Corporate Responsibility and Responsibility Leadership Systems: An Exploratory Study in German Multinational Corporations

7th Annual Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), September 2008

Posted: 29 Jul 2009 Last revised: 15 Sep 2011

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Erik G. Hansen

Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz

Ralf Reichwald

Technische Universität München - TUM Business School

Date Written: September 11, 2008

Abstract

The ongoing change in the perception of business, from a narrow view of profit making to a wider view of extended responsibilities towards a large set of stakeholders, is challenging enterprises globally. We base our research on the understanding that leadership is a key issue in making corporations face that challenge. We use an organisational leadership perspective and analyse corporate leadership systems with regard to the facilitation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We then use qualitative-exploratory research to upraise the current situation and the progress in some of the largest German Multinational Corporations (MNCs). The paper ends with a brief discussion on the research outcomes.

Keywords: Responsible Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Sustainability, Responsibility Leadership System, Germany, Multinational corporations

JEL Classification: M1, M14

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Erik G. and Reichwald, Ralf, Corporate Responsibility and Responsibility Leadership Systems: An Exploratory Study in German Multinational Corporations (September 11, 2008). 7th Annual Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), September 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1440322

Erik G. Hansen (Contact Author)

Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz ( email )

Linz
Austria

HOME PAGE: http://www.jku.at/iqd/content/e288348

Ralf Reichwald

Technische Universität München - TUM Business School ( email )

Arcisstrasse 21
Munich, 80333
Germany

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