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Partnership for integrating the corporate social responsibility of project stakeholders towards affordable housing development: A South African perspective

Ayman Othman (Architectural Engineering Department, The British University in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt)
Mahmoud Abdellatif (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, King Faisal University, Al‐Khobar, Saudi Arabia)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 11 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of partnership in integrating the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of project stakeholders towards better housing affordability.

Design/methodology/approach

A research methodology, consisted of literature review and field studies, is designed to accomplish four objectives. First, to provide a comprehensive literature review of the concepts of affordable housing, project stakeholders, CSR and partnership; second, to present and synthesis the results of relevant field studies examined the experiences of CSR and partnership among selected construction firms and the Government of South Africa (SA) in affordable housing projects; third, to develop a CSR‐partnership model (and its action plan) that integrates the CSR of project stakeholders to achieve greater housing affordability; finally, to draw some conclusions and recommendations to improve the practice of CSR and partnership among government authorities and construction professionals.

Findings

Affordable housing is one of the greatest challenges that face countries around the globe, especially developing countries. The complexity of the problem hinders governments, alone, from achieving their plans for sustainable development. Project stakeholders must have social responsibilities towards supporting government initiatives for affordable housing development. The five‐domain CSR‐partnership model developed by the authors will help integrating the CSR of project stakeholders as an approach for developing affordable housing project.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the conceptual nature of the proposed model, it has to be tested and validated to ensure its capability to integrate the CSR of project stakeholders as an innovative approach for overcoming the difficulties facing governments in providing housing for the poor.

Originality/value

The conducted review provides better understanding of the issue related to the practice of social responsibilities and partnership of project stakeholders, both worldwide and in SA. Through its five domains (government, society, economy, law, and technology), the proposed CSR‐partnership model and its action plan are expected to serve as a foundation for optimising the partnership of project stakeholders with government authorities towards better housing affordability. This ideology has received scant attention in construction literature. The developed model represents a synthesis that is novel and creative in thought and adds value to the knowledge in a manner that has not previously occurred.

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Citation

Othman, A. and Abdellatif, M. (2011), "Partnership for integrating the corporate social responsibility of project stakeholders towards affordable housing development: A South African perspective", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 273-295. https://doi.org/10.1108/17260531111179906

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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