Professor Bobby Banerjee

Date: Wednesday 30th March
Time: 4 – 5:30pm
Room: 3.7
Topic: The Governance Of Political Corporate Social Responsibility

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‌Speaker: Professor Bobby Banerjee

Speaker biography

Professor Bobby Banerjee joined Cass Business School in January 2013 as a Professor of Management. Prior to joining Cass Bobby was Associate Dean (Research) at the College of Business, University of Western Sydney. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts and has held research and teaching positions at the University of Wollongong, RMIT University and the University of South Australia.

Bobby's primary research interests are in the areas of sustainability, climate change and corporate social responsibility. Other research interests include critical management studies, Indigenous ecology, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and globalisation. He has published extensively in leading scholarly journals and is the author of two books: Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and the co-edited volume Organisations, Markets and Imperial Formations: Towards an Anthropology of Globalisation. He serves on the editorial board of seven international journals and is a Senior Editor at Organisation Studies.

Seminar brief

In this seminar, we provide a critical analysis of political CSR. As an extension of deliberative democracy political CSR is seen as corporate efforts to respond to global environmental and social challenges. We argue that political CSR does not take into account the needs of marginalised and vulnerable stakeholder groups.

Drawing on cases of conflicts in the extractive industries we show how power asymmetries in the political economy create corporate wealth while diminishing social and environmental welfare of communities impacted by extractive activities. Based on our critique we develop a multi-level translocal governance framework from the perspective of marginalised stakeholders that can enable a more responsive approach to CSR. We conclude by discussing implications for theory and practice and providing directions for future research.