Capitalism at Risk: How Business Can Lead in an Era of Disruption

Professors Joe Bower and Lynn Paine

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Program is presented twice:

Session 1: 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. EDT (Tuesday 11th: 10.30pm - 11.45pm Melbourne Time)

Session 2: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. EDT (Wednesday 12th 7.30am - 8.45am Melbourne Time)


In their 2011 book Capitalism at Risk, HBS Professors Joseph Bower, Herman “Dutch” Leonard, and Lynn Paine argued that market capitalism was under threat from an array of disruptive forces, including rising income inequality, climate change, mass migration, and the deterioration of vital preconditions such as the rule of law and good public health and education.  They urged business leaders to help mitigate these disruptors by turning them into opportunities for business growth. Since that time, the threats have worsened and been aggravated by corruption, misinformation, terrorism, and failed states, and critics of capitalism have proliferated around the globe.  In this timely virtual program for HBS alumni—and in a newly expanded and updated edition of their book—Professors Bower and Paine renew their call for business leaders to rise to the challenge and share lessons from examples of successful efforts to do so.

All-alumni programs are continuing to be offered. Check out the virtual programming calendar to see them as they are posted.  Recordings for select past sessions are also available to view.