Missing the Forest for the Trees

Business and Society 35 (1):7-41 (1996)
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Abstract

This article critiques the concept and discourse of social responsibility in terms of theoretical coherence, empirical salience, normative viability, and power/knowledge implications from a Marxist-institutionalist perspective. The social responsibility concept and discourse is found to be problematic along each of the above dimensions. The basic point can be stated succinctly: The concept and discourse of social responsibility are viable only in the absence of a historically grounded understanding of capitalist political economy. At the same time, however, the article argues that social responsibility constitutes an influential ideology with material implications for stakeholder groups.

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