We have produced influential research in the field. This has appeared in top scientific journals including Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Review, Business & Society, Business Ethics Quarterly, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Marketing, Organization, Organization Science, and Organisation Studies.
The following is a selected list of our current research projects:
Environmental and Social Responsibility in the Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Sector: Challenges and Prospects
Critically Examining Corporate Social Responsibility
Explaining Organisational Corruption
Unpacking employees' reactions to corporate social responsibility
Building ethical cultures in finance
Socially responsible operations
Evaluating Multi-stakeholder Initiatives and Social Licence to Operate in the Extractive Industries: An International Comparative Analysis
Livelihood Struggles and Resistance Movements against Extractive Industries: Narratives from Brazil, Chile and India
Power Dynamics in Global Production Networks: Insights from the Apparel Industry in Bangladesh
Corporate and Institutional Strategies for Climate Change: An International Comparative Analysis
The Coming Workers Society?
To frack or not to frack? How power and justification interact in sustainability controversies
This project conceptualizes the dynamics and interactions of justification and power in the context of the controversy surrounding shale gas exploration in Québec, Canada, with the aim to explain how and why a de facto moratorium on fracking resulted. Building on Boltanski and Thévenot's economies of worth theory as well as studies of power, it shows how stakeholders from government, civil society, and industry interacted through their justifications and mobilized their respective power to establish the moral legitimacy of the extraction of a natural resource. Our results clarify the justification of power whereby power shapes justification through immunization, hijacking, delegation, and multiplication as well as the power
of justification by which justification shapes uncertainty and helps to recover democracy and even institutions, and in so doing alters stakeholders' power. Our findings also show how these two mechanisms, together with stakeholders' efforts to align their justifications and power bases, explain the development of the controversy. By bridging the justification perspective with conceptualizations of power, this study advances current debates on political Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Led by Professor Jean-Pascal Gond.