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
University of Lausanne
Academy of Management Review, Vol. 32, pp. 1096-1120, 2007
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 theoryAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 16, 2006 ; Last revised: October 30, 2010
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