Empowering People in the Business Frontline: The Ruggie's Framework and the Capability Approach

Management Revue 23(2), pp. 191–216, 2012

Humanistic Management Network, Research Paper Series No. 13-01

30 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2013

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Cesar González-Cantón

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF); Humanistic Management Network

Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper explains how the Ruggie’s framework for corporate human rights performance may benefit from a relationship with the capability approach. The capability approach is found to fit nicely with both human rights and managerial perspectives. Among the many reciprocal contributions these perspectives can make to each other, this paper places a specific focus on how the capability approach can strenghten the case for the universality of human rights by means of Nussbaum’s list of capabilities; as well as get the Ruggie’s framework specified in business settings by accounting for different factors of variability and aspects of freedom. A manager-friendly 4-step flow chart of practical reasoning is suggested and tested on the issue of gender equality in the firm.

Keywords: Ruggie’s framework, capability approach, corporate responsibility, practical reasoning, gender equality

JEL Classification: F23, J8, J24, M14, M50

Suggested Citation

González-Cantón, Cesar, Empowering People in the Business Frontline: The Ruggie's Framework and the Capability Approach (May 1, 2012). Management Revue 23(2), pp. 191–216, 2012; Humanistic Management Network, Research Paper Series No. 13-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2232697

Cesar González-Cantón (Contact Author)

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) ( email )

Serrano Anguita 9
Madrid, Madrid 28004
Spain

Humanistic Management Network ( email )

St. Gallen
Switzerland

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