Archivo de la etiqueta: libros electrónicos

Reseña: Capitalismo y libertad

Capitalismo y libertad (A. Lueje, Trad.).  Editores RIALP. (Obra original publicada en 1962).    REF HB 501 .F718 Friedman, M. (1962)        

Capitalismo y Libertad, por Milton Friedman, escrita dentro del periodo conocido como la Guerra Fría, continúa siendo considerada como una de las obras más influyentes y controversiales sobre economía política a partir de la segunda mitad del siglo 20.

Su tema: la relación entre la economía y la libertad. También sobre el rol del Estado dentro de esta relación.

En los primeros capítulos expone su idea de que el capitalismo competitivo, es decir: «la empresa privada operando dentro de un ambiente de mercado libre», constituye una condición necesaria para la existencia de las  libertades políticas y civiles en cualquier sociedad.

En un ambiente así descrito, el Estado debe cumplir con dos principios fundamentales; a saber, que la esfera de “influencia del  Estado ha de ser limitada” y “su poder disperso”. Más precisamente, descentralizado.

Dentro de éste contexto, según Friedman, la única responsabilidad social de la empresa es utilizar todos sus recursos para maximizar los beneficios de la misma a sus accionistas.

Friedman dedica el resto del libro a la aplicación concreta de estos principios a casos específicos de política económica y social, como por ejemplo: seguro social, control de rentas, salarios mínimos, subsidios agrícolas, vivienda pública, etc. Para él,  éstas políticas no han conseguido el efecto positivo esperado. Más bien, el resultado ha sido lo opuesto al fin social perseguido.

Te invitamos a que te des la oportunidad de leerlo.

David González,

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Drath, K. (2016). Resilient Leadership: Beyond myths and misunderstandings (1st ed.). Routledge.

Ebook de acceso abierto disponible en la base de datos Taylor & Francis,

Intense pressures pose considerable challenges to executives striving to succeed in an environment of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Today’s leaders are constantly fighting to make sense of their changing worlds and to make the right decisions for themselves, their teams and their business. Yet resilience is not a given. It is a dynamic competency that can be cultivated and improved and there is not just one single way to improve the resilience of a manager but actually many different ways on different levels.

The author differentiates between personal resilience, the ’resilience field’ and aspects of resilient leadership so that leaders can grasp how each relates to the other and how each can be used to enhance personal and collective resilience. He lays out concrete, practical approaches for overcoming obstacles to the development of resilience at all levels-extending the capacity of the individual leader, teams, group, and organizations to sustain themselves in the face of adversity.

Leaders can follow the practical steps and strategies, outlined in this guide, to enhance their capacity to withstand hardships and adversity and create an environment in which people within an organization can thrive and grow. The guidance and strategy draws from a model of resilience focused on (a) fundamental human needs as confirmed by neuroscience and (b) the consequences of not meeting these needs. These two pillars of resilience define a leader’s capacity to handle change, conflict, and ‘dysfunctional beliefs’- the barriers and sticking points that undermine a leader’s optimal business performance.

Reseña de la casa publicadora, Routledge.

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Roudometof, V. (2016). Glocalization: A Critical Introduction (1st ed.). Routledge.

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This book seeks to provide a critical introduction to the under-theorized concept of Glocalization. While the term has been slowly diffused into social-scientific vocabulary, to date, there is no book in circulation that specifically discusses this concept. Historically theorists have intertwined the concepts of the ‘global’ and the ‘glocal’ or have subsumed the ‘glocal’ under other concepts – such as cosmopolitanization. Moreover, theorists have failed to give ‘local’ due attention in their theorizing. The book argues that the terms ‘global’, the ‘local’ and the ‘glocal’ are in need of unambiguous and theoretically and methodologically sound definitions. This is a prerequisite for their effective operationalization and application into social research. Glocalization is structured in two parts: Part I introduces the term, seeking to provide a history and critical assessment of theorists’ past use of glocalization and offering an alternative perspective and a clear, effective and applicable definition of the term, explaining the limitations of the term globalization and the value of defining glocalization. Part II then moves on to illustrate how the concept of glocalization can be used to broaden our understanding and analysis of a wide range of issues in world politics including the 21st century culture of consumption, transnationalism & cosmopolitanism, nationalism, and religious traditions. Utilizing a wide range of historical, ethnographic and real-life examples from various domains this work will be essential reading for students and scholars of Globalization and will be of great interest to those in the field of Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Studies.

Reseña de la casa publicadora, Routledge.

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McATEER, P. (2019). Sustainability Is the New Advantage: Leadership, Change, and the Future of Business. New York, NY: Anthem Press. doi:10.2307/j.ctvdtpgx2

Ebook de acceso abierto disponible en la base de datos de JSTOR,

During the last 150 years, we have stressed the oceans, warmed the planet and overextended almost every natural resource. To create real change will require a generation of leaders and businesses that think and act differently. ‘Sustainability Is the New Advantage’ identifies the skill sets, best practices, and new ideas needed to teach a new generation to start, grow, and manage sustainable organizations.

Reseña de la casa publicadora, Antem Press.

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Esty, D. (Ed.). (2019). The Labyrinth of Sustainability: Green Business Lessons from Latin American Corporate Leaders. New York, NY: Anthem Press. doi:10.2307/j.ctvbqs9d0

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‘The Labyrinth of Sustainability’ offers the first comprehensive effort to analyze corporate sustainability systematically in the Latin American context—and to extract lessons for companies across the developing world. Featuring an introduction by the prizewinning author and Yale professor Daniel Esty, the book starts off with examining the “sustainability imperative»—the notion that businesses must work toward sustainability to be successful in today’s marketplace. The 12 chapters that follow present a collection of carefully developed and tightly framed case studies from companies across Latin America highlighting how they are addressing this imperative. Contributions from leading experts around the region bring a freshness and authenticity as well as a nuanced and grounded approach that make this volume a must-read for business leaders, government officials, non-governmental organization advocates, journalists and academics in Latin America and across the world.

Reseña de la casa publicadora, Anthem Press.