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CfP – DISSENSUS! RADICAL DEMOCRACY AND BUSINESS ETHICS. Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics

Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics


Submission Deadline: 4 June 2018


Carl Rhodes, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Iain Munro, Newcastle University, UK.

Torkild Thanem, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Alison Pullen, Macquarie University, Australia.


In an era of prolonged financial crisis, political instability and worldwide injustice, the economic and ethical legitimacy of corporate power requires continued challenge. Scandal after scandal has revealed corporations showing little regard for the institutions of liberal democracy. Whether it be tax evasion, law breaking, political lobbying or outright corruption, corporations are content to flout notions of justice, equality and freedom in an escalating pursuit of profit (see Barkan 2013; Brown 2015). Liberal democracy promises opportunity and inclusion, yet democratic states are complicit in strengthening the power of the corporations they glorify as wealth creators and job securers. In ‘post-democracy’ (Crouch, 2004) politics revolves around the conflated interests of corporations and politicians, reinforcing injustice and inequality on a global scale and resulting in poverty, torture, trafficking, imprisonment, and death. This special issue will investigate and challenge this state of affairs by exploring business ethics as it relates to ‘radical democracy’ (Mouffe, 1996; Robbins, 2011). This is democracy conceived as an ethical alternative to the potent marriage of the liberal democratic state and corporate power. As Rancière (2015) explains, the political dissensus required for democracy bears witness to marginalized voices excluded from the prevailing status quo. Such dissensus also enacts a particular ethics rested in the radical questioning and subversion of the totalizing tendencies of power. In response to what Ziarek (2001) has called ‘the ethics of dissensus’, the political task is to fight against the powers, injustices and inequalities that affect people not just politically, but also materially. This ethics goes beyond the questioning of corporate power, and projects us towards trajectories where people already live and work independently of the corporate-government complex. The ethics and politics of dissensus becomes the radically democratic alternative, directed towards sustainable futures at the level of life itself.


Papers are called for which explore the ethics and politics of radical democracy as it manifests in dissensus and the subversion of corporate power by alternative democratic practices and realities. This is no fantasy, it is witnessed by struggles in domains as diverse as environmentalism, agriculture, affective labour, domestic work, craftwork, art, and the hacker ethic of the open source community. Acknowledging that contemporary politics have created an inverse relationship between corporate power and democracy, we seek to consider the character of this inversion, how it has been resisted, and the alternatives to it. We do not just ask whether democratic alternatives to the liberalistic reign of corporations, markets and corporate governments are possible, but how they are and can be realized. Required is a profound ethico-political engagement; a struggle that moves from critique, to resistance, to alternative realities. This evokes, in Spivak’s (1993) words, an ‘impossible intimacy of the ethical’ that strives for a genuine respect of the value of difference. Such intimacy can also invoke a politically aware and democratic business ethics built on the potential of dissent, alterity and critique as a means of refusing hegemony of all types. Papers might consider, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:

• The effects of Free Trade Agreements and trade wars on democracy.

• Spaces, places and strategies for ethicso-political democratic dissent.

• The politics, ethics and aesthetics of dissensus, through feminism and critical race theory.

• The ethico-political struggle for alternative ways of life, work and organization in the context of global and nationalist capitalism.

• Alternative economies and the subversion of free market liberalism.

• The development of a heterodox management studies to better imagine alternatives within the field of management studies.

• The ‘depoliticization’ of theory and academic work more generally

• The praxis, organization and effectiveness of anti-corporate movements.

• Business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility as anti-democratic forms of corporate consensus.

• Inequality, difference and class struggle.

• Critiques of corporate sovereignty, justice and dissent.

• Tensions between the materiality of democracy, neoliberal rationality and neoconservative ideology.


Authors should refer to the Journal of Business Ethics website for instructions on submitting a paper and for more information about the journal: Submission to the special issue by 4 June 2018 is required through Editorial Manager at: Upon submission, please indicate that your sub- mission is to this Special Issue. Questions about potential topics and papers should be directed to the guest editors.


Barkan, J. (2013) Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government Under Capitalism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Brown, W. (2015) Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, New York: Zone Books.

Crouch, C. (2004) Post-Democracy, Cambridge: Polity.

Mouffe, C. (1996) Dimensions of Radical Democracy: Pluralism, Citizenship, Community. London: Verso.

Rancière, J. (2015) Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics, London: Continuum

Robbins, J. W. (2011) Radical Democracy and Political Theology, New York: Columbia.

Spivak , G. (1993) Outside the Teaching Machine, London: Routeldge.

Ziarek, E. P. (2001) Postmodernity, Feminism and the Politics of Radical Democracy. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Call for Abstracts – „Entgrenzung von Markt und Staat? Wirtschaftssoziologische Untersuchungen zur Krise der Ordnungsbildung“, 26.-27. Oktober 2017 an der Universität Hamburg

Hier der interessante Call for Abstracts  für die Jahrestagung der DGS-Sektion Wirtschaftssoziologie: WirtSoz_Sektionstagung_EntgrenzungMarktStaat_CallForAbstracts

Beiträge können in Form von Abstracts bis zum 24. Juli eingereicht werden.

Solidarische Landwirtschaft (SoLaWi) – Beitrag auf Zeit-Online

Die Solidarische Landwirtschaft (SoLaWi) hat es nun auch in den Karriereteil von Zeit-Online geschafft. Argumentiert wird u.a., dass vor dem Hintergrund niedriger Milch- und Getreidepreise und mithin ökonomischer Unsicherheit das Mitgliedermodell der SoLaWis ein gesichertes Einkommen für die Höfe ermögliche. Gleichwohl verbleiben die erzielten Einkünfte unter dem gesetzlichen Mindestlohn.

New ephemera Special Issue on ‚Organizing for the post-growth economy‘

From the announcement:

The ephemera special issue on Organizing for the post-growth economy (vol. 17, no. 1) is now available at and in print.

Special issue editors: Christian Garmann Johnsen, Mette Nelund, Lena Olaison and Bent Meier Sørensen

Perpetual economic growth is an underlying assumption of the contemporary organization of capitalist society. The idea of growth is embedded not only in the corpus of economic thought but also in economic institutions. Against this backdrop, this special issue opens up for critical and creative thinking around organizational issues related to growth, economy, sustainability, and ecology. The contributions found in this special issue revolve around themes that are central to the problem of organizing for a post-growth economy, including such phenomena as the circular economy, carbon markets, food production, not-for-profit enterprises, and degrowth. Using a variety of theoretical resources as well as empirical material, these contributions rethink the relationship between growth and organization. The issue includes four papers, two notes, two roundtable discussions, and four book reviews.

Diskurs und Ökonomie #20: Baudrillard zu Dieselgate, oder: Skandale als Simulation ökonomischer Moral

Die Affäre um manipulierte Abgaswerte beschäftigt die Öffentlichkeit mit wechselnder Aufmerksamkeit schon recht lange. Berechtigterweise fordert man (zumindest gelegentlich) strengere Kontrollen, Tests unter ‚realistischen‘ Bedingungen, Entschädigungen etc.

Mit Baudrillard lässt sich nun dieser Skandal (und mithin weitere Skandale im ökonomischen und politischen Kontext) einmal hinsichtlich seiner grundsätzlichen Funktion für die Stabilisierung von Ökonomie (und Politik) befragen. Baudrillard nimmt in die ‚Agonie des Realen‘ konkret Bezug auf Watergate und wir können an dieser Stelle und versuchsweise einfach einmal ein anderes Gate setzen:

„Die öffentliche Anprangerung des Skandals ist stets eine Huldigung an das Gesetz. Und mit Watergate [Dieselgate, R.H.] ist es vor allem gelungen, den Eindruck zu erwecken, daß es tatsächlich einen Skandal gegeben hat – in diesem Sinne war die Affäre eine ungeheure Vergiftungsoperation. Man hat der Gesellschaft wieder eine ordentliche Dosis politischer [ökonomischer, R.H.] Moral injiziert.“ (Die Präzession der Simulakra. In: Agonie des Realen, Merve 1978, S. 26f.)

Und weiter:

„Alles, was das Kapital von uns verlangt, ist, daß wir es für rational halten oder es im Namen der Rationalität bekämpfen, daß wir es für moralisch halten oder im Namen einer Moral bekämpfen. Denn im Grunde gibt es zwei Lesarten für ein und dieselbe Sache: früher bemühte man sich einen Skandal zu dissimulieren [zu verheimlichen, R.H.] – heute bemüht man sich zu verbergen, daß es keiner ist.“ (Die Präzession der Simulakra. In: Agonie des Realen, Merve 1978, S. 27f.)

In der Perspektive Baudrillards erscheint Dieselgate dann als ‚Falle‘, als ‚Ablenkungsmanöver‘, welche eine wirkliche / reale Moralität des Ökonomischen behauptet (oder einfordert), welche de facto sowieso nicht vorhanden ist. Skandale als Simulation ökonomischer Moral oder ökonomischer Rationalität.

Das Baudrillards These – vorsichtig formuliert – wenig optimistisch hinsichtlich der Möglichkeit der Veränderung ökonomischer Praktiken stimmt, sollte nicht dazu verleiten, diese vorschnell als überspitzt zu bezeichnen. Ist in Krisen- und Skandaldiskursen doch auch immer wieder die Rede von den Selbstheilungs- und Selbstreinigungskräften des Marktes, welche möglicherweise nichts weiter als die (im Sinne Baudrillards) Simulation und Unterstellung von Rationalität oder Moral anzeigen, welche nun bedauerlicherweise und gerade in dieser Krise suspendiert waren. In der düsteren (?) Lesart Baudrillards gibt es einfach nichts, was hätte suspendiert werden können.

Aber: Lässt sich Baudrillards These aus den 1970er Jahren im Hinblick auf die Phänomene des Whistleblowing der letzten Jahre so einfach übertragen? Woher kommt dann all die Energie, Whistbleblowing so energisch zu bekämpfen und deren Protagonist_innen ruhigzustellen? Und schließlich (und hierzu konträr): Bedarf es überhaupt noch dieser Logik und Funktion des Skandals? Zeigen nicht die Absatzzahlen von VW, dass ‚man‘ ‚augenzwinkernd‘ doch ‚eigentlich‘ sowieso Bescheid weiß?


Diskurs und Ökonomie – Ältere Beiträge:




Gaspedal und Handbremse

„Bei aller Wertschätzung für ihre tägliche Arbeit“, oder: Arbeitskämpfe als ‚diskursive Kämpfe‘

Klettertour und Basislager


Schwan vs. Sinn, oder: in Verteidigung der Reinheit der Ökonomie

„Die Athener Rasselbande“



Industrie 4.0

Im TTIP-Leseraum

Selber Schuld! Das IW erklärt den Gender Pay Gap

‚Totholz‘ und ‚Zitronen‘ – Zur Klassifikation von Beschäftigten

Bourdieu zur ökonomischen Orthodoxie

Geldschleusen und zu flutende Märkte

Selbstverwaltete Betriebe – der Fall Vio.Me. in Griechenland

Die Idee der Selbstverwaltung und die Versuche der Organisation von selbstverwalteten Betrieben gewannen in Deutschland in den 1970er Jahren an Popularität. Vor dem Hintergrund der multiplen Krisenereignisse ab 2007ff. erlangte die Idee der Selbstverwaltung und der self-managed company als alternative, demokratische und solidarische Organisationsform wieder verstärkte Aufmerksamkeit. Einen möglicherweise exemplarischen Fall – auch hinsichtlich der Unerwünschtheit und des prekären Status selbstverwalteter Betriebe –  stellt das griechische Unternehmen Vio.Me. dar. Allerdings ist der Ausgang noch offen: Erst vor einigen Wochen scheiterte der von zahlreichen Protesten und Solidaritätsbekundungen begleitete Versuch der Versteigerung des selbstverwalteten Unternehmens. Zur Geschichte der Ereignisse siehe hier:

Vio.Me. war zugleich Veranstaltungsort des ‚Second Euromediterranean „Worker’s Economy“ Meeting‘ Ende Oktober 2016. Im Programm wurden zahlreiche weitere Beispiele selbstverwalteter Betriebe diskutiert:

(Vielen Dank an Sarah Langer für den Hinweis auf Vio.Me. und die Tagung)

„Dead Man Working“ – Spielfilm zum Banken- und Finanzsektor in der ARD

Heute um 20.15 Uhr läuft in der ARD der Spielfilm „Dead Man Working“, gewissermaßen ein fiktionaler Bericht aus dem Innenraum des Bankensektors. Regie führte Marc Bauder, Regisseur des Dokumentarfilms „Der Banker – Masters of the Universe“. Das verspricht also interessant zu werden. Hier der Trailer zum Film:

DEAD MAN WORKING – Trailer from bauderfilm on Vimeo.

Woher kommt all der reaktionäre Populismus? – Judith Butler im ZEIT-Interview

Instruktiv – Hier geht es nicht nur um das neue Buch Judith Butlers, sondern um rechten und linken Populismus, Rassismus, Prekarisierung und Vielfalt:

Reminder – CfP on ‚Post-Growth Organizations‘

This is a reminder for our call for a special issue in Management Revue on Post-Growth Organizations (mrev-cfp-post-growth-organizations_PDF). Deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2016. Full papers must be submitted by 31 March 2017.

*Special Issue* Post-Growth Organization

Guest Editors:

Matthias Rätzer, Technical University Chemnitz, Germany

Ronald Hartz, Technical University Chemnitz, Germany

Ingo Winkler, University of Southern Denmark



For a couple of years now growth-driven societies have been in a permanent state of crisis. Since 2007 the global financial crisis and its aftermath are challenging our ideas of growth, well-being, consumption and work within global capitalism. Consequently, critical scholars in management and organization studies have begun to advocate alternative forms of organization and to problematize the collective imagination that ‘there is no alternative to growth’ (Parker et al. 2014; Atzeni 2012).

One important analytical dimension within the search for alternatives relates to the limits of growth in its economic, ecological and social dimension. For example, Meadows et al. (2004) explicate that a finite (world) system cannot handle an everlasting orientation toward growth without running into a collapse. Hirsch (1976) argues that social rise in a stratified society smolders, leading to social imbalances in the long term. Several authors discuss economic restrictions under the name of de-growth (Georgescu-Roegen 1977; Latouche 2009; Martínez Alier et al. 2010; Schneider et al. 2010; Kallis 2013). Schneider et al. (2010) point towards unfulfilled expectations in the context of creating win-win-situations and question the possibility of sustainable growth through technological and efficiency improvements. Relative to the social context, others discuss the label steady-state-economy, which challenges the relationship between growth and labor, solvency and consolidated public finances (Daly 1972, 1973; Lawn 2011; Blauwhof 2012).

However, there exist only few contributions discussing organizational alternatives to an orientation toward growth (Cheney et al. 2014). Some authors address growth neutral enterprises (Bakker et al. 1999; White/White 2012). Others note that neither governments nor private sector executives have any incentives supporting the development of a post-growth environment (e.g. Latouche, 2006; Ayres, 2008; Martínez Alier 2009). Therefore, the specific aim of this special issue is to substantiate the debate on post-growth, steady-state and de-growth from an organizational perspective. How can organizations respond to the limits of economic growth? How can organizations, from a post-growth perspective, promote their social worth as opposed to their monetary worth? How can organizations implement the elements of a post-growth economy, such as cutting-down and slowing down, a balance between sufficiency and dependency on consumption, institutional innovations for the society, the environment and regional economy (Paech, 2016)?

In addressing post-growth organizations (PGOs), we assume alternative organizations, featuring individual autonomy and respect, an orientation towards solidarity and cooperation, and responsibility to the future (Parker et al., 2014) to constitute a fertile ground for PGOs. Furthermore, we could imagine PGOs to develop from associations, growth neutral enterprises, co-operations, solidarity organizations, grass-root movements or even ‘traditional’ enterprises. Eventually, we do not restrict our focus on PGOs to the economic domain, but also take social and ecologic concerns, such as social entrepreneurs, into account. We call for contributions discussing different perspectives on PGOs, investigating their characteristics and limits. Furthermore, we embrace contributions investigating the range and coverage of PGOs as an organizational possibility in a future, post-growth society.

The contributions to this special issue should address one or more of the following questions:

– What characterizes the organization and the management of ‘post-growth organizations’ (PGOs)?

– Which role do the principles of autonomy, solidarity and responsibility play in PGOs? What kind of problems, contradictions and conjoint amplification are observable regarding these principles?

– Do PGOs enable us to cure some of the organizational ills created by a narrow focus on economic growth?

– What are the limits and prospects of PGOs in the transformation of capitalism?

– What organizational practices, tools and instruments are important in PGOs (e.g. accounting practices, compensation practices, decision making, regulations of working time, work-life balance, forms of participation etc.)?

– Is it possible to turn traditional organizations into PGOs?

– Which strategies (e.g. overcoming of externally defined difficulties, internal processes of storytelling, micro politics, adjustment of power) can be identified in the constitution and management of PGOs and which practices in PGOs are working well and which are not?

This is not an exhaustive list.

*Deadline* Potential contributors to the *Special Issue of Management Revue* are encouraged to submit an abstract of 1-2 pages before *30 September 2016* electronically via the online submission system at using ‘Post-Growth Organization’ as article section.

Contributors will receive feedback and an invitation to submit a full paper by the end of October 2016. Full papers must be submitted by *31 March 2017*. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due *31 August 2017*.

*Looking forward to hearing from you!*

Matthias Rätzer ( Ronald Hartz ( Ingo Winkler (


Atzeni, Maurizio (Ed.) (2012): Alternative Work Organizations. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Ayres, Robert U. (2008): Sustainability Economics: Where do we stand?. In: Ecological Economics, 67 (2), 281-310.

Blauwhof, Frederik B. (2012): Overcoming accumulation: Is a capitalist steady-state economy possible?. In: Ecological Economics, 84, 254-261.

Cheney, George/ Santa Cruz, Iñaki/ Peredo, Ana Maria/ Nazareno, Elías (2014): Worker cooperatives as an organizational alternative: Challenges, achievements and promise in business governance and ownership. In: Organization, 21 (5), 591-603.

Daly, Herman E. (1972): In Defense of a Steady-State Economy. American Journal ofAgricultural Economics, 54(5), 945-954.

Daly, Herman E. (1973):Toward a Steady-State Economy. San Francisco: Freeman. Daly, Herman E. (1991): Steady-State Economics. 2. Edition. Washington [u.a.]: Island.

Georgescu-Roegen, Nicholas (1977): The steady state and ecological salvation: a thermo-dynamic analysis. Bioscience, 27(4), 266­70.

Kallis, Giorgos (2011): In defense of degrowth. In: Ecological Economics, 70, 873-880. Lawn, Philip (2011): Is Steady-State Capitalism Viable? A Review oftheIssuesand an Answer in the Affirmative. In: Costanza, Robert/ Limburg, Karin/ Kubiszewski, Ida (Ed.): Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1219, 1­25.

Martínez Alier, Joan (2009): Socially Sustainable Economic De-growth. In: Development and Change, 40 (6), 1099-1119.

Martínez Alier, Joan/ Pascaul, Unai/ Vivien, Franck-Dominique/ Zaccai, Edwin (2010): Sustainable de-growth: Mapping the context, criticism and future prospects of an emergent paradigm. In: Ecological Economics, 69, 1741-1747.

Parker, Martin/ Cheney, George/ Fournier, Valérie/ Land, Chris (Ed.) (2014): The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization. London [u.a.]: Routledge.

Schneider, François/ Kallis, Giorgos/ Martínez Alier, Joan (2010): Crisis or opportunity? Economic degrowth for social equity and ecological sustainability. Introduction to this specialissue. In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 18, 511-518.

White, Doug/White, Polly (2012): Why Some Entrepreneurs Choose Not to Grow Their Businesses. In: Business Review USA, 9th March, e-Not-to-Grow-Their-Businesses.

Alternative Economic Futures – Academy of Management Perspectives

Interesting and right on time!

Alternative Economic Futures: A Research Agenda for Progressive Management Scholarship
Paul S. Adler
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:123-128 doi:10.5465/amp.2016.0054


Can an Economy Survive Without Corporations? Technology and Robust Organizational Alternatives
Gerald F. Davis
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:129-140 doi:10.5465/amp.2015.0067


Community Wealth Building Forms: What They Are and How to Use Them at the Local Level
Steve Dubb
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:141-152 doi:10.5465/amp.2015.0074


Constructing Chains of Enablers for Alternative Economic Futures: Denmark as an Example
Peer Hull Kristensen
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:153-166 doi:10.5465/amp.2015.0152


Knowledge-Intensive Work And The (Re)emergence Of Democratic Governance
Anna Grandori
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:167-181 doi:10.5465/amp.2015.0133