A stakeholder approach to corporate social responsibility: a fresh perspective into theory and practice

Jamali, Dima (2007) A stakeholder approach to corporate social responsibility: a fresh perspective into theory and practice. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-19. (doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9572-4).


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Stakeholder theory has gained currency in the business and society literature in recent years in light␣of its practicality from the perspective of managers and scholars. In accounting for the recent ascendancy of␣stakeholder theory, this article presents an overview of␣two traditional conceptualizations of corporate social␣responsibility (CSR) (Carroll: 1979, ‹A Three-Dimensional Conceptual Model of Corporate Performance', The Academy of Management Review 4(4), 497–505 and Wood: 1991, ‹Corporate Social Performance Revisited', The Academy of Management Review 16(4), 691–717), highlighting their predominant inclination toward providing static taxonomic CSR descriptions. The article then makes the case for a stakeholder approach to CSR, reviewing its rationale and outlining how it has␣been integrated into recent empirical studies. In light of this review, the article adopts a stakeholder framework – the Ethical Performance Scorecard (EPS) proposed by Spiller (2000, ‹Ethical Business and Investment: A Model For Business and Society', Journal of Business Ethics 27, 149–160) – to examine the CSR approach of a sample of␣Lebanese and Syrian firms with an interest in CSR␣and␣test relevant hypotheses derived from the CSR/stakeholder literature. The findings are analyzed and implications drawn regarding the usefulness of a stakeholder approach to CSR.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9572-4
ISSNs: 0167-4544 (print)
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Keywords: corporate social responsibility (csr), stakeholder theory, lebanese and syrian context
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 47697
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:39
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47697

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