1st Edition

Corporate Social Responsibility

By Mark S. Schwartz, Wesley Cragg Copyright 2009

    The essays in this volume examine the emergence of the concept of corporate social responsibility, and the uses that have been made of the language of corporate responsibility to explore the business/society relationship. The first section traces the emergence of the concept of corporate social responsibility as a way of understanding and framing the business/society relationship. Section two of the volume looks at "Definitions and ethical justifications" with a view to exploring current discussions of the nature, scope and source of the social responsibilities of corporations. Section three, "CSR and Management: Critical Reflections", explores the integration of CSR theories and justifications into business management and business management theories. Articles in the final section of the volume apply the concept of corporate social responsibility, and the theoretical frameworks and analytical tools to which it has given rise, to the examination and resolution of specific social issues arising out of the economic activities of corporations.

    Contents: Introduction; Part I Laying the Foundations: For whom are corporate managers trustees?, E. Merrick Dodd; Can business afford to ignore social responsibilities?, Keith Davis; The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits, Milton Friedman; A 3-dimensional conceptual model of corporate social performance, Archie B. Carroll; The new meaning of corporate social responsibility, Peter F. Drucker; Corporate social performance revisited, Donna J. Wood; The corporation as a moral person, Peter French. Part II Definitions and Ethical Justifications: What do we mean by corporate social responsibility?, Lance Moir; Corporate social responsibility theories: mapping the territory, Elisabet Garriga and Domènec Melé; Corporate moral agency: review and implications, Geoff Moore; Business ethics and stakeholder theory, Wesley Cragg; Toward a unified conception of business ethics: integrative social contracts theory, Thomas Donaldson and Thomas W. Dunfee; Business citizenship: from individuals to organizations, Donna J. Wood and Jeanne M. Logsdon; Concepts and definitions of CSR and corporate sustainability: between agency and communion, Marcel van Marrewijk; 'Implicit' or 'explicit' CSR: a conceptual framework for a comparative understanding of corporate social responsibility, Dirk Matten and Jeremy Moon; Integrating and unifying competing and complementary frameworks: the search for a common core in the business and society field, Mark S. Schwartz and Archie B. Carroll. Part III CSR and Management: Critical Reflections: Strategic planning as if ethics mattered, Larue Tone Hosmer; Competing responsibly, Bert van de Ven and Ronald Jeurissen; Strategy and society; the link between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility, Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer; Is it ethical to use ethics as strategy?, Bryan W. Husted and David B. Allen; Bad management theories are destroying good management practice, Sumantra Ghoshal; What stakeholder theor


    Wesley Cragg is a Professor and the Business Ethics Program Director at Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. Mark S. Schwartz is an Associate Professor of Governance, Law & Ethics at the School of Administrative Studies, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, York University in Toronto, Canada. Dr David Weitzner is from Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada