Globalization and Corporate Social Responsibility

THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, A. Crane, A. McWilliams, D. Matten, J. Moon, D. Siegel, eds., pp. 413-431, Oxford University Press, 2008

27 Pages Posted: 30 May 2007 Last revised: 30 Oct 2010

Andreas Georg Scherer

University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration

Guido Palazzo

University of Lausanne

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

First, we will explain the concept of globalization. We will describe its conceptual variants and point to some of the phenomena that are associated with this process. Next we will describe the traditional paradigm of CSR where the responsibilities of businesses are discussed vis-a-vis a more or less properly working nation state system and a homogenous moral (cultural) community. We will argue that both these assumptions become problematic in the current 'post-national constellation' (Habermas 2001). We describe the new situation with regulatory gaps in global regulation, an erosion of national governance (loss of national sovereignty and the exterritorial application of national law), and a loss in moral and cultural homogeneity in the corporate environment. We discuss the consequences of the post-national constellation with the help of two recent observations of business firms' behavior which call for a fresh view on the concept of CSR. We describe the necessary paradigm shifts toward a new politically enlarged concept of CSR in a globalized world.

Keywords: globalization, CSR, corporate social responsibility, global regulation, national governance, paradigm shift

Suggested Citation

Scherer, Andreas Georg and Palazzo, Guido, Globalization and Corporate Social Responsibility (2008). THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, A. Crane, A. McWilliams, D. Matten, J. Moon, D. Siegel, eds., pp. 413-431, Oxford University Press, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=989565

Andreas Georg Scherer

University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration ( email )

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Zurich, 8006
Switzerland
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Guido Palazzo (Contact Author)

University of Lausanne ( email )

Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015
Switzerland

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