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
Hi everyone! I’ve been taking a bit of a break after a crazy semester. Here’s a new podcast with Vesna Lucca and Corporate unplugged — it’s quite a bit more personal than usual — Vesna pushed me hard to think about what’s really important… https://t.co/VOrfNG3Mm61 people is talking about this
I recently recorded a new podcast on “Saving Capitalism from itself”. Rather fun, if you have time: https://t.co/FEwbZfrS5j11 people are talking about this
A nice piece on how mainstream economic thought — in this case represented by the Nobel Prize Winner Paul Romer — is increasingly coming to realize that effective government is critical to a healthy economy. (Who knew! Sigh…) https://t.co/igdU256ZSV7 people are talking about this
Japan is one of the world’s great nations with a fantastic track record of innovation. We need it to lead on #climate: that means @sugawitter @kantei committing to 50% emission cuts by 2030 – cuts in line with science and in line with the new economy.
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What happens when women run the economy? I’m very optimistic… https://t.co/l3QknUdc9j5 people are talking about this
There’s been some grumbling that this is too little too late, but I read the news that Delta and Coca-Cola have come out against voter suppression as *huge*. https://t.co/f1I93Y1xhB3 people are talking about this
David Gelles on the silence of the corporations based in Georgia about voting rights in the state… He links voting rights to the fight for racial justice, which sounds exactly right to me: https://t.co/HjoyGVtKg60 people are talking about this
A podcast I recorded recently with Spencer Glendon — ex Wellington Capital and one of the smartest people I know — just dropped. Spencer is both brilliant and terrifying. Well worth a listen.
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RT @Nasdaq: What happens to economic growth if climate erodes?
@HarvardHBS professor @RebeccaReCap and @WoodwellClimate senior fellow Spen…9 people are talking about this
Here’s a wonderful event I did in the Netherlands — featuring an amazing young leader — in three minutes! The essence of reimagining capitalism, if you don’t have time for the book….
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