Changing managerial CSR orientations: a three country comparative analysis of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan

Jamali, D., Sidani, Y. and El-Asmar, K. (2008) Changing managerial CSR orientations: a three country comparative analysis of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. Journal of Business Ethics, -[20]. (doi:10.1007/s10551-008-9755-7).


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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a concept that has acquired a new resonance in the global economy. With the advent of globalization, managers in different contexts have been exposed to the notion of CSR and are being pressured to adopt CSR initiatives. Yet, in view of vastly differing national cultures and institutional realities, mixed orientations to CSR continue to be salient in different contexts, oscillating between the classical perspective which considers CSR as a burden on competitiveness and the modern perspective that views CSR as instrumental for business success. Capitalizing on the two-dimensional CSR model developed by Quazi and O’Brien (Journal of Business Ethics 25, 33–51, 2000), this article assesses managerial perspectives towards CSR in three neighboring Middle Eastern countries (Lebanon, Syria and Jordan) through an empirical study involving 333 managers. The findings lend support to the Quazi and O’Brien model (2000), suggesting some commonalities in CSR orientations as well as minor divergences. The findings are discussed and cross-cultural implications drawn accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s10551-008-9755-7
ISSNs: 0167-4544 (print)
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Keywords: corporate social responsibility (CSR), managerial views, classical and modern paradigms, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 58207
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
17 October 2007Submitted
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:39

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