Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 4: The social context in CSR research: a contextualist approach with critical applications
This chapter emphasizes the importance of taking into account a broad view of the social context when designing and implementing CSR studies and when using the findings from such studies to inform practice. We argue for multi-level, multi-perspective approaches to CSR studies and propose that the research approach of contextualism may be a useful framework for context-sensitive CSR research going forward. We argue that contextualism may help researchers to understand the broader dynamics that affect CSR practice, enabling them to design more critical and more political CSR research studies. We conclude by suggesting how the outcomes of critical-contextualist research may help managers become more effective in their CSR practice, and discuss the obligations of CSR scholars in this regard.
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