Annotated Bibliography: Corporate Social Responsibility


  1. Schwartz, M. S. (2017). Corporate social responsibility. Routledge.

This resource will be helpful in explaining the three domains where corporate social responsibility should be employed by organizations. An organization should know about its responsibilities towards the economy of the region or country that it operates in. After the economic domain is the legal domain. Organization act under certain laws. It is the responsibility that all these laws are followed and not mended for corporate gains. The third domain is the ethical responsibilities of the organization towards the society. Ethical responsibilities enable an organization to realize where it needs to go beyond its legal obligations and contribute towards society. A discussion of all these domains will enable us to understand the concept of corporate social responsibility from three different angles and not just the ethical dimension which we usually see in the literature.

  1. Matten, D., & Moon, J. (2004). Corporate social responsibility. Journal of business Ethics54(4), 323-337.

Corporate social responsibility is part of educational curriculum around the world. The resource had provided evidence based on a survey around Europe about the quality of education related to corporate social responsibility. The survey was conducted in 2003 and it assessed teaching and research in the field of corporate social responsibility. This resource will also help in defining the concept of corporate responsibility as a result of research conducted around the concept in Europe. The resource also addressed the criticism that might exist about the standard of teaching methods and material in business schools in Europe. Levels and types of CSP programs are also discussed in this resource.

  1. Tai, F. M., & Chuang, S. H. (2014). Corporate social responsibility. Ibusiness6(03), 117.

When we talk about corporate social responsibility, we must ask ourselves, why is it important? The stated resource has comprehensive answers to this questions. According to the stated resource, corporations should not be simply be focusing on maximizing profits. They must also act as responsible citizens and contribute to the society. Sustainability is a must for any business in the modern age. Corporate social responsibility helps organizations attain a level of sustainability to gain not just short term but also long term goals. The paper has also shed light on the active and passive ways in which corporate social responsibility activities can be carried out. The research paper also informs about the ways in which citizen can be made aware of corporate social responsibility that they should expect from the organizations to which they come in contact with.

  1. Crowther, D. (2008). Corporate social responsibility. Bookboon.

This resource is a complete book on various issues related to corporate social responsibility. This book provides a comprehensive definition of corporate social responsibility. It has overviewed the recent scandals by different corporations and why it is important to promote corporate social responsibility so that such scandals may not happen anymore. The book has stressed that corporate social responsibility adds quality to the different processes in an organization which is in the benefit of the organization. The book has also made suggestions on how corporate responsibility can be of more benefit if it is incorporated into the established management models and methodologies. According to the book, corporate social responsibility is an ethical foundation of quality in the corporate sector.

  1. Matten, D., & Moon, J. (2008). “Implicit” and “explicit” CSR: A conceptual framework for a comparative understanding of corporate social responsibility. Academy of management Review33(2), 404-424.

Corporate social responsibility is conceptually understood in similar ways around the world but in practice, there might be differences in how corporate social responsibility is acted upon in different countries. This resource will help us understand why these difference exist after all. The research resource also provides an overview of the concept of corporate social responsibility through its explicit and implicit representation by corporations. I think that this resource will be helpful in understanding how organizations can strategize corporate social responsibility activities. For example, these activities could sometimes be directly visible to the society while other times, they might be manifested in other activities that contribute to the sustainability of business processes but may not be explicitly visible.

  1. Becker-Olsen, K. L., Cudmore, B. A., & Hill, R. P. (2006). The impact of perceived corporate social responsibility on consumer behavior. Journal of business research59(1), 46-53.

The primary concern of business activities by different organization is positively impacting consumer perception. This resource has discussed various ways in which corporate social responsibility can impact consumer behavior. This research will also enable us to understand the marketing activities that are directed at influencing consumer behavior by highlighting corporate social responsibility activities by organizations. Corporate social responsibility efforts may not always be perceived positive by the general public. This paper will help us understand how the public perceive the motivation of different organizations who engage in corporate social responsibility activities.