Ethics and Governance (Research Essay)

During the 2018 Malaysian election, Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes provided support for the incumbent political party (as did many other business leaders?). This was criticised by some as being unacceptable for people to use their corporate influence to throw their weight around. Do you think it is legitimate for senior executives to engage in public discourse on political issues?

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Reading Pointers:

  • Scherer, AG, Palazzo, G, Matten, D (2014) ‘The Business Firm as a Political Actor’, Business & Society, Vol.53(2), pp.143-156
  • Lawton, T., McGuire, S., & Rajwani, T. (2013). Corporate Political Activity: A Literature Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 15(1), 86-105.
  • Chin, MK, Hambrick, DC, Treviño, LK (2013) ‘Political Ideologies of CEOs: The Influence of Executives’ Values on Corporate Social Responsibility’, Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol.58(2), pp.197-232

Essays should be no longer than 2000 words, exclusive of appendices, references, etc. Students are required to undertake research to locate academic references using online databases (e.g EBSCO, Proquest, Emerald, Science Direct etc) and need to use at least twelve academic references.