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Introduction: Integrating Research Perspectives on Business and Society

While there are a number of theoretical traditions that study the interactions of business and society, research in these spaces has often stood as separate monoliths. This volume aims to bridge these domains, creating a conversation among scholars working at the nexus of stakeholder theory, nonmarket strategy, and social movement theory. In this introductory chapter to the volume, we review the historical context of these three theoretical areas and explore how they connect in current research. We follow this discussion with our recommendations for common themes that might further integrate these subfields. Finally, we conclude the chapter with a description of each paper in the volume, highlighting how each contributes to our understanding of the dynamics of business and society, as well as the integration of our three focal subfields.

With Brayden King (Northwestern University) and Forrest Briscoe (Pennsylvania State University)