Legal Studies and Business Ethics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2009

Publication Source

Journal of Business Ethics

Volume

88

Issue

Supplement 4

Start Page

617

Last Page

633

DOI

10.1007/s10551-009-0311-x

Abstract

The U.S. and U.K. models of corporate social responsibility (CSR) are relatively well defined. As the phenomenon of CSR establishes itself more globally, the question arises as to the nature of CSR in other countries. Is a universal model of CSR applicable across countries or is CSR specific to country context? This article uses integrative social contracts theory (ISCT) and four institutional factors – firm ownership structure, corporate governance, openness of the economy to international investment, and the role of civil society – to examine CSR in Singapore, Turkey, and Ethiopia. Field research results illustrate variation across the institutional factors and suggest that CSR is responsive to country differences. Research findings have implications for consideration of the tradeoff between global and local CSR priorities and practices.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-009-0311-x.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.