Incorporating the Corporation in Citizenship: A Response to Norman and Neron

Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2008

Posted: 14 Sep 2010

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Dirk Matten

York University - Schulich School of Business

Andrew Crane

University of Bath - School of Management

Date Written: January 1, 2008

Abstract

This article presents a response to Norman and Néron’s contention that the language of citizenship is helpful in thinking about the political dimensions of corporate responsibilities. We argue that Norman and Néron’s main conclusions are valid but offer an extension of their analysis to incorporate extant streams of literature dealing with the political role of the corporation. We also propose that the perspective on citizenship adopted by Norman and Néron is rather narrow, and therefore provide some alternative ways in which corporations and citizenship might be brought together. We conclude by suggesting that rather than simply applying the concept of citizenship to corporations, we now need to go further in exploring how corporations might play an active role in reconfiguring the whole notion of citizenship itself.

Suggested Citation

Matten, Dirk and Crane, Andrew, Incorporating the Corporation in Citizenship: A Response to Norman and Neron (January 1, 2008). Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1676433

Dirk Matten

York University - Schulich School of Business ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Andrew Crane (Contact Author)

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/andrew-crane.html

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