Sabine Mirkovic, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

    About Sabine

    Sabine is research assistant at the Centre for Sustainability Management at the Leuphana University Lueneburg. She develops case studies for Higher Education in sustainability management. Her Doctoral thesis is about the political legitimacy of business actors in postnational governance.
    Further teaching and research interests: strategic management in the context of sustainable development, business ethics and its education/ training, philosophy of economics and the firm, transdisciplinarity in management research, education and practice.


    PhD project

    Multinational corporations between legitimacy advancement and legitimacy crises –

    A postfoundational conception of legitimacy of corporate powerin postnational governance”


    Additional to a critical discussion about structural interdependencies of politics and economic processes we can observe a significant qualitative change in the task sharing between state and non state actors, most prominently business actors and NGOs, compared to the nation state paradigm.

    Through the activities of self-regulation, quasi regulation, public private partnerships and the privatization trend business actors transgress their „classical“ role of producing and distributing goods and services (in a narrow sense) ascribed to them in classical management and order theoretical liberal approaches. Business actors have become political actors in some sense without us yet knowing how to evaluate these activities normatively.

    My evaluation of the latest approaches to corporate legitimacy and business actors as political ones critically discusses the transferability or applicability of the different normative approaches to a postnational constellation and how they could/ would or do deal with the new business actors' activities of self-regulation, quasi-regulation, public private partnerships and privatization. I want to suggest an alternative understanding of corporate legitimacy drawing on postfoundational approaches in radical democracy.




    Prof. Dr. Albrecht Söllner, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)


    Publications and conferences



    Haase, Mirkovic, Schumann (Hrsg.) (2011): Ethics Education: Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsethik in der wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Ausbildung. In: sfwu – Schriftenreihe für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik, Band 22.

    Söllner, Albrecht; Mirkovic, Sabine (2009): Die neue Tugendhaftigkeit von Unternehmen und die Gefahren falscher Versprechen. In: Die Moral in der Unternehmenskommunikation: Lohnt es sich, gut zu sein?, Köln: Herbert von Halem, 85-100.

    Haase, Michaela; Mirkovic, Sabine (2009): Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsethik in der wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Ausbildung – Der erste Ethics Education Workshop des VHB, zfwu 10/2 (2009), Mering: Rainer Hampp Verlag, 251-255.


    CSR conference Humboldt University Berlin: “Are Multi-Stakeholder Approaches Missing the Boat? Towards a Stronger Focus on Local Activities, Local Knowledge and Local Governance ”, 09/ 2010

    CSR conference Humboldt University Berlin: “Legitimacy without public accountability? The role of business' discursive power in the relation between multinational corporations and their stakeholders”, 10/ 2008

    EBEN Research Conference, Lille: “Whose power is it really? Managers
    stuck between a rock and a hard place”, 06/ 2008

    EGOS conference 2007, Vienna: “The Power of Multinational Corporations: In Need of Legitimacy – but for whom?”, 07/ 2007

    EAMTP conference 2006, Free University Berlin: “Responsibility – Accountability - Legitimacy? Whom to ask what for?”, 05/ 2006

    DNWE annual conference 2006, Seeheim-Jugenheim: “Possibilities of an economic theory of legitimacy”, 04/ 2006



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