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Managerial Accounting Research in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Framework and Opportunities for Research

Advances in Management Accounting

ISBN: 978-1-78714-530-6, eISBN: 978-1-78714-529-0

Publication date: 3 July 2017



The paper provides a research framework for analyzing CSR issues and suggests knowledge gaps that can be addressed by managerial accounting researchers.


The paper draws on frameworks introduced by Epstein (2008), Aguinis and Glavas (2012), and Hahn, Figge, Pinkse, and Preuss (2010).


Despite the potential tension between managing corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance and corporate financial performance, researchers have generally established a positive relationship between the two. However, the underlying mechanisms or processes linking CSR efforts to financial performance are not well understood. Managerial accounting researchers can help fill the knowledge gap on linkages between processes, performance measures, and incentives in achieving CSR goals. A particularly important area of potential research is how firms motivate creativity, both individually and collectively, to integrate CSR initiatives into firm processes.


The paper provides a framework for researchers starting out at the intersection of management accounting and CSR.




The authors gratefully acknowledge the comments of In Gyun Baek, Karen Sedatole, Sandra Vera-Muñoz, and participants at the 3rd AIMA World Conference on Management Accounting Research.


Won Kim, N.K. and Matsumura, E.M. (2017), "Managerial Accounting Research in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Framework and Opportunities for Research", Advances in Management Accounting (Advances in Management Accounting, Vol. 28), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 31-58.



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