Firm-level indicators of instrumental and political CSR processes – a multiple case study

Richter, Ulf Henning, Shirodkar, Vikrant and Shete, Namita (2021) Firm-level indicators of instrumental and political CSR processes – a multiple case study. European Management Journal, 39 (2). pp. 279-290. ISSN 0263-2373

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Recent studies have been increasingly distinguishing between instrumental and political approaches to corporate social responsibility (CSR). However, few studies have explored the firm-level processes generating these types of CSR engagements. Using Basu and Palazzo's (2008) proposition to model CSR as a process of sensemaking, we suggest that multinational enterprises use different processes in developing capabilities around instrumental and political CSR. Our qualitative multiple case–study analysis is based on data from 42 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 27 senior managers from British American Tobacco, Nestlé, and Hewlett Packard. Our findings from the three cases indicate that instrumental and political CSR are characterised by different sensemaking processes. We also find evidence for overlapping of processes between instrumental and political CSR.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management > HD0062.2 Managment of special enterprises > HD0062.4 International business enterprises
Depositing User: Vikrant Shirodkar
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 08:55
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2022 01:00

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