Edited Book

Edited Book (Routledge, Taylor & Francis)
(download PDF version of call for chapters)
Virtual Paper Development Workshop:
Robert Kudłak, Ralf Barkemeyer, Lutz Preuss and Anna Heikkinen (editors) 
We will be organizing two half-day online paper development workshops linked to the edited book on 17/19 November 2020. Please see below for the workshop programme. If you would like to participate in one of the workshops (free of charge), please contact us at info@crrconference.org by 14 November 2020!

Workshop Day 1 – Tuesday, 17 November, 15:00-19:00 (CET)
Chairs: Robert Kudłak & Anna Heikkinen
  • Introduction (Robert Kudłak & Anna Heikkinen)
  • Talia Aharoni: “The glocalization of corporate social responsibility in Israel as a leverage for national and social solidarity”
  • Maria Bustos, Warren Kaplan, Markus Taussig & Veronika Wirtz: “CSR reporting reflects CSR values: The conflation of activity and impact”
  • Julia Domnanovich: “Corporate social responsibility and the welfare state: Exploring the social dimension of CSR”
  • Johan Lindeque & Olga Samuel: “The societal case for small business social responsibility: A review of thematic foci, research designs and knowledge claims”
  • Duane Windsor: “The ethical dimension of impact-oriented corporate social responsibility”
Workshop Day 2 – Thursday 19 November, 13:00-17:00 (CET)
Chairs: Ralf Barkemeyer & Lutz Preuss
  • Introduction (Robert Kudłak, Ralf Barkemeyer & Lutz Preuss)
  • Silvia Ayuso: „Societal impacts of compliance strategies in global supply chains”
  • André Martinuzzi, Heike Vogel-Pöschl & Norma Schönherr: „Corporate sustainability impact assessment tools – A systematic state of the practice review”
  • Liad Ortar: „‘Aging’ in global CSR schemes: Time for corporate geronto-responsibility”
  • Esther Poveda-Pareja, Bartolomé Marco-Lajara & Enrique Claver-Cortés: „Joint action for a common goal: Agglomeration tourism for CSR”
  • Shantam Shukla & Shashwat Shukla: „Working with public systems to augment impacts of corporate CSR – A successful example from developing economy of India”
  • Juan David Garcia-Gonzales, Tanusree Jain & Raj Chari: "Aligning non-market business strategies with public value to address grand challenges"
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has enjoyed an enormous growth in interest among decision-makers in industry, government and the third sector. Yet as an academic subject, CSR has been researched largely at individual company level (as a unit of analysis), whereas other levels, such as the macro-level of the CSR impacts on the wider socio-economic system, have received less attention (cf. Aguinis and Glavas, 2012). This perspective is reflected, for example, by a long tradition of research exploring the business case for CSR, i.e. the argument that corporate responsible behaviour can improve a company’s economic performance and competitiveness (Orlitzky et al., 2003). In contrast, evidence of social and environmental impacts of CSR remains equivocal and scarce (Devinney, 2009; Walls et al., 2012; Kudłak, 2019). Some scholars go as far as to argue that CSR merely encompasses some symbolic activities of companies (Bansal and Clelland, 2004), offering very little benefit for society and even representing a case of “organized hypocrisy” (Lim and Tsutsui, 2012). Hence, exploring the societal case for CSR deserves more scholarly attention and constitutes the key motivation underlying the current call for chapters. The purpose of this book is to identify and analyze the impacts that CSR has on society at-large. We invite works that go beyond the perspective of an individual organization and explore the actual influence of corporate voluntary programs and activities at a wider societal level. For example, this could include research exploring the extent to which CSR helps improve working conditions, alleviate specific environmental challenges, spur sectoral and regional competitiveness and innovativeness, stimulate local economic development, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, etc. The collection of chapters in the book should examine whether and to what extent the voluntary, beyond-compliance activities of companies make any contribution to society.Exploring the societal case for CSR seems especially important given the complexity of current societal and environmental challenges, often requiring responses that go beyond the influence of national regulators (e.g. labour conditions in international supply chains or climate change). Hence, there is a growing expectation that companies will use some of their power and wealth for the benefit of society-at-large.