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Corporate social responsibility: One size does not fit all. Collecting evidence from Europe


  • Argandoña, Antonio

    () (IESE Business School)

  • von Weltzien Hoivik, Heidi

    (Norwegian School of Management)


This article serves as an introduction to the collection of papers in this monographic issue on "What the European tradition can teach about Corporate Social Responsibility" and presents the project's rationale and main hypotheses. We maintain that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an ethical concept, that demands for socially responsible actions have existed since before the Industrial Revolution and that companies have responded to them, especially in Europe, and that the content of CSR has evolved over time, depending on historical, cultural, political and socio-economic drivers and particular conditions in different countries and also at different points in time. Therefore, there is not - and probably cannot be - a single, precise definition of CSR: one global standard for CSR is unlikely.

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  • Argandoña, Antonio & von Weltzien Hoivik, Heidi, 2009. "Corporate social responsibility: One size does not fit all. Collecting evidence from Europe," IESE Research Papers D/834, IESE Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0834

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    1. Argandoña, Antonio, 2015. "A Framework For The Analysis Of Spirituality At Work," IESE Research Papers D/1122, IESE Business School.
    2. OGREAN Claudia & HERCIU Mihaela, 2015. "Arguments For Csr-Based Sustainable Competitiveness Of Multinationals In Emerging Markets (Part Ii)," Studies in Business and Economics, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 10(1), pages 92-102, April.
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    4. Argandoña, Antonio, 2010. "Corporate social responsibility in the tourism industry. Some lessons from the Spanish experience," IESE Research Papers D/844, IESE Business School.
    5. Gajdosova, Katarina, 2015. "Corporate Social Responsibility in the context of International Financial Institutions," MPRA Paper 65097, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    7. Michał Jurek, 2014. "The genesis and evolution of CSR self-regulation with special refer-ence to the case of financial institutions," Working papers wpaper70, Financialisation, Economy, Society & Sustainable Development (FESSUD) Project.
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    10. Argandoña, Antonio, 2017. "Social Responsability and Ethics in Organizational Management," IESE Research Papers D/1163, IESE Business School.
    11. Ericka Costa & Tommaso Ramus, 2012. "The Italian Economia Aziendale and Catholic Social Teaching: How to Apply the Common Good Principle at the Managerial Level," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 106(1), pages 103-116, March.
    12. Ala'aldin Alrowwad & Bader Yousef Obeidat & Ali Tarhini & Noor Aqqad, 2017. "The Impact of Transformational Leadership on Organizational Performance via the Mediating Role of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach," International Business Research, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 10(1), pages 199-221, January.
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