- The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Editor Biographies
- Author Biographies
- The Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda
- A History of Corporate Social Responsibility: Concepts and Practices
- Corporate Social Responsibility Theories
- The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility
- Corporate Social Performance and Financial Performance: A Research Synthesis
- Principals and Agents: Further Thoughts on the Friedmanite Critique of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Rethinking Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of the Firm—On the Denial of Politics
- Critical Theory and Corporate Social Responsibility : Can/Should We Get Beyond Cynical Reasoning?
- Much Ado about Nothing: A Conceptual Critique of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Top Managers as Drivers for Corporate Social Responsibility
- Socially Responsible Investment and Shareholder Activism
- Consumers as Drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Corporate Social Responsibility, Government, and Civil Society
- Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Stakeholder Theory: Managing Corporate Social Responsibility in a Multiple Actor Context
- Responsibility in the Supply Chain
- Corporate Social Responsibility: The Reporting and Assurance Dimension
- Globalization and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Theories of Global Governance: Strategic Contestation in Global Issue Arenas
- Corporate Social Responsibility in a Comparative Perspective
- Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries
- Educating for Responsible Management
- Corporate Social Responsibility: Deep Roots, Flourishing Growth, Promising Future
- Senior Management Preferences and Corporate Social Responsibility
- The Transatlantic Paradox: How Outdated Concepts Confuse the American/European Debate about Corporate Governance
- Spirituality as a Firm Basis for Corporate Social Responsibility
- Future Perspectives of Corporate Social Responsibility : Where we are Coming from? Where are we Heading?
Abstract and Keywords
The purpose of this article is to provide a general summary of the key value propositions evident in the research on the business case for corporate social responsibility (CSR), described as four general ‘types’ of the business case, or four modes of value creation. It then presents a critique of these approaches (including identifying some problems inherent in the construct of CSR itself) and offers some principles for constructing a ‘better’ business case. Its intent is not to conduct a thorough review of studies analyzing the relationship between CSR and financial performance, as that has been well done elsewhere. Rather it seeks to unearth assumptions underlying dominant approaches in an effort to build a more robust business case for CSR that can move beyond existing limitations.
Elizabeth C. Kurucz (Ph.D., York University) is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Sustainable Commerce in the Department of Business, College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. Her research in Organizational Behaviour spans business, government, and civil society, and is focused on how organizational mindsets facilitate or inhibit progress toward more sustainable practice.
Barry A. Colbert (Ph.D., York University) is an Assistant Professor of Policy at the School of Business and Economics at Wilfred Laurier University in Canada. His work has been published in Academy of Management Review, the Journal of General Management, and Human Resource Planning. His research is centered on the ways and means by which organizations align a vision for sustainability, business strategy, and the strategic development of human capital.
David Wheeler is Dean of Management, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Microbiology from the University of Surrey (UK). Dr Wheeler's research interests focus on the role of the private sector in international development, corporate strategy, governance and sustainability, and organizational change and sustainability. He was the principal author of The Stakeholder Corporation (Pitman), and has published more than 70 articles in the Science, Medicine, and Management literatures. Dr. Wheeler is currently Co‐chair of the United Nations Development Program Project on case writing in private sector development. He is Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Enterprise and Development and a board member of Zero Footprint.
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