Corporations as Political Actors – A Report on the First Swiss Master Class in Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Andreas Rasche
  • Dorothea Baur
  • Mariëtte van Huijstee
  • Stephen Ladek
  • Jayanthi Naidu
  • Cecilia Perla
  • Esther Schouten
  • Michael Valente
  • Mingrui Zhang


This paper presents a report on the first Swiss Master Class in Corporate Social Responsibility, which was held between the 8th and 9th December 2006 at HEC Lausanne in Switzerland. The first section of the report introduces the topic of the master class – ‚Corporations as Political Actors – Facing the Postnational Challenge’ – as well as the concept of the master class. The second section gives an overview of papers written by nine young scholars that were selected to present their research. The brief summary of each paper also includes a summary of comments from the masters, practitioners, and NGO representatives at the event. The third section brings in the perspectives of one master and one NGO representative on the discussed issues. The final section offers a brief wrap-up of the discussed topics and outlines ways to structure future conceptual and empirical research.


firms as political actors global governance stakeholder collaboration conflict zones corporate accountability political responsibility NGO legitimacy consumer responsibility hard and soft law human rights 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Rasche
    • 1
  • Dorothea Baur
    • 1
  • Mariëtte van Huijstee
    • 1
  • Stephen Ladek
    • 1
  • Jayanthi Naidu
    • 1
  • Cecilia Perla
    • 1
  • Esther Schouten
    • 1
  • Michael Valente
    • 1
  • Mingrui Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Logistics and OrganizationHelmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, University of the Federal Armed ForcesHamburgGermany

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