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Patricia Werhane ; Kim Lane Clark ;Universia Business Review 2011, (30)

Autor: Laura Hartman



Universia Business Review ISSN: 1698-5117 Portal Universia S.A. España Hartman, Laura; Werhane, Patricia; Lane Clark, Kim Development, Poverty and Business Ethics Universia Business Review, núm.
30, 2011, pp.
96-108 Portal Universia S.A. Madrid, España Disponible en: Cómo citar el artículo Número completo Más información del artículo Página de la revista en Sistema de Información Científica Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal Proyecto académico sin fines de lucro, desarrollado bajo la iniciativa de acceso abierto Development, Poverty and Business Ethics Laura Hartman1 Department of Management DePaul University Desarrollo, Pobreza y Ética de la Empresa  96 Patricia Werhane Institute for Business and Professional Ethics DePaul University  Kim Lane Clark College of Communication DePaul University  JEL CODE: D630 1.
Introduction In a 2007 address to Harvard University graduates, Bill Gates articulated a simple principle as a roadmap for poverty reduction.
He explained that, ‘[i]f we can find approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits for business and votes for politicians, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce inequality in the world’ (Gates 2007).
Though the minimalism of this principle led him to omit two critical elements in a system he identified one year later by the term, ‘creative capitalism’, it is this same simplicity that reminds us that answers to world poverty are well within our reach. The central purpose of this article is to demonstrate that it is feasible to alleviate, if not actually eradicate, global poverty, but only if we change the way in which we approach global free enterprise, and only if we deconstruct and effectively reexamine our mental models regarding how poverty issues are a...

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