Class IX: Political CSR and the Business of Peace

Provided by Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Guiding questions: How does globalization change the relationship between governments and businesses? What role does business play in global governance? Why is the political issue of peace a business concern?



Core readings

Oetzel, J., Westermann-Behaylo, M., Koerber, C., Fort, T. L., & Rivera, J. (2009). Business and peace: Sketching the terrain. Journal of Business Ethics, 89(4), 351-373. PDF 

Banks, H. (2016). The business of peace: Coca-Cola’s contribution to stability, growth, and optimism. Business Horizons, 59(5), 455-461. PDF 

Contemporary news article

Gilchrist, K. (2022). ‘Under the counter diplomacy’: Why sanctioned oligarch Roman Abramovich is brokering peace in Ukraine. CNBC, April 1. 

Post-Lecture Assignment

Respond to the following question (500 words): What arguments speak for, and which arguments speak against businesses being involved in global governance peacebuilding efforts in war and areas of conflict?

Background readings

Joseph, J., Katsos, J. E., & Van Buren, H. J. (2022). Entrepreneurship and peacebuilding: A review and synthesis. Business & Society, PDF

Background video

Elke Schüßler, Johannes Kepler University Linz talks with Jan Pospisil, Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Vienna and Research Director at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution ​​