However, globalizing society erodes established ideas about the division of labor between the political and economic spheres.
It calls for a fresh view concerning the role of business in global society and the role of regulation.
Considering this changing context of business in global society, the objectives of the SWG are:
...to discuss the consequences of a political mandate of the business firm, especially, but not limited to, the context of
developing and emerging economies. Potential questions include, but are not restricted to:
- What are the consequences of the political role for organizational legitimacy?
- How can we find a balance between corporate power and the public interest?
- Do companies have an enlarged political responsibility and if so how can it be defined?
- How do business firms try to deal with their enlarged political role?
- What new forms of organizing are emerging to reflect new forms of public-private governance?
- How can the activities of companies be democratically controlled?
...to analyze the existing and potential interactions between business firms and other societal actors (e.g., NGOs and unions)
and to also reflect on changing business-government relations. Potential questions include, but are not restricted to:
- What is the role and significance of social movements, civil society groups, and NGOs in relation to the political mandate