Corporate social responsibility in developing country multinationals: identifying company and country-level influences

Preuss, Lutz, Barkemeyer, Ralf and Glavas, Ante (2016) Corporate social responsibility in developing country multinationals: identifying company and country-level influences. Business Ethics Quarterly, 26 (3). pp. 347-378. ISSN 1052-150X

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Abstract

The extant literature on cross-national differences in approaches to corporate social responsibility (CSR) has mostly focused on developed countries. Instead, we offer two inter-related studies into corporate codes of conduct issued by developing country multinational enterprises (DMNEs). First, we analyse code adoption rates and code content through a mixed methods design. Second, we use multilevel analyses to examine country-level drivers of differences in code content-specifically, elements of a country's National Business System (NBS). We find that DMNEs are much more likely to adopt a code of conduct than their domestic counterparts; however, this does not translate into greater code comprehensiveness. We also find support for the 'substitute view' of CSR in developing countries, i.e. that MNEs from poorer countries and from countries with lower governance effectiveness tend to express more comprehensive commitments. However, this dynamic does not extend to a country's labour system; instead, CSR appears here to match the efficiency of a country's labour market, thus reflecting the 'mirror view' of CSR.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 10:42
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 15:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63814

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