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Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership | January 10, 2020

Since 2017, the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership has been on the lookout for the best new books that bridge the worlds of business and academia. We look in particular for books that provide practical insights on how to live and work more ethically. Our 2019 list focuses on four emerging issues all ethical leaders are facing.

The Promise and Challenges of Business as a Force for Good

2019 was a year in which many leaders took grandstands on the social benefits of business: The Business Roundtable released a new statement on the purpose of a corporation, and the World Economic Forum published its “Davos Manifesto,” calling for a “new kind of capitalism.” In order to ensure that these grandstands are more than empty grandstanding, it is important for us to think deeply about the history and future of moral, socially-conscious capitalism. For a look at where moral capitalism is (or ought to be) going, check out Paul Colliers’s The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties. For the fascinating history of earlier capitalists who tried (and sometimes failed) to use business as a force for good, read The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good by James O’Toole.

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