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What is a Business for?

Charles Handy

London School of Business

Harvard Business Review, December 2002

Charles Handy is critical of overemphasis on share price as the metric for corporate success. He proposes that the purpose of a business "is not to make a profit, full stop." Rather, it is to produce profit so the people in the business can do what pleases them, their families, and others close to them and far away. Handy argues that companies should be managed as communities, for that is what they are: communities of employees organized to serve communities of customers. When this is done using moral values, the system retains internal and external integrity.

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Date posted: September 28, 2006 ; Last revised: May 26, 2009

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Handy, Charles, What is a Business for?. Harvard Business Review, December 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=932676

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London School of Business ( email )
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