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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

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January 2015 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
*Shortlisted in the Management and Leadership Textbook Category at CMI Management Book of the Year Awards 2016*

Why has CSR become part of the mainstream business and academic agenda in the 21st century? How can CSR be fully integrated in business strategy and day-to-day operations? Do companies become more vulnerable to criticism from stakeholders if they make public their commitment to CSR?

These are just some of the questions and challenges explored in this exciting new textbook. Readers will not only gain comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the history of CSR, the key CSR drivers, the main theoretical CSR perspectives and the dominant CSR practices found in the business community, they will also, more crucially, learn how to implement CSR in practice.

Written and edited by leading academics in the field, Corporate Social Responsibility is an engaging and accessible text designed for any student seeking an introduction to this complex and ambiguous subject.

The book is complemented by free online resources, including annotated web links, free full-text journal articles and more.

Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pederson
Part 1: Introduction
Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pederson
Chapter 1: The Anatomy of CSR
Part 2: The Internal Organisation of CSR
Robert Strand
Chapter 2: CSR and Leadership
Gill Christy
Chapter 3: CSR and Human Resource Management
Thordis Bjartmarz and Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pederson
Chapter 4 CSR standards and social accounting
Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pederson and Thordis Bjartmarz
Chapter 5: CSR and Innovation
Part 3: The External Organisations of CSR
Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen and Søren Jeppesen
Chapter 6: CSR and Suppliers
Michal Carrington and Benjamin Neville
Chapter 7: CSR and the Consumer
Céline Louche
Chapter 8: CSR and Shareholders
Reinhard Steurer
Chapter 9: CSR and Governments: Public Policies on CSR in Europe
Maria Joutsenvirta and Arno Kourula
Chapter 10 The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in CSR


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For Lecturers:

  • PowerPoint Slides

For Students:

  • SAGE Journal Articles
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Esben Rahbek  Gjerdrum Pedersen’s textbook brings a healthy dose of skepticism to a field that needs a critical and thorough house-cleaning. A wide spectrum of case-studies and a collection of solid academic voices offers up a well-rounded view of this jungle we call CSR.

Tone Skårdal Tobiasson
Editor at

This is book is a very comprehensive, clear and brilliantly-argued introduction to the different aspects of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and organizations. Written by eminent experts of business research the book provides a deep and refreshing perspective on the concepts, debates, theories and empirical realities of corporate social responsibility. It is therefore a "must-read" for the international community of scholars and practitioners of CSR, business ethics and sustainability management.

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff
Roskilde University, Denmark

Corporate social responsiblity has taken a key position on the agenda of managers and academics over the past decades. Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen and colleagues brilliantly develop a fresh and thoughtful perspective on this critical issue. Building on their rich research and experience, the authors offer both theoretical and practical advice. Anyone interested in gaining a foothold on the mountain of literature on corporate social responsibility will find this well-timed book a rich source of ideas and inspiration. 

Adam Lindgreen
Full Professor of Marketing at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

This is a wonderful, rich yet accessible introduction to corporate social responsibility that exemplifies the relevance of CSR across the fields of business and management studies


Stephen Brammer
Professor of Strategy at Birmingham University

Corporate Social Responsibility by Esben Pederson gives an excellent overview of our current understanding of CSR. It is practical for managers who are considering how to implement responsible management practices into the daily operations of companies, and it gives students a clear picture of why and how CSR is connected to the core activities of companies

Ketill Berg Magnússon
Managing Director of Festa - Icelandic Center for CSR and lecturer at Reykjavík University School of Business

This book is a much needed addition to the field for academic and practitioners teaching in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is clear and concise, with individual chapters easy to assign as class readings covering the basics of each highly relevant topic. I trust the book will be widely used in teaching as well as it will find an audience with CSR practitioners and researchers looking for an overview and update on specific issues

Anne Mette Christiansen
Partner at Deloitte Sustainability

Esben Pedersen has gathered an able crew to navigate curious students around the world of CSR in 300 pages. Asking questions is the first and most important step to practice leadership in CSR, and in this anthology the reader will find answers to the most pertinent questions about what corporate social responsibility is, and isn’t, where it came from and where it may be heading.

Admirably up to date and with impressive and authoritative reference lists for those with an appetite to dive in, Pedersen and his colleagues set out to inspire more people to practice leadership in this discipline of dealing with ‘wicked’ problems. The short, snappy cases bring theories to life and illustrate the point. It starts with people asking questions. And deciding to act on what they learn. That’s CSR in a nutshell.

Susanne Stormer
Vice President for Corporate Sustainability at Novo Nordisk

This is a very valuable and substantial resource for learning about CSR.  It combines scholarly grounding with practical insights, particularly through the case studies and discussion questions.  It is well-organized, particularly through the focus on key internal and external challenges.   It is upbeat but also critical

Jeremy Moon
Velux Professor of Corporate Sustainability at Copenhagen Business School

This book is a breath of fresh air in the panoply of CSR textbooks. It has a very welcome, distinctively European flavour and is unencumbered by the need to repeat the subjects and topics of other texts. Corporate Social Responsibility  will meet the needs of those who want to understand CSR from the viewpoint of both inside and outside of the corporation, and from the perspective of supply chains, NGOs and Government. 

Laura Spence
Director of Centre for Research into Sustainability at Royal Holloway, University of London

The book summarizes the core aspects of CSR concept and management. Also, it includes in each chapter references enough in order to continue researching. Additionally, it provides students with reflection questions and real experiences.

Mr Rafael Ángel Araque
Marketing , Universidad Loyola Andalucía
November 5, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch1: The Anatomy of CSR

Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen

Esben Rahbek Gjerdum Pedersen is professor at the CBS Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, Copenhagen Business School and does research within the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental management, and non-financial performance measurement. The results from his research has been published in a wide range of international journals, including Business Ethics, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Decision, Supply Chain Management, Business and Society Review, Business Strategy and the Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, and Journal of Corporate Citizenship. The research... More About Author

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