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Apprehending business and society

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conference contribution
posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by M Haigh, Marc Jones
This paper claims to make a contribution by addressing a significant number of epistemological, theoretical and methodological problems in the business and society literature. We identify six sets of potential influences promoting corporate social responsibility. The private sector encompasses intra-organisational obligations and pressures from competitors, investors and consumers. Governmental and non-governmental organisations exert regulatory pressures. Calling upon radical institutional theory, we address each set with respect to its conceptual arguments, its empirical salience in terms of the latest relevant research, and our considered opinion regarding its prospects to be a significant factor in promoting outcomes consistent with social welfare. The conclusion addresses their combined potential to put capitalism on a firmly sustainable track, or whether they amount to an ideological distraction from capitalist pathologies. A call is made for fresh imaginings of the discourse.

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1 - 27

Location

Cambridge, England

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  • Yes

Start date

2005-07-04

End date

2005-07-06

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2005, The Author

Editor/Contributor(s)

C Gilson

Title of proceedings

CMS 2005 : Critique and inclusivity : opening the agenda : Proceedings of the 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference

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