A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
History in corporate social responsibility : Reviewing and setting an agenda (2021)

Stutz, C. (2021). History in corporate social responsibility : Reviewing and setting an agenda. Business History, 63(2), 175-204. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2018.1543661

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Stutz, Christian

Journal or series: Business History

ISSN: 0007-6791

eISSN: 1743-7938

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 63

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 175-204

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2018.1543661

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71930

Additional information: Published online: 04 Dec 2018.


The integration of historical reasoning and corporate social responsibility (CSR) theorising has recently received remarkable cross-disciplinary attention by business historians and CSR scholars. But has there been a meaningful interdisciplinary conversation? Motivated by this question that presumes significant limitations in the current integration, I survey existing research for the purpose of sketching and shaping historical CSR studies, ie an umbrella that brings together diverse approaches to history and CSR theorising. Drawing from the recent efforts to establish historical methodologies in organisation studies, I first reconcile discrepant disciplinary and field-level traditions to create a meaningful intellectual space for both camps. Secondly, I provide a synthesis of the history of CSR from three different meta-theoretical perspectives in the context of three maturing knowledge clusters. To bridge past and future work, I finally set a research agenda arising from current research and drawing on different sets of assumptions about history and CSR.

Keywords: enterprises; history; corporate responsibility; business ethics; organisational research; ethics

Free keywords: business history; corporate social responsibility (CSR); historical organisation studies

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Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 2

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