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Toward a Political Conception of Corporate Responsibility. Business and Society Seen From a Habermasian Perspective


Scherer, Andreas Georg; Palazzo, Guido (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 postpositivist 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 we 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 postpositivist 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 we 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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Business, Management and Accounting
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Management of Technology and Innovation
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:October 2007
Deposited On:07 Dec 2023 14:55
Last Modified:29 Apr 2024 01:41
Publisher:Academy of Management
ISSN:0363-7425
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2007.26585837
Official URL:https://www.jstor.org/stable/20159358
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:3607
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