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

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

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dc.contributor.author Vetterlein, Antje
dc.contributor.author Brown, Dana
dc.contributor.author Roemer-Mahler, Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:26:52Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:26:52Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-27T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 8791690633 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7337
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.format.extent 40 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2009-61 en_US
dc.title Theorising Transnational Corporations as Social Actors: An Analysis of Corporate Motivations en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt09jan27 nijemo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department International Center for Business and Politics en_US
dc.contributor.department CBS Center for Corporate Social Responsibility
dc.contributor.departmentshort DBP en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort CBSCSR
dc.contributor.departmentuk International Center for Business and Politics en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk CBS Center for Corporate Social Responsibility
dc.contributor.departmentukshort CBP
dc.contributor.departmentukshort CBSCSR
dc.idnumber 8791690633 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2009 en_US


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