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From Body of Knowledge to Ways of Thinking : Theoretical Implications of Sector-specific CR in Europe

The main question of this final section of the book is: What theoretical lessons can we learn from sector-specific corporate responsibility in Europe?
We will develop our argument in five steps:First, a perspective on cultural
business ethics will be sketched that can be located between pure business
perspectives, on the one hand, and pure normative perspectives on CR, on the
other. Thus, cultural business ethics is characterised as a third way that emphasises the factual normative orientations of actors and the normative social
dynamics in societies. Second, we will suggest a road leading from CR blue-prints to culturally embedded responsibility that is based on four still very
general theoretical key elements: interests and power, institutional change,
negotiation and deliberation, and the new role of actors. Third, based on per-spectives of the embeddedness of practices and their contextualisation, the
merits of SCR will be outlined.Fourth, these merits will be analysed through
the lenses of the following key dimensions: issues, actors, organizational
fields, locality and modes of cooperation. Finally, we will draw attention to
some shortcomings of a sectoral approach and sketch some theoretical—but
also empirically applicable—perspectives for further research that stress
cross-sectoral perspectives based on societal needs.
   
type book chapter (English)
   
keywords CSR, industrial sectors, culturally embedded responsibilities, organizational fields, interpretative approach, cultural business ethics
   
project Sector-Specific Corporate Responsibility in Europe: The Role of Government
book title Corporate Responsibility in Europe: Government Involvement in Sector-specific Initiatives
date of appearance 2013
publisher Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh)
volume / edition 1. Auflage 2013
ISBN 978-3-86793-337-7
page(s) 285-298
profile area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Märkte (KIM)
citation Beschorner, T., & Hajduk, T. (2013). From Body of Knowledge to Ways of Thinking: Theoretical Implications of Sector-specific CR in Europe. In Corporate Responsibility in Europe: Government Involvement in Sector-specific Initiatives (pp. 285-298). Gütersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung. - ISBN 978-3-86793-337-7.