Political corporate social responsibility : The role of deliberative capacity

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  • Richard W. Carney
  • Sadok El Ghoul
  • Omrane Guedhami
  • Jane W. Lu
  • He Wang

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationJournal of International Business Studies
Online published16 Jun 2022
Publication statusOnline published - 16 Jun 2022


With an emphasis on deliberative processes that occur between managers and stakeholders, the political corporate social responsibility (PCSR) literature has made important advances to our understanding of CSR activities. However, these contributions have tended to focus exclusively on organizational settings. We contend that an understanding of firm-level CSR is incomplete without considering the interrelations between organizations and the wider socio-political environment. Building on work in comparative politics about formal and informal institutions, we posit that firm-level CSR will rise as the deliberative capacity of political institutions increases. The term deliberative capacity refers to the capacity of political institutions to enable diverse stakeholders to collectively assemble and voice their opinions. Findings from our analysis of 21,941 firm-year observations, comprising 3563 unique firms from 34 countries over the 2005-2017 period, suggest that the deliberative capacity of formal and informal institutions not only enhances firm-level CSR activities independently but also complements the deliberative processes at an organizational level in promoting CSR.
強調管理者和利益相關者之間商議過程的政治企業社會責任 (PCSR) 文獻讓我們對 CSR 活動的理解取得了重要進展。然而, 這些貢獻趨向於僅僅關注組織環境。我們認為, 如果不考慮組織與更廣泛的社會政治環境之間的相互關係, 對公司層面的 CSR 的理解是不完整的。基於正式和非正式制度的比較政治學研究, 我們假設企業層面的CSR將隨著政治制度的商議能力的提高而上升。商議能力一詞是指政治制度使不同的利益相關者能夠集體聚集並發表意見的能力。我們對 21,941 個公司-年觀察 (包括 2005-2017 年間來自 34 個國家的 3,563 家獨特公司) 的分析結果表明, 正式和非正式制度的商議能力不僅獨立增強了公司層面的 CSR 活動, 而且還補充了在組織層面推進企業社會責任的商議過程。

Research Area(s)

  • formal institutions, informal institutions, political institutions, deliberative democracy, corporate social responsibility, ABSORPTIVE-CAPACITY, BUSINESS, FIRM, SUSTAINABILITY, PERSPECTIVE, SALIENCE, PERFORMANCE, GOVERNANCE, OWNERSHIP, SOCIETY

Citation Format(s)

Political corporate social responsibility: The role of deliberative capacity. / Carney, Richard W.; El Ghoul, Sadok; Guedhami, Omrane et al.
In: Journal of International Business Studies, 16.06.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review