- 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- The Transatlantic Paradox: How Outdated Concepts Confuse the American/European Debate about Corporate Governance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
This contribution not only tries to place the current debate in the context of developments over the last twenty-five years, but also exhorts academics to design less ‘holistic’ concepts (which easily degenerate into propaganda used in political debate), to contribute to transparency by providing sober empirical evidence, and to express more appreciation for marginal yet continuous incremental improvements in the business world. The public rhetoric about corporate social responsibility has not had any significant effect on everyday life in the corporate sector, nor has the wealth of currently available academic research and suggestions. To put it in a nutshell: even for the most risk-exposed companies or industries, everything beyond the (hard-) core business is of secondary importance. Any empirical evidence is only a snapshot of the status quo. Identifying drivers for change and emerging trends is a more compelling challenge than simply describing the current state of affairs.
Ulrich Steger (Ph.D., Ruhr University) holds the Alcan Chair of Environmental Management at IMD. Professor Steger is Director of IMD's research project on Corporate Sustainability Management. He is Director of Building High Performance Boards and other major partnership programs including the DaimlerChrysler and Allianz Excellence Program. He is the author or editor of numerous publications including, most recently Managing Complex Mergers (2004) and Mastering Global Corporate Governance (2004).
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