The political role of companies


This research project, conducted in cooperation with the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, focuses on the phenomenon called “New Governance”: a term that refers to governance processes whereby rules for corporate action are set not only by the state but also by civil society organizations and companies. An example for the latter is the certification standard developed by the Forest Stewardship Council. These developments and related questions have gained relevance as there is an insufficient regulatory framework for globalized business relationships.


  • Zeyen, A., Beckmann, M., & Wolters, S. (2016). Actor and Institutional Dynamics in the Development of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives. Journal of business ethics, 135, 341-360.
  • Pies, Ingo, Markus Beckmann und Stefan Hielscher (2011): The Political Role of the Business Firm: An Ordonomic Concept of Corporate Citizenship Developed in Comparison with the Aristotelian Idea of Individual Citizenship, in: Business and Society (angenommen)
  • Pies, Ingo, Markus Beckmann und Stefan Hielscher (2010): Value Creation, Management Competencies, and Global Corporate Citizenship, in: Journal of Business Ethics, 94,S. 265-278.
  • Hielscher, Stefan und Markus Beckmann (2009): Social Entrepreneurship und Ordnungspolitik:Zur Rolle gesellschaftlicher Change Agents am Beispiel des Kruppschen Wohlfahrtsprogramms, in: ORDO – Jahrbuch für die Ordnung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, Band 60, Stuttgart, S. 435-461.

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