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Corporate social responsibility á la the liberal communist
Cardiff University, UK.
Cardiff University, UK.
2013 (English)In: Organization, ISSN 1350-5084, E-ISSN 1461-7323, Vol. 20, no 3, 416-432 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the ‘liberal communist’, a conceptual and satirical figure originally elaborated in the work of Slavoj Žižek (2008). The liberal communist claims (1) that there is no opposition between capitalism and the social good; (2) that all problems are of a practical nature, and hence best solved by corporate engagement and (3) that hierarchies, authority and centralized bureaucracies should be replaced by dynamic structures, a nomadic lifestyle and a flexible spirit. This analysis of the liberal communist has at least two implications for research on CSR. First, it examines the ideological role of CSR by moving beyond a propaganda view, instead offering an ideological reading that focuses on the ways in which CSR seeks to obliterate any existing contradictions between ‘philanthropic actions’ on the one hand and ‘profit-seeking business activities’ on the other hand. Second, it demonstrates how critique is not necessarily what corporations seek to avoid, but something that they actively engage in.

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2013. Vol. 20, no 3, 416-432 p.
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business ethics, capitalism, corporate social responsibility, ethics, liberal communist, neo- liberalism, Zizek
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141090DOI: 10.1177/1350508413478311OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141090DiVA: diva2:1085765
Available from: 2017-03-30 Created: 2017-03-30 Last updated: 2017-05-18Bibliographically approved

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