Corporate Social Responsibility Communication of German Family Firms: A Content Analysis

16 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2015

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Jorn H. Block

University of Trier - Faculty of Management; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM)

Markus Stiglbauer

University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Anna-Lena Kühn

University of Kassel

Dominik Wagner

University of Trier - Faculty of Management

Date Written: October 25, 2015

Abstract

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) gained importance over the last years. Yet, only few studies have investigated CSR in German family firms. This study analyzes the CSR communication of 714 listed German family and non-family firms using a content analysis of CSR mission statements. We find that family firms put strong emphasis in their CSR communication on the philanthropic dimension and convey CSR as part of their corporate culture. Non-family firms, in turn, are more likely to describe CSR as part of their corporate strategy.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, family-owned firms, CSR mission statements, content analysis

JEL Classification: M13, M14

Suggested Citation

Block, Jorn Hendrich and Stiglbauer, Markus and Kühn, Anna-Lena and Wagner, Dominik, Corporate Social Responsibility Communication of German Family Firms: A Content Analysis (October 25, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2679563 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2679563

Jorn Hendrich Block (Contact Author)

University of Trier - Faculty of Management ( email )

D-54296
Germany

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Markus Stiglbauer

University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Bavaria 91054
Germany

Anna-Lena Kühn

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Dominik Wagner

University of Trier - Faculty of Management ( email )

15, Universitaetsring
Trier, 54286
Germany

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