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Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World

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Proven, Profitable, and Sustainable
For the past fifty years, leaders in the business world have believed that their sole responsibility is to maximize profit for shareholders. But this obsessive focus was a major cause of the abuses that nearly sunk the global economy in 2008. In this analytically rigorous and eminently practical book, Bruno Roche and Jay Jakub offer a
Published May 1st 2017 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book is overly generic and reads like a vision statement coupled with a summarized research paper. While perhaps beyond the scope of the book, the authors do not examine some common issues that negatively impact the free market such as bad governance, corporate greed, and education.

The high point of the book is a description about how modest investments in the economies of impoverished developing-world countries can have an outsized effect on the lives of many people. While I applaud the
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, business-csr
While there are nuggets of good information in here, I do not like how often the authors discount the effectiveness and/or ability of other CSR methodologies to make positive, sustainable change. Mars (one of the research sponsors), while trying, is not yet a major name in sustainability/CSR and it feels like they are trying to rise by pulling others down.
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Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Completing Capitalism is a book everyone who cares about creating value and doing good should read. Its metrics for better ways to measure business and profit will have profound impact on well being when implemented. It is written a little too academically, but its worth reading and rereading to get its points. Its tenets hold great promise for bringing prosperity and freedom around the world. ...more
Having met one of the authors, I felt obliged to read the book, and I'm glad I did. They introduce the concept "economics of mutuality" which, by their various field experiments, seem to have practical applications. Only if businesses can step up to truly change the current model of capitalism, which means they'd impact the world in so many ways.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Put a big old asterisk next to the "read" column for me, because I did a very light skim of this book for my work book club. I think this is a book that I would rather read an article about than actually read. The concepts are interesting, but the tone seemed super dry to me.
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