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A Multitheoretical Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility in China: Ownership Structures, Social Issues, and Interorganizational Partnerships

Fri, May 26, 15:30 to 16:45, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 3, Aqua 314

Abstract

This study integrates stakeholder theory, institutional theory, and symbiotic sustainability model (SSM) to understand the determinant of CSR practices in China. Specifically, we examine the influence of one important yet undertheorized institutional factor, ownership structure (i.e., whether a firm is a state-owned enterprise, private enterprise, or multinational enterprise), on firms’ CSR practices in China. We focus on how the institutional differences among the three types of ownership structures are manifested in firms’ social issue portfolios and interorganizational partnerships. Data from 212 firms operating in China suggests that ownership structures significantly influence firms’ social issue portfolios and interorganizational partnerships. Implications for the study of CSR, institutional theory, and interorganizational partnerships are drawn from the findings.

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