The Modern Corporation and the Idea of Freedom

Philosophy in Management, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2010

35 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2010  

Claus Dierksmeier

Global Ethic Institute; Humanistic Management Network

Michael Pirson

Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration; Harvard University; Humanistic Management Network

Date Written: March 14, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: freedom, liberty, organizational strategy, management, corporate culture, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability

JEL Classification: A00, B00, B1, B2, B3, L2, Z1

Suggested Citation

Dierksmeier, Claus and Pirson, Michael, The Modern Corporation and the Idea of Freedom (March 14, 2010). Philosophy in Management, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1570854

Claus Dierksmeier

Global Ethic Institute ( email )

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Germany

Humanistic Management Network ( email )

St. Gallen
Switzerland

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Michael Pirson (Contact Author)

Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration ( email )

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New York, NY New York 10019
United States

Harvard University

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Humanistic Management Network ( email )

St. Gallen
Switzerland

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