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Corporate Community Responsibility as an Outcome of Individual Embeddedness

Blombäck, Anna and Wigren, Caroline LU (2014) In Social Responsibility Journal 10(2). p.297-315
Abstract
Purpose:
The purpose of this article is to improve our understanding of the nature of socialresponsibility in actual practices and, specifically, the influence of individuals on these processes.

Design/methodology/approach:
An abductive approach is applied (Alvesson and Sköldberg 1994), i.e. theory is developed by moving between theory and four empirical cases. The stories highlight theimportance of the individual and closeness to local stakeholders and the presence of overlappingrationales.

Findings:
The individuals’ simultaneous roles – as owners, managers and community members –influence how they are held or see themselves as accountable and how they account for the firms’engagement in the community. The... (More)
Purpose:
The purpose of this article is to improve our understanding of the nature of socialresponsibility in actual practices and, specifically, the influence of individuals on these processes.

Design/methodology/approach:
An abductive approach is applied (Alvesson and Sköldberg 1994), i.e. theory is developed by moving between theory and four empirical cases. The stories highlight theimportance of the individual and closeness to local stakeholders and the presence of overlappingrationales.

Findings:
The individuals’ simultaneous roles – as owners, managers and community members –influence how they are held or see themselves as accountable and how they account for the firms’engagement in the community. The activities are conducted in the name of the firm but originate fromprivate as well as business-oriented concerns. Our conclusions encourage an extension of thecorporate social responsibility (CSR) construct to approach it as an entangled phenomenon resultingfrom the firm and the individual embeddedness in internal and external cultures.

Originality/value:
This study brings the individual managers and owner-managers into focus and howtheir interplay with the surrounding context can create additional dimensions of accountability, whichimpact on the decisions taken in regard to CSR. A micro-perspective is applied. Corporate communityresponsibility, particularly in smaller and rural communities, contributes to recognize and understandhow individuals influence and are influenced by CSR. (Less)
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Social Responsibility Journal
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2
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297 - 315
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1747-1117
DOI
10.1108/SRJ-05-2012-0061
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English
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  abstract     = {Purpose:<br/>The purpose of this article is to improve our understanding of the nature of socialresponsibility in actual practices and, specifically, the influence of individuals on these processes.<br/><br/>Design/methodology/approach:<br/>An abductive approach is applied (Alvesson and Sköldberg 1994), i.e. theory is developed by moving between theory and four empirical cases. The stories highlight theimportance of the individual and closeness to local stakeholders and the presence of overlappingrationales.<br/><br/>Findings:<br/>The individuals’ simultaneous roles – as owners, managers and community members –influence how they are held or see themselves as accountable and how they account for the firms’engagement in the community. The activities are conducted in the name of the firm but originate fromprivate as well as business-oriented concerns. Our conclusions encourage an extension of thecorporate social responsibility (CSR) construct to approach it as an entangled phenomenon resultingfrom the firm and the individual embeddedness in internal and external cultures.<br/><br/>Originality/value:<br/>This study brings the individual managers and owner-managers into focus and howtheir interplay with the surrounding context can create additional dimensions of accountability, whichimpact on the decisions taken in regard to CSR. A micro-perspective is applied. Corporate communityresponsibility, particularly in smaller and rural communities, contributes to recognize and understandhow individuals influence and are influenced by CSR.},
  author       = {Blombäck, Anna and Wigren, Caroline},
  issn         = {1747-1117},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {297--315},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {Social Responsibility Journal},
  title        = {Corporate Community Responsibility as an Outcome of Individual Embeddedness},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-05-2012-0061},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2014},
}