Strategizing Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from an Italian Medium-Sized, Family-Owned Company

17 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2007

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Francesco Perrini

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Mario Minoja

Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE); Bocconi University

Abstract

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming a mainstream issue as both researchers and managers are realizing its importance, but knowledge gaps persist. In particular, the processes underlying the adoption of responsible managerial practices and the effects associated with them are still at the centre of intense debate. Not surprisingly, managers expect formalized procedures that might influence corporate managerial processes and especially corporate strategies. Given the growing emphasis on the integration of CSR into corporate strategy, the purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the antecedents of this process and the dynamics underlying it. We focus on a medium-sized, family-owned Italian company, SABAF SpA. We find that: the beliefs and value systems of entrepreneurs play a fundamental role in shaping a sustainable corporate strategy' the importance of the relationship between social performance and financial performance depends to some extent on the kind of competitive strategy that a company has selected' and people need to be aware of it that is, CSR strategies must be explicit and codified into specific managerial procedures.

Suggested Citation

Perrini, Francesco and Minoja, Mario, Strategizing Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from an Italian Medium-Sized, Family-Owned Company. Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 17, Issue 1, pp. 47-63, January 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1079154 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8608.2008.00519.x

Francesco Perrini (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

Mario Minoja

Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) ( email )

Viale A. Allegri 9
Modena, Modena 42121
Italy

Bocconi University ( email )

Via Sarfatti, 25
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

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