Explaining firm approaches to corporate social responsibility: institutional environment and firm size
by David Finegold, Andreas Klossek, Michael Nippa, Anne-Laure Winkler
European J. of International Management (EJIM), Vol. 4, No. 3, 2010

Abstract: Only a few studies so far have dealt with a comparison of different national institutional systems and the consequences for how firms approach Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Even fewer studies have focused specifically on how the country in which a firm is headquartered and firm size affect the way a company addresses different stakeholder interests and communicates its CSR efforts. This study compares firm approaches to communicating CSR using company samples from Germany, an archetypal Coordinated Market Economy (CME), and the USA, the largest Liberal Market Economy (LME), finding major differences in how CSR is presented on firm websites. The data support two of our three hypotheses. Firms in LMEs tend to communicate more on CSR than those in CMEs, and large firms communicate more about CSR-related issues than mid-size firms, whether located in an LME or a CME.

Online publication date: Thu, 06-May-2010

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