The controversy surrounding corporate social responsibility (CSR) is based on two opposing viewpoints, namely the view that business must not only maximize shareholder value but also respond to social issues and the view that businesses have a social responsibility to society and must fulfill that responsibility. There are missing arguments for CSR motives and management in the discussion of CSR determinants from business policy makers’ perspectives. The present study attempts to fill the gap in the CSR literature by providing analysis of the factors that contribute to the role of corporations in managing CSR. This quantitative, correlational study allowed for the distribution of survey questionnaires to selected industrial and nonindustrial corporations within the Tampa Bay, FL, area so that the impact of the independent variables on a corporation’s role in managing CSR could be reported. The purpose of the study was to examine the possible relationship between CSR (the dependent variable) and corporate size, corporate structure or span of control, and nature of the corporation (independent variables) and their effect on the role of corporations in managing CSR. Results of the study have implications for consumers, corporate policy makers, and community policy makers. It is suggested that the results of the present study could assist in enabling leaders to understand the role of corporation leadership in managing CSR. Future qualitative studies using interview questions could be designed to probe the feelings, opinions, and experiences of participants to determine whether there are similarities related to the findings of this study.
|Advisor:||Stokes, William B.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Corporate managers and CSR, Corporate social performance, Corporate social responsibility, Corporations, Quantitative study of CSR, Role of corporations in managing CSR, Social responsibility|
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