A structured framework to understand CSR decision-making: A case study of multiple rationales
First and second-order rationales
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AbstractThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Elsevier via the DOI in this record
The organisational justifications made for CSR-related decisions and actions are examined over time using a structured framework premised on instrumental, political, integrative and ethical as well as first and second-order rationales. Using material from semi-structured interviews and drawing on documentary sources, we find that the decision-making processes underlying CSR-related initiatives were complex and multi-layered with varied patterns of motivation and justification that was modified over time. While an instrumental rationale was always apparent, political, integrative and ethical rationales were also important in the context of first and second-order rationales. The paper provides a framework to help understand the justification of CSR initiatives in a structured way and has implications for both theory and practice.
ORCID: 0000-0001-7066-8338 (Kiosse, Paraskevi Vicky)
Published online 5 April 2022
European Management Journal