Fire of Invention: Civil Society and the Future of the Corporation

Fire of Invention: Civil Society and the Future of the Corporation

by Michael Novak


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A must-read book for every CEO-Robert C. Goizueta, CEO, The Coca-Cola Company A brilliant, succinct analysis of the American corporation today. Novak convincingly portrays this much-reviled institution as an unparalleled creator of wealth, mobilizing people and capital to perform innovative, complex tasks, its very independence from government making it a vital bulwark for democracy and liberty.—Forbes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847686650
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Michael Novak is the author of more than twenty-five books, a co-founder and former publisher of Crisis, and a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Forbes. Novak is the winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize. He lives in Washington DC.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: A Spirit Born from the Sea Part 2 Part One: The Future of the Corporation Chapter 3 What Is a Corporation? Chapter 4 The Corporation and Civil Society Chapter 5 The Stakeholder Society Chapter 6 The end of the Republican Experiment? Part 7 Part Two: The Fire of Invention, the Fuel of Interest Chapter 8 The Grand Historical Adventure Chapter 9 From Lincoln to John Paul II Chapter 10 Some Clarifications Chapter 11 Five Disputed Questions Chapter 12 But Isn’t Genetics Different? Chapter 13 Does a Patent Regime Protect Private Interests or Public Good? Chapter 14 Conclusion Part 15 Part Three: On Corporate Governance Chapter 16 What Is the Business Corporation? Chapter 17 Executive Energy Chapter 18 The Ant and the Elephant Chapter 19 Why Do Firms Exist? Chapter 20 Pirates! Chapter 21 Mutual Funds and Pension Funds Chapter 22 Looking for the Right Stuff Chapter 23 A Well-Lighted Place Chapter 24 On Envy: "Thou Shalt Not Covet" Chapter 25 Two Types of Inequality Chapter 26 Justifying Unequal Compensation Chapter 27 Against Appeasement Chapter 28 A Cheerful View at the End of a Sorry Century Chapter 29 Appendix: The Legend of the Bay Steed Chapter 30 Notes Chapter 31 Index

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