Co-Sponsored by the SBOS Org Talks and the Women in Leadership Across Disciplines Reading Group
Monday, November 8, 2010
The Drucker Institute’s Writers-In-Residence, Ken and Will Hopper, who will be discussing their Financial Times Top Ten Business Book of 2007, The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos.
The Puritan Gift traces the origins and the characteristics of American managerial culture which, in the course of three centuries, would turn a group of small colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth. It was the Protestant ethic whose characteristics--thrift, a respect for enquiry, individualism tempered by a need to cooperate, success as a measure of divine approval--helped to create the conditions which led to America's managerial and corporate success. Thus, the authors contend, the drive, energy and acceptance of innovation, competition, growth and social mobility, all have their origins in the discipline and ethos of America's first wave of European immigrants: the Puritans. And, the authors warn, as Americans distance themselves from core values which produced their nineteenth and twentieth century business and economic successes, they endanger the basis for their prosperity and security.
KEN HOPPER has been active throughout his professional life as a consultant on industrial matters in the U.S. and Europe. As a writer he has taken a particular interest in differing national managerial cultures, which encouraged him to go to Ireland when the ‘Celtic Miracle’ was getting underway, to Japan when that country’s ‘Economic Miracle’ was at its peak and finally to the United States. He is now U.S. citizen living in New Jersey.
WILL HOPPER has been an investment banker for over 40 years, beginning his career as a financial analyst at W.R. Grace & Co. in New York, then becoming personal assistant to Sigmund Warburg at S.G. Warburg in London. As a Director of Morgan Grenfell in London, he pioneered the Dragon Bond Market in East Asia in 1976 with a fund-raising for the European Investment Bank (ranked by Institutional Investor as ‘Deal of the Year’) and launched the first Eurobond issue for an East European country (Hungary) in the same year.