be the most significant dimension of the twentieth century: its environmental history. To a degree unprecedented in human history, we have refashioned … [ Read more ]

Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization

A look at the profound implications of accelerating globalization for our planet’s health, and a prescription for the action necessary to cope with this challenge.
Our world is shrinking fast: goods, money, microbes, pollution, people, and ideas are crossing borders with growing ease. National governments are ill-suited for tackling the problems that result, from climate change, to the soaring trade in limited resource commodities like … [ Read more ]

Counting What Counts: Turning Corporate Accountability to Competitive Advantage

In this golden age of investment returns, we often think of corporate performance one way: Did it make enough money, or didn’t it? But corporations themselves have stopped viewing performance by this one measure, according to Epstein, a long-time researcher, and Birchard, a financial journalist. Instead, companies view the bottom line a number of ways: customer loyalty, employee retention, and shareholder value. The pivot point … [ Read more ]

Value Shift: Why Companies Must Merge Social and Financial Imperatives to Achieve Superior Performance

Harvard Business School professor Lynn Sharp Paine had been studying corporate malfeasance long before the Enron debacle. In this book she attempts to introduce readers to an “emerging new standard of corporate performance one that encompasses both moral and financial dimensions.” Based on her researching, teaching and consulting experiences over the past 20 years, Paine has amassed an in-depth understanding of corporate values. She uses … [ Read more ]

Saving the Corporate Soul—and (Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own: Eight Principles for Creating and Preserving Wealth and Well-Being

Journalist Batstone says “…a corporation has the potential to act with soul when it puts its resources at the service of the people it employs and the public it serves.” Toward that end, he proposes and describes a grab bag of corporate values: alignment of leadership and stakeholders, transparency, local and global citizenship, customer and employee care, environmental responsibility, and commitment to human equality and … [ Read more ]

A New View of Society and Other Writings

“In an era when “dark, satanic mills” were the norm, Owen took young children out of his Scottish factory and put them in a school he funded. He invented day care, unemployment insurance, contributory sickness and retirement plans, and a credit union. He reduced his employees’ workdays from 13 to 10 hours, gave them job security during recessions, and established their right to appeal supervisors’ … [ Read more ]

Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet

This is a penetrating exploration of the challenge of business ethics – free of preachy prescriptions – from three of today’s most influential psychologists. The book, based on a five-year study of multiple professions, examines the kinds of changes that would probably need to occur in business management for ethics-oriented systems to take root.

Cannibals With Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business

Polish poet Stanislaw Lec asked, “Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?” Elkington applies the question to twenty-first-century capitalism as he ponders whether holding corporations accountable to a “triple bottom-line” of economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social justice constitutes progress. Elkington cofounded SustainAbility, a London consulting firm that advises major corporations on how to be more environmentally sensitive and socially active while prospering … [ Read more ]

The End of Shareholder Value: Corporations at the Crossroad

Kennedy argues that the corporate boardroom’s preoccupation with shareholder value has led companies to mortgage their futures for today’s higher stock price. It also created a class of entrepreneurs who, for a brief time, were able to sell companies to a gullible investing public at unsupportable prices. The author offers a host of boardroom reforms, with an eye on making this body more responsive to … [ Read more ]

Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your Enterprising Nonprofit

A complete set of tools for applying entrepreneurial strategies and techniques to your nonprofit
As a follow-up to their book Enterprising Nonprofits, the authors of Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs provide a full set of practical tools for putting the lessons of business entrepreneurship to work in your nonprofit. The book offers hands-on guidance that helps social sector leaders hone their entrepreneurial skills and carry … [ Read more ]