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Correlating Leadership Style, Communication Strategy and Management Fashion: An Approach to Describing the Drivers and Settings of CSR Institutionalization

Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives and Practice

ISBN: 978-1-78350-795-5, eISBN: 978-1-78350-796-2

ISSN: 2043-9059

Publication date: 28 July 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The antecedents and typical stages of development of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in a given organization or type of organization have been of minor interest in CSR research. Contrary to that the chapter argues that CSR communication strategies need to take the genesis and drivers of CSR institutionalization into account.

Methodology/approach

The chapter develops a complex set of interrelated drivers for CSR institutionalization from a literature review – among them leadership styles and management fashion. The chapter further discusses the influence of leadership styles and management fashions on CSR institutionalization and focuses on the diffusion of management concepts along a management fashion cycle. It then refers to executive trainers as the key facilitator and promoter of new business concepts and presents data from a first online-survey among German speaking management trainers.

Findings

The chapter clears manager’s role in institutionalization of CSR by contextualizing their behavior in a portfolio of performance indicators. From a management fashion perspective the various forms of explicit and implicit CSR are linked to management styles.

Practical implications

The chapter lays ground for further research of CSR institutionalization and integration into business strategy by providing a conceptualization of CSR drivers and settings that relate to a given organization. As such it is designed as groundwork for a yet to develop CSR scorecard.

Originality/value

The connection between organizational type, organizational environment, leadership behavior, and the chosen CSR approach of a corporation is usually overseen. The chapter aims to uncover this connection.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank Yasmin Patel-Agarwal for helpful comments on a previous version of this chapter.

Citation

Rademacher, L. and Remus, N. (2014), "Correlating Leadership Style, Communication Strategy and Management Fashion: An Approach to Describing the Drivers and Settings of CSR Institutionalization", Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives and Practice (Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Vol. 6), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 81-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2043-9059(2014)0000006031

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