CSR Position in the Top Management Team: Evidence of a CSR Bureaucracy?

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    Recently, a number of positions with corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the position title have been introduced to the top management teams (TMTs) of some of the world’s largest corporations. I explore this phenomenon. I revisit 10 such positions identified in a previous study to add a longitudinal aspect. I then focus on three case companies from within this selection- H&M, Mattel, and Storebrand- whereby I employ the Weberian distinction between formal and substantive rationality to identify the rationales expressed by members of these TMTs for including a CSR position to the TMT. This Weberian distinction serves as a useful
    means through which to identify and describe tensions that become apparent when the CSR agenda is considered. Additionally, I show the CSR TMT position may indicate the establishment of a “CSR bureaucracy” within these case companies where the CSR TMT position represents the “office holder” at the top of the corporation’s CSR bureaucracy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventThe 19th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics - The Embassy Suites Hotel, Buffalo, United States
    Duration: 24 Oct 201226 Oct 2012
    Conference number: 19


    ConferenceThe 19th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics
    LocationThe Embassy Suites Hotel
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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