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The Capitalist’s Dilemma examines what, in a time of capital superabundance, is impeding companies from investing in the market creating innovations that lead to lasting economic growth? Given all the available capital, why is there a break in the cycle of reinvestment and how do we repair it? Considering the current economic climate, the issues addressed in this book are more exigent than ever.

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  1. Evaluate the argument of the “Capitalist’s Dilemma” article.
  2. Do we have a growth problem – economic, employment, or both?
  3. How much should companies focus on quarterly earnings vs. long-term growth?
  4. Should companies “care” about job growth?
  5. When is a company (or CEO) focusing on the long term?
  6. Is venture capital a good place to produce MCIs?
  7. Is it hard for companies to invest in market-creating innovations?
  8. Who rocks at market-creating innovation? 
  9. Will market-creating innovations continue to create jobs?
  10. What Makes it Hard for Some Companies to Come Up with Their Next Act?


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2. Do We Have a Growth Problem — Economic, Employment or Both?
Last modified on April 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm
Do we have a growth problem – economic, employment or both?      Why or why not ? In his book The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Robert Gordon has famously claimed that we’ve seen the end of ever-increasing innovation gains and [...]
3. How Much Should Companies Focus on Earnings vs. Long-Term Growth?
Last modified on April 18, 2017 at 11:40 am
Is it even correct for large-company management to focus “over the horizon?” What role do common performance metrics play in guiding company focus and activity? A debate that rages in the academic literature is also a constant topic of conversation [...]
4. Should Companies “Care” About Job Growth?
Last modified on March 23, 2017 at 5:06 pm
Do companies have a selfish or societal interest in creating jobs? While different governance systems in use around the world place radically different weight on the rights of shareholders as against employees and other stakeholders, very few business initiatives are [...]