Theorising Transnational Corporations as Social Actors: An Analysis of Corporate Motivations

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Title: Theorising Transnational Corporations as Social Actors: An Analysis of Corporate Motivations
Author: Vetterlein, Antje; Brown, Dana; Roemer-Mahler, Anne
Abstract: An increasing number of firms are engaging in social and environmental initiatives beyond their core business activities. While much has been written on the question of why business should be spending resources on social and environmental causes, relatively few studies have systematically addressed the question of why companies actually do engage in such activities. A notable exception is literature on the ‘business case’ for corporate social responsibility, which argues that good social and environmental performance will positively affect a company’s financial results. Empirical evidence, however, has failed to prove this. Moreover, even if there is an economic rationale, it is not clear why some companies engage in social activities while others do not. And, why do many more companies today ‘see’ the business case than in the past? Our paper attempts to conceptualise the motives of companies to engage or not to engage in such activities. Drawing on theories from Management Studies, Sociology, Political Science and International Relations, we suggest modifying the notion of the business case by opening the black box of the corporation’s identity as a social actor.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7337
Date: 2009-01-27

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