Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in China: A contextual exploration

D. Kirk Davidson, Juelin Yin

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Despite a growing recognition of national contexts in predicting the dynamics of corporate social responsibility (CSR), the limited prior research has failed to disaggregate national institutions to specify the mechanisms between aspects of national institutional contexts and elements of CSR practices. In this paper we offer a framework for analyzing the nature and status of CSR, which is made up of eight elements: history, religions/ideologies, social norms, geography, political structures, the level of economic development, civil society institutions, and the country’s “safety net” provisions. We apply the framework to explain how and why China’s understanding of CSR differs from that in Western countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Social Responsibility
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781522561934
ISBN (Print)9781522561927
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


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