An institutional theory perspective on the implementation of corporate social responsibility within large firms: Empirical and conceptual considerations

Risi, David (2017). An institutional theory perspective on the implementation of corporate social responsibility within large firms: Empirical and conceptual considerations (Dissertation, Universität St. Gallen)

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In front of the revived debate on sustainable development and the postulation that business organizations provide solutions to resolve social problems, firms are increasingly engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). While CSR is widely considered as “best practice”, its implementation remains limited as CSR requires a new way of conducting business, namely a systematic integration of social, environmental and ethical concerns into business conduct. While large firms face especially great pressures to adopt CSR, they have to undertake substantial efforts to coordinate the translation of CSR into organizational practices and processes. Against this background, this PhD project addresses the question of how large firms implement CSR. By means of an inductive qualitative research approach, the project investigates three different empirical aspects of how large firms implement CSR through an institutional theory lens. First, the focus lies on the CSR management function’s access to resources in the course of CSR implementation. Second, the attempt is made to model the relationship between institutionalization and professionalization in the CSR context. Third, the analysis addresses the industry-specific manifestation of a particular CSR practice, namely Socially Responsible Investing within banks and insurance companies. Based on the empirical insights gained into CSR implementation, the final section of the project aims at conceptually developing a morally reflective institutional theory.

Item Type:

Thesis (Dissertation)

Division/Institute:

Business School > Institute for Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship
Business School > Institute for Sustainable Business

Name:

Risi, David

Publisher:

Difo-Druck GmbH

Submitter:

David Risi

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2020 07:05

Last Modified:

25 Sep 2021 02:18

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/13005

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