This paper applies the metaphor of citizenship to business — society relations because the former brings concerns with
two major themes in contemporary business — society relations. After exploring and explaining these themes, we investigate the application of the citizenship metaphor to corporations in three ways: corporations as citizens; corporations deploying government-like powers in relation to human citizens; and corporations as arenas for stakeholders to act in citizenship-like ways. We illustrate how citizenship
of corporations themselves, of human members of societies, and stakeholders of corporations are structured. We consider the usefulness of our approach for future research.