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Performance and Progress: Essays on Capitalism, Business, and Society

Subramanian Rangan


The prevailing aspiration of business is performance, while that of society is progress. Capitalism, both the paradigm and practice, sits at the intersection of these dual aspirations, and the chapters in this volume explore its fraught status there. Contributions to this volume address questions such as what's the problem with capitalism?; is the problem just with the practice or with the very paradigm?; what is progress and who is responsible for it?; what evolution is required at the individual, system, and paradigm level so that enterprises and the executives who lead them may better integ ... More

Keywords: capitalism, performance, progress, philosophy, paradigm evolution, integration, business, society

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Subramanian Rangan, editor
Professor of Strategy and Management and The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court Endowed Chair in Societal Progress, INSEAD

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Part I Problem

Chapter 4 Corruption

David Schmidtz

Problem: Discussion Summary

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Part II Progress

Chapter 7 On Progress

Philip Kitcher

Progress: Discussion Summary

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PART III Balancing and Trade-Offs

Chapter 15 A Unique Opportunity

Jim Hagemann Snabe

Part IV Choices and Preferences

Chapter 18 Whither The Good Firm

Harrison HongInessa Liskovich

Part V Power and Trust

Chapter 26 Trust and Power

Bertrand Collomb