Sharing vocabularies: towards horizontal alignment of values-driven business functions

Painter, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7846-7220, Hibbert, S., Pouryousefi, S. and Russon, J.-A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3013-8807, 2018. Sharing vocabularies: towards horizontal alignment of values-driven business functions. Journal of Business Ethics. ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

This paper highlights the emergence of different ‘vocabularies’ that describe various values-driven business functions within large organisations and argues for improved horizontal alignment between them. We investigate two established functions that have long-standing organisational histories: Ethics and Compliance (E&C) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). By drawing upon research on organisational alignment, we explain both the need for and the potential benefit of greater alignment between these values-driven functions. We then examine the structural and socio-cultural dimensions of organisational systems through which E&C and CSR horizontal alignment can be coordinated to improve synergies, address tensions, and generate insight to inform future research and practice in the field of Business and Society. The paper concludes with research questions that can inform future scholarly research and a practical model to guide organizations’ efforts towards inter-functional, horizontal alignment of values-driven organizational practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Business Ethics
Creators: Painter, M., Hibbert, S., Pouryousefi, S. and Russon, J.-A.
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Date: 23 May 2018
ISSN: 0167-4544
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10.1007/s10551-018-3901-7DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Feb 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2018 09:58
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32639

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