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Industry-specific CSR: analysis of 20 years of research

Marina Dabic (Department of International Economics, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia and Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Ana Colovic (Strategy and Entrepreneurship Department, NEOMA Business School, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France)
Olivier Lamotte (Paris School of Business, Paris, France)
Mollie Painter-Morland (Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Silvana Brozovic (Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 9 May 2016




The purpose of this study is to analyze the literature on industry-specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices.


Using a multiple-keyword search, the authors identified 302 articles reporting on such practices, published in 99 different academic journals between 1995 and 2014. These articles were analyzed to map the CSR literature, identify which industries have been under greater scrutiny and distinguish trends in the most researched industries.


The authors’ findings indicate that the CSR studies are very unevenly distributed and that the issues studied and the methods used vary widely across industries. The authors also map this field of study and propose suggestions on where research on industry-specific CSR should go in the future.


The first extensive, systematic analysis of the industry-specific CSR literature is provided. The current research adds value to the literature by highlighting the key issues investigated, as well as those that require further inquiry.



Dabic, M., Colovic, A., Lamotte, O., Painter-Morland, M. and Brozovic, S. (2016), "Industry-specific CSR: analysis of 20 years of research", European Business Review, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 250-273.



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