Corporations and Society Initiative

Corporations and Society Initiative

The Corporations and Society Initiative engages in dialogue, learning, and leadership at the intersection of markets, businesses, governments, and society to promote more accountable capitalism and governance.

CASI fosters broad engagement and interdisciplinary collaborations across academic and social silos. We seek to question commonly held assumptions about the role of corporations in our society, as well as broaden and deepen the conversation with multiple stakeholders and perspectives. We work with students, faculty, alumni, the broader Stanford community, and key business and policy decision-makers to support teaching, research, events, and civic engagement.

Fixing a Rigged System
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Fixing a Rigged System
Anat R. Admati explains why our financial system still struggles with misconduct.

Featured Reading

ProMarket

Milton Friedman’s claim that business managers would fulfill their social responsibility by making “as much money as possible while conforming to the basic rules of society” is highly problematic. It is based on false assumptions. The widespread acceptance of his dictum, and implicitly of his false assumptions, have caused substantial and preventable harm.

SSIR Supplement

When corporate engagement with governments serves narrow interests and money is critical for campaigns and influence, the system causes “corruptive dependencies,” exacerbates inequality, and leads to the perception that our “captured economy” is rigged and unjust.

Stanford GSB Voices

How one Stanford GSB student plans to challenge the prevailing short-term investment mentality.

HLS Forum on Corporate Governance

This post on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation is based on Professor Admati’s recent article, published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Journal Article
Jeffrey Pfeffer

For all the lofty values and leadership aspirations we profess to hold, there is precious little evidence that real choices and behaviour, or even hierarchies of status and awards, reflect what we espouse.

Faculty Director
Faculty Director
Staff Director
Graham Steele

Graham Steele

Director
Corporations and Society Initiative

CASI Student Leaders