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The role of business in the modern world : progress, pressures and prospects for the market economy

Author: David Henderson; New Zealand Business Roundtable.
Publisher: Wellington, N.Z. : New Zealand Business Roundtable, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"... Prof. David Henderson argues that now, as in the past, the primary role of business is to act as a vehicle for economic progress. This role depends upon business enterprises operating within the framework of a competitive market economy. If we ask businesses to achieve broader social goals, we risk undermining the very system in which business activity leads to opportunity and prosperity ... The material  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Henderson; New Zealand Business Roundtable.
ISBN: 1877148857 9781877148859
OCLC Number: 156886675
Notes: Originally published: London : Institute of Economic Affairs, 2004.
Description: 208 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Setting the scene --
Economic progress and the role of business --
Globalisation, 'civil society' and 'global governance' --
Global salvationism and consensus pressures --
Profits, welfare and virtue --
Reinforcing the primary role --
Capitalism, collectivism and businsss : a 60 year perspective. 1. Setting the scene --
2. Economic progress and the role of business --
3. Globalisation, civil society and global governance --
4. Global salvation and consensus pressures --
5. Profits, welfare and virtue --
6. Reinforcing the primary role --
7. Capitalism, collectivism and business: a 60-year perspective.
Responsibility: David Henderson ; foreword by George Kailis.

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"... Prof. David Henderson argues that now, as in the past, the primary role of business is to act as a vehicle for economic progress. This role depends upon business enterprises operating within the framework of a competitive market economy. If we ask businesses to achieve broader social goals, we risk undermining the very system in which business activity leads to opportunity and prosperity ... The material prosperity created by the activities of business is threatened by the global salvationist consensus that has arisen in recent years which seeks to change the role of business via the doctrine of corporate social responsibility. Prof. Henderson shows that this consensus is based upon a set of fallacious beliefs about the nature of capitalism, profiteering and business enterprise"--P. 4 of cover.

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