This may come as a bit of a shock, but corporate executives don’t always make the most ethical choices. In their pursuit of ever-greater success and financial gain, it is sometimes their employees, the environment, and even society at large that suffer the consequences.
So how can we learn to recognize bad behavior at the corporate level—and perhaps even more importantly, what can we do about it? Fortunately, the three fascinating books below offer some answers.
Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires
By Douglas Rushkoff
A renowned media theorist reveals how the tech elite plan on wielding the right technology and vast wealth to survive societal catastrophe. He also confronts tech utopianism, the datafication of all human interaction, and the exploitation of that data by corporations. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Douglas Rushkoff, in the Next Big Idea App
The Playbook: How to Deny Science, Sell Lies, and Make a Killing in the Corporate World
By Jennifer Jacquet
From an astute observer of business behavior and expert in climate denial comes a thought-provoking explanation of how corporations delay, distract, deflect blame, and spread disinformation surrounding health issues, pollution, and climate change. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jennifer Jacquet, in the Next Big Idea App
How Big-Tech Barons Smash Innovation―and How to Strike Back
By Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice E. Stucke
Two market experts deconstruct the drivers and inhibitors to innovation in the digital economy, explain how large tech companies can stifle disruption, and outline policy changes to take power away from big tech and return it to entrepreneurs. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice E. Stucke, in the Next Big Idea App
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