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Working with and Working on Corporate Social Responsibility: The Flexibility of a Management Concept

Cerne, Annette LU (2008) In Lund Studies in Economics and Management 103.
Abstract
Why do some corporations become positioned as socially responsible and others as socially irresponsible? Here, an attempt is made to explore this issue. Within the established management literature it is held that managers do not understand corporate social responsibility (CSR), wherein the focus has been turned towards how corporations can work with CSR inside their organisation as a response to expectations coming from outside. In this book, interviews with managers in one British and one Swedish food retailer are analysed, with the intention to understand how CSR is given meaning in and has become integrated with everyday business practices. The investigation was extended to a study of various stakeholder organisations whose texts... (More)
Why do some corporations become positioned as socially responsible and others as socially irresponsible? Here, an attempt is made to explore this issue. Within the established management literature it is held that managers do not understand corporate social responsibility (CSR), wherein the focus has been turned towards how corporations can work with CSR inside their organisation as a response to expectations coming from outside. In this book, interviews with managers in one British and one Swedish food retailer are analysed, with the intention to understand how CSR is given meaning in and has become integrated with everyday business practices. The investigation was extended to a study of various stakeholder organisations whose texts published on the Internet were analysed. Based on the outcome of text analyses, it is argued that CSR is not only something which can be worked with inside organisations, but is also worked on, within and between organisations, where various meanings of CSR are constructed. The purpose is to open up the complexity of CSR, suggesting that CSR as a management concept is desired by stakeholders to be flexible rather than fixed. (Less)
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  • Professor Crane, Andrew, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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management concept, Corporate social responsibility, food retailing, critical discourse analysis
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Lund Studies in Economics and Management
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103
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257 pages
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Lund Institute of Econonomic Research
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EC3:207 Holger Crafoords Ekonomicentrum
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2008-09-26 13:00
ISBN
13 978-91-85113-28-6
10 91-85113-28-X
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English
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yes
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137e5474-79e5-4fef-bef0-db1ce52c72ee (old id 1212145)
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  abstract     = {Why do some corporations become positioned as socially responsible and others as socially irresponsible? Here, an attempt is made to explore this issue. Within the established management literature it is held that managers do not understand corporate social responsibility (CSR), wherein the focus has been turned towards how corporations can work with CSR inside their organisation as a response to expectations coming from outside. In this book, interviews with managers in one British and one Swedish food retailer are analysed, with the intention to understand how CSR is given meaning in and has become integrated with everyday business practices. The investigation was extended to a study of various stakeholder organisations whose texts published on the Internet were analysed. Based on the outcome of text analyses, it is argued that CSR is not only something which can be worked with inside organisations, but is also worked on, within and between organisations, where various meanings of CSR are constructed. The purpose is to open up the complexity of CSR, suggesting that CSR as a management concept is desired by stakeholders to be flexible rather than fixed.},
  author       = {Cerne, Annette},
  isbn         = {13 978-91-85113-28-6},
  keyword      = {management concept,Corporate social responsibility,food retailing,critical discourse  analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {257},
  publisher    = {Lund Institute of Econonomic Research},
  school       = {Lund University},
  series       = {Lund Studies in Economics and Management},
  title        = {Working with and Working on Corporate Social Responsibility: The Flexibility of a Management Concept},
  volume       = {103},
  year         = {2008},
}