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    Conference Chair Remarks.Brad Agle - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:282-283.
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    A Framework for Teaching the Goal of the Firm in Introductory Business Classes.Rebekah Inez Brau - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:1-20.
    In many business textbooks and courses, particularly in finance curricula, students continue to be taught that the single goal of the firm is shareholder wealth maximization. Although this statement presents a clear and succinct goal, which adheres well to rational expectations and financial economic models, I argue it is over simplistic and may actually be detrimental to student learning and professional conduct. A strict adherence to the SWM goal has at least anecdotal evidence of cases in which business students act (...)
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    Local Food Networks as Communities of Practice.Jerry Calton, Stephanie Welcomer, Mark Haggerty & Linda Sama - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:21-31.
    The purpose of our workshop was to call attention to emerging communities of practice where academics and community activists are coming together to learn how to grow slow food networks. One expression of this movement is the creation of local food hubs which can potentially forge global links that scale up to forge a global action network or GAN.
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    Business Law, Religion, and Pro-Social Behavior in the Workplace.Alan P. Christenson & Marc-Charles Ingerson - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:32-42.
    Business Law and Religion has long been one of the more intriguing and misunderstood partnerships in contemporary American Society. One of the main purposes of this paper is to make clearer and more helpful the boundary conditions between this partnership from the specific perspective of American Jurisprudence.
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    Disbanding The Dark Side of Organizations.Nabil Daoudi & Craig P. Dunn - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:43-57.
    The discussion of corporate social responsibility has tended to overlook corporate social irresponsibility in global markets. This is particularly the case for discussions of the Arab world in which institutional elements such as wasta and fatalism play a key role in both the conception and outcomes of CSI.
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    Pristine Neighborhoods, Progressive Neighbors.Jennifer DeBoer, Rajat Panwar & Jorge Rivera - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:58-71.
    Management research has extensively considered who, what, when, why, which, and how aspects pertaining to firms’ proactive environmental strategies, yet where aspects have received remarkably less attention. Building on institutional theory and economic geography, we explore three place-based research questions relating social and physical attributes of a place with a firm’s proactive environmental strategies. We contribute to a better understanding of the role of place in three ways. First, we find that geographic concentration of environmentally proactive firms is positively related (...)
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    Emergency, Emergency!T. Haynes John & C. Rodriguez Linda - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:72-81.
    This case study explores local North Carolina emergency manager perspectives on Defense Support to Civil Authorities. We ask a) How do county emergency managers integrate DSCA to prepare for disasters, and b) What factors do emergency managers consider when integrating DSCA into response and recovery activities. The reason why this study is important is that the results provide detailed and rich data for local emergency managers, and offers possibilities to improve collaborative emergency responses between various local, state, and national emergency (...)
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  8. Considering the Power of “Social” in Corporate Social Responsibility.Eli C. S. Jamison - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:82-95.
    This paper was presented as a workshop session and considers how preexisting contexts of power inhibit or enable firm corporate social responsibility actions when the issue is a hotly contested social and political issue: immigrant labor in the American South. This research examines the impact of the passage and implementation of the 2011 Alabama Immigration Law on the state’s poultry processing industry through a discourse and content analysis. By using an adaption of Clegg’s Circuits of Power theory, the intersection of (...)
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    Social Entrepreneurship – Crossroads And Intersections.Denise Kleinrichert - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:96-100.
    Social entrepreneurs mark a distinct business form of market enterprise. These business ventures achieve positive entrepreneurial social change for underrepresented stakeholders in uncertain markets. Markets are rarely certain. The business and society field continues to shape the narrative about what business looks like, and how it tells its story to the market, our students and fellow scholars. Social entrepreneurship is the new wave of the intersection between individual entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility models. There are no social entrepreneurial road maps (...)
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  10. The Emergence and Diffusion of Sustainable Business Model Innovations in Retail Logistics From an Institutional Theory Perspective.Kohlgrüber Michael - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:101-111.
    In this paper empirical findings and theoretical explanations are presented on how sustainable business model innovations emerge and diffuse in the practices of retail logistics companies. This entails different forms of sustainable business model innovations depending on the type of company as well as different interacting factors that drive their emergence and diffusion. This paper contends that neither the institutional environment nor the initiatives of agents alone can explain these processes but an intersection between both can do – within an (...)
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    Does Money Really Talk?Jegoo Lee & Sang-Joon Kim - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:112-121.
    This paper examines the Slack Resource Mechanism in the Corporate Responsibility literature, proposing that when a firm has enough slacks, it is more likely to engage in CR activities, which eventually improve its financial performance. In order to assess whether or not, and in which contexts SRM really works, this paper reviews two research issues in SRM. Based on literature review, we empirically test two proposed hypotheses with a large-scale longitudinal dataset from 1997 to 2012. We find that firms become (...)
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    How Sustainability Reporting Is Maturing.Patsy G. Lewellyn & Jeanne M. Logsdon - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:122-132.
    This paper examines the incremental value added to sustainability reporting by changes in disclosure requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines in the Metals and Mining industry. Three companies’ most recent G4 sustainability reports are critically compared to their previous G3 reports, and the some results of content analysis are reported.
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    Government-Business Partnerships for Radical Eco-Innovation.Lin Haiying - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:133-145.
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    Stay With Me.Barrie Litzky, Lynne Andersson & William P. Smith - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:146-157.
    Using the lens of neo-localism and sustainable livelihoods, this paper considers the process and outcomes achieved through networks of locally-based entrepreneurs. Guided by a grounded theory approach, interviews with several entrepreneurs in the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia were conducted. Based on these findings, we were able to identify eight strategies that provided benefits to the firms and the broader network. These strategies further enhanced in the livelihood assets of the community, including human, social, financial, natural, and physical capital.
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  15. Minding the Gap.Tammy MacLean, Barrie Litzky, Lynne Andersson & Michael Behnam - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:158-166.
    This paper explores how policy-practice decoupling affects organizational insiders, synthesizing literatures on decoupling, organizational identity, behavioral integrity, and organizational cynicism to derive a theoretical model illustrating the effects of organization-level structural choices on individual perceptions and actions.
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  16. CSR Strategy at a Crossroads.Virginia Munro, Denni Arli & Sharyn Rundle-Thiele - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:167-179.
    The relationship between Corporate Social Responsibility and society is at a crossroads. In particular, multinational enterprises must operate in multiple host environments while maintaining a social license to operate, and increasingly adopt CSR strategy relevant to stakeholders in these environments. This study examines MNE employee perceptions of CSR from one multinational in Indonesia and Australia, and determines their identification with and engagement in the organization’s CSR Social Initiatives. The results reveal perceived CSR has a significant effect on identification with SIs (...)
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  17. May Corporate Social Responsibility Have a Bearing Upon the Shifting Boundaries of the Firm?Maria J. Murcia - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:180-186.
    Whereas ‘strategic’ Corporate Social Responsibility scholars have studied CSR as a competitiveness and/or differentiation tool -this is, a competitive strategy’s outcome-, CSR has remained ‘out of the loop’ of the broader corporate strategy choice discussion and, in specific, unexplored as an antecedent of firm’s scope. Granted that firms formulate different governance strategies to effectively implement corporate objectives, my ongoing investigation focuses on how CSR may come to play into decisions pertaining to vertical scope, that is, how firms organize internal or (...)
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    Profiting From Privacy.Oravec Jo Ann - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:187-197.
    Privacy has played substantial roles in culture and commerce for centuries, but its political and economic impacts have intensified as utilizations of information technologies have expanded. Businesses should consider whether their increasing investments in data collection and analysis are indeed worth their costs in erosion of trust between themselves and their customers. This paper examines specific kinds of data, including from geospatial systems and “Internet of Things” applications. It also discusses potential expansion of US privacy discourse from the Fourth Amendment (...)
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    Benefit Corporation Certification.Caddie Putnam Rankin & Todd Matthews - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:198-207.
    This paper develops a theoretical framework to explain how B-Corps certification is used by organizations to gain legitimacy in their industry and among diverse stakeholders. We explore two research propositions using data from pilot cases. The paper introduces our preliminary findings, outlines a revision of the study based on these findings, and discusses contributions for the research.
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    Moving Towards a New Language for Business to Promote Greater Sustainability.Janet L. Rovenpor & Poonam Arora - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:208-221.
    In this paper, we argue and test the hypothesis that real progress towards greater sustainability in our society will occur only when individuals adopt a new language for business, use holistic thinking, and develop a robust set of economic, social and environmental measures performance.
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    Sustainable Development Through Identity Building.Andy A. Silva & Robbin Derry - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:222-231.
    This research project proposes to apply Social Identity theory and Porter’s Hypothesis in studying the success of the municipality of Curitiba, Brazil in creating a culture of commitment to sustainability practices among its residents. These theories are reviewed here, along with the social media strategies and innovations developed by Curitiba. We plan to gather survey data from university students and young adult residents in the city about their recycling practices, and their awareness and engagement with the city’s social media campaigns. (...)
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    Process of Identification Between Member Companies and Corporate Responsibility Coalitions.Natalia G. Vidal & Sabrina D. Volpone - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:232-244.
    This conceptual paper maps the process of identification between Corporate Responsibility Coalitions and their member companies. CRCs are business-led, membership-based groups created to advance sustainable business practices. We draw from social identity theory and the group identity literature to develop a theoretical model of identification between CRCs and member companies. We propose that membership in CRCs can reduce uncertainty about the implementation of sustainability practices as well as increase competitive advantage for organizations. The theoretical model developed in this article shows (...)
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    Business in Society at the Crossroad.Sandra Waddock, Shawn Berman, Jerry M. Calton, Dawn R. Elm, Colin Higgins & David Wasieleski - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:245-255.
    This workshop reflected on the current state of the Business and Society field and explored viable future directions for research in its related disciplines. The premise was that the field has reached a crossroads in its development, in accordance with the conference theme. To move forward, academic stakeholders should reassess the field’s identity and purpose to continue contributing meaningful work. The field could reframe itself as “Business in Society” to reflect the fact that organizations operate within a social and ecological (...)
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    Examining the Millennials’ Ethical Profile.James Weber & Michael J. Urick - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:256-268.
    The Millennials, people born between 1980 and 2000, are often treated as a homogenous generation. While some prior research on generations posits that there are a number of consistencies across a generation, such as the Millennials, others argue that differences may emerge and distinguish individuals within a generation. Based on prior business ethics literature, this research dissects the Millennial’s personal value orientations to explore if demographic differences, such as gender, amount of work experience, business discipline, and intelligence reveal variations in (...)
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    Exploring the Antecedents of Organization Resilience.Richard E. Wokutch, Manisha Singal, Virginia W. Gerde & Alex Naar - 2016 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 27:269-281.
    In an era of instant mass communication and pervasive social media, the ability of an organization to respond and recover quickly from sudden shocks and crises is extremely important to maintain organizational stability, public trust, and social license to operate. However, not all shocks affect firms in the same way and firms do not respond equally well to the same or similar shocks. One factor, organizational resilience, may explain why some firms are able to quickly recover after a shock and (...)
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