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The four pillars of corporate responsibility: ethics, leadership, personal responsibility and trust

E. Isaac Mostovicz (Janus Thinking Ltd, Jerusalem, Israel)
Andrew Kakabadse (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Nada K. Kakabadse (Northampton Business School, The University of Northampton, Northampton, UK)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 9 August 2011




This paper aims to examine how to further embed CSR thinking and practice into corporations, particularly in emerging markets, by reviewing and drawing similarities between key issues faced by all senior managers, namely ethics, leadership, personal responsibility and trust.


This paper presents a conceptual exploration of global CSR practices using social psychology and overlays this concept with strategic and institutional theory in order to encourage new ways of thinking about CSR adoption, especially in emerging markets.


The paper reveals the importance of shareholder needs on global corporate decision making and applies alternative conceptual models to help businesses to devise better CSR practices and individuals to align their actions to their own values.


This paper strongly argues for blending different theoretical foundations from the management and organization literature in order to draw comparisons between current global CSR practice and the potential for its further adoption in emerging markets.



Isaac Mostovicz, E., Kakabadse, A. and Kakabadse, N.K. (2011), "The four pillars of corporate responsibility: ethics, leadership, personal responsibility and trust", Corporate Governance, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 489-500.



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