A worthy and concise explanation of mission-driven business theory, with resources for further reading.




A book assesses socially responsible and religiously motivated approaches to capitalism.

In this volume, Albertson (Religious Worldview for the Business Professional, 2013, etc.) expands on his earlier work exploring the relationship between Christianity and business. The author addresses different methods of making money while also incorporating incentives beyond profit maximizing, primarily those that feature a Christian worldview. Albertson guides the reader through companies that describe themselves as “tentmakers,” “social entrepreneurs,” or “business as mission,” exploring the commonalities and variations of the assorted tactics. The book looks at the history of citing Christianity as a business value, drawing connections among the practices of fifth-century religious sects, the blend of mission and marketplace that created the British Empire, and modern-day stores like Hobby Lobby and Forever 21 that expressly integrate a Christian stance into their business procedures. The volume also examines what Albertson calls the “Social Innovation Movement,” a more secular strategy for mission-driven commerce (“The beauty of socially responsible investment is that everyone’s vision of a brighter future is not the same”). The “intentional capitalism” narrative constitutes about a third of the text; the remainder consists of a substantial notes section, delivering both citations and discussions; an appendix that serves as a literature review; and a thorough and detailed annotated bibliography that fills half the pages here. Although the narrative makes up only a small portion of the work, Albertson does a solid job of identifying the key questions about intentional capitalism and its diverse forms and providing the reader with plenty of useful information for additional study. Some readers may find Albertson’s tendency to invent his own definitions (“I am not a historian, so what I consider to be ‘modern history’ differs from that of many historians….It is my assertion that contemporary history begins sometime after modern history in the mid-twentieth century”) off-putting. But on the whole, the author’s analysis, based on a thorough knowledge of the topic, remains solid.

A worthy and concise explanation of mission-driven business theory, with resources for further reading.

Pub Date: June 13, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9854339-5-6

Page Count: 168

Publisher: Scattered Voices

Review Posted Online: Aug. 2, 2017

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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