The socially responsible corporation, the law and the Sicilian Mafia: Taking seriously the Mafia metaphor to analyse the management of social issues

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serval:BIB_09AD5BCA7423
Type
Inproceedings: an article in a conference proceedings.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
The socially responsible corporation, the law and the Sicilian Mafia: Taking seriously the Mafia metaphor to analyse the management of social issues
Title of the conference
Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the International Association for Business and Society
Author(s)
Gond J.-P., Palazzo G.
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2005
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Editor
Ryan L. V., Logsdon J.
Volume
16
Pages
124-129
Language
english
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to provoke a debate on the management of social issues building on the analysis of a well known illegal organization, namely the Sicilian Mafia. According to the analytical framework provided by Gambetta (1993), the Sicilian Mafia could be considered as a business on its own dealing a specific commodity: the ‘protection of people’. That approach of ‘Mafia as a corporation’ allows investigating the social responsibility of that organization and the way the Mafia managed its key stakeholders. As we will argue, the recent spate of corporate scandals reveals the risk of normal corporations turning into a Mafia type of organization. One of the key drivers of those scandals is the overstretched instrumental interpretation of a corporation's societal responsibilities. By caricaturing and perverting some established practices of the mainstream approach to CSR perspective, we will demonstrate the potential pathologies of a CSR approach that is mainly based on the neoliberal foundation of individual and organizational self-interest.
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