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    Trade associations and corporate social responsibility: evidence from the UK water and film industries


    Schaefer, Anja and Kerrigan, Finola (2008) Trade associations and corporate social responsibility: evidence from the UK water and film industries. Business Ethics: A European Review, 17 (2). pp. 171-195. ISSN 0962-8770

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    Abstract

    In highly structured organisational fields individual efforts to deal rationally with uncertainty and constraints tend to lead, in the aggregate, to greater homogeneity in structure, culture and output. Drawing on institutional theory, this paper develops research propositions regarding the nature and scope of corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement at trade/industry association level. The cases of the water and sewerage and film industries are used in order to test these propositions. The findings suggest that (a) trade associations in more homogeneous industries are more likely to engage with CSR-related issues; (b) trade associations in industries that face greater external scrutiny and threats to legitimacy are more likely to engage with CSR-related issues; and (c) trade associations are more likely to engage with those substantive CSR issues that are of greater concern to the industry's most salient stakeholders. The findings also suggest that trade associations may have a greater tendency to engage in symbolic legitimation efforts through CSR if faced with the task of repairing industry legitimacy.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Trade associations; corporate social responsibility; evidence; UK water; film industries;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 9248
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8608.2008.00530.x
    Depositing User: Anja Schaefer
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 17:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Business Ethics: A European Review
    Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes
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