Better, Not Perfect


Speaker: Professor Max Bazerman (Harvard Business School)


This presentation is based on Max Bazerman’s book by the same name as the title of the talk (Harper Business, 2020): Every day, you make hundreds of decisions. They’re largely personal, but these choices have an ethical component as well; you value certain principles and ends over others. Better, Not Perfect provides a prescriptive roadmap on how to maximize the pleasure and minimize pain that you create. Melding philosophy and psychology, participants will leave this session with an audit of how they can achieve their maximum sustainable level of goodness. This book is the Distinguished Winner of the 2021 Responsible Research in Management Award sponsored by the Academy of Management Fellows and co-sponsored by RRBM.


Time: Thursday, 28 October at 9am (Eastern) / 2pm (London) / 6.30pm (Delhi). This webinar is scheduled for 75 minutes.


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Reading: Bazerman, M.H. (2020) Better, Not Perfect. Harper Business


About the speaker


Max H. Bazerman is Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.  His recent books include Better, Not Perfect (Distinguished Winner of the 2021 Award for Responsible Research in Management), The Power of Experiments (with Michael Luca), The Power of Noticing, Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (with Don Moore), and Blind Spots (with Ann Tenbrunsel).

Max received an honorary doctorate from the University of London, the Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management, the Academy of Management Career Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Conflict Management, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.  In addition, Max was named as Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics and as one of Daily Kos’ Heroes for going public about how the Bush Administration corrupted the RICO Tobacco trial.

Max’s former doctoral students have accepted positions at leading business schools throughout the United States, including the Kellogg School at Northwestern, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Fuqua School at Duke, the Johnson School at Cornell, Carnegie-Mellon University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Columbia, and the Harvard Business School.

His professional activities include projects with Abbott, Aetna, AIG, Alcar, Alcoa, Allstate, Ameritech, Amgen, Apax Partners, Asian Development Bank, AstraZeneca, AT&T, Aventis, BASF, Bayer, Becton Dickenson, Biogen, Boston Scientific, BP, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Business Week, Celtic Insurance, Chevron, Chicago Tribune, City of Chicago, and additional companies that start with letters between D and Z.  Max’s consulting, teaching, and lecturing includes work in 30 countries.


This webinar is supported by the Responsible Research in Business and Management (


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