Introduction to the Special Issue: Globalization as a Challenge for Business Responsibilities

Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 327-347, 2009

31 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2009 Last revised: 30 Oct 2010

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Andreas Georg Scherer

University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration

Guido Palazzo

University of Lausanne

Dirk Matten

York University - Schulich School of Business

Date Written: February 15, 2010

Abstract

This paper assesses some of the implications of globalization for the scholarly debate on business ethics, CSR and related concepts. The argument is based, among other things, on the declining capacity of nation state institutions to regulate socially desirable corporate behavior as well as the growing corporate exposure to heterogeneous social, cultural and political values in societies globally. It is argued that these changes are shifting the corporate role towards a sphere of societal governance hitherto dominated by traditional political actors. This leads to a discussion of the ambivalent results of such a process for a responsible corporate role in a globalized world. While assessing the current reception these changes have received in the management literature, the contribution of the four papers of this Special Issue are framed and evaluated. The argument closes by highlighting avenues of future research on this new challenge.

Keywords: business ethics, corporate social responsibility, globalization

Suggested Citation

Scherer, Andreas Georg and Palazzo, Guido and Matten, Dirk, Introduction to the Special Issue: Globalization as a Challenge for Business Responsibilities (February 15, 2010). Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 327-347, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1430392

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Guido Palazzo

University of Lausanne ( email )

Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015
Switzerland

Dirk Matten

York University - Schulich School of Business ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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