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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Governance and Social Responsibility

International Perspectives

ISBN 9780230243514
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Recent corporate failures have attracted the attention of managers, governments and the general public to the role of governance and social responsibility. Ranging from managerial behaviour and reward systems, to environmental protection and human rights, governance and social responsibility encompasses a variety of thought provoking business issues. In Governance and Social Responsibility, Aras and Crowther bring together the considerable debates about what exactly it is, and how it can be applied to business.

Key Features:

• Written by leading governance and social responsibility experts
• International coverage and orientation
• Comprehensive coverage of CSR issues and debates
• Excellent pedagogy, including case studies, reflective questions and further reading.

Firmly grounded in academic research, Governance and Social Responsibility is an ideal companion for CSR courses at all levels.

DAVID CROWTHER is Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility and Head of Centre for Research into Organisational Governance at Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, UK.

GÜLER ARAS is Professor of Finance and Accounting and Director of Graduate School at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. 

Introduction to CSR
Defining CSR: Contested Terrain
The Social, Political and Economic Context: Failure and the Need for CSR
The Principles of CSR
Issues Concerning Sustainability
The Social Contract: Moral Obligation or Regulation
Ethics, CSR and Corporate Behaviour
Corporate and Managerial Behaviour
Agency Theory and Governance Issues
Performance Evaluation and Performance Reporting
CSR in Non-Profit Organisations
Globalisation and Regulation
Stakeholders and Protest: Challenging Corporate Activity
CSR and Strategy
CSR and Leadership


If you are wanting a straightforward and readable guide into the theory and practice of CSR, this book is it. It offers useful background history, traverses some of the big issues surrounding CSR and the small niggly ones that plague practitioners, as well as useful frameworks and tools for understanding and action.' - Kate Kearins, Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Management, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
'This timely and comprehensive text represents an excellent resource for students who want to gain an in-depth understanding of the interrelated fields of social responsibility and corporate governance. Aras and Crowther's well-balanced and clearly-written analysis shows how corporations can address their multiple responsibilities in society – a topic concerning most, if not all, of us.' - Andreas Rasche, Assistant Profess of Business in Society, University of Warwick, UK
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