The Critical Corporation Project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and aims to bring together the expertise and insights of scholars.
In the contemporary academy, the nature of the transnational corporation and its role in the global political economy is analysed from various different disciplinary perspectives.
The aim of this project is to bring together the expertise and insights of scholars in:
- Critical legal studies
- Critical management studies
- Heterodox economy
- Political science
- Critical anthropology
- Sociology/criminology and beyond to uncover the undoubtedly significant synergies that can be gained from a collaborative critical analysis of the corporation.
Such analysis will lead to new perspectives on, for example, the nature and uses of corporate power on the global level, the nature of the corporation as a social unit constituted of individual citizens of various nationalities, cultures and classes.
It will lead to new perspectives on the effect of the corporate (legal/organisational) form and transnational regulation of corporate matters on individual behaviour, the transnational corporation, global governance, private authority and global class society.
The project covers analysing the transnational corporation as an actor in the global political economy and the global economic crises and the challenges of regulating or governing transnational corporate groups between global communal, global class and local worker and/or victims' interests.
The analysis benefits from the group members' individual set of subject-specific expertise and methodology, while maintaining coherence through the common use of poststructuralist, Marxist and related critical theoretical frames.
The Project is convened by Grietje Baars of The City Law School and Andre Spicer of Bayes Business School and runs an ESRC-funded series of seminars and public events. "The Corporation: A Critical, Multidisciplinary Handbook" will be published with Cambridge University Press in 2015.