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Toward a political conception of corporate responsibility: business and society seen from a Habermasian perspective


Scherer, A G; Palazzo, G (2007). Toward a political conception of corporate responsibility: business and society seen from a Habermasian perspective. Academy of Management Review, 32(4):1096-1120.

Abstract

We review two important schools within business and society research, which we label positivist and post-positivist corporate social responsibility (CSR). The former is criticized because of its instrumentalism and normative vacuity, and the latter because of its relativism, foundationalism, and utopianism. We propose a new approach, based on Jürgen Habermas's theory of democracy, and define the new role of the business firm as a political actor in a globalizing society.

Abstract

We review two important schools within business and society research, which we label positivist and post-positivist corporate social responsibility (CSR). The former is criticized because of its instrumentalism and normative vacuity, and the latter because of its relativism, foundationalism, and utopianism. We propose a new approach, based on Jürgen Habermas's theory of democracy, and define the new role of the business firm as a political actor in a globalizing society.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:26 Mar 2009 11:57
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:50
Publisher:Academy of Management
ISSN:0363-7425
Additional Information:View research and articles of the Author Andreas Georg Scherer on SSRN Author page: http://ssrn.com/author=721161
Official URL:http://aom.metapress.com/link.asp?id=mm74765v21573132
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