The Business Corporation as a Political Actor


4 March 2021
15:00 - 17:00

Online seminar on Corporate Governance

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In the second session of the online spring series, we will try to connect the debates around stakeholder representation and CSR by asking what the implications of CSR are for stakeholder representation. If we accept that corporations have some ethical obligations, what are their implications for who gets a say in corporate decision-making? Are there perhaps moral duties to involve certain groups or implement specific procedures to ensure that stakeholder interests are respected?


Prof. Isabelle Ferreras
Isabelle Ferrerras is professor of sociology at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and senior tenured fellow of the Belgian National Science Foundation (F.N.R.S.). Her research is focused on firms as political entities from both the empirical perspective of sociological research and the normative perspective of political theory. Her most recent book is “Firms as Political Entities. Saving Democracy through Economic Bicameralism” (CUP, 2017).

Prof. Nien-He Hsieh
Nien-hê Hsieh is Professor of Business Administration and Joseph L. Rice, III Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School. His research revolves around questions of Business Ethics, both in applied contexts like the employment relationship, and regarding its normative foundations, for example when it comes to the weighing of incommensurable values. He has published in, among others, Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Political Philosophy.