Confronting Capitalism

Real Solutions for a Troubled Economic System

 Confronting Capitalism

Author: Philip Kotler
Pub Date: April 2015
Print Edition: $26.00
Print ISBN: 9780814436455
Page Count: 256
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814436462

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Overview

A sweeping analysis of capitalism's challenges-- and a bold new direction for the future.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, one economic model emerged triumphant. Capitalism—spanning a spectrum from laissez faire to authoritarian—shapes the market economies of all the wealthiest and fastest-growing nations.

But trouble is cracking its shiny veneer. In the U.S., Europe, and Japan, economic growth has slowed down. Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few; natural resources are exploited for short-term profit; and good jobs are hard to find.

With piercing clarity, Philip Kotler explains 14 major problems undermining capitalism, including persistent poverty, job creation in the face of automation, high debt burdens, the disproportionate influence of the wealthy on public policy, steep environmental costs, boom-bust economic cycles, and more.

Amidst its dire assessment of what's ailing us, Confronting Capitalism delivers a heartening message: We can turn things around. Movements toward shared prosperity and a higher purpose are reinvigorating companies large and small, while proposals abound on government policies that offer protections without stagnation. Kotler identifies the best ideas, linking private and public initiatives into a force for positive change.

Combining economic history, expert insight, business lessons, and recent data, this landmark book elucidates today's critical dilemmas and suggests solutions for returning to a healthier, more sustainable Capitalism—that works for all.

About the Author

Philip Kotler is the S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost expert on strategic marketing, Professor Kotler is also a classically trained economist. He earned his Master’s in Economics at the University of Chicago under the famed Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, who represented free-market thinking. He went on to pursue his Ph.D. at MIT under Paul Samuelson and Robert Solow, two Nobel Prize-winning economists who represented Keynesian thinking.

“Many economists are not aware that the field of marketing originated as an economics discipline,” Kotler observes. In his latest book, CONFRONTING CAPITALISM: Real Solutions for a Troubled Economic System (AMACOM; April 2015), he draws on his outstanding background in economics, as well as his esteemed knowledge of marketing, to offer unique insights into the inner workings of capitalism. “Capitalism, management, and marketing must be joined in a comprehensive framework to understand marketplace developments and impacts,” Kotler contends. “I hope this book achieves that goal.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Kotler has received numerous honors and awards. He claims 22 Honorary Degrees, including five from Schools of Economics: Athens School of Economics (1995), Cracow School of Economics (1998), Budapest School of Economic Science (2001), Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (2005), and Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics in Moscow (2014). In a Financial Times survey of leading global executives, Philip Kotler ranked fourth among the most Influential Business Writers/Management Gurus, following Peter Drucker, Bill Gates, and Jack Welch. He was also ranked the sixth most influential business thinker, following Gary Hamel, Thomas L. Friedman, Bill Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, and Howard Gardner, by the Wall Street Journal. Voted the first Leader in Marketing Thought by the American Marketing Association and named The Founder of Modern Marketing Management in the Handbook of Management Thinking, he has been recognized with a Distinguished Marketing Educator Award from the American Marketing Association and a Distinguished Educator Award from The Academy of Marketing Science. On his 75th birthday, Professor Kotler was honored with a commemorative postage stamp from Indonesia.

Philip Kotler has consulted for IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Honeywell, Bank of America, Merck, and other organizations on marketing strategy, planning, and organization. He has advised governments on how to develop and position the skills and resources of their companies for global competition. He has published more than 150 articles in leading journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Marketing, Management Science, and the Journal of Business Strategy. He has also authored over 50 books on all aspects of marketing, including Marketing Management, the most widely used marketing textbook in graduate business schools worldwide, now in its 15th edition.

Professor Kotler did postdoctoral work in mathematics at Harvard University and in behavioral science at the University of Chicago.

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