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La Responsabilité Sociale et Environnementale des Entreprises : transition institutionnelle ou retour du paternalisme ? – RSTI

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The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Institutional transition or return to paternalism' 1-topicality of the subject The question of the capacities of regulation of the CSR is today in the heart of the local concerns (it is one of the axes of the project of regional development around the durable development), national (since the law on the new responsibilities for the companies) and international (the implication testifies some to the European union which fixes the definition of what is the CSR and the emergence this item in the Seven Research Program of the European Community (FP7)). On the scientific level the CSR is the subject already of a very important scientific literature in the field of sciences of management (see bibliography) but is the subject yet only meanly of a systematic treatment in social sciences in general, and more particularly in the field of economic sciences. Our project is innovating since it precisely seeks to establish a framework of analysis since the economy, in order to various social sciences decipher the economic and social stakes still largely ignored of this emergent phenomenon. 2 general Statement of the project The CSR represents, from the point of view of the regulation of our Western and European companies, a rather clear rupture compared to the preceding mode of economic and social regulation usually appointed by compromised expression the "social fordist". They are indeed to requalify the companies as actors responsible for the regulation the social and environmental reports/ratios, formerly managed not by the companies, but by the macro-actors of the wage report/ratio: State and the two sides of industry. It is with the importance of this turning and the perennial character of the form of founded "micro" regulation under tended by the CSR that we intend to devote our analyses. Our step more precisely consists in questioning the CSR under the angle of the institutional transition than it represents, since it emerges from the microeconomic plan on the basis of weakening of the old regulating structures which the social State and the various legal devices formed strictly framing the activity of the company and his report/ratio with work. This concept of institutional transition raises three projecting questions: how to represent the economic actor' How to represent the institution (and his report/ratio with the individual or collective action)' How to take into account the time of the institution necessarily equipped a historical thickness This subject requires an interdisciplinary treatment: the question of the regulation of the social reports/ratios and the report/ratio to the environment with the centre and the companies, indeed implies a glance borrowing from various sciences from social which are economic sciences, sociology, sciences of management, the history and the science of law. Each one of its disciplines indeed proposes a treatment specific and complementary other glances, making it possible to propose the stakes in terms of social regulation macroeconomic and macro (socio-economic stakes), of modification of the legislation and the regulation national and international (legal sciences), of modification of the management and the borders of the company (sciences of management), finally of distribution between what raises of the institutional innovation and what is connected on a simple return to pre-fordistes old forms (historical sciences). 3 Methodologies We will seek to hold three objectives on the basis of annual international seminar: (1) to constitute a speech common to the various sciences mobilized through their glance on the CSR. L ' objective is to arrive thus at the constitution of a theoretical lexicon around the concepts of responsibilities, part-fascinating, institution, rule, company, organization... which gives body to the transdisciplinarity that we propose to make live; (2) we will then seek to confront this lexicon common so that one can qualify "speech of actors" of the managers engaged in the movement of the CSR, but also of the trainers who exempt a teaching leading to the setting does not practise a CSR. L ' idea is to include/understand how the speech of the CSR is built (and more generally how the universe of the company produces its own legitimating). (3) To test the geographical validity of this grid by internationalizing it: for that it will be applied to a privileged ground, from the point of view specialist in comparative literature: that of the North-Pas de Calais (Lille) , Wallonia (Liege) and Quebec (Montreal).

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