During this event, a roundtable discussion was devoted to the modern corporation.The participants were Samuel Mansell, author of Stephen Dunne (henceforth SD): What has been really interesting throughout the event – for me at least – has been the discussion of philosophy and political economy with respect to differing sites of agency. Please set your browser to accept cookies to continue.
What I haven’t yet witnessed, however, is a serious attempt to theorise the agency of the corporation.
That’s what I’m shortly going to ask the panel to start doing.
This also distinguishes it from a metaphor for a group of individuals or a synonym for the participants of a common enterprise.
A corporation necessarily exists, I would say, as a result of an explicit agreement or contract.
The very concept of the corporation implies the making of a unity where one did not exist before.