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CSR Development in Post-Communist Economies: Employees’ expectations towards corporate socially responsible behaviour: The case of Romania

Stoian, Carmen R., Zahara, Rodica Milena (2012) CSR Development in Post-Communist Economies: Employees’ expectations towards corporate socially responsible behaviour: The case of Romania. Business Ethics: A European Review, 21 (4). pp. 380-401. (doi:10.1111/beer.12000) (KAR id:35857)

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Abstract

Drawing on stakeholder theory and the evolutionary approach to institutions, this paper investigates the channels through which CSR is developed in post-communist economies by focusing on the employee- background factors that shape the employees’ expectations with regard to corporate socially responsible behaviour. We identify three channels through which exogenous and endogenous CSR are developed: employees with work experience in MNEs (leading to exogenous CSR), employees with CSR knowledge (leading to exogenous CSR) and employees with experience of the socialist system (leading to endogenous CSR). Furthermore, we argue that the interactions between these channels lead to hybrid CSR in transition economies. We use a questionnaire-based survey with employees of domestic and multinational enterprises in Romania and we conduct regression analysis. We find that employees with work experience in MNEs act as channels for exogenous CSR whilst employees with experience of the socialist system act as channels for endogenous CSR. Furthermore, employees with experience of the socialist system and CSR knowledge or work experience in an MNE act as channels for hybrid CSR in transition economies. Based on our results we put forward implications for theory, managers and policy makers.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/beer.12000
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: D.G. Kimber
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2013 10:25 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35857 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Stoian, Carmen R.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9329-8181
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