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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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8. Who Rocks at Market-Creating Innovation?
Last modified on April 27, 2017 at 11:49 am
Whom should we definitely study and try to talk to? Are there any big, interesting companies? Big, interesting and public?  
10. What Makes it Hard for Some Companies to Come Up with Their Next Act?
Last modified on July 26, 2017 at 5:01 am
Some companies can’t seem to figure out how to reinvest cash in a new business while others have wave after wave of market-creating growth. Why is it so hard for some great companies to have second (or third) acts?  Why [...]
1. Evaluate the Argument of the “Capitalist’s Dilemma” Article
Last modified on March 31, 2017 at 3:54 pm
In your view, where is The Capitalist’s Dilemma article on solid footing and where is it less compelling? For those who participated last time, has your view changed since two years ago?
6. Is Venture Capital a Good Place to Produce MCIs?
Last modified on March 23, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Why or why not? In some instances, VCs have been an important part of successful market-creating innovations. VCs largely funded many of today’s most innovative companies including Apple, Google, Cisco, Amazon, Starbucks, Costco, Amgen, and Genentech. The market-creating importance 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 [...]
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 [...]
7. Is it Hard for Companies to Invest in Market-Creating Innovations?
Last modified on April 18, 2017 at 11:49 am
Many believe it is truly hard for companies to invest in MCIs.  Do you agree? If so, what factors make it difficult?  How would you address those challenges? Some theories covered in BSSE note the great difficulty many companies face [...]
5. When is a Company (or CEO) Focusing on The Long Term?
Last modified on April 18, 2017 at 11:38 am
Are there metrics that would reveal this perspective? A question analysts seldom ask, and that many CEOs would perhaps be unprepared to answer, is “What is the time horizon you are managing toward?” It would be interesting to compare the [...]
9. Will Market-Creating Innovations Continue Creating Jobs?
Last modified on October 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm
Please review this graph. One of the questions we’ve been exploring the most intensively is “Why do market-creating innovations create the most jobs?”, and we think we’ve come up with the answer.  This is a tangled subject area—a lot of [...]