On 12 May 2015, LSE Entrepreneurship is hosting Adrian Wooldridge, The Economist’s Management editor, for a talk about his new book, The Great Disruption: How Business is Coping with Turbulent Times (available here), a compilation of the Schumpeter columns he writes for The Economist. The event is free to attend, and will be held in LSE’s Sheikh Zayed Theatre from 6:30pm.

Adrian Wooldridge, management editor and Schumpeter columnist at The Economist

Adrian Wooldridge, management editor and Schumpeter columnist at The Economist

The talk will take stock of the disruptive forces that are reshaping our world: new technologies, emerging countries, alternative finance and the next generation of entrepreneurs. The post-war political order is crumbling, with old political parties losing members and new ones arriving from nowhere: the age of Schumpeter is replacing the age of Keynes. How can we understand this new order? And how can we cope with its downsides while exploiting its upsides?

The Schumpeter Column

At LSE Entrepreneurship, we’re big fans of Adrian Wooldridge’s Schumpeter column.  Although the Schumpeter blog isn’t updated any more, there are lots of gems to browse through online if you have an Economist subscription (LSE people can access it via their Library account – instructions are here).

Here are five Schumpeter columns on entrepreneurship that have stuck in my mind from the past year or so:

Entrepreneurs anonymous: instead of romanticising entrepreneurs people should understand how hard their lives can be

Picture an entrepreneur and you probably picture a millionaire with a villa on Lake Como. For many the reality is closer to business founder Aaron Levie’s early experience: two years sleeping on a mattress in a garage and a diet of spaghetti hoops. This column highlights the social, emotional and physical toil starting a business can exact on individuals.

Crazy diamonds: True entrepreneurs find worth in the worthless and possibility in the impossible

What is entrepreneurship and how can it be encouraged? Here Wooldridge argues that politicians’ difficulties in creating policies that support entrepreneurs stem from their failure to understand entrepreneurship and face up to some of its less palatable realities.

The “Breaking Bad” school: The best show on television is also a first-rate primer on business

From the importance of maintaining business partner relationships to the threat of hubris: what business people can learn from Walter White’s entrepreneurial career.

Dress codes: suitable disruption

This one sticks in my mind as we hosted an event with Peter Thiel last September (you can download the podcast here). Here, the author picks up on something that Peter Thiel didn’t mention in his LSE talk: don’t do business with anyone wearing a suit. He explores this trend towards informality and what it means for business presentation and personas (which is actually less than you would think).

The entrepreneurial state: a new book points out the big role governments play in creating innovative businesses

Here Wooldridge reviews Mariana Mazzucato’s book The Entrepreneurial State, highlighting some surprising facts about companies who seem to work hard on paying as little tax as possible: Google’s search algorithm and Apple’s touch screen, for example, were both recipients of government research grants in their early days of development.

 Sara Feast is Communications and Events Officer at LSE Entrepreneurship