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Why do corporate actors engage in pro-social behavior? A Bourdieusian perspective on CSR


van Aaken, Dominik; Splitter, Violetta; Seidl, David (2013). Why do corporate actors engage in pro-social behavior? A Bourdieusian perspective on CSR. Organization, 20(3):349-371.

Abstract

Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of social practice, this article develops a novel approach to the study of corporate social responsibility (CSR). According to this approach, pro-social activities are conceptualized as social practices that individual managers employ in their efforts to attain social power. Whether such practices are enacted or not depends on (1) the particular features of the social field; (2) the individual managers’ socially shaped dispositions and (3) their stock of different forms of capital. By combining these theoretical concepts, the Bourdieusian approach we develop highlights the interplay between the economic and non-economic motivations that underlie CSR, acknowledging influences both on the micro- and the macro-level, as well as deterministic and voluntaristic aspects of human behaviour.

Abstract

Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of social practice, this article develops a novel approach to the study of corporate social responsibility (CSR). According to this approach, pro-social activities are conceptualized as social practices that individual managers employ in their efforts to attain social power. Whether such practices are enacted or not depends on (1) the particular features of the social field; (2) the individual managers’ socially shaped dispositions and (3) their stock of different forms of capital. By combining these theoretical concepts, the Bourdieusian approach we develop highlights the interplay between the economic and non-economic motivations that underlie CSR, acknowledging influences both on the micro- and the macro-level, as well as deterministic and voluntaristic aspects of human behaviour.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:23 Dec 2013 12:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:17
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1461-7323
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508413478312
Related URLs:http://www.zora.uzh.ch/73045/
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:8742

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