How Institutions Affect CSR Practices in the Middle East and North Africa: A Critical Review

Dima Jamali*, Tanusree Jain*, Georges Samara*, Edwina Zoghbi

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This systematic literature review integrates the Varieties of Institutional Systems (VIS) framework and Patchwork Institutions lens to unpack how institutional heterogeneity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) impacts the practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Our review of 154 articles published between 1995–2017 extracts the variegated nature of institutions in MENA countries and sheds light on how country-specific institutional forces affect CSR. Doing so, we take the first step to move away from a monolithic understanding of the institutional effects on CSR in MENA, acknowledging the role that collective actors play in shaping the institutional realities affecting CSR.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101127
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number5
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • MENA
  • Patchwork Institutions
  • Literature review
  • Varieties of institutional systems

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