Book Chapter

The Socially Embedded Corporation

K Macdonald

The Handbook of Global Companies | Published : 2013


This chapter examines the contested social processes through which contemporary global corporations are "socially embedded": that is, conditioned and constrained by the social relationships in which they participate. The chapter asks how such social embedding occurs, and offers an answer involving a much more overtly politicized account of social embedding than is often presented. Contemporary processes of corporate social embedding are shown to be deeply contested in both normative and sociological terms. Patterns of social embedding that prevail therefore result from the interplay between a plurality of competing social influences, operating through public and private channels, and at mult..

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