Frank de Bakker, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jeremy Moon, University of Nottingham, UK
Guido Palazzo, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Andreas Rasche, Warwick Business School, UK
Andreas Georg Scherer, University of Zurich, Switzerland
J. (Hans) van Oosterhout, Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands
Kathleen Rehbein, Marquette University, USA
This SWG aims to provide a platform for scholars to discuss the changing dynamics between business activity and society in the context of globalization. The dominant views of the firm in management and organization studies in general, and in subfields such as CSR or business and society in particular, still build on the concept of instrumental corporate social responsibility and the economic view of the business firm.
However, globalizing society erodes established ideas about the division of labor between the political and economic spheres. It calls for a fresh view concerning the role of business in global society and the role of regulation.
Considering this changing context of business in global society, the objectives of the SWG are:
...to discuss the consequences of a political mandate of the business firm, especially, but not limited to, the context of developing and emerging economies. Potential questions include, but are not restricted to:
...to analyze the existing and potential interactions between business firms and other societal actors (e.g., NGOs and unions) and to also reflect on changing business-government relations. Potential questions include, but are not restricted to:
...to research whether and how voluntary corporate responsibility practices represent a way to fill the governance voids which the rise of the global economy has created. Potential questions include, but are not restricted to:
The SWG particularly invites contributions taking a critical perspective on the role of the firm in global society. Participants in the SWG should aim to develop strong theoretical and/or empirical insights that increase our understanding of the role of global business firms and their contribution to society.