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Improving business resilience through organizational embeddedness in CSR

Lampros Lamprinakis (Department of Business Economics and Management, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Oslo, Norway)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 16 October 2018

Issue publication date: 15 March 2019



The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of embeddedness, highlight its connection with corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies, and argue for its importance in securing and strengthening organizational resiliency.


Embeddedness and CSR are both well-researched topics but have been typically addressed on separate literature streams. The paper draws upon this diverse literature to introduce a conceptual framework for embeddedness in CSR.


The paper illustrates the importance of embeddedness and how it can enhance existing CSR strategies. A strongly embedded organization becomes deeply rooted on its socio-economic and natural environments, thus setting a symbiotic relationship that extends beyond any narrowly defined business purposes. Strong embeddedness has the potential to increase and further expand any CSR-related benefits while shielding the firm from economic downturns and thus increasing its resilience.


The paper builds upon CSR literature by incorporating the concept of embeddedness and then proposing how such an approach can strengthen an organization and increase its resilience.



Lamprinakis, L. (2019), "Improving business resilience through organizational embeddedness in CSR", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 24-27.



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