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How global is international CSR research? Insights and recommendations from a systematic review

Published on Sep 1, 2017in Journal of World Business5.79
· DOI :10.1016/j.jwb.2017.05.003
Niccolò Pisani5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Arno Kourula11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
+ 1 AuthorsRenske Meijer1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
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While studies on international corporate social responsibility (CSR) have expanded significantly, their true global nature can be questioned. We systematically review 494 articles in 31 journals over a 31-year period. We assess the embeddedness of CSR in international management/business (IB); analyze the coverage of developing, emerging, and developed countries; map the literature thematically; summarize key findings; discuss main empirical features; and identify unanswered questions, implications, and best practices. We find that international CSR research is far from being global and still emerging in ‘mainstream’ IB. This comprehensive review also helps to set an agenda for future international CSR scholarship.
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Published on Mar 1, 2018in Business & Society5.01
A. Kolk52
Estimated H-index: 52
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Miguel Rivera-Santos13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Babson College)
Aiming at a better understanding of the extent to which Africa-focused research has helped develop context-bound, context-specific, and context-free knowledge, the authors present the findings from a literature review of journal articles with an African context. A systematic search resulted in 271 articles with African data and 139 Africa-focused articles published in 63 top business journals and related (sub)disciplines from 2010 onwards. The sample included all journals belonging to the Univer...
Published on Jan 1, 2018in International Journal of Management Reviews7.60
Dima Jamali31
Estimated H-index: 31
(AUB: American University of Beirut),
Charlotte M. Karam11
Estimated H-index: 11
(AUB: American University of Beirut)
Given the rising interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR) globally, its local expressions are as varied as they are increasingly visible in both developed and developing countries. This paper presents a multilevel review of the literature on CSR in developing countries and highlights the key differentiators and nuanced CSR-related considerations that qualify it as a distinctive field of study. This review entails a content analysis of 452 articles spanning two-and-a-half decades (1990–2...
Published on Apr 1, 2017in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Sadok El Ghoul19
Estimated H-index: 19
(U of A: University of Alberta),
Omrane Guedhami30
Estimated H-index: 30
(USC: University of South Carolina),
Yongtae Kim18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Santa Clara University)
Abstract Drawing on transaction cost theories and the resource-based view of a firm, we posit that the value of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives is greater in countries where an absence of market-supporting institutions increases transaction costs and limits access to resources. Using a large sample of 11,672 firm-year observations representing 2445 unique firms from 53 countries during 2003–2010 and controlling for firm-level unobservable heterogeneity, we find supportive evide...
Published on Apr 1, 2017in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Valentina Marano4
Estimated H-index: 4
(NU: Northeastern University),
Pete Tashman8
Estimated H-index: 8
(PSU: Portland State University),
Tatiana Kostova25
Estimated H-index: 25
(USC: University of South Carolina)
Abstract This article examines the link between the condition of institutional voids in emerging markets and the use of the practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting by emerging market multinational enterprises (EM-MNEs). Based on neo-institutional theory and in light of the specificity of emerging markets, we propose a positive relationship between institutional voids and CSR reporting. Home-country institutional voids push companies to internationalize as a way to escape the ...
Published on Apr 1, 2017in Journal of World Business5.79
Dima Jamali31
Estimated H-index: 31
(AUB: American University of Beirut),
Charlotte M. Karam11
Estimated H-index: 11
(AUB: American University of Beirut)
+ 1 AuthorsVivek Soundararajan5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Birmingham)
In this paper, we advance an analytic framework to help better trace the meaning and practice of CSR in developing countries, which draws from an institutional logics approach combined with the Scandinavian institutionalist perspective on the circulation of ideas. We suggest a two-step analytic framework where (1) circulated generalized assumptive logics relevant to mainstream CSR understanding are translated for applicability to developing countries generally and (2) through further circulation...
Published on Feb 1, 2017in Global Strategy Journal2.73
Michael J. Mol20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Birmingham),
Christian Stadler14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Warw.: University of Warwick),
Africa Ariño19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Navarra)
Context matters in the global strategy literature. We discuss how Africa, as a setting that received limited attention in the past, offers opportunity to challenge existing theory, and develop new insights. The overall goal is to ask: What will the field of global strategic management look like once we have engaged with Africa in a similar manner as we have done with other emerging economies? We also introduce the papers published in this special issue and highlight directions for future researc...
Published on Dec 1, 2016in Journal of International Management2.83
Yadong Luo64
Estimated H-index: 64
(UM: University of Miami),
Huan Zhang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University)
The growth of emerging market multinational enterprises (EM MNEs) has enriched existing international business theories but conveyed also new puzzles and questions for these theories and perspectives. To synthesize what we know and what we do not concerning international expansion of EM MNEs, we use the qualitative content analysis method, systematically reviewing 166 articles from 11 leading IB and management journals published during the period of 1990–2014. Our review examines five major area...
Published on Jul 1, 2016in Business Ethics: A European Review2.92
Jedrzej George Frynas24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Middlesex University),
Camila Yamahaki2
Estimated H-index: 2
Based on a survey and content analysis of 462 peer‐reviewed academic articles over the period 1990–2014, this article reviews theories related to the external drivers of corporate social responsibility (CSR) (such as stakeholder theory and resource‐dependence theory) and the internal drivers of CSR (such as resource‐based view [RBV] and agency theory) that have been utilized to explain CSR. The article discusses the main tenets of the principal theoretical perspectives and their application in C...
Published on Jun 1, 2016in Journal of World Business5.79
Heinz Tüselmann9
Estimated H-index: 9
(MMU: Manchester Metropolitan University),
Rudolf R. Sinkovics35
Estimated H-index: 35
,
Grigory Pishchulov4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Technical University of Dortmund)
Journal rankings are contentious, proliferating and bring about a significant change to research productivity and quality assessment. In this paper, we assess the quality and impact of International Business (IB) journals in relation to each other and management and business journals more broadly. In so doing, we overcome methodological limitations of previous journal rankings by adopting a novel approach that incorporates a worldwide meta-ranking. Its key advantage is the ability to look at the...
Published on Jun 1, 2016in Management International Review2.69
Niccolò Pisani5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Joan E. Ricart17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Navarra)
Abstract Offshoring of services (OS), commonly defined as the international relocation of service activities that companies previously performed in their home country, has emerged as a relevant phenomenon in international business (IB). Over the past two decades, OS has grown rapidly in the global economy and it has increasingly attracted IB scholars’ attention. In this study, we systematically review the literature to map and assess the body of IB research focused on the OS phenomenon. To achie...
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 6
(Swinburne University of Technology)
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Estimated H-index: 3
(Swinburne University of Technology)
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Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Nicosia),
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Estimated H-index: 23
(University of Nicosia)
+ 1 AuthorsS. M. Riad Shams2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UrFU: Ural Federal University)
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Published on Jan 1, 2018in Management International Review2.69
Shlomo Y. Tarba23
Estimated H-index: 23
,
Zaheer Khan11
Estimated H-index: 11
+ 1 AuthorsPeter Stokes10
Estimated H-index: 10
In this article, we examine the mechanisms of the corporate political activities of service multinational enterprises (SMNEs) operating in an emerging economy. Reporting the findings of qualitative interviews with key decision-makers in Ukraine, the article illuminates how SMNEs operating in turbulent institutional contexts can enact various corporate political strategies, including social responsibility activities, to mitigate market costs and develop legitimacy. The findings elucidate how gove...
Published on Jan 1, 2019in Organization Studies3.54
Arno Kourula11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Aalto University),
A.E. Kourula + 1 AuthorsC.M.J. Wickert
In this introductory paper for the special issue “Government and the Governance of Business Conduct: Implications for Management and Organization”, we focus on government as an institution in the b...
Published on Jun 14, 2019in Journal of Business Ethics3.80
Bimal Arora2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Aston University),
Arno Kourula11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Aalto University),
Robert A. Phillips19
Estimated H-index: 19
(York University)
Published on Jun 1, 2019in Regulation & Governance2.79
Arno Kourula11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Aalto University),
Markus Paukku1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
+ 1 AuthorsMikko Koria3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Lboro: Loughborough University)
Published on May 23, 2019in Corporate Governance
Nicola Cucari3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UNISA: University of Salerno),
Nicola Cucari (UNISA: University of Salerno)
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide comprehensive mapping of qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) applications in business and management research and to examine the sub-fields of corporate governance research in this context. Design/methodology/approach Through a systematic literature review of 22 articles, the paper describes and analyses how QCA is used in the corporate governance field, what can be learned from the methodology’s implementation in corporate governance studies an...