Edited by David Crowther and Linne Lauesen
Chapter 25: Philosophical prolegomena to all future research in CSR
In order to conduct research on corporate social responsibility (CSR) one must first define CSR. At present there are admittedly chaotic and conflicting analyses provided by rival theorists. What we seek is a clear definition unencumbered by private agendas. In order to accomplish this we need the following: 1. an understanding of ‘social’ institutions 2. a definition of a corporation as a ‘social’ entity, specifically as a ‘commercial’ entity 3. an account of how corporations relate to other social institutions (including political and legal ones) 4. some understanding of what it means to evaluate the performance of social institutions in general and commercial ones in particular 5. the disambiguation of legal responsibility from ‘social’ responsibility.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.