Strategic CSR in Afghanistan


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Strategic CSR in Afghanistan

Show simple item record Azizi, Sameer A. 2012-04-19 2012-05-02T11:29:40Z 2012-05-02T11:29:40Z 2012-05-02
dc.description.abstract CSR is a rising phenomena in Afghanistan – but why are firms concerned about CSR in a least-developed context such as Afghanistan, and what are the strategic benefits? This paper is one of the first to explore these CSR issues in a least-developed country. It does so by focusing on CSR in the Afghan telecommunication sector and in particular on ‘Roshan’ as a case company. The findings of this paper are two-folded. First, it provides an overview of the CSR practices in the telecommunication sector in Afghanistan. Second, it focuses on one case and explains whether Roshan can gain strategic advantages through CSR in Afghanistan, and if so which and how these strategic benefits are gained. The paper shows that the developmental challenges of Afghanistan are the key explanations for why companies engage in CSR. Roshan has engaged in proactive CSR to overcome the contextual barriers for growth. Based on an analysis of five CSR projects, it can be assessed that Roshan enhances its competitive advantage through CSR in internal, external, and wider- society levels. It is analyzed that Roshan influences its competitive context both from inside-out and out-side in dimensions, and that the CSR projects could all live up to the strategic CSR criteria drawn from the academic work of Porter and Kramer, Burke and Logsdon and Blowfield. Finally, the paper discusses how in a context of a weak state and civil society, and massive developmental challenges, CSR is not a matter of an ‘add-on choice’, but is based on a ‘license to operate’ motivation, where businesses have free room for maneuvering CSR towards their strategic priorities and business goals. Whether this creates a ‘shared value’ for both business and in particularly for the society is however still questionable. en_US
dc.format.extent 53 en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CBDS Working Paper Series;1
dc.title Strategic CSR in Afghanistan en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt12maj02 lbjl en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Centre for Business and Development Studies en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort CBDS en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Centre for Business and Development Studies en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort CBDS en_US
dc.idnumber x656316631 en_US Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2012 en_US
dc.title.subtitle The Case of Roshan, An Afghan Telecommunication Company en_US

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