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Jensen, T., Sandström, J. & Helin, S. (2015). One Code to Rule Them All: Management Control and Individual Responsibility in Contexts. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, 34(2), 259-290
Open this publication in new window or tab >>One Code to Rule Them All: Management Control and Individual Responsibility in Contexts
2015 (English)In: Business and Professional Ethics Journal, ISSN 0277-2027, E-ISSN 2153-7828, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 259-290Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is about how multiple contexts influence employees’ and managers’ enactments of a standardized corporate code of ethics. An earlier local Swedish case study of how a code is enacted is extended to include enactments during business trips to Ottawa (Canada), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and New Delhi (India). The paper shows that although the code is possible to enact as remote and insignificant (‘not relevant to me’) in the local study, when travelling to different contexts it is enacted as intrusive (affecting core operations) and fluid (highlighting seeming contradictions). The paper highlights the consequences of these enactments in terms of management control and individual responsibility) and suggests ways for better understanding how a code is expected to perform, meant to work and keep on working.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philosophy Documentation Center, 2015
Keywords
code, control, context, ethics, fluid objects, responsibility
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies; Ethics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-49325 (URN)10.5840/bpej2015111836 (DOI)000448603700006 ()
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-11 Last updated: 2019-03-05Bibliographically approved
Frostenson, M., Helin, S. & Sandström, J. (2012). Hållbarhetsredovisning: grunder, praktik och funktion (1ed.). Malmö: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hållbarhetsredovisning: grunder, praktik och funktion
2012 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Liber, 2012. p. 112 Edition: 1
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25900 (URN)978-91-47-09774-6 (ISBN)
Funder
Handelns utvecklingsråd
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2012-09-18 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Frostenson, M., Helin, S. & Sandström, J. (2012). The internal significance of codes of conduct in retail companies. Business Ethics. A European Review, 21(3), 263-275
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The internal significance of codes of conduct in retail companies
2012 (English)In: Business Ethics. A European Review, ISSN 0962-8770, E-ISSN 1467-8608, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 263-275Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the significance of codes of conduct (CoCs) in the internal work context of two retail companies. A stepwise approach is used. First, the paper identifies in what way employees use and refer to CoCs internally. Second, the function and relevance of CoCs inside the two companies are identified. Third, the paper explains why CoCs tend to function in the identified ways. In both cases, the CoCs are clearly decoupled in the sense that they do not concern the immediate work context of the employees. Counter-intuitively, this facilitates the process of establishing the CoCs. Even though the CoCs are not directly relevant for the employees, they are accepted and embraced with regard to contents, focus and function. Above all, the CoCs seem to confirm and even strengthen employee identity. On the basis of these observations, it is suggested that CoCs should not only be valued in light of their direct organisational consequences or lack of such consequences. The issue is not just whether CoCs are decoupled or not. Rather, it is argued that researchers should consider more closely a two-level analysis that takes into account not only the concrete application of CoCs but also their function and meaning. An implication of this is that what might appear as a decoupled code cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the ‘core’ business processes of the organisation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-26576 (URN)10.1111/j.1467-8608.2012.01657.x (DOI)000305386600003 ()2-s2.0-84864583203 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council
Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Jensen, T., Sandström, J. & Helin, S. (2011). Guns and doves: rejecting the separation thesis in dialogue with shut down stakeholders. In: : . Paper presented at EGOS conference in Gothenburg 6-9 July, 2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Guns and doves: rejecting the separation thesis in dialogue with shut down stakeholders
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34231 (URN)
Conference
EGOS conference in Gothenburg 6-9 July, 2011
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2014-03-12 Created: 2014-03-12 Last updated: 2018-05-05Bibliographically approved
Frostenson, M., Helin, S. & Sandström, J. (2011). Just showing figures?: The role of GRI in triggering sustainability processes. In: : . Paper presented at The EBEN Annual Conference in Antwerp, 15-17 Spetember, 2011..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Just showing figures?: The role of GRI in triggering sustainability processes
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34230 (URN)
Conference
The EBEN Annual Conference in Antwerp, 15-17 Spetember, 2011.
Funder
Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council
Available from: 2014-03-12 Created: 2014-03-12 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Helin, S., Jensen, T. & Sandström, J. (2011). On the dark side of codes!: Domination not enlightenment. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 27(1), 24-33
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the dark side of codes!: Domination not enlightenment
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 24-33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we show how a middle manager interprets the action of two employees as problematic and how he solves it by using the company's code of ethics as the basis for firing them. Our telling of the story unmasks a darker side of codes and we conceptualize it in terms of power and domination. The paper contributes to the literature on corporate codes of ethics (CCEs) and corporate ethics programs by showing that such codes need not necessarily play an enabling role in organizations. Rather than being instruments of enlightenment and self-regulation, they may be used as instruments to further domination.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2011
Keywords
Code, Control, Domination, Ethics, Narrative; Power
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34176 (URN)10.1016/j.scaman.2010.12.001 (DOI)000288738800003 ()2-s2.0-79951508979 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2014-03-11 Created: 2014-03-11 Last updated: 2018-05-05Bibliographically approved
Frostenson, M., Helin, S. & Sandström, J. (2011). Organising corporate responsibility communication through filtration: a study of web communication patterns in Swedish retail. Journal of Business Ethics, 100(1), 31-43
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organising corporate responsibility communication through filtration: a study of web communication patterns in Swedish retail
2011 (English)In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 100, no 1, p. 31-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Corporate responsibility (CR) communication has risen dramatically in recent years, following increased demands for transparency. One tendency noted in the literature is that CR communication is organised and structured. Corporations tend to professionalise CR communication in the sense that they provide information that corresponds to demands for transparency that are voiced by certain stakeholders. This also means that experts within the firm tend to communicate with professional stakeholders outside the firm. In this article, a particular aspect of the organisation of CR communication is examined, a phenomenon that we refer to as the ‘filtration effect’. By comparing CR communication in parent companies and their subsidiaries, we show empirically that there is considerably less CR communication on the subsidiary level compared to the parent level. We see filtration as a sign of conscious organising of CR communication that implies particular attention to certain stakeholder groups with clearly defined demands and expectations on companies. The strong filtration effect noted in the study suggests that CR communication does not seem to be very much adapted to customers, which may be problematic both from a communicative and ethical perspective. The study covers Sweden’s 206 largest retail firms.

Keywords
communication, consistency, CR, CSR, filtration, Internet, retail, Sweden, transparency
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-17081 (URN)10.1007/s10551-011-0771-7 (DOI)000290578500004 ()2-s2.0-79956036767 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2011-09-06 Created: 2011-09-02 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved
Jensen, T. & Sandström, J. (2011). Stakeholder theory and globalization: the challenges of power and responsibility. Organization Studies, 32(4), 473-488
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stakeholder theory and globalization: the challenges of power and responsibility
2011 (English)In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 473-488Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Globalization is a blind spot in stakeholder theory and this undermines its explanatory power and usefulness to managers in global corporations. In this paper we build on Edward Freeman and colleagues’ attempts to construct divergent stories about how to create value for the corporation and its stakeholders when developing a stakeholder theory that is more sensitive to globalization. We achieve this by highlighting two particular challenges that globalization brings to stakeholder theory. The first challenge is to acknowledge new power relations (sub-political movements, new forms of bureaucracy and hierarchy) and the second is to acknowledge new dimensions of responsibility (a political responsibility). In the paper we relate our developments of stakeholder theory to two previously published case studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2011
Keywords
globalization, narrative, power, responsibility, stakeholder theory
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-17085 (URN)10.1177/0170840611400290 (DOI)000289545600001 ()2-s2.0-79955099421 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2011-09-06 Created: 2011-09-02 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Helin, S., Jensen, T. & Sandström, J. (2010). A global ethnography of a corporate code of ethics. In: : . Paper presented at EBEN Annual Conference in Trento, 9-11 Spetember, 2010..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A global ethnography of a corporate code of ethics
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34233 (URN)
Conference
EBEN Annual Conference in Trento, 9-11 Spetember, 2010.
Available from: 2014-03-12 Created: 2014-03-12 Last updated: 2018-04-24Bibliographically approved
Frostenson, M., Helin, S. & Sandström, J. (2010). CSR från webben till butiken: etiska stödstrukturer för arbetstagare inom handeln. Handelns utvecklingsråd
Open this publication in new window or tab >>CSR från webben till butiken: etiska stödstrukturer för arbetstagare inom handeln
2010 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

I den första delstudien undersöks vilka frågor detaljhandeln kommunicerar och lyfter fram som viktiga ansvarsfrågor. Den andra delstudien fördjupar förståelsen av de ansvarsstrukturer som används, medan den tredje undersöker förhållandet mellan ansvarsstrukturer och det stöd dessa kan ge medarbetare på butiksnivå. Slutligen ges förslag kring hur strukturerna kan utvecklas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Handelns utvecklingsråd, 2010. p. 65
Series
Handelns Utvecklingsråds rapportserie ; 7
Keywords
CSR, Ansvar, Etik, Detaljhandeln, Kommunikation
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34177 (URN)978-91-86508-07-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council
Available from: 2014-03-11 Created: 2014-03-11 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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