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MCLA Philosophy Professor Publishes New Book

11/08/2012

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.  - Dr. Paul Nnodim, chair of the philosophy, interdisciplinary studies and modern languages department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), recently published "Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation," a book about corporate social responsibility as the private governance of corporate-induced externalities.

Nnodim co-wrote the book with Kenneth Amaeshi, his schoolmate in both high school and college. Amaeshi is a reader at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The pair later brought in another friend to work on the book with them, Onyeka Osuji, who teaches Law at Exeter University, England.

"Corporations have some responsibilities toward society," Nnodim said. "These are not merely acts of charity, but rather the legitimate expectations of today's citizens. Thus, the scope of corporate social responsibility is no longer limited to corporate philanthropy, but in a sense, extends to matters of basic justice."

The book touches on recent events in the United States that shaped or continue to influence the corporate social responsibility debate here and around the world. Such events include the Great Recession, the BP Oil Spill, the Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling and the Occupy Wall Street Movement. These events, and others, inspired the writing of this book, Nnodim said.

It was published in October by Routledge.

Amaeshi and Nnodim consider the governance of corporate externalities (positive and negative impacts of firms on society and the environment) as the main thrust of the corporate social responsibility discourse - a field that hitherto only the state has regulated, with sometimes coercive actions, according to the publisher.

Nnodim, who hopes to offer a course on corporate social responsibility at MCLA in the near future, said the book will be helpful to his students. It primarily will be used to business schools around the world, and also could serve as a secondary text in a business ethics class, he said.

"Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation" is available as a hardback and soon will be available as an eBook. For more information, go to www.mcla.edu or www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415880794/