Series editor(s): Dr Richard Hull
Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies
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|Title:||Chapter 3 Nongovernmental Organizations' Influence and Capacity in Management Literature: The Implicit Influence of Tocqueville and Explicit Reference to Habermas|
|Author(s):||Guillaume Delalieux, Arno Kourula|
|Volume:||1 Editor(s): Richard Hull, Jane Gibbon, Oana Branzei, Helen Haugh ISBN: 978-1-78052-280-7 eISBN: 978-1-78052-281-4|
|Citation:||Guillaume Delalieux, Arno Kourula (2011), Chapter 3 Nongovernmental Organizations' Influence and Capacity in Management Literature: The Implicit Influence of Tocqueville and Explicit Reference to Habermas, in Richard Hull, Jane Gibbon, Oana Branzei, Helen Haugh (ed.) The Third Sector (Dialogues in Critical Management Studies, Volume 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.57-73|
|DOI:||10.1108/S2046-6072(2011)0000001010 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Purpose – In management literature, the influence that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can have on reforming multinational corporations' practices is traditionally depicted as significant. Few studies have emphasized the limits that NGOs face. The aim of this chapter is to:1.Describe how the positive view of NGO influence is implicitly built on a neo-Tocquevillian understanding of civil society and an explicit utilization of Habermasian ideas of civil society and communication.2.Reveal the limitations of the ability of NGOs alone to affect the negative aspects related to corporate activity and capitalism in general, building on existing critical work on civil society.
Design/methodology/approach – We review the existing mainstream literature on NGO–business relationships and compare it to the less developed body of critical research on the subject.
Findings – We found that current mainstream research on NGO–business relationships are implicitly referring to a specific positive conception of civil society believing in the power of civil society to reform society (Neo-Tocquevillian Belief).
We then propose critical alternative conceptions of civil society, to allow the development of further research in a more critical perspective, insisting on the limits of the ability of NGOs to mitigate the worst effects of neoliberalism.
Originality/value – The value of this chapter lies in the presentation of the implicit assumptions on which mainstream research on NGO–business relationships are based today. The chapter identifies possible alternative theoretical orientations for future research for doctoral students or researchers.
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