The Rise of CSR: Implications for HRM and Employee Representation

International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 975-995, 2009

Posted: 23 Oct 2010

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Dirk Matten

York University - Schulich School of Business

Lutz Preuss

University of London - Royal Holloway College

Axel Haunschild

University of London - Royal Holloway College - School of Management

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

Against the backdrop of the neo-institutionalist and national business systems approaches to the global-local question in international management, this paper discusses the implications of the rise of CSR in continental Europe for HRM and employee representation. Europe is undoubtedly subject to convergence processes, not least through the emergence of global CSR tools, yet the influence of national business systems remains visible too, as European companies tend to foreground different aspects of CSR to Anglo-American ones. Both HR managers and employee representatives are jostling for positions to shape the resulting adaptation processes. This situation highlights not only the importance of first-mover advantages in such a contested terrain but also the need for both HRM and employee representatives to gain internal legitimacy before being able to play an active role in CSR.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Europe, Human Resource Management, Labour Representation

Suggested Citation

Matten, Dirk and Preuss, Lutz and Haunschild, Axel, The Rise of CSR: Implications for HRM and Employee Representation (April 1, 2009). International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 975-995, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1695172

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Axel Haunschild

University of London - Royal Holloway College - School of Management ( email )

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