Although literature on corporate social responsibility is vast, research into the use and effectiveness of various communications through digital platforms about such corporate responsibility is scarce. This gap is surprising; communicating about corporate social responsibility initiatives is vital to organizations that increasingly highlight their corporate social responsibility initiatives to position their corporate brands for both consumers and other stakeholders. Yet these organizations still sometimes rely on traditional methods to communicate, or even decide against communicating at all, because they fear triggering stakeholders’ skepticism or cynicism. A systematic, interdisciplinary examination of corporate social responsibility communication through digital platforms therefore is necessary, to establish an essential definition and up-to-date picture of the field.
This research anthology addresses the above objectives. Drawing on marketing, management, and communication disciplines, among others, this anthology examines how organizations construct, implement, and use digital platforms to communicate about their corporate social responsibility and thereby achieve their organizational goals. The 21 chapters in this anthology reflect six main topic sections:
- Challenges and opportunities for communicating corporate social responsibility through digital platforms.
- Moving toward symmetry and interactivity in digital corporate social responsibility communication.
- Fostering stakeholder engagement in and through digital corporate social responsibility communication.
- Leveraging effective digital corporate social responsibility communication.
- Digital activism and corporate social responsibility.
- Digital methodologies and corporate social responsibility.
Table of Contents
List of Figures, List of Tables, About the Editors, About the Contributors, Foreword and Acknowledgment, Part 1 - Challenges and Opportunities for Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility through Digital Platforms, 1.1 Corporate Social Responsibility Engagement via Social Media: In Theory and Practice, 1.2 Unlocking Corporate Social Responsibility Communication through Digital Media, 1.3 Strategic Imperatives of Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility through Digital Media: An Emerging Market Perspective, 1.4 The Devil’s in the Details: Contested Standards of Corporate Social Responsibility in Social Media, Part 2 - Moving Toward Symmetry and Interactivity in Digital Corporate Social Responsibility Communication, 2.1 Exploring Corporate Social Responsibility Communication Patterns in Social Media: A Review of Current Research, 2.2 The Death of Transmission Models of Corporate Social Responsibility Communications, 2.3 Social Media: From Asymmetric to Symmetric Communication of Corporate Social Responsibility, 2.4 Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility in the Digital Media: Interactivity is Key, Part 3 - Fostering Stakeholder Engagement in and through Digital Corporate Social Responsibility Communication, 3.1 A Critical Reflection on the Role of Dialogue in Communicating Ethical Corporate Social Responsibility through Digital Platforms, 3.2 The Imperative Needs of Dialogue between Corporate Social Responsibility Departments and PR Practitioners: Empirical Evidence from Spain, 3.3 Integrated Corporate Social Responsibility Communication: Toward a Model Encompassing Media Agenda Building with Stakeholder Dialogic Engagement, 3.4 Hedonic Stakeholder Engagement: Bridging the Online Participation Gap through Gamification, Part 4 - Leveraging Effective Digital Corporate Social Responsibility Communication, 4.1 Social Media Concepts for Effective Corporate Social Responsibility Online Communication, 4.2 Effectiveness and Accountability of Digital Corporate Social Responsibility Communication: A Contingency Model, 4.3 The Role of Social Media in Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility within Fashion Micro Organisations, 4.4 Corporate Social Responsibility and Word of Mouth: A Systematic Review and Synthesis of Literatures, Part 5 - Digital Activism and Corporate Social Responsibility, 5.1 Digital Activism: NGOs Leveraging Social Media to Influence/Challenge Corporate Social Responsibility, 5.2 Catastrophe, Transparency, and Social Responsibility on Online Platforms: Contesting Cold Shutdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, 5.3 Plotting Corporate Social Responsibility Narratives: Corporate Social Responsibility Stories by Global Fashion Brands after the Collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, Part 6 - Digital Methodologies and Corporate Social Responsibility, 6.1 A New Content Analysis Methodology Appropriate for Corporate Social Responsibility Communication, 6.2 #CSR on Twitter: A Hashtag Over-simplifying a Complex Practice, Index
Dr. Adam Lindgreen is Professor of Marketing at Copenhagen Business School where he heads the Department of Marketing. Dr. Lindgreen received his Ph.D. from Cranfield University. He has published in California Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Product and Innovation Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and Journal of World Business, among others.
Dr Joelle Vanhamme is Professor at the Edhec Business School. Dr Vanhamme received her PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain. She has been Assistant Professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Associate professor at IESEG School of Management, and a Visiting Scholar with Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Hull University’s Business School, Lincoln University and the University of Auckland’s Business School. Her research has appeared in journals including Business Horizons, California Marketing Review, Industrial Marketing Management and International Journal of Research in Marketing.
Dr François Maon received his Ph.D. in 2010 from Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain School of Management). After a visiting scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, he now works as an Associate Professor at IESEG School of Management where he teaches strategy, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility. He is widely published in academic journals and books including Journal of Business Ethics and A Stakeholder Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Dr. Rebecca Watkins is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cardiff’s Business School. Dr. Watkins received her Ph.D. from the University of Southampton. Her research explores emerging consumer behaviours in digital contexts including the new ethical issues raised. Current projects include an exploration of digital materiality and work on tribal entrepreneurship within online spaces. Her research has appeared in Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Marketing Management, and Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, amongst others.
"This is an excellent addition to the literature of communication surrounding corporate social responsibility in our digital age. It is an important pioneering work allowing authors with diverse disciplinary backgrounds to describe the state of the art (and science) in all its dimensions and what that state could and should look like in the future. Kudos are warranted for the editors and their contributors." — Prof. Alex C. Michalos, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
"There is a continuous need to explore how organizations are communicating their socially responsible and sustainable behaviors to stakeholders. Therefore, this book provides a comprehensive guide to the extant theoretical underpinnings and empirical studies on corporate sustainability, social responsibility and ubiquitous digital media. I strongly recommend this book to academia and advanced undergraduate students in business and communications" — Dr. Mark Anthony Camilleri, University of Malta