Business Can’t Take Democracy for Granted
In this piece, Rebecca describes why businesses need to finally step up and support democracy. She describes three key ways to make this notion possible.
As the world struggles with issues ranging from inequality to climate change, there is a great thirst for innovative ideas on how businesses, governments and individual citizens can help solve our common problems. Explore my commentary on and analysis of these matters in such leading publications as the Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, The Quarterly Journal of Economic and the Strategic Management Journal.
In this piece, Rebecca describes why businesses need to finally step up and support democracy. She describes three key ways to make this notion possible.
In this bonus episode, Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Mihir Desai, and Rebecca Henderson share their thoughts and reflections on the violence at the U.S. Capitol.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir invite their new co-hosts, Harvard Business School professors Rebecca Henderson and Rawi Abdelal, onto the show to share their predictions for 2021, covering everything from business to politics to fashion.
In this recording, Rebecca joins Mariana Mazzucato, Jim O’Neill and Eila Kreivi to discuss green business and the ways in which it is important to the global economy.
In this interview, Rebecca speaks with Vikas Shah Mbe about whether our system of capitalism is broken and what can be done to re-imagine it for a better future.
US President-Elect Joe Biden will soon lead a country ravaged by COVID-19 and divided on a wide range of issues, including economic policy. In the latest installment of CoronaNomics, PS contributor Rebecca Henderson joins The Independent’s Ben Chu and The Telegraph’s Lizzy Burden to discuss what Bidenomics could and should look like.
Rebecca tells Nick and Goldy why businesses should reject the idea that the sole purpose of the corporation is to maximize shareholder value, and how businesses can help reform the market system.
In this interview, conducted by Sophie Roell of Five Books, Andrew Hill talks through the books that made the Best Business Books of 2020 shortlist—as well as offering some predictions for the year ahead.
Climate Change is out of control, leading many people to question whether it isn’t just fossil fuels, but our entire economic system, that needs to be replaced. In this episode, Rebecca talks through her own efforts to reconcile the climate crisis with her faith in the ingenuity of capitalism.
Rebecca joins Bela Shah and Preeta Bansal to discuss how capitalism can help put the world back in balance and be a force for good if only we can reimagine how it operates.
In this podcast episode, Rebecca joins Harvard Law’s Lucian Bebchuk, Alan Murray and Ellen McGrit to discuss how business today is changing and how we must find purpose beyond profit.
In this Business Insider piece, written by Paul Constant, Rebecca discusses how business could help create a sustainable future.
Rebecca gives an online lecture on how purpose impacts organizational performance.
Rebecca speaks with WIRED Editor-in-Chief, Greg Williams to discuss how we can develop models that deliver strong economic growth that ensures prosperity and wellbeing for human beings while also protecting and nurturing the planet.
Rebecca speaks with Anand Giridharadas about ways in which we can reimagine capitalism.
Rebecca is joined by a number of speakers to discuss ideas on how we can reimagine food systems to meet the climate change we are facing today.
In this TED talk, Rebecca describes how unchecked capitalism destabilizes the environment and harms human health — and makes the case for companies to step up and help fix the climate crisis they’re causing. Hear what a reimagined capitalism, in which companies pay for the climate damage they cause, could look like.
The world is on fire. Inequality is skyrocketing while climate change threatens to destabilize the entire economy. What can be done? Rebecca speaks with Professor Nava Ashraf about her new book, Reimagining Capitalism: How Business Can Save the World.
In this piece, Rebecca writes about her ongoing attempt to persuade businesspeople that solving climate change is both an economic and a moral necessity, and that the purpose of business is not only to make money but also to support the institutions that will enable us to build a sustainable world.
Rebecca speaks with Jennifer Crittenden on the “Dear Discreet Guide” podcast about how capitalism has let us down in recent decades.
In this episode Rebecca discusses her ideas on how to reimagine capitalism, ideas at the heart of the new book, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World in Fire”.
Rebecca joins J. Nicholas Ziegler, Professor of International and Public Affairs (Research), and Richard M. Locke, Provost and Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, for a discussion of her new book, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.
Rebecca has a conversation about her newly released book, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”, with Hive founder Ryan Allis.
In this interview, Rebecca discusses why capitalism needs a transformation, how the corona virus crisis has disrupted business-as-usual and her hopes for the future.
Rebecca has a conversation with Philip McKenzie on The Deep Dive Podcast about the concepts in her recently released book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”.
Rebecca discusses how strengthening democracy is the only way to ensure the survival of free-market capitalism.
Rebecca has a conversation with PBS News Anchor, Paul Solman, about her newly-released book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”.
Rebecca joins Azeem Azhar to share her vision of purpose-driven capitalism, where companies can make good profits by doing the right thing.
In this podcast, Rebecca speaks with Abigail Disney about the concept of capitalism and the role of the consumer in working towards cultural change.
Rebecca discusses her recently released book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire,” and the role she feels cooperatives can play in a post COVID-19 world.
We have an unprecedented opportunity to rein in capitalism’s excesses and reshape our democracy. Experts from MIT, Harvard, and more weigh in on how they would tackle the biggest problems.
Rebecca joins Chuck Jaffe on the Money Life podcast to discuss her book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.” Interview starts at 9:26.
Author and economist Rebecca Henderson of the Harvard Business School talks about her book Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Henderson argues that the focus on shareholder value threatens to destroy capitalism from within. Henderson argues that business leaders need to manage their companies differently in order to create a more humane and stable capitalism.
Rebecca chats with Aaron Niederhelman about “Reimagining Capitalism” and why she thinks focusing on sustainable agriculture can be a powerful source of positive environmental and social change.
Harvard economist Rebecca Henderson has had the opportunity to study corporate change – or the lack thereof – over the years. Her view is that the coronavirus crisis is another Kodak moment: a failure to act and transform the global economy will imperil all else.
Rebecca is featured alongside these 5 female economists shaping the field and moving economic theory into the future.
Rebecca Henderson spoke in this Town Hall Seattle livestream on May 10. Town Hall’s Wier Harman moderated the event.
Harvard economist Rebecca Henderson writes in her new book “Reimagining Capitalism” that the economic system is in danger.
Rebecca Henderson discusses her book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire” on Everyday MBA with Kevin Craine. Listen for three action items you can use today.
The following is a conversation between Rebecca Henderson, Author of Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, and Denver Frederick, the host of the Business of Giving.
Mark Kramer highlights Rebecca’s five principles for reforming capitalism to overcome climate change, inequality, and the collapse of democracy in this review of “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.”
Harvard University’s Rebecca Henderson argues that the fundamental purpose of capitalism needs to be re-examined. This virtual discussion with Paul Solman was hosted by Harvard Book Store.
An excerpt from Rebecca’s book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”.
The GreenBiz 350 Podcast talks with Rebecca about her new book, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.” “For me, a reimagined capitalism is a capitalism in balance,” she says.
Tackling one of the biggest crises of our time—climate change—requires leaders to embrace a new vision of business, argues Rebecca.
Andrew Hill reviews “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire” alongside John Elkington’s new book “Green Swans.”
This review from Katherine Dunn states, “The COVID-19 pandemic has given the ideas in her book, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, out today (April 28)—on the costs of inequality, climate change, and the duty of business to address those costs head-on—a perverse timeliness, making these issues not only relevant, but even appealing, to people who previously may not have touched them with a 10-foot pole.”
Rebecca Henderson, the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, shared her perspectives on how large organizations are changing in response to the coronavirus pandemic and climate change in this episode of “Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program,” a podcast produced by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.
Rebecca shares how the private sector can combat climate change in this Foreign Affairs spotlight on the issue.
As governments and businesses face down the coronavirus crisis, the question will be where this war leaves the challenge the world was facing before the coronavirus—and will face again after: climate change. In this piece on COVID and climate, Rebecca shares why she’s hopeful that the future will not look like business as usual.
Rebecca joins Harvard’s Presidential Committee on Sustainability to advise President Larry Bacow on the university’s sustainability vision, goals, strategy, and partnerships. This Harvard Gazette article shares the details.
Felix Oberholzer-Gee welcomes Harvard Business School professor Rebecca Henderson to this episode of HBS’s After Hours podcast, where she argues that capitalism needs to be reimagined in light of the urgency associated with climate change.
This Forbes piece highlights Rebecca’s “Environmental Insights” podcast with Robert Stavins, where she makes the argument that companies that do not prepare for climate change will regret it.
Rebecca shares the prologue to her book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire” in this piece for Harvard Magazine.
This list from EcoWatch of 14 great new environmental books coming out April 2020 includes books for eco-interested kids, dedicated activists and everyone in between.
Rebecca indicates why she believes the topic of her book is more urgent and salient than ever in light of COVID-19: “This seems to me absolutely the moment to be reimagining capitalism. Maybe not this week but in the weeks and months ahead.”
An HBR Ideacast conversation with Harvard Business School professor Rebecca Henderson on how companies and governments need to work together to fix what they’ve broken.
Free markets need free politics to thrive. Rebecca Henderson explains why in this Harvard Business Review Big Idea piece.
There are 2 types of purpose, according to a Harvard professor — but only one of them boosts company productivity. Here’s the question every manager should be asking to focus on the right kind of purpose, according to Rebecca.
George Serafeim discusses the merits of his and Rebecca’s popular HBS course “Reimagining Capitalism” and calls on corporations to include ESG metrics in their definitions of performance.
Forbes contributor Nigel Wilson describes 6 ways companies can increase corporate sustainability – and see a return on investment in the process.
Effectively acting on climate change requires the reinvention of almost everything — from our energy systems to the way we transport people and things. This won’t be easy or cheap, but as Professor Rebecca Henderson explains in this HBS Digital Initiative edition on climate disruption, there is still a strong business case to be made.
In this HBS Cold Call episode, Harvard Business School professors Rebecca Henderson and George Serafeim discuss the efforts of Hiro Mizuno, CIO of GPIF, the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund, one of the largest pools of capital in the world, to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues into every aspect of GPIF’s portfolio.
In this interview with The Harbus, Rebecca discusses firms’ role in society and why maximizing shareholder value shouldn’t be the end all be all of capitalism.
Rebecca joins The Hill’s “Rising” program to discuss her HBS course Reimagining Capitalism and to illustrate how capitalism has gone astray. Capitalism has been an incredible source of prosperity and innovation, but it is no longer being properly controlled and constrained and is thus failing to act as a solution to the considerable problems we face. Reimagining Capitalism aims to give MBA students the tools they need to change all that.
Capitalism’s future is increasingly in doubt for the first time in decades. Even America’s business elite worry that without some kind of intervention, the very system that made them rich may fail. Rebecca weighs in with her perspective.
More than 80 alumni and guests gathered on March 7 in Los Angeles for an HBS faculty-led discussion on business and climate change. Drawing on 10 years of research and her hugely successful MBA course, Professor Rebecca Henderson used her keynote talk, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire,” to lay out a practical roadmap for how business can help to turn our world around—and how HBS alumni can help.
How does purpose impact an organization’s performance? That’s the question Harvard Business School Professor Rebecca Henderson explored during a recent lecture streamed via Facebook Live.
Each year the Financial Times recognizes Outstanding Directors who play a key role in their boardrooms. These directors have gone above and beyond the call of duty and have demonstrated judgment and integrity while acting in the interest of their shareholders. As a 2019 recipient of FT’s Outstanding Director’s award, Rebecca will speak at the Outstanding Directors Exchange on November 12th and 13th, 2019 in New York City.
Jeff Turner, VP of Sustainability at DSM, shares his thoughts after appearing in Rebecca’s MBA course Reimagining Capitalism to discuss a case study on DSM and “hidden hunger.” Jeff states: “If we think that the responsibility lies solely with governments to address societal challenges – such as hidden hunger, climate change and resource consumption – then the creative power and executional capacity of the private sector will be left untapped.”
The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards seek to honor exceptional teaching that prepares students to respond to issues that are dramatically altering our economies and societies—from inequality, to climate change, to the expansion of automation and AI. With Reimagining Capitalism, 2018 award winner Rebecca Henderson has created a space where students can challenge received economic wisdom and map out concrete strategies to transform the system over the course of their own careers.
Innovation may seem like an overused “buzzword,” but research indicates it’s yet to lose its luster. The need for leading companies and economies to constantly reinvent themselves through new products, services and business models is an eternal demand of the marketplace. In this article, Stern Speakers highlights six outstanding women (including Rebecca) who are changing the way we think about building innovative companies, designing new products, improving core social services and reorganizing our entire economic system to maximize its innovative potential.
In this episode of the Work and Life Podcast, Stew Friedman and Rebecca talk about the ways in which firms have always been values-driven, even if the value was solely profit. Rebecca notes that companies that are actively trying to “make a difference” beyond their bottom line, companies that do not view a social purpose as distinct from their business aims, end up with a more engaged and productive workforce.
The world needs corporate leaders who are committed to values and ethics. To meet this goal, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria recently announced a major overhaul of LCA, the required leadership and ethics class. Rebecca will be the course head for the new class beginning June 2019.
Does it make sense to put employees on company boards? To make all corporations “Benefit Corporations”? In this piece Rebecca asks what it will take to persuade firms to focus on the longer term and the health of the world on which we all rely.
Rebecca’s MBA course “Reimagining Capitalism” not only enrolls nearly 300 students a year but is also attracting attention beyond Harvard.
The British invented the tank but the Germans exploited the idea. Kodak invented digital photography but went bankrupt nonetheless. Learning to act sustainably is already making many firms rich but many others are still sitting on the sidelines, wondering if it’s just a fad. In this fascinating Financial Times piece the FT’s Undercover Economist draws on Rebecca’s work to explore why firms have such difficulty taking advantage of good ideas – and what can be done in response.