The ESSEC Research Center on Capitalism, Globalization and Governance -
C²G² - was launched in September 2010. The mission of the Center is to foster a trans-disciplinary focus on Business in Society and Business and Society issues.  Business studies in general have had the tendency of increasingly falling into two (often combined) traps – universalism and “vertical drilling”. Universalism is the tendency to evacuate contexts. “Vertical drilling” is the in-depth exploration of relatively narrow issues or questions with little preoccupation for the dynamics of interplay/interconnections between those issues and others. The progress of “vertical drilling” has been the direct consequence of the acute division of scientific labor in social sciences and business studies.

The Center has a trans-disciplinary intellectual strategy. The evolution of the contemporary business world is difficult to understand without a clear reading of the broad context – historical, institutional, political and cultural – in which it is embedded. The Center focuses more specifically on four broad research agenda points:
  1. What is Capitalism? What is so specific and particular about our contemporary form of capitalism? How does it inscribe itself in the broad historical evolution of forms of capitalism ever since the end of the 19th century?
  2. How does Globalization matter? What does the contemporary period of globalization (more or less since the 1970s) imply with respect to the organization of economic relations and the transformation of capitalist (and formerly non-capitalist) economies?
  3. How to rethink Governance as a consequence? When economic interactions increasingly cross over and beyond national boundaries and jurisdictions, what happens with regard to the governance of those interactions?
  4. How to understand CSR – corporate social responsibility? More specifically, how to conceptualize the role and responsibilities of different types of organisations within society, under various perspectives and disciplines? And how to expand and disseminate that knowledge to stakeholders?

ESCP Europe & Sustbusy Research Center invite you attend the 4th Business & Society Research Seminar on May, 28, 2015
Presentation will be given by: Maurizio Zollo (Department of Management & Technology, Università Bocconi)
Location: ESCP Paris Campus - Room 2206
Time: 15h00 - 16h30
Please, confirm your attendance by email to Joëlle Quentin ( )

ERNOP Conference 2015: Call for papers
7th International Research Conference of the European Research Network On Philanthropy
Interdisciplinary Research on Philanthropy: Connecting the Dots
ESSEC Business School Paris, 9-10 July 2015


Call for contributions-CSR seminar
"Innovative Practices and Emerging Trends: Extending the
Corporate Responsibility Research Agenda", June 11-12th, 2014



Brownbag Seminars

Adrian Zicari and Hyemi Shin (ESSEC) - "Don’t Judge by Its Cover! Comparative Study on the Evolution of CSR Reporting in Brazil and South Korea" - N305, June 3, 2015

Research Seminar Series

Professor Claire Dambrin (ESCP) - "The Fabrication of Underuse: A longitudinal study of a CRM software package" - Le Club (N231), May 26, 2015 (Sign up this link for your participation)