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Book Review: In Search of Civilization: Remaking a Tarnished Idea

Book Review: In Search of Civilization: Remaking a Tarnished Idea Book by John Armstrong, published by Penguin Books Australia, 2009 Reviewed by Dr Joseph Collins In Search of Civilization helps us explore a philosophical journey about the idea of civilization.  It begins with seemingly benign propositions: civilization ‘shapes its members’ sense of right from wrong’, ‘it’s all to do with the sophisticated pursuit of pleasure’ and ‘it requires a high level of intellectual and artistic … Continue reading

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How the Best Indian Companies Drive Performance by Investing in People

by Peter Cappelli, Harbir Singh, Jitendra V. Singh, and Michael Useen. The Harvard Business Review, March 2010. Practices associated with effective leadership vary across cultures. This piece from the Harvard Business Review highlights the ways leaders of highly-regarded Indian companies focus their energies. The findings are based on interviews of 105 leaders from 98 of the largest Indian-based companies, such as Tata, Reliance, Aventis, and Infosys. Unlike Western CEOs who often claim that cleverness at … Continue reading

Posted in Corporate Responsibility, Issue 7: Winter 2010 | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Now What? Three Success Factors for Translating the Corporate Responsibility to Respect into Practice

by Faris Natour, Leading Perspectives: A Trends and Solutions Publication from Business for Social Responsibility; Spring 2009. Corporate responsibility for human rights is a hot topic. As part of the discussions over the last few years, UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, facilitated the development of a conceptual framework: ‘Protect, Respect, and Remedy.’ It asserts that the state maintains its duty to protect citizens from corporate human rights abuses. The corporate … Continue reading

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Book Review: Creating a World Without Poverty

Book by Muhammad Yunus. Reviewed by Barbara Merz. Creating a World Without Poverty could easily have been a retrospective. After all, its author has plenty to reflect upon. Instead, the book is unmistakably forward-looking. This book presents a compelling vision for the future of capitalism. It envisions a market where social businesses emerge to address social issues. Muhammad Yunus could have rested on his laurels when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Corporate Responsibility, Ethics, Issue 4: Spring 2009, Social Enterprise, Social Investment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Fulfill the Dream of Leading a Non-Profit

by David Simms and Wayne Luke, The Harvard Business Review, January 2009. The authors of this Harvard Business Review article have worked with several hundred private sector executives seeking to transition to social-sector leadership positions. Their advice to corporate employers? Start lending a hand. Employer programs that help people move into nonprofits can make restless managers more productive and bolster a corporation’s CSR goals. This article cites a study where 9.5% of U.S. workers between … Continue reading

Posted in Corporate Responsibility, Issue 2: Summer 2009 | Tagged , , , | Comments Off