The Critical Corporation Project

Welcome to City University London's Critical Corporation Project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

About us

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 and 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 Cass 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.


Grietje Baars


Grietje Baars is a Lecturer in the City Law School with experience as a corporate lawyer and a human rights/law of armed conflict advisor in the Middle East. She is interested in critical and Marxist theory of law, the political economy of international law and notions of global class in global governance - in particular the corporation as a vehicle for such governance. She has published on the regulation of the global economy and on the political economy of international criminal law.

Her PhD thesis (UCL) was entitled Law(yers) Congealing Capitalism: On the Impossibility of Restricting Business Involvement in Conflict through International Criminal Law.

Jennifer Bair

Jennifer Bair (Colorado - Sociology) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado. As a comparative sociologist and political economist of globalization, her work is motivated by two main questions: 1) how is economic globalization changing the geography of production and the organization of work across time and space, and 2) how do these processes affect the well-being of workers and their communities, particularly in the global South. Her recent research focuses on the study of global commodity chains in the contemporary manufacturing sector, especially in the global textile and apparel industry. Recent publications include:

Bobby Banerjee

Bobby Banerjee (Cass - Management) is Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cass Business School, City University London. His primary research interests are in the areas of sustainability, climate change and corporate social responsibility. Recent publications include:

  • Kraemer R, Whiteman, G., Banerjee, S.B.. 'Conflict and astroturfing in Niyamgiri: The importance of national advocacy networks in anti-corporate social movements', Organization Studies 2013 (Forthcoming)
  • Wittneben B, Okereke, C., Banerjee, S.B., Levy D. 'Climate change and the emergence of new organizational landscapes', Organization Studies, 33(11), p.1431-1450, 2012
  • Banerjee S.B. 'Embedding sustainability across the organization: A critical perspective, Academy of Management Learning & Education', 10(4), p.719-731, 2011
  • Banerjee S.B., Bonnefous, A. 'Stakeholder management and sustainability strategies in the French nuclear industry', Business Strategy & the Environment, 20, p.124-140, 2011
  • Banerjee S.B. 'Governing the global corporation: A critical perspective', Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(2), p.265-274, 2010

Pepijn Brandon

Pepijn Brandon (University of Amsterdam - History) specialises in social and cultural History in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Publications include:

Dan Danielsen


Dan Danielsen (Northeastern - Law) is Professor of Law at Northeastern University in Boston who spent many years as an international business lawyer. Professor Danielsen's research explores the complex role of the business firm in global governance.

Recent publications include:

William Davies

William Davies (Warwick - Economic history) is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. His work examines the history and policy applications of economic ideas, especially in relation to neoliberalism and notions of wellbeing. He is currently working on a book about neoliberal authority, to be published by Sage in 2014.

Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis (UMich - Management) is the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Sociology, The University of Michigan. Davis has published widely in management, sociology, and finance. He is currently Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies (ICOS) at Michigan. Davis's research is broadly concerned with corporate governance and the effects of finance on society. Recent books include:

Simon F Deakin


Simon F Deakin (Cambridge - Law) is Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge, specializing in labour law, private law, company law, EU law, law and economics, law and development and empirical legal studies. He is a programme director in the Centre for Business Research and a Fellow of Peterhouse. He is editor in chief of the Industrial Law Journal and a member of the editorial board of the Cambridge Journal of Economics. His books include:

Naná de Graaff

Naná de Graaff (VU Amsterdam - International Relations) is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Department of Political Science, at the VU (Vrije Universiteit) in Amsterdam. Her research project is about the transnational dimension of geopolitical conflicts over energy resources, in particular focused at the rising influence of non-OECD state-owned oil companies and shifts in governance of energy security. Her main research interests are within the field of International Relations, International Political Economy in particular: Geopolitics and Political Economy of Energy, State Capital and State Owned Enterprises, US Foreign Policy, Corporate Elite Networks, Social Network Analysis. Recent publications include:

Mahmoud Ezzamel

Mahmoud Ezzamel (Cardiff - Accounting) - Professor Mahmoud Ezzamel is a Professorial Fellow at Cardiff University. His research interests include the emergence and use of management accounting practices, accounting and accountability in the public sector, accounting history, corporate governance, the structure of the market for audit services. Books include Ezzamel, M., Hyndman, N., Johnsen, A. & Lapsley, I.: Accounting in Politics, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2008 and Ezzamel, M, and Xiao, J.: Regulating Accounting in Foreign Invested Firms in China, ICAS, 2008.

James Faulconbridge

James Faulconbridge (Lancaster - Geography) James Faulconbridge is a Reader in Organisation, Work and Technology at the School of Management, Lancaster University. His main research themes are Globalisation and professional service firms and Mobility in everyday and business life. Recent publications include, The rescaling of the professions: towards a transnational sociology of the professions, International Sociology 27(1), 2011, p. 109-125; Institutional legacies in TNCs and their management through training academies: the case of transnational law firms in Italy, Global Networks. 12(1) 2011, p. 48-70; Faulconbridge, J R., Beaverstock, J V., Nativel, C. & Taylor, P J.: The globalization of advertising, London & New York: Routledge, 2011; Muzio, D., Hodgson, D., Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J. & Hall, S.: Towards corporate professionalization: the case of project management, management consultancy and executive search, Current Sociology, 59(4), p. 443-464.

Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming, (Cass - Management) - Peter Fleming's research focuses on the political economy of corporations and the relations of power that underlie them. One line of investigation explores the way in which conflict and resistance constitutes the formal corporate form currently dominating western economies. Another area of interest is the cultural politics of work organizations, and the modes of ideological control that operate to enlist the participation of labour. He also researches corporate corruption and the social dynamics that characterise it. Peter's research interests include organisation theory, business ethics, power, conflict and resistance in the workplace, representations of organisations in the media, critical management studies and social theory. Recent books include Fleming, P. and Jones, M. The End of Corporate Social Responsibility: Capitalism, Crisis and Critique. Sage (2012); Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. Contesting the Corporation: Struggle, Power and Resistance in Organizations, Cambridge University Press (2007) Fleming, P. Authenticity and the Cultural Politics of Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009); Fleming, P. and Zyglidopoulos, S. Charting Corporate Corruption: Structure, Agency and Escalation. London: Edward Elgar Press (2009).

Robert J. Foster

Robert J. Foster (Rochester) - Robert Foster is Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies at Rochester. He has studied the cultures and history of Papua New Guinea for more than 25 years. He is currently working on one of the largest museum collections of artefacts from that country and other regions in the South Pacific: the P. G. T. Black Collection at the Buffalo Museum of Science. In addition to his work in Papua New Guinea, Foster is an authority on nationalism, globalization, mass media, material culture and mass consumption. His publications include Foster, R. J.: Coca-Globalization: Following Soft Drinks from New York to New Guinea, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 and Tracking Globalization: Commodities and Value in Motion in The Sage Handbook of Material Culture, Sage, 2006.

Luc Fransen

Luc Fransen (U of Amsterdam - IR) - Luc Fransen is Assistant Professor of International Relations and member of the Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV) Research Group.  Luc Fransen's research investigates how, why and to what effect various types of global governance of social and environmental conditions of production evolve, diffuse and interact. This leads to an interest in Corporate Social Responsibility, private standard-setting, transnational governance organizations, civil society activism and international organizations. Recent publications include: Fransen, L.W. & Burgoon, B. (2012) A market for worker rights: explaining business support for international private labour regulation, Review of International Political Economy, 19 (2), pp. 236-266; Fransen, L.W. (2012) Corporate Social Responsibility and global labor standards: Firms and activists in the making of private regulation. New York: Routledge; Fransen, L.W. (2012) Multi-stakeholder governance and voluntary programme interactions. Socio-Economic Review, 10 (1), pp. 163-192.

Julie Froud

Julie Froud (MBS - Accounting) Julie Froud is a Professor at the Manchester Business School at Manchester University. She is a member of the Organisations and Society subject group in the People, Management and Organisations division of MBS. Her research focuses on financialisation as financial innovation, London as a city state and the role of financial and other elites. Recent publications include, Ewald Engelen, Ismail Erturk, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver, Michael Moran, Karel Williams, After the Great Complacence, Oxford University Press, 2011; Erturk, I., Froud, J., Johal, S., Leaver, A., Williams, K. Financialization at Work, Routledge, 2008; Froud, J., Johal, S., Leaver, A., Williams, K. Financialization and Strategy, Routledge, 2006; Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver and Karel Williams, Financialization across the Pacific: Manufacturing cost ratios, supply chains and power, Critical Perspectives on Accounting (In-press)

Jason Glynos

Jason Glynos, (University of Essex - Politics) - Jason Glynos teaches political theory at the Department of Government, University of Essex. He has published in the areas of poststructuralist political theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis, focusing on theories of ideology, democracy, and freedom, and the philosophy and methodology of social science. He is co-author of Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory (Routledge, 2007), and co-editor of Politics and the Unconscious (Special Issue of Subjectivity, 2010). His current research explores the contributions of discourse analysis and psychoanalysis to the development of a critical political economy, looking in particular at alternative community economies, workplace fantasies, and the politics and ideology of the recent financial crisis in the UK.

David Hansen-Miller

David Hansen-Miller, (ITF - Labour/Sociology) - David Hansen-Miller is a strategic researcher with the International Transport Workers' Federation where he works on global logistics and related industries. He has a long-standing academic interest in psycho-social understandings of subject formation, which is currently focused on the implications of precarious work. He earned his PhD from Queen Mary College, University of London and taught sociology at Lancaster for several years.

Laura Horn

Laura Horn (Roskilde - Political Economy) Laura Horn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Society and Globalization of Roskilde University, Denmark. Her main research area is Global Political Economy, with particular attention to the regional manifestation of these structures and processes in the context of European integration. Her work my work analyses the regulation of corporate governance and corporate accountability in the EU and beyond. Recent publications include Regulating Corporate Governance in the EU: Towards a Marketization of Corporate Control, Palgrave McMillan, 2011 and Corporate Governance in Crisis? The Politics of EU Corporate Governance Regulation, European Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2012, p. 83-107.

Paddy Ireland

Paddy Ireland (Bristol - Law) - Paddy Ireland is a Professor of Law at the University of Bristol Law School, where he teaches corporate governance. He has written extensively on the history of company law and corporate theory. Selected publications include Limited Liability, Rights of Control and the Problem of Corporate Irresponsibility, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2010; Ireland, P. & Pillay, R.G.: Corporate Social Responsibility in a Neoliberal Age In: Ytting, P. and Marques, J.: Corporate Social Responsibility and Regulatory Governance, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 77-104, 2009; Ireland, P.: Financialization and Corporate Governance, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 60 (1). pp. 15-34, 2009.

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones (City - Economic Geography) - Professor Andrew Jones is Professor of Economic Geography at City University London. He is an inter-disciplinary social scientist with a background as an economic geographer. His interest in issues of globalisation has seen him contribute to studies in the fields of political science, sociology and management studies. His research focuses on global economy, including firms, governing organisations and the activities of key individuals. His most recent books include Jones, A.: Human Geography: The Basics, Routledge, 2012, and Jones, A.: The Economic Geography of the UK, Routledge, 2010 and Jones, A.: Globalization: Key Thinkers, Routledge, 2010.

Suntae Kim

Suntae Kim (UMich - Management) - Suntae Kim is a doctoral candidate in Management & Organizations supervised by Jerry Davis and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks. His publications and works in progress include Angela K.-y. Leung, Suntae Kim, Evan Polman, Laysee Ong, Lin Qiu, Jack A. Goncalo, and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks: Embodied Metaphors and Creative "Acts" Psychological Science, 23(5) (2012) 502-9; and Suntae Kim: The Emergence and Diffusion of B Corporations: Power and Social Movement Perspective.

William Lazonick

William Lazonick (UMass Lowell - Economic Development) - William Lazonick is Professor in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development at University of Massachusetts Lowell and Director of the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness. He is also affiliated with the CNRS Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée of Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV. His scholarly interests include comparative economic development; theory of innovative enterprise; high-tech innovation, globalization of high-tech labour; and finance and economic development. Numerous governmental agencies and private foundations in Europe, the United States, and Japan have funded his research. Books include Lazonick, W.: Sustainable Prosperity in the New Economy?: Business Organization and High-Tech Employment in the United States, Upjohn Institute Press, 2009.

David Levy

David Levy (U Mass, Boston - Management) David L. Levy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at UMass-Boston. He is Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness. David has conducted extensive research on corporate strategic responses to climate change in the US and Europe, and the growth of the renewable energy business sector in the New England region. Recent publications include: Levy, David L. and Peter J. Newell, Editors: Business in International Environmental Governance: A Political Economy Approach. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2005; Levy, David L. and Benyamin Lichtenstein (2012) Approaching Business and the Environment with Complexity Theory. In Hoffman, A. and Bansal, P. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Environment. Oxford University Press; Levy, David L. and Andre Spicer Contested Imaginaries and the Cultural Political Economy of Climate Change, Organization (Forthcoming, 2013).

Sorcha MacLeod

Sorcha MacLeod (Sheffield - Law) Sorcha MacLeod is a Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on international, regional and national regulatory attempts to control the behaviour of business actors in relation to human rights. Recent publications include, MacLeod, S.: The Role of International Regulatory Initiatives on Business and Human Rights for Holding Private Military and Security Companies to Account, 2011. In F. Francioni & N. Ronzitti, War by Contract, OUP; MacLeod, S. The United Nations and Transnational Corporations: Challenging the International Legal Order, 2008 in Boeger, N., Murray, R. & Villiers, C. (eds) Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility. Edward Elgar; MacLeod, S.: Reconciling Regulatory Approaches to Corporate Social Responsibility: The European Union, OECD and United Nations Compared, European Public Law, 13, 671-702, 2007; MacLeod, S. Corporate Social Responsibility within the European Union Framework, Wisconsin International Law Journal, 23, 541, 2005.

Glenn Morgan

Glenn Morgan (Cardiff - Management) - Glenn Morgan is Professor of International Management at Cardiff Business School. He teaches Intercultural Management Communications, International Management & Organizational Behaviour. His research interests are comparative management and the impact of globalization, institutional change, institutions and markets, particularly the regulation of financial markets and multinationals. Selected publications include Morgan, G., Campbell, J., Crouch, C., Pedersen, O.K & Whitley, R.: The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis, Oxford University Press, 2010 and Collinson, S. & Morgan, G.: Images of the Multinational Firm, Wiley, 2009.

Anastasia Nesvetailova

Anastasia Nesvetailova (City - Political Economy) - Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova is a Reader in International Politics at City University, London. Her main research and teaching interests lie in the area of International Political Economy (IPE), finance and financial crises, globalisation and governance. Her first monograph, Fragile Finance: Debt, Speculation and Crisis in the Age of Global Credit (2007, Palgrave), develops a Minskyan analysis of financial fragility and crises in the late 1990s. Her second monograph, Financial Alchemy in Crisis: The Great Liquidity Illusion (2010, Pluto) focuses on the elusive concept of 'liquidity' in global finance, and specifically, in the global financial crisis of 2007-2009.

Goldie Osuri

Goldie Osuri (Warwick - Sociology) Goldie Osuri's research interests include analyses of nationalisms and transnational movements in relation to race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, terrorism, and religion through poststructuralist and postcolonial theoretical approaches. Sites of research include newsmedia representations, political and cultural events, museums, and popular cultural texts across the U.S., Australia and India.

Ronen Palan

Ronen Palan (City - Sociology) - Ronen Palan is Professor of International Political Economy at City University London. Professor's Palan's work lies at the intersection between international relations, political economy, political theory, sociology and human geography. He wrote a number of books and numerous articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries on the subject of Offshore and Tax havens, state theory and international political economic theory.

Martin Parker

Martin Parker (Leicester - Management) Martin Parker is Professor of Organization and Culture at the School of Management, University of Leicester. His relevant work for this chapter is the co-authored Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization (Zed 2007) and the co-edited Companion to Alternative Organization (Routledge 2013).

Inderjeet Parmar

Inderjeet Parmar (City - International Politics) Inderjeet Parmar is a Professor of International Politics in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City University. His research interests focus on the history, politics and sociology of Anglo-American foreign policy elites over the past 100 years, specifically embodied in organisations such as corporate philanthropic foundations. Recent publications include, Parmar, I., Foundations of the American Century, Columbia University Press, 2012; Parmar, I., American hegemony, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of Academic International Relations in the US, in, The Invention of International Relations Theory, ed. Nicolas Guilhot, 182-209, Columbia University Press, 2011.

Jean-Pascal Gond

Jean-Pascal Gond (Cass - Management) is a Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cass Business School, City University London. Key research programmes currently in progress on CSR include the roles of standards and metrics in the institutionalization of CSR in the financial marketplace and in corporations, the influence of CSR on employees, and the variations of CSR across varieties of capitalism. Recent publications include, J.-P. Gond, Enabling institutional investors' collective action: The roles of the Principle for Responsible Investment Initiative, Business and Society, 52(1) (2013), p.64-104; Gond J-P, Kang, N. & Moon, J.: The government of self-regulation: On the comparative dynamics of corporate social responsibility, Economy and Society, 40(4), p.640-671, 2011; Gond J.-P., Moon, J. (Eds.) Major Works in Corporate Social Responsibility, London, Routledge, 2011.

Frank Pearce

Frank Pearce (Queen's Canada - Sociology) - Frank Pearce is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queens University, Canada. He has a longstanding interest in socio-legal studies and particularly in corporate crime. His first book, Crimes of the Powerful, 1976, and his third book, Toxic Capitalism Corporate Crime and the Chemical Industry, 1998/1999) with Steve Tombs are Marxist analyses of corporate abuses of power. He has a long term involvement with social theory. He is concerned with developing structuralist and poststructuralist social thought, particularly by engaging, from this position, with the Marxist, Foucauldian and Durkheimian traditions.

Sol Picciotto

Sol Picciotto (Lancaster - Law) Sol Picciotto is Emeritus Professor of Law at the Centre for Law and Society at Lancaster University. He has researched and published widely on international economic law, international business regulation, state theory and international capital, and law and social theory. His books include S. Picciotto, International Business Taxation, Greenwood Press, 1992; S. Picciotto, Corporate Control and Accountability, Clarendon, 1993, S. Picciotto, International Regulatory Competition and Coordination, 1996; S. Picciotto, Regulating International Business - Beyond Liberalization, Clarendon, 1999 and S. Picciotto, Regulating Global Corporate Capitalism, International Corporate Law and Financial Market Regulation, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Andrew Sanchez

Andrew Sanchez (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology - Anthropology) - Andrew Sanchez is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle and assistant-editor of Urbanities, the Journal of the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology. His current research in the Indian company town of Jamshedpur discusses the role played by trade union corruption and organised crime in the erosion of formal sector employment security, and focuses upon the relationship between capitalism and criminality. His monograph: "Criminal Capital: Making Class through Corruption in an Indian Company Town" is under preparation for Routledge.

Marc Schneiberg

Marc Schneiberg (Reed - Sociology) Marc Schneiberg is the John C. Pock Professor of Sociology at Reed College. He is an organizational theorist and an economic sociologist; he has written extensively about the insurance industry, about the management of risk and about its regulation. His current work focuses on non-traditional, alternative modes of economic organization; he examines private, public and cooperative enterprise, emphasizing mainly mutuals, cooperatives and municipal companies in the insurance, dairy, grain and electrical utility industries. Recent publications include, Schneiberg, Marc. 2013. "Lost in Transposition? (A Cautionary Tale): The Bank of North Dakota and Prospects for Reform in American Banking." Research in the Sociology of Organizations. M. Lounsbury and E. Boxenbaum, eds. Emerald Press, 39A: 277-310; Schneiberg, Marc. 2013. "Movements as Political Conditions for Diffusion: Anti-corporate Movements and the Spread of Cooperative Forms in American Capitalism." Organization Studies: 34: 653-82; Schneiberg, Marc. 2011. "Toward an Organizationally Diverse American Capitalism? Cooperative, Mutual, and Local, State-Owned Enterprise?" Seattle University Law Review 34: 1409-34.

Susanne Soederberg

Susanne Soederberg (Queens Canada - Political Science) Susanne Soederberg is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at Queen's University, Toronto, Canada, who is jointly appointed to the Departments of Political Studies and Global Development Studies. Recent publications include, S. Soederberg, Corporate Power and Ownership in Contemporary Capitalism:  The Politics of Resistance and Domination, Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy, 2010; S. Soederberg, Deconstructing the Official Treatment for "Enronitis:" The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Neoliberal Governance of Corporate America, Critical Sociology, Vol. 34 (5), 2008, pp. 657-680; S. Soederberg, Taming Corporations or Buttressing Market-led Development?  A Critical Assessment of the Global Compact, Globalizations, Vol. 4 (4), 2007, pp. 503-516.

Professor André Spicer

André Spicer is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School, City University London. His research focuses on political dynamics in and around organisations. He has studied a range of settings including sea ports, public broadcasters, professional service firms, online media, libraries and food movements. He is author of a number of books including Contesting the Corporation and Unmasking the Entrepreneur.

Philip Stern

Philip Stern (Duke - History) - Philip Stern is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Duke University. His work focuses on the history of Britain and the British Empire, particularly in the early modern period (loosely defined). His current book is a political and intellectual history of the English East India Company in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He also works early modern economic thought, and the history of companies and colonization. Recent publications include: Stern, P.J.: The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty & the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India,Oxford University Press, 2011; Stern, P.J.: "Corporate Virtue: The Languages of Empire in Early Modern British Asia." Renaissance Studies (August, 2012); Stern, P.J.: "Review of So Great a Proffitt: How the East Indies Trade Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism by James Fichter." Journal of British Studies 51(2) (2012); Stern, P.J.: "Bundles of Hyphens: Corporations as Legal Communities in the Early Modern British Empire." Legal Pluralism and Empire, Ed. Lauren Benton and Richard Ross, NYU, forthcoming, 2013.

Steve Tombs

Steve Tombs (Liverpool John Moores - Sociology) Steve Tombs is a Professor of Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University. He has a long-standing interest in the incidence, nature and regulation of corporate crime, and in particular the regulation and management and health and safety at work. His recent publications include Regulating Safety at Work: the new politics of enforcement, Institute of Employment Rights, 2010; A Crisis of Enforcement: the decriminalisation of death and injury at work, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, 2008 and Safety Crimes, Willan, 2007, all co-authored with Dave Whyte. He co-edited: with Roy Coleman, Joe Sim and Dave Whyte, State, Power: Crime, Sage, 2009; with Dave Gordon, Paddy Hillyard and Christina Pantazis.: Beyond Criminology? Taking Harm Seriously, Pluto Press, 2004 and Criminal Obsessions, Crime and Society Foundation, 2005, 2008; and Unmasking the Crimes of the Powerful: scrutinising states and corporations, with Dave Whyte (Peter Lang, 2003). He was the Chair of the Centre for Corporate Accountability, 1999-2009.

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (VU Amsterdam - International Relations) - Bastiaan van Apeldoorn is a Reader in International Relations at the Department of Political Science, VU (Vrije Universiteit) in Amsterdam. His main research interests concern lie within the area of Global Political Economy, and currently focuses in particular on the relationship between global capitalism and geopolitics. Recent publications include van Apeldoorn, B. & Overbeek, H.: Neoliberalism in Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, and van Apeldoorn, B. & de Graaff, N.: The Limit of Open Door Imperialism and the US State-Capital Nexus, Globalizations, forthcoming.

Harmen van der Wilt

Harmen van der Wilt (Amsterdam - Law) - Harmen van der Wilt is a Professor of international criminal law at the Amsterdam School of Law, University of Amsterdam. His research interests lie in the concepts of criminal responsibility in International Criminal Law; domestic prosecutions of international crimes, legal reaction to terrorism, history in the courtroom, European Arrest warrant, harmonisation of criminal law in Europe. Some of his latest publications include 'Corporate Criminal Responsibility for International Crimes: Exploring the Possibilities', in: Chinese Journal of International Law, 2013 (forthcoming); 'Command Responsibility' in Oxford Bibliographies 2013 (forthcoming) and H.G. van der Wilt Joint criminal enterprise and functional perpetration, in H. van der Wilt & A. Nollkaemper (Eds.), System criminality in international law, Cambridge University Press (2009) pp. 158-182.

Marina Welker

Marina Welker (Cornell - Anthropology) Marina Welker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. Her research centers on the ethical relationship between business and society. Recent publications include, M. Welker, The Green Revolution's Ghost: Unruly Subjects of Participatory Development in Rural Indonesia, American Ethnologist 39(2), 2012; Welker, M. and Wood, D.: Shareholder Activism and Alienation, Current Anthropology 52 (S3)S57-S69, 2011; Welker, M., Partridge, D. and Hardin, R.: Introduction to Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form,  Current Anthropology 52 (S3) 2011: S3-S16; Corporate Security Begins in the Community: Mining, the Corporate Social Responsibility Industry, and Environmental Advocacy in Indonesia, Cultural Anthropology 24(1), 2009: 142-179.

David Whyte

David Whyte (Liverpool - Criminology) - David Whyte is a Reader in the department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool where his work focuses on the regulation of corporate activity and corporate crime. He has published widely on this and related topics, including Whyte, D Between Crime and Doxa: researching the worlds of state-corporate elites. State Crime vol 1 issue 1, 2012; Tombs, S. and Whyte, D.: Regulatory Surrender: death, injury and the non-enforcement of law, Institute of Employment Rights, 2010 and Whyte, D.: Crimes of the Powerful: a reader, Open University Press, 2009.

Hugh Willmott

Hugh Willmott (Cardiff - Management) - Professor Willmott is a Research Professor in Organisational Studies at Cardiff University. Currently a member of the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies, Professor Willmott's research interests include organisation studies; managerial work; management education and learning; accounting in organisations and society; social theory. Publications include Willmott, H., Alvesson, M. & Bridgeman, T.: Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies, Oxford University Press, 2011 and Knights, D & Willmott, H.: Introducing Organization Behaviour and Management, Thomson, 2006.

Koji Yamamoto

Koji Yamamoto (KCL - History) - Koji Yamamoto is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at King's College London. Research interests include entrepreneurship and political economy in Britain, 1500-1800, Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business ethics from historical perspectives, history of science and technology and social psychology and sociology of stigmatisation. Recent publications include, Yamamoto, K.: 'Piety, Profit, and Public Service in the Early Financial Revolution', English Historical Review, 126 (August, 2011), 806-834; Yamamoto, K.: 'Reformation and the Distrust of the Projector in the Hartlib Circle', Historical Journal, 55(June, 2012), 375-397; Yamamoto, K.: Negotiating Capitalism: Distrust, Innovation and "Projecting" in Early Modern England  (a monograph under preparation).


There are currently no scheduled upcoming events. Below are some of the past events organised by The Critical Corporation Project:

Date Event
12 May 2015 The Corporation, community and identity
21 April 2015 The Corporation at/in War
17 March 2015 Sexing the Corporation
27 October 2014 Public Debate: from Rana Plaza to the high street: can sustainable fashion deliver?
24 June 2014 Seminar: alternatives to the corporation
27 February 2014 Seminar: the corporate value chain
9 December 2013 Public Debate: do corporations rule the world?
9 December 2013 Seminar: corporate power
22 November 2013 Public debate with William Lazonick: the financialization of the US corporation: does Wall Street rule main street?
22 November 2013 Seminar: the multinational corporation
25 September 2013 Seminar: resistance
24 April 2013 Public debate: shareholder value and the corporation
24 April 2013 Seminar: financialization
27 March 2013 Seminar: the corporation in historical context
8 February 2013 Public debate: corporate social responsibility (CSR) in end times: between critique and change
8 February 2013 Seminar: corporate social responsibility
20 June 2012 Seminar: corporations, crime and corruption
18 April 2012 Initial seminar


The Corporate Reform Collective's new book Fighting Corporate Abuse demonstrates, though compelling and revelatory analysis, the legislation and regulation needed to deal with the abuses in the corporate sector that have been revealed in recent years. It highlights the more general contribution of company law and practice to the current crisis in capitalism. The first section develops a controversial argument, using detailed illustrations and vivid examples which show how the various abuses of predatory capitalism have been carried out through the manipulation of the corporate form and the creation of highly complex corporate groups.

In the run up to the UK general election, the authors develop of a set of practical proposals for an incoming government, outlining how each of these abuses could be curtailed and how a more acceptable and accountable form of corporate capitalism can be developed through national and international action.

Related publications

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