The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good


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Harper Business
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6.1 X 2.2 X 9.2 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

James O'Toole is the author of seventeen books, including Work in America and Vanguard Management. Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, and Founding Director of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership. While at USC, he held the University Associates' Chair of Management, served as Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, and editor of New Management magazine.


Brainy and provocative.--Financial Advisor
"A meticulous and captivating study... This comprehensive and thoughtful study of the often troubled relationship between business and benevolence will provide readers unexpected food for thought."--Publishers Weekly
"The book serves as an informative road map for leaders who dare to break the mold. A tapestry of remarkable characters, high drama, and entertaining story arcs for leaders of businesses large and small."--Kirkus Reviews
"As the issue is top of mind for Wall Street and Silicon Valley today, O'Toole's book will be a valuable collection of case studies on what works and what doesn't."--Business Insider
"James O'Toole's clear-eyed assessment of the history of 'enlightened capitalism' is a must-read for any business leader serious about shaping its future--and thus our own."--Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder, B Lab
"[An] admiring but unflinching survey... Mr. O'Toole has made a strong case that enlightened stewardship is in the interest of stockholders. In setting out to write a brief for social responsibility, he has delivered some managerial wisdom. Humanity in the corner office need not be altruistic; it may simply be good business."--Wall Street Journal
"[An] enormous but accessible book... Fascinating."--Financial Times