The Strange World Of John Mackey

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, is an intriguing character and, in the past, I’ve used him (and the company he co-founded) to spark discussion in my Business Organizations class on a range of topics including stakeholder interests (Whole Foods seven “core values” are a nice jumping off point) and corporate compensation (no one at Whole Foods is permitted to earn, as a salary, more than 19 times what the average employee makes), among others.

Thus, I was excited to see a profile of Mackey in the most recent copy of the New Yorker. The article drags at points, but for corporate law scholars I think it’s worth a skim through. In some ways, Mackey is a one-of-a-kind CEO, but his successes, failures, dreams, and theories may be indicative of broader dynamics.

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