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A Big Picture Approach to (C)SR: Where are We Now?

The Next Phase of Business Ethics: Celebrating 20 Years of REIO

ISBN: 978-1-83867-005-4, eISBN: 978-1-83867-161-7

ISSN: 1529-2096

Publication date: 4 September 2019

Abstract

My approach comprises two main points. I begin by reiterating my proposed argument that corporate social responsibility develops within organisations, over time, in four general phases and that practitioner attitudes are moving away from the dominant phase of social responsibility (SR) as public relations activity (Hemingway, 2013). The financial crash of 2008 was the catalyst for this marked gear shift in the awareness of organisational ‘ethics’ and ‘morality’ (SR) that was previously confined to the concerns of the business ethics scholars. Second, I contend that the legitimacy and credibility of SR in business schools is lagging behind that shift due to misunderstandings about its relevance, the obsession with performance metrics and a lack of political will in some cases. In the final part of this article, I suggest ways forward for research, teaching and practice.

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Hemingway, C.A. (2019), "A Big Picture Approach to (C)SR: Where are We Now?", Schwartz, M., Harris, H. and Comer, D.R. (Ed.) The Next Phase of Business Ethics: Celebrating 20 Years of REIO (Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, Vol. 21), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 15-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-209620190000021005

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