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A critical review of relations between corporate responsibility research and practice

Haigh, Matthew and Jones, Marc T. 2007, A critical review of relations between corporate responsibility research and practice, EJBO : Electronic journal of business & organization ethics, vol. 12, no. 1, Winter, pp. 16-28.

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Title A critical review of relations between corporate responsibility research and practice
Author(s) Haigh, Matthew
Jones, Marc T.
Journal name EJBO : Electronic journal of business & organization ethics
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Season Winter
Start page 16
End page 28
Publisher Business and Organization Network (BON)
Place of publication Jyväskylä, Finland
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1239-2685
Keyword(s) stakeholder management
corporate responsibility
ethical investment
ethical consumerism
non-governmental organizations
Summary This essay identifies epistemological, theoretical and methodological problems in a potentially influential subset of the interdisciplinary corporate responsibility literature, that which appears in the management literature. The received conceptualization of stakeholder analysis is criticised by identifying six sets of factors conventionally considered as promoting social responsibilities in the firm: inter-organizational factors, economic competitors, institutional investors, end-consumers, government regulators and non-governmental organizations. Each is addressed on conceptual grounds, its empirical salience in terms of the latest relevant research and prospects to be a significant factor in promoting outcomes consistent with social welfare. Despite obvious antagonistic relations between organization-centred economic objectives and extra-organizational-directed social considerations, the huge body of research we address drifts in a disengaged Sargasso Sea. The essay argues for appropriate directions for continuing business ethics/responsibility/corporate citizenship research, suggesting certain sociological works on moral leadership, moral courage, and academic leadership.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Jyvaskylan Yliopisto, School of Business and Economics, B O E N
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032814

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Collection: Deakin Graduate School of Business
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