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Why Do Corporate Actors Engage in Pro-Social Behavior? A Bourdieusian Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility

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  • Dominik van Aaken

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    (Munich School of Management)

  • Violetta Splitter

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    (Department of Business Administration (IBW), University of Zurich)

  • David Seidl

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    (Department of Business Administration (IBW), University of Zurich)

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    Abstract

    Drawing on Pierre Bourdieus theory of social practice this paper develops a novel approach to the study of CSR. According to this approach, pro-social activities are conceptualized as social practices that are employed by individual managers in their personal struggles for social power. Whether such practices are enacted or not depends on the (1) particular features of the social field in which the managers are embedded, (2) the individual managers socially shaped dispositions and (3) their respective stock of different forms of capital. By combing these three concepts the Bourdieusian approach provides a particularly fruitful theoretical lens on CSR phenomena, not least as this allows reconciling seemingly competing conceptualizations in the existing CSR literature such as economic vs. non-economic motivation as drivers of CSR activity, micro-vs. macro-level explanations and voluntaristic vs. deterministic views of managers behaviors.

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    Paper provided by University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW) in its series Working Papers with number 319.

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    Length: 49 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:zrh:wpaper:319

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    Keywords: Manufacturing network; Manufacturing plant; Global operations management; Lead factory; Knowledge transfer;

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