Patrick O’Connor

The book—a blend of biography, social theory and management advice—also sheds light on the system of beliefs that guide Mr. Koch, both in business and in politics. His overarching view is that society benefits when people are free to pursue work they love, making them more productive. In “Good Profit,” Mr. Koch holds up his company as the living example of those ideals, from its emphasis on an employee’s values over his résumé to a relentless drive to question everything Koch Industries does and to strive for new ways to be more efficient. He cites the company’s growth—it has added 85,000 employees since just 2004—as evidence that these methods work.

Patrick O’Connor