Institutional strengthening as ethical obligation: An agonistic approach to business ethics

Tricia D. Olsen, Harry J. van Buren

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Abstract

Business ethics scholars often write about institutions as relatively static guidelines with which companies may or may not comply. We argue that conceiving of institutions in this way limits the role they can play in addressing conflict. We draw from work by political theorist Chantal Mouffe on agonism, applying it to business ethics. We develop the notion of agonistic business responsibility, which overcomes existing limitations in the literature by legitimizing stakeholder voices and recognizing that greater corporate legitimacy could arise through contestation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 7 2020Aug 11 2020

Conference

Conference80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/7/208/11/20

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