Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 30, 2012 - Business & Economics - 543 pages
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This thought-provoking history of corporate responsibility in the USA is a landmark publication documenting the story of corporate power and business behavior from the mid-eighteenth century to the modern day. It shows how the idea of corporate responsibility has evolved over time, with the roles, responsibilities and performance of corporations coming increasingly under the spotlight as new norms of transparency and accountability emerge. Today, it is expected that a corporation will be transparent in its operations; that it will reflect ethical values that are broadly shared by others in society; and that companies will enable society to achieve environmental sustainability as well as a high standard of living. As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, the social, political and economic landscape is once again shifting: the need for an informed public conversation about what is expected of the modern corporation has never been greater.
 

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Contents

The Corporation in the Public Square
1
The Seeds of Corporate Responsibility
29
Foundations of Capitalism and the Birth of the Corporation 17761880
31
The Turbulent Rise of the Corporation 18801900
62
The Progressive Era and a New BusinessGovernment Relationship 19001918
90
The Corporations Case for Social Responsibility 19181929
124
The Corporation and National Crisis 19291945
152
Corporate Responsibility Comes of Age
193
Managing Corporate Responsibility 19731981
264
Taking Account of Corporate Responsibility
301
Stakeholders and Stockholders 19811989
303
Corporate Responsibility Institutionalizes and Globalizes 19892001
337
A New Social Contract for the Twentyfirst Century 20012011
376
Endnotes
425
References
463
List of Plates
507

Corporate Legitimacy Affirmed 19451963
195
A Revolution of Rising Expectations 19631973
230

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About the author (2012)

Kenneth E. Goodpaster holds the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics in the Opus College of Business at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota.

Archie B. Carroll is Robert W. Scherer Professor of Management Emeritus and Director, Nonprofit Management and Community Service Program at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

Kenneth J. Lipartito is Professor of History and Department Chair at Florida International University.

James E. Post is the John F. Smith, Jr Professor of Management at Boston University where he teaches strategic management, corporate governance, ethics and nonprofit management.

Patricia H. Werhane holds the Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics and is Director, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University. She is also Professor Emeritus at the Darden School, University of Virginia.

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