Rethinking Corporate Agency in Business, Philosophy and Law

17 Pages Posted: 3 May 2018 Last revised: 11 May 2018

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Samuel Mansell

University of St. Andrews

John Ferguson

School of Mangagement, University of St Andrews

David Gindis

University of Hertfordshire - Business School

Avia Pasternak

University of Essex

Date Written: April 17, 2018

Abstract

While researchers in business ethics, moral philosophy and jurisprudence have advanced the study of corporate agency, there have been very few attempts to bring together insights from these and other disciplines in the pages of the Journal of Business Ethics. By introducing to an audience of business ethics scholars the work of outstanding authors working outside the field this interdisciplinary special issue addresses this lacuna. Its aim is to encourage the formulation of innovative arguments that reinvigorate the study of corporate agency and stimulate further cross-fertilization of ideas between business ethics, law, philosophy and other disciplines.

The proposal for this special issue arose from a conference on “Corporate Agency and Shared Responsibility” hosted by the University of St Andrews (St Andrews, UK) in November 2015, and a symposium on “The Nature and Governance of the Corporation” organized by the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) in April 2015. At these events participants drew on perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences to rethink the concepts of corporate agency, collective responsibility and the nature of the corporation itself. Our aim here is to continue this dialogue between disciplinary perspectives in order to broaden and deepen the debate on corporate agency.

Keywords: Corporation, Group Agent, Corporate Agency, Corporate Personhood, Corporate Rights, Corporate Responsibility, Collective Responsibility, Interdisciplinarity

Suggested Citation

Mansell, Samuel and Ferguson, John and Gindis, David and Pasternak, Avia, Rethinking Corporate Agency in Business, Philosophy and Law (April 17, 2018). Journal of Business Ethics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3164288 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3164288

Samuel Mansell

University of St. Andrews ( email )

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Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
United Kingdom

John Ferguson

School of Mangagement, University of St Andrews ( email )

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St Andrews, Fife KY16 9RJ
United Kingdom

David Gindis (Contact Author)

University of Hertfordshire - Business School ( email )

Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB
United Kingdom

Avia Pasternak

University of Essex ( email )

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