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Corporate Personhood, Business Leadership
Abstract
In the public debate about the U.S. recession that began in late 2007, various individuals, organizations, and social systems have been blamed for the event and its ongoing consequences.* This case invites students to consider the role business might play in improving the circumstances of the U.S., European, and global economies in mid 2012; and, with the legal concept of corporate personhood a campaign issue in the U.S. presidential election of 2012, whether a business-initiated response to the recession should include a redefinition of the corporation.

*The Global Financial Crisis of 2008–2009: The Role of Fear, Greed, and Oligarchs provides a more detailed description of the financial crisis.
Learning Objective
To generate discussion on the sources of the Great Recession, encourage students to think about the purpose of the corporation—particularly in light of the rights that the corporation is granted under the law, as well as the ethical responsibilities that might accompany those rights; and introduce students to the MIT Sloan 4 Capabilities Leadership Framework as a potential source of business solutions to the financial crisis.
Could be taught in the following course(s)
leadership, ethics, social responsibility, business and government relations