Gregory Jackson is Professor of Management of the Freie Universität Berlin and holds visiting appointments at Oxford University and Loughborough University London.
His research examines how corporate governance and corporate social responsibility is influenced by diverse institutional contexts. He approaches cross-national comparison using multi-level statistical modelling, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and historical case studies of Germany, Japan, the UK and USA. His interdisciplinary work links organizational theory, economic sociology, and comparative political economy. Current projects examine corporate governance and inequality, short-termism, and corporate social responsibility and irresponsibility.
Professor Jackson received his PhD in Sociology from Columbia University and previously held positions at RIETI (Tokyo, Japan), King’s College London and University of Bath. His research has been published in Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Journal of International Business Studies. He is an editor of British Journal of Industrial Relations and Chief Editor of the Socio-Economic Review.
Between January and February 2019, he will spend a month in Paris as an EHESS Visiting Scholar. He will give four lectures on: "Corporate Governance and Inequality: Theory and Evidence from Japan"; "Short Termism as a Governance Problem: Temporal Calibration and the Double Contingency"; "Corporate Social Responsibility and Irresponsibility in Comparison: An Actor-centered Institutional Perspective"; "Studying Capitalism: Comparative and Historical Views on Institutional Change".
He will take part of the Visting Professors Program designed by EHESS, on proposal of Sébastien Lechevalier (Chine, Corée, Japon - CCJ).
Corporate Governance and Inequality: Theory and Evidence from Japan
A major driver of inequality is the change on corporate governance favoring shareholders and managers over employee interests. This presentation offers a sociological framework to analyze how governance may impact exploitation and social closure within large business firms, demonstrating these effects with data from Japan.
Studying Capitalism: Comparative and Historical Views on Institutional Change
This presentation will take stock of the comparative capitalisms literature, and review theoretical approaches for understanding the dynamism of capitalist institutions at three distinct levels: theories of institutions and action (micro), theories of institutional domains and their linkages/complementarities(meso), and theories of political coalition making (macro).
Corporate Social Responsibility and Irresponsibility in Comparison: An Actor-centered Institutional Perspective
This presentation compares corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in 24 OECD countries. CSR adoption mirrors the power of internal stakeholders (employees and shareholders), but acts as a substitute for formal regulation of relationships with external stakeholders (consumers and community). CSR also is more effective where specialized stakeholders monitor CSR activities, thereby lowering incidence of corporate greenwashing.
Short Termism as a Governance Problem: Temporal Calibration and the Double Contingency
Short-termism remains a rampant problem in modern financial markets, where firms or investors sacrifice long-term sustainable value in favor of short-term gains. This presentation develops a sociological perspective on inter-temporal governance, looking at how stakeholders engage in processes of temporal calibration under conditions of mutual uncertainty.