The Modern Corporation and the Idea of Freedom
Humanistic Management Network; Global Ethic Institute
Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration; Harvard University; Humanistic Management Network
March 14, 2010
Philosophy in Management, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2010
While the idea of freedom lies at the heart of our economic system, academic research has neglected to connect theories of the firm to freedom theory. To fill this void, the authors delineate two archetypes of freedom – quantitative and qualitative – and outline the consequences of the respective notions for organizational strategy, corporate governance, leadership and culture. Supporting the quest for reform in management theory, the authors argue for an enlarged perspective of the role of the firm within free societies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: freedom, liberty, organizational strategy, management, corporate culture, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability
JEL Classification: A00, B00, B1, B2, B3, L2, Z1Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 21, 2010
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