CSR Beyond Economy and Society. A Post-Capitalist Approach

Journal of Business Ethics, 2018

21 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2019

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Vladislav L. Valentinov

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)

Markus Heidingsfelder

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Miguel Perez Valls

University of Almeria

Date Written: October 2, 2018

Abstract

In this article, we draw on established views of CSR dysfunctionalities to show how and why CSR is regularly observed to be both shaped by and supportive of capitalism. We proceed to show that these dysfunctionalities are maintained by both the pro- and anticapitalist approaches to CSR, which implies an ill-defined separation of the economy and society as well an overly strong problem or solution focus on political and economic issues. Finally, we present a post-capitalist approach to CSR that overcomes:

1) the ill-defined separation of the economy and society,

2) the capitalist bias towards economic rationalities, and

3) the over identification of society with its political system; this approach thus helps to manage the above mentioned CSR dysfunctionalities.

Keywords: CSR, capitalism, functional differentiation

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen and Valentinov, Vladislav L. and Heidingsfelder, Markus and Perez Valls, Miguel, CSR Beyond Economy and Society. A Post-Capitalist Approach (October 2, 2018). Journal of Business Ethics, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3317723

Steffen Roth (Contact Author)

La Rochelle Business School ( email )

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University of Turku ( email )

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Vladislav L. Valentinov

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) ( email )

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Germany

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Markus Heidingsfelder

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) ( email )

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Munich, DE Bavaria 80539
Germany

Miguel Perez Valls

University of Almeria ( email )

La Cañada de San Urbano s/n
Almería, Almería 040120
Spain

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