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Toward a Political Conception of Corporate Responsibility - Business and Society Seen from a Habermasian Perspective


Andreas Georg Scherer


University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration

Guido Palazzo


University of Lausanne


Academy of Management Review, Vol. 32, pp. 1096-1120, 2007

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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 J¿rgen Habermas's theory of democracy, and define the new role of the business firm as a political actor in a globalizing society.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 57

Keywords: Business and society, corporate social responsibility, critical theory

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Date posted: December 16, 2006 ; Last revised: October 30, 2010

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Scherer, Andreas Georg and Palazzo, Guido, Toward a Political Conception of Corporate Responsibility - Business and Society Seen from a Habermasian Perspective. Academy of Management Review, Vol. 32, pp. 1096-1120, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=952013

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Andreas Georg Scherer (Contact Author)
University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration ( email )
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Guido Palazzo
University of Lausanne ( email )
Lausanne, 1015
Switzerland
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