Diminished trust creates opportunity

The diminished trust in business, in my opinion, has helped those of us interested in promoting entrepreneurship. This is because we have the opportunity of preaching what Porter calls “shared value”.

The concept of shared value can be defined as policies and operating practices that enhance the competitiveness of a company while simultaneously advancing the economic and social conditions in the communities in which it operates.

This thinking is in its infancy, and requires new leadership with new skills. A recent article by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer identifies all entrepreneurs as social entrepreneurs, but with one caveat:

Businesses must reconnect company success with social progress. Shared value is not social responsibility, philanthropy, or even sustainability, but a new way to achieve economic success. It is not on the margin of what companies do but at the center. We believe that it can give rise to the next major transformation of business thinking.

Check out the January 2011 article.


One response to “Diminished trust creates opportunity

  1. Good article.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s