Norsk Gjennvinning and Summa Equity case studies in Harvard MBA class “Reimagining Capitalism”, the course is now available as book

Rebecca Henderson, the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, teaches the award-winning MBA class “Reimagining Capitalism,” which is now available as a book with the same title. The course is designed for students who want to explore the idea that business has a role to play in dealing with these big environmental and social challenges. Students examine how private companies can play a major role in addressing these challenges. It also explores the ways in which accomplishing this monumental goal may require changes in how firms and leaders consider their obligations and engage with the issues, as well as rethinking the “rules of the game” by which capitalism is structured.

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We are proud that our Portfolio Company, Norsk Gjenvinning, is used as one of the case studies in her class on how to turn around a business to become sustainable and compliant ( In addition, Summa Equity is used as a case study on how to build purpose driven organizations as a Private Equity firm (

Rebecca’s research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy, focusing particularly on the relationships between organizational commitment and innovation and productivity in high performance organizations. She is also a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, a PhD in business economics from Harvard, and was a Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management for more than twenty years. Also, she sit on the boards of Amgen, IDEXX Laboratories and CERES.


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