Exploring the Internal Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibility Implementation

Risi, David; Wickert, Christopher (2019). Exploring the Internal Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibility Implementation Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019(1), p. 10561. 10.5465/AMBPP.2019.10561abstract

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The way corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies unfold inside organizations remains a black box. This qualitative study delves into the inner workings of CSR. We inductively investigate the role of tangible and intangible resources and how resource flows are linked to various organizational departments involved in the execution of CSR. Our research question is: How are resources allocated for CSR distributed among organizational departments and why do these resources shift in the course of CSR implementation? We find six mechanisms explaining why resources are dynamically allocated to different departments and why such resource shifts trigger organizational transition towards more advanced levels of CSR implementation. Our research contributes to the literature that examines how CSR activities and strategies unfold within businesses. More generally, this allows better understanding of intra-organizational dynamics of firms’ strategic responses to normative pressures.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


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


Risi, David0000-0003-1652-8806 and
Wickert, Christopher






David Risi

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06 Oct 2020 07:06

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