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
For the academics amongst us — IESE is hosting what should be a seriously interesting conversation about corporate purpose later this week https://t.co/nntMKUaFiV0 people are talking about this
I can’t resist retweeting this… is it causation? Or correlation? Who knows — but it’s very interesting… My guess is that embracing more women as leaders would be helpful in many ways. https://t.co/VNAUf7Pw7C8 people are talking about this
RT @AOC: The whole conversation about the GND “killing jobs” is a fossil fuel lobbyist talking point that neglects the fact that MILLIONS m…26009 people are talking about this
I really enjoyed this piece from @ArthurBrooks — at the same time as it left me wondering if the forces he identifies aren’t amplified by factors like our despair over climate change, and our rage at how badly our society treats those at the bottom… https://t.co/FdD2mIrIEk0 people are talking about this
This was tremendously fun to make. Nick and Goldy asked the difficult questions… https://t.co/e49uP8r2mi1 people is talking about this
A fun piece in the FT: https://t.co/uXvs5zJLAW1 people is talking about this
A week tomorrow — Saturday October 31st — I’ll be talking to https://t.co/CzWXcX6wsk, #awakincall — a network devoted to “waking up to wisdom in stillness and community”. We’ll be particularly focused on my recent Daedalus piece. You can register here: https://t.co/jBgGrcCQkX2 people are talking about this
RT @Public_Citizen: Federal minimum wage:
2016: $7.25…32786 people are talking about this
Ok, I will admit to catching up on several weeks’ worth of tweets — but of all the pieces I’ve written this year, this is by far my favorite: “Climate in the Boardroom: Struggling to Reconcile Business as Usual & the End of the World” https://t.co/jDR5V3dDyu13 people are talking about this
But if I had to choose, I’d go with @DavidLammy — the UK Shadow Secretary for Justice. Climate Justice cannot happen without Racial Justice. Plus the talk itself is brilliant. https://t.co/zSVjgifoy64 people are talking about this