Key Points:

  • The Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University (directed by Peter Berger) and CDE, together with Bobby Godsell of the Anglo American Corporation, undertook a cross-national study of the role of business in transitions to democracy and in socio-economic development.
  • This first document in the series is a general overview of the insights, conclusions and general recommendations concerning business and its role in growth, development and democracy.
  • Business as an activity, a concept and a social actor has been remarkably unexplored. Little appears to have been written on the general role and sociology of business in society.
  • The purpose of this project has been to initiate the process of thinking about business as a social actor, and in so doing canvass the strategic implications of this for business actors.
  • Over the past two years, the Institution for the Study of Economics Culture at Boston University (directed by Peter Berger) and the Centre for Development and Enterprise (directed by Ann Bernstein), together with Bobby Godsell of the Anglo American Corporation, have undertaken a cross-national study of the role of business in transition to democracy and in socio-economic development.
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