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    Getting Real: Stakeholder Theory, Managerial Practice, and the General Irrelevance of Fiduciary Duties Owed to Shareholders.Richard Marens & Andrew Wicks - 1999 - Business Ethics Quarterly 9 (2):273-293.
    Stakeholder theorists have generally misunderstood the nature and ramifications of the fiduciary responsibilities that corporate directors owe their stockholders. This fiduciary duty requires the exercise of care, loyalty, and honesty with regard to the financial interests of stockholders. Such obligations do not conflict with the normative goals of stakeholder theory, nor, after a century of case law that includes Dodge Bros. v. Ford, do fiduciary responsibilities owed shareholders prevent managerial policies that are generous orsensitive to other corporate stakeholders. The common (...)
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    Returning to Rawls: Social Contracting, Social Justice, and Transcending the Limitations of Locke.Richard Marens - 2007 - Journal of Business Ethics 75 (1):63-76.
    A generation ago, the field of business ethics largely abandoned analyzing the broader issue of social justice to focus upon more micro concerns. Donaldson applied the social contract tradition of Locke and Rawls to the ethics of management decision-making, and with Dunfee, has advanced this project ever since. Current events suggest that if the field is to remain relevant it needs to return to examining social and economic fairness, and Rawl's approach to social contracting suggests a way to start. First, (...)
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    Speaking Platitudes to Power: Observing American Business Ethics in an Age of Declining Hegemony. [REVIEW]Richard Marens - 2010 - Journal of Business Ethics 94 (S2):239 - 253.
    Over the last generation, American Business Ethics has focused excessively on the process of managerial decision-making while ignoring the collective impact of these decisions and avoiding other approaches that might earn the disapproval of corporate executives. This narrowness helped the field establish itself during the 1980s, when American management, under pressure from finance and heightened competition, was unreceptive to any limitations on its autonomy. Relying, however, on top-down approaches inspired by Aristotle, Locke, and Kant, while ignoring the consequentialism of Mill (...)
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    Laying the Foundation: Preparing the Field of Business and Society for Investigating the Relationship Between Business and Inequality.Richard Marens - 2018 - Business and Society 57 (6):1252-1285.
    With the growth in income inequality now regarded as a crucial social issue, business and society scholars need to prepare themselves for the ambitious task of studying how corporate practices, intentionally or not, contribute to this trend. This article offers starting points for scholars wishing to explore this topic but lacking the necessary background for doing so. First, it offers suggestions as to finding the extant empirical work necessary for informed analysis. This is followed by an examination of alternate methods (...)
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    Wobbling on a One-Legged Stool: The Decline of American Pluralism and the Academic Treatment of Corporate Social Responsibility.Richard Marens - 2004 - Journal of Academic Ethics 2 (1):63-87.
    B. Readings (University in Ruins. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996) argued that universities have abandoned their original project of promoting a national culture and have tried to substitute by embracing globalization, but the vagueness and incoherence of the concept has failed to return purpose to the University. The academic treatment of corporate social responsibility illustrates this dilemma. For a generation after H.R. Bowen (Social Responsibilities of the Businessman. New York: Harper & Row, 1953) founded the field, scholars struggled to fit (...)
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    Timing is Everything: Historical Contingency as a Factor in the Impact of Catholic Social Teaching Upon Managerial Practices.Richard Marens - 2005 - Journal of Business Ethics 57 (3):285-301.
    John Paul IIs prescriptions for humanizing the world economy are not likely to have the impact of Leo XIIIs Rerum Novarum because the reception accorded reform proposals depends on opportunity and circumstances as well as the ethical soundness and the logic of the principles advanced. Because of historical circumstances, Thomas Mores critique of the emerging agricultural capitalism of his time was ignored while Catholic Social Teaching inspired by Kettelers work, endorsed and publicized by Leo, strongly impacted the industrializing world of (...)
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    Letters and Responses.Richard Marens - 2008 - Business Ethics Quarterly 18 (3):427-430.
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    Cooperating with the Disempowered Using ESOPS to Forge a Stakeholder Relationship by Anchoring Employee Trust in Workplace Participation Programs.Richard S. Marens, Andrew C. Wicks & Vandra L. Huber - 1999 - Business and Society 38 (1):51-82.
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    Waiting for the North to Rise: Revisiting Barber and Rifkin After a Generation of Union Financial Activism in the U.S.Richard Marens - 2004 - Journal of Business Ethics 52 (1):109-123.
    A generation ago, Barber and Rifkin [The North Will Rise Again: Pensions, Politics and Power in 1980s (Beacon Press, Boston)] envisioned a new strategy for American Labor that would make extensive use of the capital in multi-employer and public pension plans. They argued that organized labor could influence how these funds were invested in order use this capital as both a weapon in struggles with recalcitrant management and as a tool to generate new union jobs. A number of union officials (...)
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    Calling in a Debt: Government's Role in Creating the Capacity for Explicit Corporate Social Responsibility.Richard Marens - 2013 - Business and Society Review 118 (2):143-169.
    Before the field of business and society can adequately analyze the relationship between governmental policies and corporate social responsibility , either as a reality or an ideal, it is first necessary to understand exactly how governments nurtured the development of the autonomous corporation. The roles assigned to government by the economics and management literatures—regulator, standard setter, protector, and adjudicator—ignore the crucial part played by state violence and government expenditures in the rise and sustained success of the corporate economy. An examination (...)
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    What Is to Be Done?Richard Marens - 2006 - Business Ethics Quarterly 16 (4):599-615.
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    Book Review: Net Loss: Internet Prophets, Private Profit, and the Costs to Community. [REVIEW]Richard Marens - 2005 - Business and Society 44 (2):229-233.
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