Call for Papers
The global spread of CSR as a management concept and business practice has lead to a growing interest in comparative international
studies in CSR and a range of related concepts. Thus, CSR has emerged as a new stream of research raising important issues,
not only for our understanding of CSR but also for broader debates in management studies, including issues such as local adaptation
of management ideas, institutional change, business and society interactions as well as the nature of globalization.
Meanwhile, NGOs, activist groups and related societal organizations are increasingly studied in their capacity as influencers
of business organizations. Corporate social responsibility, globalization or consumer affairs are just a few areas on which
these organizations focus. The interactions between business organizations and societal organizations, the networks these
organizations form or the mechanisms for governance that are applied require organizational and institutional innovations,
both at the end of business organizations and at the end of civil society. The interaction processes between business and
society are shifting and this will have implications for both management practice and our understanding of organizations and
are likely to contribute to differences in local adaptation of concepts such as CSR.
This sub-theme aims at providing
a forum for scholars to theorize and elaborate our knowledge on the changing organizational dynamics of the interactions between
business and society in the context of the global spread and local adaptation of CSR. What drives these processes and how
are NGOs/activist groups involved therein? The sub-theme focuses particularly on the following questions, all of which are
in close rapport with the general conference theme:
1. How can we understand the global spread and
local adaptation of CSR?
The global spread of CSR raises the question why it has been ongoing at this particular
point in history, pointing to alternative ways of institutionalizing business responsibilities towards society which are locally
embedded and different from the North American context from which CSR originates. Likewise, the growing body of research in
comparative CSR clearly points to the fact that – while the language of CSR (and related concepts) is rising – nevertheless
a great diversity of practices in CSR persist, both in most industrialized countries and in the so-called developing world.
This EGOS stream focuses on analyzing and explaining those local adaptations of CSR, both empirically and theoretically:
- Theoretical: how can we understand the global spread and local adaptation on a more general level and what predictions
do those theories offer?
- Empirical: what are specific forms of implementation, adaptation, translation
or transformation of CSR in a specific regional, national or historical context?
- Interdisciplinary: to understand
the complex processes of the global spread and local implementation of CSR perspectives from multiple disciplines are useful.
These include management studies, economics, sociology, politics, law, history and philosophy.
How can we understand the interaction of business and society on issues of CSR?
As the interaction of business
and society has been studied from different angles (e.g., corporate governance, social movement studies, global governance
studies, corporate responsibility), it would be useful to take stock of different viewpoints and approaches, fleshing out
differences and commonalities. The addressed questions include, but are not limited to:
- Theoretical: what
are the theoretical foundations for studying the interactions between business and society? Which theoretical lens can explain
which aspects of the interaction process between business and actors from society?
- Methodological: what methods
are used to research the interaction of business and society? What units and levels of analysis are particularly appropriate
to stimulate research?
- Research foci: what research foci do scholars from different disciplines employ to study
the interactions between business and society? Which phenomena (e.g. activism, public-private partnerships, social audits)
are currently explored in different disciplines?
3. What will be future trends in the interactions
between business and society on CSR?
CSR, like few other contemporary management ideas, exposes the interplay
between business organizations, NGOs/activist groups and national states and has been fuelled by significant institutional
change throughout the globe. The rise of emerging economies, such as the BRIC countries, as well as the recent crisis in the
global financial markets however will have crucial influence on how economies locally and globally govern the social impact
and responsibilities of business. The proposed EGOS stream is dedicated to understanding future trends and developments in
the broader context of CSR.
- Which problems can occur while organizing the interactions between business and
society? How can these problems be overcome?
- What tactics do both business organizations and societal organizations
deploy and how do their counterparts respond to these tactics?
- Which organizational structures are likely to
absorb the multi-stakeholder nature of interactions between business and societal actors?
We call for contributions
that deal with the various aspects and dynamics of the interactions occurring between business and society. We are interested
in both conceptual and empirical studies that draw on a variety of theoretical perspectives, such as, but not limited to,
institutional theory, micro-political approaches, social movements theory, theories of governance and regulation, and in quantitative
and qualitative methodological approaches. Comparative studies are encouraged.