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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.

  • Driving Solutions for Climate Ready Food Systems

    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.

    The New York Times Climate Hub
  • TED Talk “To save the climate, we have to reimagine capitalism”

    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.

    TED
  • Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

    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.

    The Marshall Institute
  • Climate in the Boardroom: Struggling to Reconcile Business as Usual & the End of the World as We Know It

    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.

    Daedalus on "Witnessing Climate Change"
  • Reimagining Capitalism with Rebecca Henderson

    Rebecca speaks with Jennifer Crittenden on the “Dear Discreet Guide” podcast about how capitalism has let us down in recent decades.

    Dear Discreet Guide Podcast
  • The Sustainability Agenda Interview with Rebecca Henderson

    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”.

    The Sustainability Agenda
  • Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire book talk

    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.

    Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
  • A conversation with Ryan Allis, founder of Hive

    Rebecca has a conversation about her newly released book, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”, with Hive founder Ryan Allis.

    Hive Interview
  • Q&A: HBS Prof. Rebecca Henderson On Reimagining Capitalism “Economic Growth Is Faster In Healthy Societies”

    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. 

    Green Queen
  • Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire – A Conversation with Rebecca Henderson

    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”.

    The Deep Dive
  • Democracy Is in Trouble. Business Must Help Fix It.

    Rebecca discusses how strengthening democracy is the only way to ensure the survival of free-market capitalism. 

    Harvard Business Review
  • Reimagining Capitalism with Rebecca Henderson – Net Impact 2020 Virtual Event Series

    Rebecca has a conversation with PBS News Anchor, Paul Solman, about her newly-released book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”. 

    Net Impact 2020 Virtual Event Series
  • Reimagining Capitalism for a Broken World

    Rebecca joins Azeem Azhar to share her vision of purpose-driven capitalism, where companies can make good profits by doing the right thing.

    Azeem Azhar's Exponential View Podcast Presented by HBR
  • Is Business Ethics An Oxymoron?

    In this podcast, Rebecca speaks with Abigail Disney about the concept of capitalism and the role of the consumer in working towards cultural change. 

    Fork Films - All Ears Podcast
  • Rebecca Henderson discusses her book, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”

    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.

    Everything Co-op Podcast
  • 6 experts on how capitalism will emerge after COVID-19

    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.

    Fast Company
  • Voya’s Zemsky: Stocks aren’t too expensive now, but bonds are

    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.

    Money Life Podcast
  • Rebecca Henderson on Reimagining Capitalism

    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.

    The Library of Economics and Liberty
  • Sourcing Matters Podcast Ep. 97: Rebecca Henderson

    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.

    Sourcing Matters Show
  • We cannot return to the old ways

    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.

    Wired
  • 5 Economists Redefining… Everything. Oh Yes, And They’re Women

    Rebecca is featured alongside these 5 female economists shaping the field and moving economic theory into the future.

    Forbes
  • Have we reached ‘the beginning of the great change?’ This professor is hopeful we have

    Rebecca Henderson spoke in this Town Hall Seattle livestream on May 10. Town Hall’s Wier Harman moderated the event.

    KUOW
  • Harvard economist warns the coronavirus has exposed massive inequality in the US — and if business leaders don’t step up it could put capitalism in crisis

    Harvard economist Rebecca Henderson writes in her new book “Reimagining Capitalism” that the economic system is in danger.

    Business Insider
  • Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

    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.

    Everyday MBA Podcast
  • HBS Professor Rebecca Henderson on “Reimagining Capitalism”

    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.

    The Business of Giving Podcast
  • Big Structural Change

    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.”

    Stanford Social Innovation Review
  • Rebecca Henderson presents “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire” with Paul Solman

    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.

    C-SPAN
  • How a strong shared sense of purpose can help companies succeed

    An excerpt from Rebecca’s book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”.

    GreenBiz
  • Episode 218: What’s next for sustainability careers, 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. 

    GreenBiz
  • Fighting Climate Change Requires a New Capitalism

    Tackling one of the biggest crises of our time—climate change—requires leaders to embrace a new vision of business, argues Rebecca.

    HBS Working Knowledge
  • The business of saving the world

    Andrew Hill reviews “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire” alongside John Elkington’s new book “Green Swans.”

    Financial Times
  • ‘It doesn’t have to be quite so destructive’: A Harvard Business School professor reimagines capitalism

    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.”

    Fortune
  • Organizational responses to COVID-19 and climate change: A conversation with Rebecca Henderson

    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.

    Harvard Environmental Insights Podcast
  • The Unlikely Environmentalists

    Rebecca shares how the private sector can combat climate change in this Foreign Affairs spotlight on the issue.

    Foreign Affairs
  • Coronavirus fight could prove fatal for another global challenge: Addressing climate change

    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.

    Fortune
  • New committee to advise Bacow on sustainability goals

    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. 

    Harvard Gazette
  • Reimagining Capitalism (with Rebecca Henderson)

    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.

    HBS After Hours Podcast
  • Now That We Know We Can Change, Harvard Economist Says, We’d Better

    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. 

    Forbes
  • Taking the Plunge

    Rebecca shares the prologue to her book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire” in this piece for Harvard Magazine.

    Harvard Magazine
  • 14 Inspiring New Environmental Books to Read During the Pandemic

    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.

    EcoWatch
  • ESG in the coronavirus chaos; ‘world on fire’; where’s the BRT?

    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.”

    Financial Times
  • Why Capitalists Need to Save Democracy

    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.

    HBR Ideacast
  • The Business Case for Saving Democracy

    Free markets need free politics to thrive. Rebecca Henderson explains why in this Harvard Business Review Big Idea piece.

    Harvard Business Review
  • How Corporate Purpose Is Often Misunderstood

    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.

    Business Insider
  • Companies must include environmental and social performance measures

    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. 

    Financial Times
  • ESG Notebook: 6 Practical Approaches To Increasing Corporate Sustainability

    Forbes contributor Nigel Wilson describes 6 ways companies can increase corporate sustainability – and see a return on investment in the process.

    Forbes
  • Sustainability is an Innovation Problem

    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.

    HBS Digital Initiative
  • Should a Pension Fund Try to Change the World?

    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.

    HBS Cold Call Podcast
  • Reimagining Capitalism

    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. 

    The Harbus
  • Harvard Business Professor Rebecca Henderson discusses new class aimed at reimagining 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.

    The Hill
  • Female protester holding a "planet over profit" sign

    Capitalism in crisis: U.S. billionaires worry about the survival of the system that made them rich

    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.

    Washington Post
  • Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

    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.

    HBS Alumni Stories
  • HBS Professor Explores the Impact Purpose Can Have on Your Organization

    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.

    HBS Online
  • Financial Times Outstanding Directors Exchange

    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.

    Financial Times
  • A lesson from ‘Reimagining Capitalism’: No Objective Reality

    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.”

    LinkedIn
  • Ideas Worth Teaching: Reimagining Capitalism

    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. 

    Aspen Institute
  • 6 Women Changing the Way We Think About Innovation

    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. 

    Stern Speakers
  • Work and Life Podcast with Stew Friedman

    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.

    Work and Life Podcast
  • Business Schools Have a Vital Role in Teaching Trust

    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.

    Financial Times
  • What Would It Take to Get Businesses to Focus Less on Shareholder Value?

    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.

    Harvard Business Review
  • Two HBS Faculty Win Prizes for Their Course in Sustainability

    Rebecca’s MBA course “Reimagining Capitalism” not only enrolls nearly 300 students a year but is also attracting attention beyond Harvard.

    HBS Press Release
  • Why Big Companies Squander Good Ideas

    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.

    Financial Times