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  1. Valentina Mele & Donald H. Schepers (2013). E Pluribus Unum? Legitimacy Issues and Multi-Stakeholder Codes of Conduct. Journal of Business Ethics 118 (3):561-576.
    Regulatory schema has shifted from government to governance-based systems. One particular form that has emerged at the international level is the multi-stakeholder voluntary code of conduct (MSVC). We argue that such codes are not only simply mechanisms by which various stakeholders attempt to govern the action of the corporation but also systems by which each stakeholder attempts to gain or retain some legitimacy goal. Each stakeholder is motivated by strategic legitimacy goal to join the code, and once a member, is (...)
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  2. S. Prakash Sethi & Donald H. Schepers (2013). Developing a Framework for Critiquing Multi-Stakeholder Codes of Conduct. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 24:226-239.
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  3. S. Prakash Sethi & Donald H. Schepers (2013). United Nations Global Compact: The Promise–Performance Gap. Journal of Business Ethics:1-16.
    The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) was created in 2000 to leverage UN prestige and induce corporations to embrace 10 principles incorporating values of environmental sustainability, protection of human rights, fair treatment of workers, and elimination of bribery and corruption. We review and analyze the GC’s activities and impact in enhancing corporate social responsibility since inception. First, we propose an analytical framework which allows us to assess the qualities of the UNGC and its principles in the context of external and (...)
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  4. Naomi A. Gardberg, Donald H. Schepers & Louis Lipani (2011). Antecedents of Corporate Political Finance Disclosure. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 22:424-435.
    U.S. corporations have long tried to enact a favorable business environment via political activities such as lobbying and campaign contributions. This particular strategy is receiving increased attention due to the recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which establishes that corporations have the same rights with regard to political activities as individuals. In this work, we examine the nature of corporate political activity and the need for accountability; define transparency in the context of corporate political activity; and (...)
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  5. Donald H. Schepers (2010). Challenges to Legitimacy at the Forest Stewardship Council. Journal of Business Ethics 92 (2):279 - 290.
    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global private governance system overseeing the sustainability and biodiversity of the world forestry system through certification of forests and forestry processes and products, and is perceived as the strongest of the various certification schemes available (Domask, Globalization and NGOs: Transforming Business, Government, and Society , 2003 ; Gulbrandsen, Global Environmental Politics , 2004 ). It has seen more success in developed than developing countries in terms of amount of forest certified and number of (...)
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  6. Robert L. Laud & Donald H. Schepers (2009). Beyond Transparency: Information Overload and a Model for Intelligibility. Business and Society Review 114 (3):365-391.
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  7. Naomi A. Gardberg & Donald H. Schepers (2007). Awareness. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:144-148.
    This study seeks to examine the mechanism by which a corporation’s use of philanthropy might affect its reputation for CSP. We propose and test a model relating corporate philanthropy and foundations to awareness of and evaluations of firm social responsibility. We find that the relationships are more perplexing than others have proposed. Our contention that corporate philanthropy is a complex variable is upheld and we propose avenues for future research.
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  8. Donald H. Schepers (2007). A Network Analysis of Shareholder Activism. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:351-356.
    This paper examines the motivation theory of Rowley and Moldoveanu (2003) on shareholder activism in the context of shareholder resolution networks. Shareholder resolution filings occur both within subnetworks as well as across subnetworks, indicating these motivations are mixed. I extend the motivational issue by also examining the response of the corporation to such activism. That resolutions might migrate from identity to interest motivated groups is examined as an element of future research.
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  9. Donald H. Schepers (2006). Some Observations on the Global Practice of Socially Responsible Investment. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 17:164-169.
    This research applies the notion of sustainability (Barney, 1991; Braa, Monteiro, & Sahay, 2004) to the mechanisms used by socially responsible investment(SRI) firms with respect to their stakeholders (investors and target firms). A contrast is developed between US and UK SRI firms. It is noted that screens, while maintaining a strong investor base, are less sustainable from the perspective of the firms targeted by SRI funds, whereas advocacy has stronger elements of sustainability with respect to the relations with corporations.
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  10. Donald H. Schepers (2006). The Impact of NGO Network Conflict on the Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies of Multinational Corporations. Business and Society 45 (3):282-299.
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  11. Donald H. Schepers (2006). Three Proposed Perspectives of Attitude Toward Business' Ethical Responsibilities and Their Implications for Cultural Comparison. Business and Society Review 111 (1):15-36.
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  12. Donald H. Schepers (2005). Book Review: Globalization and NGOs: Transforming Business, Government, and Society. [REVIEW] Business and Society 44 (1):107-111.
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  13. Donald H. Schepers (2003). A Critique of Social Investing's Diversity Measures. Business and Society Review 108 (4):487-508.
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  14. Donald H. Schepers (2003). Machiavellianism, Profit, and the Dimensions of Ethical Judgment: A Study of Impact. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 42 (4):339 - 352.
    Research by Reidenbach and Robin (1990) provides a means to study the differential impact of three dimensions of attitude toward ethics: moral equity, relativism, and contractualism. It is hypothesized that moral equity will be the most significant predictor of ethical judgment and intent to act. It is also hypothesized that Machiavellianism and profit will affect relativism and contractualism dimensions, but not moral equity. Additionally, it is hypothesized that Machiavellianism will interact with profit to affect intent to act. Moral equity was (...)
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  15. Donald H. Schepers & S. Prakash Sethi (2003). Bridging the Gap Between the Promise and Performance of Socially Responsible Funds. Business and Society Review 108 (1):11-32.
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  16. Donald H. Schepers & S. Prakash Sethi (2003). Bridging the Gap Between the Promise and Performance of Socially Responsible Funds. Business and Society Review 108 (1):11-32.
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