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A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?: How the Illusion of Hard Law Makes Business More Responsible

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The growing complexity of global supply chains alongside increasing expectations of companies has resulted in a proliferation of private governance arrangements. These are largely voluntary and therefore operationalized through “soft law” (non-binding). However, after the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, the resulting private governance initiative - the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh – chose a new tactic of using hard law to enforce the voluntary agreement, something that has been both heralded as a breakthrough and fundamental to companies’ compliance. Yet, nearly four years on, not a single court case has arisen. This paper investigates the novel approach of using hard law to enforce soft law, and in doing so aims to make three contributions. First, it sheds light upon this new and unexplored phenomenon by examining separating fact from fiction when using hard law to enforce soft law. Second, it explores the perception and performativity of this approach amongst business and theorizes about its implications for the firms’ role in society. Finally, it introduces the term “illusory law” as a way to explain and generalize about how this approach may be little more than a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

Publikationsoplysninger

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the Seventy-seven Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
RedaktørerGuclu Atinc
Antal sider6
Udgivelses stedBriar Cliff Manor, NY
UdgiverAcademy of Management
Publikationsdato2017
Artikelnummer11211
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StatusUdgivet - 2017
BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017 - Atlanta, USA

Konference

KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017
Nummer77
LandUSA
ByAtlanta
Periode04/08/201708/08/2017
Internetadresse
SerieAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN2151-6561

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  • Corporate social responsibility, Regulation, Supply chain

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