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Ethics, Power and Communities: Corporate Social Responsibility Revisited

Denise Kleinrichert
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 78, No. 3, 14th International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society (Mar., 2008), pp. 475-485
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25075624
Page Count: 11
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Ethics, Power and Communities: Corporate Social Responsibility Revisited
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Abstract

Ally-building can be an ethical pursuit in developing sources of power for the business manager. The commitment to social responsibility is a source of power, as well as an ethical practice for corporate endeavors. Pfeffer promotes a business manager's ability to develop effectiveness with ties to powerful others in an intra-organizational environment. This paper advances an analysis about how individuals in corporations may use an inter-organizational approach to developing sources of power through a notion of corporate social responsibility. As such, a more meaningful qualitative reciprocity between corporations and the communities in which they operate can be developed. And, this relationship develops a source of power for the individual involved in this effort. In other words, relationships with powerful others in the community could develop by revisiting CSR based on reciprocity and exchange of sustainability in a community, rather than on a notion of paternal responsibility to some particular construct in society.

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