Great Expectations


I just found a new blog (“Rethinking Leadership”) on Forbes.com that shows a lot of promise.  The author, Karl Moore, is a B-school professor a McGill University.  His faculty page on the Desautels’ website shows that along with being a professor of strategy and leadership, he is also an Associate Professor in the Dept of Neurology & Neurosurgery. (The plot thickens!)

Professor Moore’s stated intent for the offering:

The plan is write a column one week and the next week have an interview with one of the world’s leading business professors on they are rethinking their particular areas of research and teaching, hopefully, this should keep us in the vanguard.

This week’s interview was with strategy professor Michael Porter of Harvard University.  Porter is well-known among B-schoolers for his Five Forces model of competitive strategy.  (Insert eye roll here.)  These days he’s espousing something new, the idea of creating shared value.  Porter has joined the growing movement of people who believe that a sustainable society depends on businesses that share, rather than just take, the value they create.  Check out the brief interview below. (4 minutes)  I recommend bookmarking prof Moore’s blog or signing up to follow him on the Forbes.com website.

 

Late addition: The link to Professor Moore’s initial post: http://blogs.forbes.com/karlmoore/2011/03/28/porter-or-mintzberg-whose-view-of-strategy-is-the-most-relevant-today/

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The 5 Best CSR and Sustainability Smartphone Apps


Quick post today to share a handful of great apps I’ve recently found.  Then, back to the mountain of homework.

The proliferation of smart phone apps has finally moved into the social sector.  A handful of leaders have deployed apps to efficiently share the information they already offer.  This will be a great tool for transparency going forward.  Apps will offer the public the information they need, at the point of purchase, to make choices that fit with their values.  In the future, voting with your feet may become voting with your phone.  We’ll see…

FYI – The apps listed below are for Android phones, but they’re likely available for iPhones as well.  (Each of the images below is linked back to the app’s Android Market page.)

1. Seafood Watch

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s app is a must have.  It’s highly usable, slick interface makes it easy to make sustainable seafood purchase decisions.  You can search the general database by class (Best Choice, Good AlternativeAvoid or Browse all) as well as options for sushi (Same categories).  It also has an option which allows you to search for local restaurants and seafood shops in which you can see what others have reported while adding your own findings.  If sustainable seafood matters to you (I assure you it should.), you need this app!

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