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Reimagining the Economy: What Would It Take to Put People First?


What if the way we work could be a catalyst for solving huge problems like inequality and climate change?

In the new book Democratize Work: The Case for Reorganizing the Economy , Harvard Business School Professor Julie Battilana and a dozen other social scientists argue that, with the right governance structures and norms in place, businesses could help put people, including their workers, and the planet back at their core. Through a series of essays, the book exposes the fault lines between democracy and capitalism and, building on alternative models of organizing like the cooperative presented in the excerpt below, the authors outline what a greener and fairer economy would look like.

Co-edited by Battilana, the Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the Alan L. Gleitsman Professor of Social Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, Isabelle Ferreras, professor of sociology at the Université catholique de Louvain and a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Worklife Program, and Dominique Méda, a professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in the Social Sciences of the Université Paris Dauphine, the essays offer a new architecture for the future of work. Democratize Work: The […]

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