People and Profits?

The Search for A Link Between A Company's Social and Financial Performance

By Joshua Daniel Margolis, James P. Walsh

© 2001 – Psychology Press

166 pages

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pub: 2001-04-01
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About the Book

What is the relationship between the social performance of companies and their financial performance? More colloquially, can a firm effectively attend to both people and profits as it conducts its business? This question has been investigated in no fewer than 95 empirical studies published since 1972. The authors have assembled a compendium of this research to give researchers and practitioners alike a broad overview of these 95 studies and a systematic database detailing the content of each one.

This book provides a comprehensive portrait of this research literature. It begins with a broad orientation to the literature, exploring why the link between social and financial performance has been subject to continual inquiry and often heated debate. The authors then present an integrated overview of the 95 studies. Through the charts and tables, the authors illuminate the nature of the studies conducted; the data samples selected for investigation; the ways in which financial and social performance have been measured; and the overall tally of results.

Table of Contents

Contents: A.P. Brief, J.P. Walsh, Series Editors' Foreword. Part I:Introduction. Part II:A Brief Orientation to the Question. Constructing the Business Case for Corporate Social Performance. Academic Debate. Purpose of This Compendium. Part III:An Integrated Portrait of the Empirical Literature. Method. Corporate Samples. Measuring Financial Performance. Measuring Social Performance. Summary of Results. Mechanisms and Control Variables. Conclusions.

About the Series

Series in Organization and Management

The Series in Organization and Management publishes books that establish innovative avenues of inquiry or significantly alter the course of contemporary research in an established area.

Taking a broad view of the domain of organization and management scholarship, the editors seek to publish theoretical and empirical works grounded in a variety of disciplinary perspectives that focus on units of analysis ranging from individuals to industries. In addition, the series welcomes purely methodological contributions, as well as edited volumes of original essays.

Manuscript proposals should be sent to: Art Brief, Department of Management, University of Utah, 1645 E Campus Center Drive #105, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9304 ( ), Michael Frese ( ), Kim Elsbach ( ) or Lauren Verity (

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