Orly Lobel is an internationally acclaimed expert in the law and economics of human capital. In this book, she argues our “War for Talent” has become dominated by a protectionist mentality that is sabotaging the very innovation that organizations so desperately seek. Human capital controls such as non-compete agreements and strict protection of trade secrets, patents, and copyright are meant to protect an organization’s most valuable asset – people and the intellectual property they generate. But Lobel proves how these increasingly harsh controls are backfiring and stifling creativity, inventiveness, motivation, and loyalty. Lobel offers a set of positive changes in corporate strategies, industry norms, regional policies, and national laws that will incentivize the flow of people and ideas necessary to innovation and economic growth.