Providing solutions – and hope – for a world in crisis. We must change the rules to bring business back into balance with the planet.
It is possible to create a better, more sustainable future. But only if we act with urgency – and in concert with one another. This belief has driven Rebecca’s work for the last ten years and is at the heart of her latest endeavor: “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire,” (Hachette, 2020) a soon-to-be-published book that spells out how business can become a critical ally in the battle to rethink capitalism.
A prominent economist and influential professor (The John and Natty McArthur University professor at Harvard), Rebecca is one of the world’s most articulate, insightful and persuasive scholars focused on driving large-scale change. A leading authority in organizational and strategic change for more than thirty years, today her research, teaching and speaking centers on purpose-driven capitalism and the role that business leaders at every level can play in reimagining our current system.
In the classroom, Rebecca inspires her students in “Reimagining Capitalism,” the most successful MBA elective course launched at HBS in the last five years. She also teaches in HBS’ Executive Education program. Additionally, she is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau for Economic Research, a sustainability advisor to several of the world’s largest companies, and a board member at Amgen and IDEXX Laboratories, both S&P 500 Companies. Now she’s bringing her ideas mainstream. “Reimagining Capitalism” (Hachette, 2020) offers both a new intellectual framing and a plausible path forward for a capitalism that has lost its commitment to freedom and prosperity in the single-minded pursuit of maximizing shareholder value.
Ideas for advancing innovation, sustainability and economic transformation
Reimagining Capitalism (2020)
It’s the most successful economic system to have ever existed, but capitalism is in danger of destroying itself – and our world. Reimagining Capitalism gets to the heart of what’s wrong with modern capitalism and lays out a pragmatic roadmap for how business can help to catalyze the systemic change we need to build a capitalism that works for everyone.
Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective (2015)
Business leaders are increasingly pressured to transform their companies into sustainable organizations – not just by an environmentally conscious public but by investors as well. Through a sequence of case studies, including IBM, DuPont and Cemex, this book shows readers how to lead impactful change.
Accelerating Energy Innovation: Insights from Multiple Sectors (2011)
From agriculture to IT, our world has seen many transformations that have improved our quality of life. This National Bureau of Economic Research report shows how a mixture of government policy and private sector initiatives have driven rapid change across a wide range of industries, and how a similar set of policies can be used again to transform our energy markets, addressing the looming threat of climate change while making energy more sustainable and affordable over the long term.
Connect with Rebecca
This partnership would have seemed wildly unlikely just a few years ago… but #windpower has proven to be a surprisingly helpful ally for farmers in rural America. https://t.co/T3S6OeXSLq1 people is talking about this
A tale of two cities — and a glimpse into the threats that 600 million people living in coastal regions face as climate change begins to properly encroach on our daily lives… https://t.co/ZB15QjEQjk5 people are talking about this
Jeff Bezos is joining the climate fight with a $10 billion(!) fund aimed at finding climate solutions. Fabulous, but here’s hoping that some of it goes towards addressing the political problems we face — which to my mind are the real roadblocks to progress.https://t.co/tSbpE1RFNX2 people are talking about this
#RenewableEnergy projects make more financial sense than ever thanks to a 77% decline in solar panel prices and an 87% fall in lithium-ion battery prices over the past decade…
Sustainability is an innovation problem. https://t.co/S6K00uowS30 people are talking about this
The world has changed almost beyond recognition in the 21st century, and along with it the social contract. Growing distrust in institutions and ballooning inequality are two worrying stressors that should be addressed in the coming years. Via @McKinsey https://t.co/Fi9uBR2epm3 people are talking about this
CEO salaries have risen 940% (!) since 1978, while pay for the average worker has grown only 12% over the same timeframe. In response California has introduced a bill limiting the ratio of CEO to worker pay. Should firms heed this as a sign of the future? https://t.co/vi3rQ8LR583 people are talking about this
RT @jasonhickel: “Climate change is, among other things, an unconscionable assault on the poor.”
—Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on…215 people are talking about this
An aggressive piece exploring the declining prosecution of corporate malfeasance that makes a strong case for the importance of government action if those who cheat and steal are not to pull the entire private sector down with them…. https://t.co/qlBdAzGhXm1 people is talking about this
RT @AssaadRazzouk: Good climate news of the week
1 Global energy-related emissions stopped rising in 2019
2 UK ban on new petrol, diesel, h…63 people are talking about this
Check out the powerful growth of #wind in the 2010s… https://t.co/xfuKk0gS1v1 people is talking about this