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'Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights in Autocratic Contexts - The Case for Academic Freedom in Autocratic Regimes and the Contribution of Political CSR and Deliberation' seminar

Join our upcoming 'Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights in Autocratic Contexts –The Case for Academic Freedom in Autocratic Regimes and the Contribution of Political CSR and Deliberation' seminar with Professor Andreas Georg Scherer.

Speaker: Professor Andreas Georg Scherer  (University of Zurich)

Hosted by: University of Liverpool Management School's Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship Group

Open to: Management School PhD students and academic staff, with no sign up needed

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2024

Time: 1:30-3:00pm 

Place: Management School - Seminar Room 5 (first floor)


In this paper I advance the case for academic freedom in autocratic regimes. I define the key concepts and explore the problem of academic censorship at academic publishers operating in autocratic countries.I review the practices and potential countermeasures in this industry.

In particular, I show how the Political CSR approach and deliberation can be used effectively to protect academic freedom even in countries that restrict freedom of speech and limit the right to education.

I propose implications for various actors, such as journal editors, academic associations, universities, academic publishers, civil society actors that potentially will be useful in protecting academic freedom.



Andreas Georg Scherer is a Professor of Business Administration and Theories of the Firm at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). His research focuses on Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Political Role of the Business Firm in a Globalized World.

His research is based on critical theory (Habermas), discourse ethics and deliberative theory, constructivism, political economy, and institutional theory.

In his most recent empirical projects, he addresses phenomena and topics such as big data and digitalization, media legitimacy, corporate tax avoidance, fighting corruption, and social innovation.

He has published nine books and several papers in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, Organization, and Organization Studies.

He serves as an associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly and sits on the editorial board of several journals.

He is a guest co-editor on recent special issues on “Grand challenges and responsible innovation” (Journal of Management Studies) and “Exploring dark and unexpected sides of digitalization” (Organization) and on “Socio-technical conditions of organized immaturity in the 21st century” (Business Ethics Quarterly).

In 2020 he has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hamburg in recognition of his career and contributions to research in the fields of business and social sciences, in particular to Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

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