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- DescriptionPublic trust in corporations plummeted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, when Lehman Brothers and General Motors became dirty words for many Americans. In Corporate Dreams, James Hoopes argues that Americans still place too much faith in corporations and, especially, in the idea of values-based leadership favored by most CEOs. The danger of corporations, he suggests, lies t just in their ecomic power, but also in how their confused and undemocratic values are infecting Americans visions of good governance. Corporate Dreams proposes that Americans need to radically rethink their relationships with big business and the government. Rather than buying into the corporate tion of values-based leadership, we should view corporate leaders with the same healthy suspicion that our democratic political tradition teaches us to view our political leaders. Unfortunately, the trend is moving the other way. Corporate tions of leadership are invading our democratic political culture when it should be the reverse. To diagse the cause and find a cure for our toxic attachment to corporate models of leadership, Hoopes goes back to the root of the problem, offering a comprehensive history of corporate culture in America, from the Great Depression to today s Great Recession. Combining a historian s careful eye with an insider s perspective on the business world, this provocative volume tracks changes in government ecomic policy, changes in public attitudes toward big business, and changes in how corporate executives view themselves. Whether examining the rise of Leadership Development programs or recounting JFK s Pyrrhic victory over U.S. Steel, Hoopes tells a compelling story of how America lost its way, ceding authority to the policies and values of corporate culture. But he also shows us how it s t too late to return to our democratic ideals and that it s t too late to restore the American dream.
- Author BiographyJAMES HOOPES is Murata Professor of Business Ethics at Babson College. He has written several books, on subjects ranging from business history to American political theory, including Hail to the CEO: George W. Bush and the Failure of Moral Leadership.
- Author(s)James Hoopes
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2011
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight481 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
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