One might argue that multi-national corporations truly live outside the law by having facilities operating under different laws, allowing them to do something that would be illegal in the US but perfectly okay in, say, China. And, through economic pressure, much as nations apply to each other, large, multi-national corporations can even get laws changed to increase their profits and make life a little worse for their employees.
But let's not confuse the concept of a corporation for the what these multi-nationals have become. Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet in 1776 that changed the course of history. (If you haven't read it, you can download a copy for free from Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3755.) The document outlines the basic idea that we need government to survive -- a man alone in the woods will die if a tree falls on him, so he lives near other people, but people don't always agree on how to deal with problems, so we create rules, then laws, and a consistent way of enforcing those laws.
Just laws come from the people who agree to live under those laws. Granted, not everyone will agree with everything, but the idea is that the majority agrees that this is the best way to do things.
We are finding two modes of business in our new, global economy. One is the multi-national corporation, which acts as an oligarchy -- the workers are only there to serve the investors. The other is the mix of independent contractors who pick and choose their work, and the rules under which they will execute that work.
Neither model is working particularly well. The large corporations are wasting billions of dollars in stupid mistakes and causing grief for millions of people. The individual contractors are living like the man in the wilderness -- if he kills a deer, he eats like a king, if not, he starves to death.
Conquent has been evolving over the years, and we are now realizing the dream of balancing the idea of independence and just rule -- it's tricky to create a structure that allows people to be safe and secure, yet still live their lives in a way that works best for them. As we have created the structure to support the ideals, the reality of paying bills, managing workflow and living life continue to intrude on Utopia.
But, whether Conquent cracks this nut or not, the evolution of business is going to happen, either in the direction of totalitarian corporate management, or in a free world of people who shape their own destiny while helping others do the same.