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dc.contributor.authorFehre, Kerstin
dc.contributor.authorWeber, Florian
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-14T14:14:12Z
dc.date.available2019-01-14T14:14:12Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12127/6070
dc.description.abstractA number of scandals have challenged the social legitimacy of companies. Since corporate social responsibility (CSR) is about the pursuit of public and stakeholder objectives beyond the bottom line, a company’s level of commitment to such altruistic aims is reflected in its CSR investments. It follows, then, that companies can use CSR as a vehicle for improving their legitimacy in the eyes of stakeholders and of society in general. Little research exists on the effectiveness of CSR strategies for improving legitimacy. The present study addresses this lacuna by examining how CSR communication and activity impact legitimacy. My results indicate that neither CSR communication nor CSR activity have a stand-alone effect on legitimacy. Nonetheless, CSR is important with respect to legitimacy. CSR strategies consisting of different combinations of talk and action are ranked in order of their legitimacy impact, and then this hypothetical ranking is empirically tested against a sample of German companies. Some hypotheses are confirmed while others are rejected. CSR strategies combining low levels of communication with high levels of CSR action emerge as the most effective for (re)gaining legitimacy, while those combining high levels of communication with low levels of action emerge as the worst in this regard.
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectEntrepreneurship
dc.subjectCorporate Social Responsibility
dc.titleThe effectiveness of combinations of corporate social responsibility activity (CSRA) and communication as strategies for regaining legitimacy
vlerick.conferencedate12/10/2018-13/10/2018
vlerick.conferencelocationOslo, Norway
vlerick.conferencename7th International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business
vlerick.knowledgedomainEntrepreneurship
vlerick.typeconfpresConference Presentation
vlerick.vlerickdepartmentEGS
dc.identifier.vperid242144


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