The Drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Critical Review

The paper criticises the dominant discourse of corporate social responsibility (CSR) by examining six sets of factors conventionally considered as promoting outcomes consistent with core principles of social responsibility: intra-organizational factors, competitive dynamics, institutional investors, end-consumers, government regulators and non-governmental organizations. Each factor is addressed conceptually, empirically, and with respect to its likely future significance in promoting outcomes consistent with CSR. Our overall conclusions are not promising on any of these dimensions.

Haigh, M. & Jones, M (2006) The Drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Critical Review, The Business Review, Cambridge, Vol. 5 (2)

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