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The Managerial Sources of Corporate Social Responsibility
The Spread of Global Standards


Part of Business and Public Policy

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107651906

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  • Why and under which conditions do companies voluntarily adopt high social and environmental standards? Christian R. 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.

    • Presents a new perspective on corporate social responsibility
    • Applies transaction cost economics to intra-firm policies and corporate social responsibility
    • Uses case studies from automotive and textile manufacturing in South Africa and China to illustrate key concepts and arguments
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    'Christian R. Thauer gives us a fresh take on the motives behind corporate social responsibility. Rather than altruism or shamming campaigns, Thauer develops a novel theoretical argument focusing on the self-interests of the firm. He backs up his claim with detailed case studies of companies across a range of developing economies and industrial sectors. The book offers both analytic and empirical bite.' Abraham Newman, Georgetown University, Washington DC

    'This is a valuable contribution to scholarship on corporate social responsibility (CSR), and undoubtedly will spur further research into intra-firm dynamics as explanations for CSR policies and practices.' Susan Sell, George Washington University, Washington DC

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107651906
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 26 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Christian R. Thauer, Freie Universität Berlin
    Christian R. Thauer is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Freie Universität Berlin and Visiting Fellow at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He was awarded the International Studies Association International Political Economy (ISA-IPE) Best Dissertation Prize 2010–11 for his award-winning thesis.

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