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Dr. Rami Kaplan


Freie Universität Berlin

Center for Area Studies

Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft / Institut für Management

Postdoctoral Fellow

2014-2016: Dahlem Research School and Israeli Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, The School of Business and Economics, The Free University of Berlin.

2013: Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2013: Ph.D.: Tel Aviv University, sociology.

2007: M.A.: Tel Aviv University, The Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas.

2002: B.A.: Tel Aviv University, Political Science and Management.

Title of research project:

The globalization of corporate responsibility: the cases of Germany and Israel

Focus of research:

Diffusion processes of a management model from the USA to other countries and the impact on local forms of economic organization.


Globalization, capitalism, diffusion, institutions, corporations, power, responsibility.

Regional focus:

Germany, Israel, and USA.


The project examines the globalization of the “corporate responsibility” (CR) model of management since the 1990s. The global diffusion of CR has spawned abundant comparative research. However, the processes by which this originally American model (as argued in my dissertation) spread from the U.S. to the rest of the world have so far remained unexplored. In tracing these presumed processes of institutional diffusion, my purpose is to extend the narrative I have begun to develop in my dissertation into the present. I am asking how CR made the trip to Europe and elsewhere, under which historical contexts and conditions, based on which networks of decision makers and experts, which obstacles and forms of resistance the movement encountered, how the model was “translated” by its local converts, and to what extent the spread of CR has transformed local patterns of political-economic interaction. Initially, I explore these questions in the context of two routes of diffusion: from the U.S. to Germany and from the U.S. to Israel. This would constitute the first stage in a wider comparative study that spans additional countries and areas in Europe and the Global South.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Kaplan Rami. 2014. “Who Has Been Regulating Whom, Business or Society? The Mid-20th-Century Institutionalization of ‘Corporate Responsibility’ in the USA” Socio-Economic Review.

Kaplan Rami. 2010. “Regulation”. Mafte’akh: Lexical Review of Political Thought, 1: 179-212. (Hebrew)

Grossman Guy and Rami Kaplan. 2006. "Courage to Refuse". Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 18(2): 189–197.

Book Chapters

Kaplan Rami. Forthcoming. “‘Corporate Responsibility’ as a Social Construction: The Constitution of the ‘Business and Society’ Relationship in Mid-20th-Century United States”. in Kedar Ronit and Ofer Sitbon (ed.), Corporate Social Responsibility in Israel. Resling. (Hebrew)

Levy David L. and Rami Kaplan. 2008. "Corporate Social Responsibility and Theories of Global Governance: Strategic Contestation in Global Issue Arenas". in A. Crane, A. McWilliams, D. Matten, J. Moon, and D. Siegel (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Reviews

Kaplan Rami. 2014. “The Call of the Protest: Political Lexicon (2011-).Israeli Sociology. (Hebrew)

Kaplan Rami. 2003. "Social Justice and Equality in a Changing World", Mifne Magazine, 41. (Hebrew)