Drawing Lines and Taking Sides: How National Context Shapes International Private Governance Engagement

Erin Leitheiser

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Companies increasingly engage in CSR internationally yet little is known about the drivers and constraints that shape the design and membership of international private governance initiatives. This paper builds on extant literature about CSR variation between National Business Systems (NBSs) by using the concept of organizing to propose a framework for explaining how international private governance arrangements reflect the nation systems from which they originate. It then uses the case of the Accord and Alliance – parallel private governance arrangements created by European and North American brands in response to the Rana Plaza tragedy – to empirically deploy the framework. The paper argues that home NBSs are reflected in international CSR private governance arrangements, regardless of country host. Overall, this study contributes to our knowledge of the drivers and constraints of CSR practices abroad and offers a more nuanced understanding of the role of NBSs in shaping companies’ international CSR engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018: Improving Lives - Chicago, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
Conference number: 78


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • International regulation
  • CSR
  • Private governance
  • National business systems
  • Organizing
  • MNCs

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