Date of Award

2016-1

Degree Name

PhD Leadership Studies

Dissertation Committee

Afsaneh Nahavandi, PhD, Chairperson Noriyuki Inoue, PhD Lea Hubbard PhD

Keywords

Business and Society, CSR, Culture, Ethics, Leadership, MBA Education

Abstract

Recurrent corporate scandals have underscored the need for business leaders, the majority of whom were trained in business schools, to address tradeoffs between the interests of investors and those who serve the common good as an expression of socially responsible business leadership (SRBL). This study offers an integrated corporate social responsibility model (ICSRM), which displays the factors that scholarly research suggests promote and hinder corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. However, because the CSR concept originated in the United States and the American business school model is replicated across the globe, most theories that support this conceptual framework were developed through that lens. This study addresses this weakness by exploring the impact of other cultural contexts on CSR thought and practice.

Specifically, the purpose of this exploratory mixed methods cross-national study is to examine the impact of culture on the motives and views of Master of Business Administration (MBA) students from three distinctive cultural clusters regarding the factors that support CSR. The findings, gleaned from 290 surveys and three focus groups, indicate that these MBA students have almost identical motives toward CSR, which are expressed in their eagerness to manage the tension between profitability and the common good. Additionally, the students demonstrate very similar views regarding the factors that drive CSR’s implementation. In short, the study suggests that cultural dimensions do not seem to have a meaningful influence on students’ personal attitudes regarding these factors, providing a basis for scholars to better understand and further explore the possible relationship between cultural factors and SRBL.

Document Type

Dissertation

Department

Leadership Studies

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