Social Science and Technology Seminar Spring 2020
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Riitta Katila, Professor, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Tim Bresnahan, Professor, Department of Economics
Woody Powell, Professor, Department of Education
Chuck Eesley, Associate Professor, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford Technology Ventures Program
May 11, 2020
Rebecca Henderson (Harvard)
Reimagining Capitalism: Towards a theory of systemic change
Capitalism is one of the great inventions of the human race, but an increasing fraction of the world’s population say that “it’s not working for them”. What, if anything is wrong – and if something is wrong, can it be fixed and by whom? In my recently published book Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire I suggest that building a just and sustainable society requires bringing the free market back into balance with effective, transparent, democractically accountable government and strong civil society. I suggest that the private sector has both an ethical case and an economic case for supporting these kinds of institutional shifts, and sketch out the pathways through which this kind of change might occur.