Business Groups and Corporate Responsibility for the Public Good

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Тезисы до: 15.12.2016

Даты: 15.12.16 — 15.12.16

Область наук: Экономические;

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Организаторы: Journal of Business Ethics


Research questions and themes explored by potential contributions to this Special issue include, but  are not limited to the following aspects:

If  Business Groups take voluntary action to address the public good, in how far is that part of  their explicit policies and corporate strategy, and how far is it just a response to  instituti onaliz ed expectations in their respective contexts?

Empirically, w hat do  Business Groups actually do when they practice CSR? Which areas do  they address? What are the drivers of those activities?

Comparatively,  are there differences between CSR  notions or  initiatives of  Business Groups in different countries?  We observe different roles in different countries:  In lower income countries one could argue that there is a focus on economic development, institution building  and provision of basic social needs, while in high income countries Business Groups  contribute  through productivity growth, innovation and by addressing externalities.  What  accounts for those differences? Are there commonalities? 

Do  Business Groups as  organizations have a common approach to CSR ?   H ow far  is  their  approach to CSR different from  othe r  forms of  large businesses?

What is the degree, form and organizational pattern of the r elations Business Groups establish to civil society ? Are they pressured by civil society and NGOs  - or do they engage,  collaborate and partner with those actors? What ar e agendas of  Business Groups in this  context?

Are there  differences  in the approach to CSR  according to industries between different  Business Groups?

Is family control a driver of CSR ? Or is it actually an impediment? In the CSR literature the  consensus is that most of contemporary CSR is in some way related to the business case as  this reflects the core interest of shareholders . Since  Business Groups are  in many instances controlled by families does this make a difference? Do the values of the controlling family  impact and reflect the CSR approach of  Business Groups 

How do r elations  of  Business Groups to governments and the political sphere impact the  public good? Do they co - opt the p olitical sphere? Do they use their considerable leverage to  alter and change political processes and actors? Do they just pursue firm specific agendas or  do they use their influence for wider societal objectives?

How do the reputa tional benefits of group w ide CSR, frequently implemented  through a  foundation financed by affiliated firms or founding families , accrue on individual firms?  Would failure to respond to institutional pressures  and reputational risks by the business  group management or one of the  affiliated firms  effect  other  firms in the business group? 

What is the role of  Business Groups with regard to  institutional voids ? Often their  monopolistic market power, their relationships to governments and their control of key  sectors can contribute to those voids. On the other hand, we also observe considerable efforts  by business groups to  address those voids at various levels.

What is the relationship between a Business Group’s CS R activities and its group - wide financial performance? 

How are the CS R activities coordinated at the headquarters and operating companies of a  Business Group? Do business groups engage in an orchestrated CSR at the group  headquarters level, or do they have independent CSR activities at several levels of their  operating companies? 

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