Two Forms of Responsibility – Organizational and Societal

Philosophy of Management 17 (2):187-201 (2018)
  Copy   BIBTEX


My aim in this article is twofold. First, I will illuminate the triangular conceptual connections between responsibility, authority, and power as they are exposed in the organizational realm; second, I will show how the three concepts are distinct. Relying on the work of Peter Strawson and his followers on responsibility for my point of departure, I will show that the connection between the inner corporational authority and its inner matching responsibility is different from the connection between the outer corporational forces and influences and the CSR that they develop in reaction to these. This will expose another important distinction between two kinds of responsibility: the organizational kind, as instantiated in organizations, and the social kind, which constitutes the outer aspect of the CSR. Though many thinkers address different kinds of responsibility, a comparative perspective of these different concepts is missing. I attempt to bring three of these separate discourses together to examine them alongside one another, evaluating them in the light of their differences and similarities. This will expose a new typology of ‘responsibility’ that penetrates and illuminates the relations between corporations and society and as such enhance our understanding of organizational responsibility.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,100

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Collective moral responsibility.David T. Risser - 2009 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The symbolic dimension of responsibility in organizational communication.Iulia Grad - 2017 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 16 (48):112-124.
Practicing the business of corporate social responsibility: a process perspective.Christa Thomsen & Jakob Lauring - 2008 - International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics 4 (2):117.
In defense of organizational evolution: A reply to Reydon and Scholz.John Lemos - 2009 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (3):463-474.


Added to PP

27 (#591,340)

6 months
10 (#272,213)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Robert Albin
Sapir College

Citations of this work

Editorial.Wim Vandekerckhove - 2018 - Philosophy of Management 17 (2):133-135.

Add more citations