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  1. Francesco Perrini, Angeloantonio Russo, Antonio Tencati & Clodia Vurro (2011). Deconstructing the Relationship Between Corporate Social and Financial Performance. Journal of Business Ethics 102 (S1):59-76.
    For four decades, research on the role and responsibilities of business in society has centered on the business case for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and an increasing number of studies on the corporate social performance (CSP)—corporate financial performance (CFP) link emerged leading to controversial results. Heeding the call for a deeper understanding of the mechanisms linking certain CSR efforts to certain performance outcomes, this study provides a stakeholder-based organizing framework rooted in an extensive review of existing literature on the link (...)
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  2. Angeloantonio Russo & Francesco Perrini (2010). Investigating Stakeholder Theory and Social Capital: Csr in Large Firms and Smes. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 91 (2):207 - 221.
    The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been widely investigated, but a generally accepted theoretical framework does not yet exist. This paper argues that the idiosyncrasies of large firms and SMEs explains the different approaches to CSR, and that the notion of social capital is a more useful way of understanding the CSR approach of SMEs, whereas stakeholder theory more closely addresses the CSR approach of large firms. Based on the extant literature, we present a comparison of large firm (...)
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  3. Clodia Vurro, M. Tina Dacin & Francesco Perrini (2010). Institutional Antecedents of Partnering for Social Change: How Institutional Logics Shape Cross—Sector Social Partnerships. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 94 (1):39 - 53.
    Heeding the call for a deeper understanding of how cross-sector social partnerships (CSSPs) can be managed across different contexts, this article integrates ideas from institutional theory with current debate on cross-boundary collaboration. Adopting the point of view of business actors interested in forming a CSSP to address complex social problems, we suggest that "appropriateness" needs shape business approaches toward partnering for social change, exerting an impact on the benefits that can be gained from it. A theoretical framework is proposed that (...)
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  4. Sandro Castaldo, Francesco Perrini, Nicola Misani & Antonio Tencati (2009). The Missing Link Between Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Trust: The Case of Fair Trade Products. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 84 (1):1 - 15.
    This paper investigates the link between the consumer perception that a company is socially oriented and the consumer intention to buy products marketed by that company. We suggest that this link exists when at least two conditions prevail: (1) the products sold by that company comply with ethical and social requirements; (2) the company has an acknowledged commitment to protect consumer rights and interests. To test these hypotheses, we conducted a survey among the clients of retail chains offering Fair Trade (...)
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  5. Mette Morsing & Francesco Perrini (2009). CSR in SMEs: Do SMEs Matter for the CSR Agenda? Business Ethics 18 (1):1-6.
    In this paper we argue that the collective grandness of small business is often underestimated in CSR research and policy-making. We emphasize the importance of understanding the contexts and the ways in which small- and medium-sized companies engage in CSR and how they differ from multinational companies. We suggest that it might be that researchers and practitioners are asking the wrong questions in their ambitions to prove 'the business case for CSR'. Perhaps we should rather focus on the 'how' and (...)
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  6. Clodia Vurro, Angeloantonio Russo & Francesco Perrini (2009). Shaping Sustainable Value Chains: Network Determinants of Supply Chain Governance Models. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 90 (4):607 - 621.
    Although the characteristics and advantages of interorganizational governance models based on extensive collaboration are well established in the literature, inquiry has only recently extended to sustainable supply chain management, highlighting the potential benefits of combining the integration of social and environmental issues concerning the supply chain with governance models based on joint decision making and extensive cooperation. Yet, firms still differ in both the pervasiveness of such collaborative approaches along the value chain and the extent to which sustainability issues are (...)
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  7. Laura Albareda, Josep M. Lozano, Antonio Tencati, Atle Midttun & Francesco Perrini (2008). The Changing Role of Governments in Corporate Social Responsibility: Drivers and Responses. Business Ethics 17 (4):347-363.
    The aim of this article is to contribute to understanding the changing role of government in promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR). Over the last decade, governments have joined other stakeholders in assuming a relevant role as drivers of CSR, working together with intergovernmental organizations and recognizing that public policies are key in encouraging a greater sense of CSR. This paper focuses on the analysis of the new strategies adopted by governments in order to promote, and encourage businesses to adopt, CSR (...)
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  8. Francesco Perrini & Sandro Castaldo (2008). Editorial Introduction: Corporate Social Responsibility and Trust. Business Ethics 17 (1):1–2.
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  9. Francesco Perrini & Mario Minoja (2008). Strategizing Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence From an Italian Medium-Sized, Family-Owned Company. Business Ethics 17 (1):47–63.
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  10. Francesco Perrini & Angeloantonio Russo (2008). Illycaffè: Value Creation Through Responsible Supplier Relationships. Journal of Business Ethics Education 5 (Special Issue):139-170.
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  11. Francesco Perrini, Angeloantonio Russo & Antonio Tencati (2007). CSR Strategies of SMEs and Large Firms. Evidence From Italy. Journal of Business Ethics 74 (3):285 - 300.
    While corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming a mainstream issue for many organizations, most of the research to date addresses CSR in large businesses rather than in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), because it is too often considered a prerogative of large businesses only. The role of SMEs in an increasingly dynamic context is now being questioned, including what factors might affect their socially responsible behaviour. The goal of this paper is to make a comparison of SME and large firm (...)
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  12. Francesco Perrini (2006). SMEs and CSR Theory: Evidence and Implications From an Italian Perspective. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 67 (3):305 - 316.
    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has acquired an unquestionably high degree of relevance for a large number of different actors. Among others, academics and practitioners are developing a wide range of knowledge and best practices to further improve socially responsible competences. Within this context, one frequent question is according to what theory should general knowledge of CSR be developed, and in particular the relationship between CSR and small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). This paper suggests that research on large firms should be (...)
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  13. Antonio Tencati, Francesco Perrini & Stefano Pogutz (2004). New Tools to Foster Corporate Socially Responsible Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics 53 (1-2):173-190.
    According to the Green Paper presented by the European Commission in July 2001, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis (Commission of the European Communities, 2001b, p. 6). On this basis, in 2002, the Italian Government, and especially the Italian Ministry of Welfare, launched an initiative called CSR-SC (social commitment) in order to foster the proactive social role of (...)
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