CSR Communication Strategies of Colombian Business Groups: An Analysis of Corporate Reports

Published on May 16, 2018in Sustainability 2.08
· DOI :10.3390/su10051602
Jaime-Andres Correa-Garcia1
Estimated H-index: 1
Maria-Antonia Garcia-Benau1
Estimated H-index: 1
Emma Garcia-Meca1
Estimated H-index: 1
The aim of this paper is to assess stakeholder orientation and corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication strategies in the business groups (BGs) of an emerging economy by means of content analysis. We worked with 30 non-financial BGs taken from the Colombian Stock Exchange. The study uses as its unit of analysis corporate reports that have been classified into four categories: annual reports (ARs), sustainability reports (SRs), combined reports (CRs), and integrated reports (IRs). The results show that IRs are the most similar reports, that Colombian BGs are mainly employee-oriented (ARs, SRs, CRs) and shareholder-oriented (IRs), and that response and involvement communication strategies are the most commonly used. Our research has theoretical and practical implications based on the assumption that the study of corporate reports has particular importance for those BGs with diversification strategies and international orientation, since it opens possibilities for future research.
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Samantha Miles11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Oxford Brookes University)
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Published on Jul 1, 2014in Australian Economic History Review 0.37
Carlos Dávila Ladrón de Guevara4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Los Andes),
José Camilo Dávila2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Los Andes)
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Mette Morsing15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Copenhagen Business School),
Majken Schultz28
Estimated H-index: 28
(Copenhagen Business School)
While it is generally agreed that companies need to manage their relationships with their stakeholders, the way in which they choose to do so varies considerably. In this paper, it is argued that when companies want to communicate with stakeholders about their CSR initiatives, they need to involve those stakeholders in a two-way communication process, defined as an ongoing iterative sense-giving and sense-making process. The paper also argues that companies need to communicate through carefully ...
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Published on Oct 7, 2014in European Business Review
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez5
Estimated H-index: 5
(EAFIT University),
Juan Velez-Ocampo1
Estimated H-index: 1
(EAFIT University)
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Published on Jun 1, 2008in Journal of International Management 2.30
Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra31
Estimated H-index: 31
(University of South Carolina)
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Published on Jun 1, 2000in Academy of Management Journal 6.70
Mauro F. Guillén31
Estimated H-index: 31
(University of Pennsylvania)
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Published on Mar 28, 2008in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal 2.91
Jan Bebbington26
Estimated H-index: 26
(University of St Andrews),
Carlos Larrinaga13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Burgos),
José Mariano Moneva Abadía16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Zaragoza)
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Published on Dec 1, 2013in Journal of Business Ethics 2.92
David Eberle1
Estimated H-index: 1
Guido Berens12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Erasmus University Rotterdam),
Ting Li11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Erasmus University Rotterdam)
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Giacomo Manetti10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Florence)
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Published on Apr 1, 1995in Academy of Management Review 8.86
Thomas M. Jones19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Washington)
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Nov 9, 2018in Sustainability 2.08
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Published on Jan 21, 2019in Sustainability 2.08
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