Pr. Vanhamme Co-authors New Book on Stakeholder Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility

Written on 12 December 2012.


Pr. Vanhamme

Their book 'A Stakeholder Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility: Pressures, Conflicts, and Reconciliation' discusses the importance of corporate social responsibility within organisations, governments, and businesses.

Organisations face increasing pressure to adopt a broader perspective of their purpose; they are pressed to assume social and environmental responsibilities. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has grown into a global phenomenon that involves many different stakeholders such as businesses, consumers, governments, and civil society. With their unique, often particular characteristics, these different stakeholder groups tend to focus only on specific issues that they believe are the most appropriate and relevant in organizations' corporate social responsibility programmes.
Thus, beliefs about what constitutes a socially responsible and sustainable organisation depend on the perspective of the stakeholder. Also, in any organisation, the beliefs of organisational members about their organisation's social responsibilities vary according to their function and department, as well as their own managerial fields of knowledge.

The book provides a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge theories and research that can lead to a more multifaceted understanding of corporate social responsibility in its various forms, the pressures and conflicts that result from these different understandings, and some potential solutions for reconciling them.
As Professor Vanhamme explains: "Corporate Social Responsibility is a complex, multifaceted notion that cannot be approached from a single or narrow viewpoint. To approach CSR in a comprehensive way, we must seek to understand the many-sided nature of organisations’ relationships with their various stakeholders. This was an objective of this edited book. One clear message from the chapters of this book is that not all organisations can or should proceed down the same path to reconcile the pressures and conflicts they confront."

More information on the book can be found here.

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