Goodness Comes From Within: Intra-Organizational Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibility

Cover: Business and Society, 53 (4)

Cover: Business and Society, 53 (4)

Christian Thauer – 2014

This article makes the case for the importance of paying attention to the internal dynamics of business in order to understand why and under which conditions firms engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR). The argument is that CSR assists decision-makers in firms to resolve managerial dilemmas. By a managerial dilemma this article understands a situation whereby the execution of management’s decisions requires asset specific allocation of resources.  Asset specific allocation of resources transforms the intra-organizational mode of social coordination from a hierarchy to one in which managers become dependent on, and vulnerable to, the behavior of subordinates. It is in these situations that corporate decision-makers introduce CSR standards in their attempt to avoid the foreseeable loss of control and organizational efficiency.

Title
Goodness Comes From Within: Intra-Organizational Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibility
Publisher
SAGE
Location
London
Keywords
multinational corporations (MNCs), corporate social responsibility (CSR), Research Project D2
Date
2014
Appeared in
Business and Society, 53 (4), 483-516.
Type
Text