Strategic Responses to Grand Challenges: Why and How Corporations Build Community Resilience

Ralph Hamann, Lulamile Makaula, Gina Ziervogel, Cliford Shearing & Alan Zhang, 'Strategic Responses to Grand Challenges: Why and How Corporations Build Community Resilience' Journal of Business Ethics, 2019

19 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019

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Ralph Hamann

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Lulamile Makaula

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Gina Ziervogel

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Clifford Shearing

Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Cape Town; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales

Alan Zhang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

We explore why and how corporations seek to build community resilience as a strategic response to grand challenges. Based on a comparative case study analysis of four corporations strategically building community resilience in five place-based communities in South Africa, as well as three counterfactual cases, we develop a process model of corporate practices and contingent factors that explain why and how some corporations commit to community resilience building and whether they try to do so directly or indirectly. We thus help explain corporations’ strategic contributions to community resilience, and we emphasize the role of place-specific resources, social-ecological system viability, and limited statehood in motivating such organisational responses to grand challenges.

Keywords: Community Resilience, Grand Challenges, Corporate Strategy, Social-Ecological Systems, Africa

Suggested Citation

Hamann, Ralph and Makaula, Lulamile and Ziervogel, Gina and Shearing, Clifford D and Zhang, Alan, Strategic Responses to Grand Challenges: Why and How Corporations Build Community Resilience (2018). Ralph Hamann, Lulamile Makaula, Gina Ziervogel, Cliford Shearing & Alan Zhang, 'Strategic Responses to Grand Challenges: Why and How Corporations Build Community Resilience' Journal of Business Ethics, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3490056

Ralph Hamann

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Lulamile Makaula

University of Cape Town (UCT) ( email )

Private Bag X3
Rondebosch, Western Cape 7701
South Africa

Gina Ziervogel

University of Cape Town (UCT) ( email )

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Rondebosch, Western Cape 7701
South Africa

Clifford D Shearing (Contact Author)

Griffith Institute of Criminology ( email )

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Nathan, Queensland QLD 4111
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://experts.griffith.edu.au/academic/c.shearing

University of Cape Town ( email )

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Rondebosch, Western Cape 7701
South Africa

HOME PAGE: http://www.publiclaw.uct.ac.za/pbl/staff/cshearing

University of Montreal, School of Criminology ( email )

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Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
Canada

University of New South Wales ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Alan Zhang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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