Institutions and Corporate Social Responsibility

22 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2018 Last revised: 12 Apr 2018

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Michael A. Witt

INSEAD; Harvard University, Reischauer Institute

Christof Miska

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

Date Written: April 10, 2018


We provide an overview of existing research on CSR and institutions and suggest avenues for future development. We begin by laying out how the three major forms of institutionalism have approached CSR, what kinds of institutions and levels of analysis have been used, and how this has been linked to various domains of CSR. Based on this overview, we derive implications for research and directions how work at the intersection of CSR and institutions might advance. Specifically, it seems to us that the field should stop viewing institutional conformity as CSR and instead apply insights from comparative institutional analysis to voluntary (“explicit”) forms of CSR, leverage configurational methods, and explore the co-evolution of CSR and institutional norms.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Institutions

Suggested Citation

Witt, Michael A. and Miska, Christof, Institutions and Corporate Social Responsibility (April 10, 2018). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2018/13/STR. Available at SSRN: or

Michael A. Witt (Contact Author)

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Harvard University, Reischauer Institute

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Christof Miska

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

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Vienna, 1020

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