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Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Change

Institutional and Organizational Perspectives

  • Arnaud Sales

Part of the Ethical Economy book series (SEEP, volume 57)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Theoretical Perspectives

  3. The New Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibility Standards: Public and Private Initiatives

  4. Corporate Strategies and Current Issues

  5. Implementing CSR: Social Actors’ Role in Organizational Change

About this book


This wide-ranging book examines the new dynamics of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the impact they have had on the transformation of business corporations. Written by an international group of distinguished experts in management and organization studies, economics and sociology, the book leads one to theoretically and practically rethink CSR, a movement that has developed into a strong and rich institutional domain since the mid 1990s. Through 14 chapters, the book shows the complexity, diversity and progression of the institutional work performed by a large number of individual and organizational actors in specialized networks to develop this strategic field. Central to this book are: the core issues associated with the field of CSR; recent advances in the development, dissemination and implementation of public and private standards of social responsibility; the pressing challenges of developing sustainable strategies of value creation in the face of global warming and underdevelopment; and finally, examples of how CSR has been implemented and institutionalized within business organizations with special attention to the role played by a variety of social actors in organizational change. Conceived as a movement, corporate social responsibility spearheads a transformation project challenging traditional and outmoded forms of corporate governance that frequently pose troublesome ethical issues. From this standpoint, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Change will serve as a reference point for academics, researchers, managers and practitioners.


Business Ethics Corporate Social Responsibility Global Governance Mechanisms Agents and Institutions Ethics of Organizations Private Transnational Authorities

Editors and affiliations

  • Arnaud Sales
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada

About the editors

Arnaud Sales holds a Doctorat d’État ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines, from Université Paris-Diderot, France. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Université de Montréal, Canada. A specialist in economic sociology, his research interests center on the relations between the public and private spheres; economic and administrative elites, and knowledge workers; the role of knowledge in social transformations. His publications include: La Bourgeoisie industrielle au Québec (PUM 1979); Décideurs et gestionnaires with N. Bélanger (Éditeur officiel du Québec 1985). He has edited or co-edited the following volumes: Développement national et économie mondialisée (Sociologie et Sociétés 1979); La recomposition du politique with L. Maheu (PUM/L’Harmattan 1991); Québec, fin de siècle with N. Laurin (Sociologie et Sociétés 1994). The International handbook of sociology with S. Quah (SAGE 2000); New directions in the study of knowledge, economy and society with K. Adhikari (SAGE Series in International Sociology; Current Sociology 2001); Knowledge, communication and creativity with the collaboration of M. Fournier (SAGE 2007); Sociology today. Social transformation in a globalizing world (SAGE 2012). He was Vice-Dean of the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Graduate Studies (1987-1992) and has chaired the Department of Sociology (2000-2007). He is a former Vice-President International of the Society for the advancement of socio-economics (1995-1998). After chairing the ISA Research Committee 02 on Economy and Society, he was elected Vice-President for Research (1998-2002) of the International Sociological Association and chaired the ISA Research Council. In 2006, he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques of France.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Change
  • Book Subtitle Institutional and Organizational Perspectives
  • Editors Arnaud Sales
  • Series Title Ethical Economy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Ethical Economy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-15405-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-15407-3
  • Series ISSN 2211-2707
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-2723
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 289
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Business Ethics
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Industry Sectors
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“As Corporate Social Responsibility practices have diffused across major companies globally, they have also become more diverse, reflecting myriad global and local factors and influences. This volume of contributions from leading CSR scholars draws together contemporary insight from across the social sciences that examines how CSR has evolved, and where it is going in the future. This is an essential source for scholars interested in understanding CSR in its wider context, and for practitioners and policymakers keen to understand CSR practices in their historical, political and economic context.” (Stephen Brammer, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

“This is an important book on the institutional foundations of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and provides important insights into the theoretical frameworks that elucidate the concept. The analysis balances an assessment of the leadership, strategic, organisation, institutional, legal and governmental aspects of corporate social responsibility in an informed and authoritative fashion. The book makes sense of the diverse and competing schools of thought emerging in corporate social responsibility, and offers thoughtful and productive synthesis and integration of these ideas. A detailed and clear categorisation is offered of the many inter-governmental, national, and professional standards and initiatives that have distinguished corporate social responsibility, and added impact to the drive for business change.” (Professor Thomas Clarke, University of Technology Sydney)