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English football clubs and strategic CSR: How to better understand decision-making

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 10 July 2017




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


The relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and strategy is a complex one. Full understanding of strategic decision-making in this context is unlikely when the issue is considered from a single perspective. Therefore, it is more appropriate to adopt an approach using different paradigms that overlap in certain respects. This can enable additional insights into the processes involved that would otherwise not be perceptible without multiple paradigms being used. Such an approach helps increase awareness of the challenges facing managers responsible for CSR of the charitable foundations of leading English soccer clubs.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



(2017), "English football clubs and strategic CSR: How to better understand decision-making", Strategic Direction, Vol. 33 No. 7, pp. 29-31.



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