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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Firm as a Person


  • Jérôme Ballet

    (University of Versailles, St. Quentin en Yvelines, France)

  • Françoise de Bry

    (University of Versailles, St. Quentin en Yvelines, France)


Company responsibility has been defined under several concepts: Corporate Social Responsibility; Corporate Social Responsiveness, Corporate Social Performance etc. Nevertheless, a number of fundamental questions concerning responsibility remain unanswered. This article examines several of these questions. This responsibility is linked to the notion of a person. It is therefore necessary to define the company as a person. In fact, responsibility corresponds, before everything else, to a structure of intentions. It is hence necessary to define this structure.

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  • Jérôme Ballet & Françoise de Bry, 2003. "Corporate Social Responsibility and the Firm as a Person," Zagreb International Review of Economics and Business, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, vol. 6(1-2), pages 57-70, May - Nov.
  • Handle: RePEc:zag:zirebs:v:6:y:2003:i:1-2:p:57-70

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    business ethics; person; property rights; structure of intention; responsibility;

    JEL classification:

    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility


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