Corporate social responsiveness: Choosing between hierarchical and contractual control [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 12 (1):27 - 35 (1993)
Metaphors from strategic management can be applied effectively to business ethics programs. While effective strategies help implement ethical decisions that are formulated in good faith, ostensibly value-neutral control mechanisms can indirectly affect the substantive nature of policies and decisions themselves. This article examines the effectiveness of various corporate social responsibility implementation strategies. It also addresses the effects of implementation choices on the substantive formulation of ethical decisions and policies.Implementation and evaluation of corporate social responsibility programs through models of responsiveness are integrated into the social policy cycle using four tools: strategic control and performance control approaches, and hierarchical control and contractual control structures. The choices made among these forms of control approaches and structures, which as implementation mechanisms are typically considered to be value-free devices, may affect the substance of corporate social responsibility content. Hierarchical control structures, which use outside directors, tend to be associated with performance control approaches, and are biased towards applying utilitarian approaches to ethical decision making. Contractual control structures are compatable with strategic control approaches, and generally favor the application of principle-based approaches to ethical decision-making. Both the content and the quality of ethical decisions will be affected by differences between hierarchical and contractual control.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Rick Molz (1995). The Theory of Pluralism in Corporate Governance: A Conceputal Framework and Empirical Test. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 14 (10):789 - 804.
A. E. Geurts Sabine, G. J. Beckers Debby, W. Taris Toon, A. J. Kompier Michiel & G. W. Smulders Peter (forthcoming). Worktime Demands and Work-Family Interference: Does Worktime Control Buffer the Adverse Effects of High Demands? Journal of Business Ethics.
Sabine A. E. Geurts, Debby G. J. Beckers, Toon W. Taris, Michiel A. J. Kompier & Peter G. W. Smulders (2009). Worktime Demands and Work-Family Interference: Does Worktime Control Buffer the Adverse Effects of High Demands? [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 84 (2):229 - 241.
Sarah Roberts (2003). Supply Chain Specific? Understanding the Patchy Success of Ethical Sourcing Initiatives. Journal of Business Ethics 44 (2/3):159 - 170.
Thomas T. Hills (2011). The Evolutionary Origins of Cognitive Control. Topics in Cognitive Science 3 (2):231-237.
Peter Pruzan (1998). From Control to Values-Based Management and Accountability. Journal of Business Ethics 17 (13):1379-1394.
Sebastian A. Sora (1992). Social Control, Efficiency Control & Ethical Control in Different Political Institutions. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 7 (2):25-31.
Arun A. Iyer (2006). The Missing Dynamic: Corporations, Individuals and Contracts. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 67 (4):393 - 406.
Jason Stansbury & Bruce Barry (2007). Ethics Programs and The Paradox of Control. Business Ethics Quarterly 17 (2):239-261.
Betty S. Coffey & Jia Wang (1998). Board Diversity and Managerial Control as Predictors of Corporate Social Performance. Journal of Business Ethics 17 (14):1595-1603.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads2 ( #354,163 of 1,102,721 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?