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The Need for an Applied Ethics of Representation in Corporate Social Responsibility
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
2003 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Explores what ethical tools are offered by the research field of Corporate Social Responsibility to handle the ethical issues in the criticism towards Swedish design put forward by Rampell (2002). Perceives the core ethical problem in the research conducted by Rampell (2002) to be the exclusion of minority groups in Swedish design. Looks at the context in which Swedish design developed and how it is described at commercial and official public web sites mainly directed at tourists and foreigners. The examination shows that the distinguishing features that represents the image of Swedish design that Rampell (2002) points out and criticizes still prevails; even though Sweden today is a multicultural country, a single-track image of Swedish design is transmitted to the world. Creates a test case; Swedish design, i.e. an issue at the intersection of the political, cultural and economical systems. Thus, CSR should apply. Reviews CSR and its relation to Business Ethics. Examines what is being discussed in the Nordic CSR context by investigating 19 out of the 20 papers put forward at the CSR track at the Scandinavian management conference NFF2003 that was carried out 14th-16th of August 2003 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Suggests how general CSR theory and the conference development of CSR could apply to the test case, Swedish design. Suggests what is needed are tools to handle the visual semantic based meanings in the Swedish design case, i.e. an applied ethics of representation.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-4467OAI: diva2:193988
Available from: 2007-01-05 Created: 2007-01-05

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