“Christopher Marquis is one of the world’s leading experts on the dynamics of business and social innovation”
– Adam M. Grant, author of Originals and Give and Take and host of the TED podcast Worklife
Chris’ research and writing takes a sociological perspective and focuses on how some of the most significant problems today including the west’s relations with China and corporations’ exploitation of society and the environment result from the economics-driven assumptions that pervade our world. By examining how culture, ideology and social and political structures can be changed, his work points toward a more equitable and sustainable future.
The Profiteers: How Business Privatizes Profits and Socializes Costs
A provocative investigation into the real costs of doing business today that challenges key operating assumptions of the corporate world, revealing how business profits from the public commons, shirks responsibility, and passes the costs to us. But The Profiteers is not just an expose of how businesses’ “free lunch” has led to climate and environmental damage, racism, low wages, and cheap goods. It also brings to light-of-day a new paradigm for tomorrow’s virtuous cycle capitalism based on emerging practices of regeneration, circularity and equity and tells the stories of a group of pioneers trying to not just reform but transform the way business is conducted all over the world.
Publication date: May 15, 2024.
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Mao and Markets: The Communist Roots of Chinese Enterprise
It was long assumed that as China embraced open markets and private enterprise, its state-controlled economy would fall by the wayside as free markets would inevitably lead to a more liberal society. Instead, China’s growth over the past four decades has positioned state capitalism as a durable foil to the orthodoxy of free markets, to the confusion of many in the West. This thoroughly researched assessment shows how China’s economic success continues to be shaped by the communist ideology of Chairman Mao.
Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism
Better Business tells the story of the rise of a new corporate form – the B Corporation. B Corps undergo a rigorous certification process, overseen by the non-profit B Lab, and commit to putting social benefits, the rights of workers, community impact, and environmental stewardship on equal footing with financial shareholders. Informed by over a decade of research, Better Business explores how this movement has spread in the United States and internationally, and explains why the future of B Corporations is vital for us all.