Industrial Clusters and CSR in Developing Countries: The Role of International Donor Funding

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    Abstract

    This article contributes to literature on corporate social responsibility (CSR) exhibited by industrial clusters in developing countries. The authors conceptualize and empirically investigate the role of donor-funded CSR initiatives aimed at promoting collective action by cluster-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A case study of the Sialkot football-manufacturing cluster in Pakistan indicates that donor-funded support of CSR initiatives in industrial clusters in developing countries may be short-lived, due to the political economy of aid, the national context of CSR implementation, tensions within SME networks, and negative perceptions of CSR by the cluster-based SMEs themselves. The findings and implications of this analysis can inform both research and policy making in this area
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Volume146
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)619–637
    Number of pages19
    ISSN0167-4544
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

    Bibliographical note

    Published 17. November 2015

    Keywords

    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Donors
    • Football manufacturing
    • Industrial clusters
    • Sialkot
    • SME networking
    • Pakistan

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