Reconsidering instrumental corporate social responsibility through the Mafia metaphor

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serval:BIB_60FD9F064A64
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Reconsidering instrumental corporate social responsibility through the Mafia metaphor
Journal
Business Ethics Quarterly
Author(s)
Gond J-P., Palazzo G., Basu K.
ISSN
1052-150X
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2009
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
19
Number
1
Pages
57-85
Language
english
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to critically evaluate the instrumental perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in practice and theory by relying on sociological analyses of a well known organization: the Italian Mafia. Legal businesses might share features of the Mafia, such as the propensity to exploit a governance vacuum in society, a strong organizational identity that demarcates the inside from the outside, and an extreme profit motive. Instrumental CSR practices have the power to accelerate a firm's transition to Mafia status through its own pathologies. The boundaries of such instrumentalism are explored and lessons for future CSR research derived, with specific emphasis on a firm's social and normative embeddedness, taking into account the inherent challenge of regulating corporate behaviour in the global economy.
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