The managerial sources of corporate social responsibility : the spread of global standards
Title: The managerial sources of corporate social responsibility : the spread of global standards
Author: THAUER, Christian R.
Citation: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014, Business and Public Policy
Why and under which conditions do companies voluntarily adopt high social and environmental standards? Christian Thauer looks inside the firm to illustrate the internal drivers of the social conduct of business. He argues that corporate social responsibility (CSR) assists decision-makers to resolve managerial dilemmas. Drawing on transaction cost economics, he asks why and which dilemmas bring CSR to the fore. In this context he describes a managerial dilemma as a situation where the execution of management's decisions transforms the mode of cooperation within the organization from a hierarchy to one in which managers become dependent on, and vulnerable to, the behavior of subordinates. Thauer provides empirical illustration of his theory by examining automotive and textile factories in South Africa and China. Thauer demonstrates that CSR is often driven by internal management problems rather than by the external pressures that corporations confront.
Table of Contents:
-- 1. Introduction -- 2. A theory of internal drivers of corporate social responsibility -- 3. Corporate social responsibility: an inside-view approach and perspective -- 4. Internal driver 1: the human resources dilemma -- 5. Internal drivers 2 and 3: the technological specialization and foreign direct investment dilemmas -- 6. Internal driver 4: the brand reputation dilemma -- 7. Conclusion: internal drivers, corporate social responsibility and the spread of global standards.
Initial version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/14508
Version: Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 2010