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Corporate social responsibility in the tourism industry. Some lessons from the Spanish experience


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  • Argandoña, Antonio

    (IESE Business School)


Tourism has been, and still is, a very profitable industry in Spain. But the Spanish model of tourism development, following a pattern set in the 1950s, is now in crisis. The crisis is apparent in the widespread overdevelopment of tourist resorts and residential facilities in coastal areas, generating high environmental, social and economic costs. In this paper, we describe the Spanish model of tourism, the results it has achieved, the reasons for its longevity and the obstacles facing any attempt to change it. Given the failure of individual, collective and political action to solve the problems ofoverdevelopment, we ask whether corporate social responsibility and its theoretical foundations and instruments offer a solution.

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Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/844.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 07 Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0844

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Keywords: Spanish model of tourism; Corporate social responsibility; Overdevelopment; Tourism; Residential tourism;

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  1. Argandoña, Antonio & von Weltzien Hoivik, Heidi, 2009. "Corporate social responsibility: One size does not fit all. Collecting evidence from Europe," IESE Research Papers, IESE Business School D/834, IESE Business School.
  2. Argandoña, Antonio, 2003. "On ethical, social and environmental management systems," IESE Research Papers, IESE Business School D/508, IESE Business School.
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