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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
  • Weblinks to additional online readings

This text provided the students with a good grounding and wider understanding of the subject.

Mr Brian Gibbs
Business school, University of Bolton
June 23, 2015

The book "Corporate Social Responsibility" by Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen represents a comprehensive presentation of CSR issues with contemporary good examples. The book relevantly incorporates theory and practice that makes it a useful textbook. CSR challengers are studied in the context of Leadership, Human Resource Management, Social Accounting and Innovation. Clear chapter objectives, real-life case studies and discussion questions facilitate focusing on CSR key points that are illustrated by the examples of the worldwide best practices. Discussion questions stimulate thinking about key issues and debate about key challenges.

Mrs Iveta Ozolina-Ozola
Department of Innovation and Business Management, Riga Technical University
June 22, 2015

I felt the book provided a solid insight to the difficulties being faced by organisation when discussing sustainability.

An enjoyable read.

Mr Daniel Slade
Work Place Learning , City of Bristol College
June 22, 2015

This is an essential reading for research students in the context of a globalised world in which the impacts of major corporations is felt even in remote areas. The role and contributions business social responsibility is less understood and the book offers a critical reading approach to these activities.

Professor Simphiwe Mini
Department of Geography, University of South Africa
May 19, 2015

Excellent text, easy to read with a good concise flow

Mr Eric Ogilvie-Brown
Law, Robert Gordon University
March 10, 2015

This book is designed for effective teaching given its rich examples and useful case studies. It will be a valuable addition to our reading list.

Dr Martina Topic
Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University
March 2, 2015

A new addition in content of the module. Adopted as an additional reading for the students.

Quality and Operation Management, University of Johannesburg
September 6, 2015

The book is very interesting and actual. Chapter 4 and chapter 5 are very adequate to my students, so I decided to recommend this book.

Mrs Marisa Ferreira
Business Sciences, Porto Polytechnic Institute
February 18, 2015

Good all round text covering key topics for both undergraduate and post graduate students.

Mr Owen Lewis
SWANSEA BUSINESS SCHOOL, University of Wales Trinity SaintDavid
February 17, 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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