Unpacking the drivers of corporate social performance: a multilevel, multistakeholder, and multimethod analysis

Orlitzky, M., Louche, C., Gond, J. and Chapple, W. ORCID: 0000-0003-1834-8075, 2017. Unpacking the drivers of corporate social performance: a multilevel, multistakeholder, and multimethod analysis. Journal of Business Ethics, 144 (1), pp. 21-40. ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

The question of what drives corporate social performance (CSP) has become a vital concern for many managers and researchers of large corporations. This study addresses this question by adopting a multilevel, multistakeholder, and multimethod approach to theorize and estimate the relative influence of macro (national business system and country), meso (industry), and micro (firm-level) factors on CSP. Applying three different methods of variance decomposition analysis to an international sample of 2,060 large public companies over a time span of 5 years, our results show that firm-level factors explain the largest proportion of variance in aggregate CSP as well as CSP oriented toward communities, the natural environment, and employees. These results support our hypotheses according to which CSP is not primarily driven by macrolevel or meso level factors, except for shareholder-oriented CSP, which is relatively more influenced by country-level factors. As a whole, our findings also point to the value of subdividing CSP into its stakeholder-specific components as this disaggregation allows for a more careful examination of distinct drivers of distinct aspects of CSP .

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Business Ethics
Creators: Orlitzky, M., Louche, C., Gond, J. and Chapple, W.
Publisher: Springer
Date: August 2017
Volume: 144
Number: 1
ISSN: 0167-4544
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s10551-015-2822-yDOI
2822Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Jan 2018 15:47
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 09:38
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32524

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