Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability

Business and Society, Forthcoming

28 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2011

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Marc Orlitzky

University of South Australia - School of Management

Donald S. Siegel

Arizona State University

David Waldman

Arizona State University West

Date Written: January 9, 2011

Abstract

We review three theoretical approaches to strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR), which can be defined as voluntary CSR actions that enhance a firm's competitiveness and reputation. The end result of such activities should be an improvement in financial and economic performance. Based on an overview of recent empirical evidence, we conclude that economic theories of strategic CSR have the greatest potential for advancing this field of inquiry, although theories of strategic leadership should also be incorporated into this perspective. In the remainder of the manuscript, we provide focused summaries of the papers presented in this special issue and outline an agenda for future research on strategic CSR and environmental sustainability.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic CSR, Sustainability

JEL Classification: L15, L21, M14

Suggested Citation

Orlitzky, Marc and Siegel, Donald S. and Waldman, David A., Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability (January 9, 2011). Business and Society, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1737465

Marc Orlitzky

University of South Australia - School of Management ( email )

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Donald S. Siegel (Contact Author)

Arizona State University ( email )

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David A. Waldman

Arizona State University West ( email )

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Phoenix, AZ 85069
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