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The Dynamics of Social ResponsibiliTy: Processes, Positions, anD Paths in the Oil and Gas Industry


  • Paul C. Godfrey


I use corporate strategy concepts and tools to focus on the dynamics of firm social initiatives and actions over time. I examine the different paths and positions taken by firms, and the processes that may underlie such paths and positions. My sample comprises 19 firms in the oil and gas industry, and covers the decade from 1991-2000. I use an exploratory approach that mixes qualitative and quantitative cluster analysis as the primary tools to examine this industry, and to isolate and examine distinct social responsibility positions and paths taken by these firms. I also provide evidence about which theoretical processes seem to best explain these choices.

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  • Paul C. Godfrey, 2007. "The Dynamics of Social ResponsibiliTy: Processes, Positions, anD Paths in the Oil and Gas Industry," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 59(3), pages 208-224, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:59:y:2007:i:3:p:208-224

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    Cluster Analysis; Corporate Social Responsibility; Oil and Gas Industry;

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    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility


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