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Executives' Values As Motives For Socially Responsible Management

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abstract Individual managers exert a significant influence over the adoption of Socially Responsible Management practices. Previous studies have shown that executives exercise managerial discretion when it comes to the choice of specific Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies and programs. Our study analyzes the link between personal values and attitudes towards CSR among Swiss executives. Based on a survey of 152 top managers, this paper will map different CSR-orientations among executives, and then proceed to identify significant differences in the value sets underlying these attitudes. Our findings reveal that most managers adhere to a modern or socio-economic view of CSR, expecting that businesses can profit from CSR activities. Furthermore, our results show significant differences between the value sets of managers adhering to classical vs. non-classical views of CSR. Executives ascribing to modern or more altruistic CSR-orientations score consistently higher on other-regarding values. Thereby this study supports the notion that personal values are significant drivers of CSR choices by individual managers.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Business Ethics
   
name of conference 10th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management (Rom)
date of conference 19-5-2010
title of proceedings EURAM 2010: Back to the Future
page(s) 31
publisher EURAM European Academy of Management (BrĂ¼ssel)
review double-blind review
   
citation Etter, M., Hoffmann, C. P., & Meckel, M. (2010). Executives' Values As Motives For Socially Responsible Management. In EURAM 2010: Back to the Future, pp.31. BrĂ¼ssel: EURAM European Academy of Management.