Law, Business and Legitimacy

Rendtorff, J.D. (Ed.) (2020), Handbook of Business Legitimacy: Responsibility, Ethics and Society, Springer-Nature, Forthcoming

16 Pages Posted: 17 May 2019

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Mrinalini Kochupillai

Technical University of Munich; Technical University of Munich, Chair of Business Ethics and Global Governance

Johannes Brinkmann

BI Norwegian Business School

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Date Written: March 27, 2019

Abstract

The intention of this chapter is to formulate thought-provoking ideas about legitimacy and close neighbour terms. In particular, the chapter considers ‘legitimacy’ to not only be a very relevant term for business ethics in general, but also highly relevant in answering the question of how business ethics relates to law. Rather than defining legitimacy right away, the authors use the first part of this chapter to develop a comprehensive understanding of legitimacy by relating it to close neighbour terms, such as power, recognition, trust, justification and criticism on the one hand, and to legality in its contrast to and overlap with legitimacy, on the other. In the second part of this chapter, we offer concrete (real world) examples and ideas of the interaction between legitimacy and law. These examples are drawn from traditional legal disciplines such as tax law and human rights law, as well as more modern legal preoccupations such as intellectual property law, laws relating to artificial intelligence and autonomous cars, the latest organic seed certification laws etc. We envisage these examples as food-for-thought for future business ethics teaching and research at the interface of legitimacy and legality, and business ethics and its legal contexts.

Keywords: legitimacy, law, business ethics, intellectual property, EU Organic Regulation, seeds, new/emerging technologies

Suggested Citation

Kochupillai, Mrinalini and Kochupillai, Mrinalini and Brinkmann, Johannes, Law, Business and Legitimacy (March 27, 2019). Rendtorff, J.D. (Ed.) (2020), Handbook of Business Legitimacy: Responsibility, Ethics and Society, Springer-Nature, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3373565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3373565

Mrinalini Kochupillai

Technical University of Munich ( email )

Chair of Business Ethics and Global Goverance
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Munich, Bavaria 80333
Germany

Technical University of Munich, Chair of Business Ethics and Global Governance ( email )

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BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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