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The Bezzle Years

This essay was originally written for Project Syndicate in 2015. If anything, it is more relevant now. More than...

RIP PLC: The Rise of the Ghost Corporation

From the mid-19th century to the end of the 20th, one form of economic organisation seemed to be displacing all others—the limited...

Adam Smith and the Pin Factory

‘One man draws out the wire, another straights it, a third cuts it, a fourth points it, a fifth grinds it at...

Business Gurus

Lynda Gratton, Eddie Obeng, and I discussed business gurus on the Radio 4's The Bottom Line. Listen to that conversation here, and...

Ethical Finance

I was introduced to Catholic social teaching through the work of Alasdair MacIntyre. MacIntyre brought the concept of Aristotelian virtue ethics into...

The Concept of the Corporation

The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Business History (15 Jan 2019) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00076791.2018.1509956.

Hybrid Organisations: The Ambiguous Boundary Between Public and Private Activity

Introduction What do Channel 4, Companies House, the Post Office, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Royal Mint and URENCO (a...

Adam Smith, Misanthrope

Adam Smith would, as is widely recognised, have been sceptical about the current vogue for ‘industrial strategy’: ‘The statesman who should attempt to direct private...

Five Books: Best Books for the Beginner Investor

John recently spoke to Five Books on the five books he recommends to people who are considering starting investing. Find the full interview here,...

The Great Economists Debate

Listen to my discussion with Linda Yueh and Andrew Scott on some of the great economists and big questions we face. https://soundcloud.com/londonbusinessschool/the-great-economists-debate-john-kay-andrew-scott-and-linda-yueh-event-audio