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Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World's Most Difficult Problems

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Capitalism is indeed at a crossroads, facing international terrorism, worldwide environmental change, and an accelerating backlash against globalization. Companies are at crossroads, too: finding new strategies for profitable growth is now more challenging. Both sets of problems are intimately linked. Learn how to identify sustainable products and technologies that can dri

Hardcover, 241 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Wharton School Publishing
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Jacob Lehman
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Optimistic and yet clear-eyed view of how corporations will need to evolve to embrace sustainable practices, environmentally, and culturally. Somewhat inspiring to think about local, low-cost solutions for the BoP: I loved the goal of "impatient for profits, patient for growth." I probably lean somewhat more skeptical around business' ability to realize the stated benefits purely in profit/bottom-line terms, but it's cause for modest hope. ...more
Mark Oppenlander
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes, I miss optimism. The daily headlines about poverty, warfare, disease and economics seem overwhelmingly bleak. At times like this, it is good to have a book like "Capitalism at the Crossroads" near at hand.

This is another volume that was recommended to me as a "top business book." It is a book written for a popular or lay audience by a business academic. As such, it is at times a touch dry and pedantic. But the content far outweighs those mild downsides. Dr. Stuart Hart is one of the f
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Capitalism at the Crossroads begins by showing why our current model of capitalism is unsustainable. The book takes 'the contrarian's' view that business is uniquely equipped to lead us toward a sustainable world. Properly focused, the profit motive can accelerate (not inhibit) the transformation toward global susta
Siddharth Jain
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Stuart L Hart needs no mention in the academic circle of sustainability. One of the founding fathers of theory of sustainability and bottom of pyramid (together with late C.K Prahlad), Hart presents bold ideas of sustainability and how the private sector is ideally positioned for a social and environmental change. Not only does he make a case that it is required but also how companies can profit from sustainable ideas and business models. He recommends a complete change in thinking and business ...more
Peep Laja
Jun 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in developmental issues and sustainable business
Informative and well-written book, I found it to be better and easier to read than The Fortune At The Bottom Of The Pyramid.

Author makes a convincing case that capitalism will thrive by embracing sustainability, so it is imperative that it will do so.
Inara Scott
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's time to stop thinking of business and sustainability as being in opposition. There are a wealth of opportunities for positive social change and development in new approaches and new thinking to the impact of business and the use of capital. Read this book to start thinking differently. ...more
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Sustainable global enterprise as the key to reducing poverty, reversing environmental destruction, and counteracting terrorism
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