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Business, Capitalism and Corporate Citizenship

A Collection of Seminal Essays

In the first decades of the twenty-first century, the theory and practice of corporate citizenship and responsibility adapted significantly. The pieces in this volume capture the essence of these changes, with illuminating reflections by their preeminent authors on success, failure, learning and progress. Featuring contributions from John Ruggie, Peter Senge, R. Edward Freeman, Jan Aart Scholte and Georg Kell, it charts the rise of corporate citizenship, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

This title is one of a two-volume set: a collection of seminal and thought-provoking essays, drawn from the Journal of Corporate Citizenship’s archive, accompanied by new analysis and reflection from the original authors. Written by some of the most widely recognized academic and business pioneers and leaders of the corporate responsibility and global sustainability movement, the volumes make essential reference texts for anyone interested in the radically awakening new global political economy.

The Journal of Corporate Citizenship was launched in 2001 by Founding Editor Malcolm McIntosh and Greenleaf Publishing. Today, it continues to fulfil its mission to integrate theory and practice and provide a home for enlightened transdisciplinary thinking on the role of business and organizations in society.

Praise for the Journal of Corporate Citizenship:

JCC plays an increasingly important role for management scholars and practitioners... an outstanding source of rigorous thinking and analysis on the practical realities of management today

. Chris Laszlo, author of Embedded Sustainability and Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, USA

Acknowledgements

Introduction 
Malcolm McIntosh

Part 1: Business, capitalism and corporate citizenship  

1. The role of business in the world of today
David Henderson

2. A positive programme for laissez-faire capitalism 
Walter Block and William Barnett

3. Rejoinder to critics of laissez-faire capitalism
Walter Block and William Barnett

4. From hegemony to democracy
Charles Derber

5. Globalisation, governance and corporate citizenship
Jan Aart Scholte

6. Corporate social behaviour: between the rules of the game and the law of the jungle
Esben Rahbek Pederson and Peter Neergard 

Part 2: What do we talk about when we talk about corporate citizenship, and how do we talk about corporate citizenship when we talk about it?

7. Are business schools silent partners in corporate crime? 
Diane Swanson and Bill Frederick

8. Can stakeholder theorists seize the moment? 
Edward Freeman

9. Corporate Social Responsibility: Quo Vadis? A critical inquiry into a discursive struggle
Jan Jonker and Angela Marburg

10. Is this OK? An exploration of extremes 
Nick Barter and Luke Houghton

11. "Working and fighting for progress, for prosperity, for society" Brave new business worlds before and beyond corporate citizenship 
David Birch

12. Fear and loathing in the JCC: Unleashing the monster of ‘new corporate citizenship theory’ to confront category crisis
Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten

13. The Transnational corporation and new corporate citizenship theory: A critical analysis 
Marc T. Jones and Matthew Haigh 

Part 3: Corporate citizenship engagement

14. Waking the sleeping giant: Business as an agent for consumer understanding and responsible choice 
Peter Senge

15. Human security and sustainable enterprise in a developing-country context 
Annie Chikwanha

Corporate citizenship engagement and the UN Global Compact

16. The theory and practice of learning networks: Corporate social responsibility and the Global Compact 
John Ruggie

17. The Amnesty International UK business group: Putting human rights on the corporate agenda 
Sir Geoffrey Chandler

18. The Global Compact: Origins, operations, progress, challenges 
Georg Kell

19. What if we are failing? Towards a post-crisis compact for systemic change 
Jem Bendell

20. The human factor: Addressing United Nations staff perceptions of the business community when forming cross-sector partnerships
Linda Merieau

21. Making good business sense 
Richard Holme and Phil Watts

22. Business and Africa: Power, responsibility and values 
Mark Moody-Stuart

23. Business as a vocation 
Mark Moody-Stuart 

 

MALCOLM MCINTOSH is former Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise at Griffith University. He is Founding Editor of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and was Special Adviser to the UN Global Compact.

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