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Stuart L. Hart

Capitalism at the Crossroads, 2005

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Stuart L. Hart (born 1952) is one of the world’s leading academics on the implications of sustainable development and environmentalism for business strategy.

Hart obtained a Bachelor of Arts in General Science from the University of Rochester in 1974, a Master of Forestry Science in Environmental Management from Yale University in 1976 and a PhD in Planning and Strategy from the University of Michigan in 1983.

Hart is the Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University. Before coming to the Johnson School, he taught strategic management and founded both the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP) at the University of Michigan. He has consulted or served as management educator for many corporations and organisations throughout the world.

Hart has published over 50 papers and authored or edited five books. He wrote the seminal article ‘Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World’, which won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in Harvard Business Review in 1997, and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the groundbreaking 2002 article ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’, which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world.

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Stuart L. Hart: Part 1, Evolution of Thinking on Sustainability

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the evolution of thinking on sustainability in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 5, Innovation and Technology

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about innovation and technology with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 6, Base of the Pyramid

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 7, BOP 2.0

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about BOP 2.0 with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 8, Indigenous Companies

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about indigenous companies with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 9, Incentives for Change

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about incentives for change with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 10, Alternative Models of Capitalism

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about alternative models of capitalism with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 11, The Business Case for Sustainability

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the business case for sustainability with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 12, Looking Back and Looking Forward

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about looking back and looking forward with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 13, Sources of Inspiration

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about sources of inspiration with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Stuart L. Hart: Part 14, Role Models

In this video, Stuart L. Hart, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about role models with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 13 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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