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The Corporation
A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook

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Grietje Baars, Andre Spicer, Philip Stern, Simon Deakin, William Lazonick, Gerald F. Davis, Suntae Kim, Robert J. Foster, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, Naná de Graaff, Andrew Jones, Mahmoud Ezzamel, Keith Robson, Jeroen Veldman, Hugh Willmott, Pepijn Brandon, Koji Yamamoto, Paddy Ireland, Glenn Morgan, Luc Fransen, Anastasia Nesvetailova, Ronen Palan, Laura Horn, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver, Karel Williams, Sol Piccioto, Elena Baglioni, Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice, Jennifer Bair, David Levy, Florence Palpacuer, Steve Tombs, Jean-Pascal Gond, Tomaso Ferrando, David Whyte, Garry Gray, Harmen van der Wilt, Peter Fleming, Inderjeet Parmar, Marina Welker, James Faulconbridge, Andrew Sanchez, David Hansen-Miller, Roland Paulsen, Benjamin Franks, Marc Schneiberg, William Davies, Martin Parker, George Cheney, Valerie Fournier, Chris Land
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  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107073111

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  • The corporation has become an increasingly dominant force in contemporary society. However, comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the concept of the corporation is often restricted, or limited to one disciplinary approach. This handbook brings together the cutting-edge scholarship, expertise and insight of leading scholars in a wide range of disciplines, notably management studies, law, history, political science, anthropology, sociology and criminology, using a critical approach to dissect and understand the corporation. Ten chapters provide overviews of the state of play of critical scholarship on the corporation in each of these disciplines. Further contributors tackle current hot topics, such as corporate social responsibility, corporate crime, global value chains, financialization, and the interaction between corporations and communities. Finally, they consider resistance and alternatives to the corporation. With its interdisciplinary approach, this book is an invaluable resource for all readers studying the past, present and future of the corporation.

    • The first text to offer a critical analysis of the corporation from an inter-disciplinary perspective, allowing readers to consider the approaches of multiple disciplines
    • Provides an overview of the history of the corporation, as well as a breakdown of current issues and possible outcomes for the future
    • Presents an impetus to finding new solutions to current issues around the corporation in global society
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    'Baars and Spicer have compiled the best collection of critical interrogations into corporations. Drawing on interdisciplinary insights from leading experts and a wide-ranging coverage of highly topical themes, Baars and Spicer have brought together an outstanding collection of essays that lucidly dissect the complexity and omnipotence of corporations in contemporary capitalism. This volume will quickly become a standard reference for understanding corporations.' Susanne Soederberg, Queen's University, Ontario, and author of Corporate Power and Ownership in Contemporary Capitalism

    'This is a remarkable collection of original essays. The thorough introduction by the two authors is stunning in itself, challenging the conventional interpretations of corporations in our history and resetting the basis for evaluation. The chapters draw from a large variety of disciplines that must be incorporated in a critical appraisal. The collection provides a new starting place for inquiry - multidisciplinary, and refreshingly critical.' Charles Perrow, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Yale University, Connecticut

    'The publication of this collection of critical studies of the corporation could not be more timely and relevant. The role of the corporation is being questioned as never before in a changing climate of political populism. Assembling contributions by leading thinkers from across the spectrum of the social sciences, the editors have created the 'go to' place for scholars and policy makers wishing to debate the past, present and future of the corporate form in contemporary societies.' Michael Power, London School of Economics and Political Science

    'This is a fantastic volume. Unprecedented in the interdisciplinary way it contextualises the corporation socially, historically and politically. An unavoidable reference point for every student and scholar that is interested in the conspicuous role of this institution.' Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility; Director, Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB); and Associate Dean of Research, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto; and Co-Editor of Business and Society

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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107073111
    • length: 564 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.12kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Disciplinary Overviews:
    1. The corporation in history
    2. The corporation in legal studies
    3. The corporation in economics
    4. The corporation in sociology
    5. The corporation in anthropology
    6. The corporation in political science
    7. The corporation in geography
    8. The corporation in accounting
    9. The corporation in management
    Part II. Interdisciplinary Thematic Chapters:
    10. The evolution of the corporate form
    10a. Between company and state: the Dutch East and West India Companies as brokers between war and profit
    10b. Early modern business projects and a forgotten history of corporate social responsibility
    10c. Finance and the origins of modern company law
    11. The multinational corporate group
    11a. The multinational as a corporate form: a critical contribution from organization studies
    11b. Embedding the multinational corporation in transnational sustainability governance
    11c. Banks as global corporations: from entities to 'ecological habitats'
    12. The financialization of the corporation
    11a. The structure and agency of financialization
    11b. Financialized business models and the corporation
    11c. Transnational corporations and the international tax haven and offshore finance system
    13. Corporate value chains
    13a. The nature of the firm in global value chains
    13b. The corporation and the global value chain
    13c. Global production networks and the changing corporation
    14. Corporate citizenship
    14a. The functions and dysfunctions of corporate social responsibility
    14b. Reconsidering the critical corporate social responsibility perspective through French pragmatic sociology: subverting corporate do-gooding for the common good?
    14c. Certification schemes and labelling as corporate governance: the value of silence
    15. The corporation and crime
    15a. The criminal corporate person
    15b. The FBI on corporate crime: examining the influence of corporate culture
    15c. Mental blockades in the recognition of mens rea in corporations
    16. The corporation and ideology
    16a. Bad parresia: CSR and corporate mystification today
    16b. Capital, corporate citizenship and legitimacy: the ideological force of 'corporate crime'
    16c. Corporate foundations and ideology
    17. Corporation and communities
    17a. Articulating and disarticulating corporation and community
    17b. Communities within and without of the corporation: control, power and interests
    17c. Coercion and corporate power: notes on class struggle in an Indian city
    18. Corporations and resistance
    18a. Organizing in the nervous system: global trade unions and global production networks
    18b. Rethinking workplace resistance: between revolt and co-optation
    18c. Anarchist versus corporate ethics
    19. Alternatives to the corporation
    19a. Resisting and regulating corporations through ecologies of alternative enterprise: insurance and electricity in the US case
    19b. The psychological crisis of the corporation: employee-owned alternatives and futures
    19c. Organization is politics made durable: principles and alternatives.

  • Editors

    Grietje Baars, City University London
    Grietje Baars is a Senior Lecturer at the City Law School, City University London.

    Andre Spicer, City University London
    Andr� Spicer is Professor of Management at Cass Business School, City University London.

    Contributors

    Grietje Baars, Andre Spicer, Philip Stern, Simon Deakin, William Lazonick, Gerald F. Davis, Suntae Kim, Robert J. Foster, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, Naná de Graaff, Andrew Jones, Mahmoud Ezzamel, Keith Robson, Jeroen Veldman, Hugh Willmott, Pepijn Brandon, Koji Yamamoto, Paddy Ireland, Glenn Morgan, Luc Fransen, Anastasia Nesvetailova, Ronen Palan, Laura Horn, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver, Karel Williams, Sol Piccioto, Elena Baglioni, Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice, Jennifer Bair, David Levy, Florence Palpacuer, Steve Tombs, Jean-Pascal Gond, Tomaso Ferrando, David Whyte, Garry Gray, Harmen van der Wilt, Peter Fleming, Inderjeet Parmar, Marina Welker, James Faulconbridge, Andrew Sanchez, David Hansen-Miller, Roland Paulsen, Benjamin Franks, Marc Schneiberg, William Davies, Martin Parker, George Cheney, Valerie Fournier, Chris Land

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