Conscience as control - managing employees through CSR

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Abstract

Corporate social responsibility has become an important topic for both academics and practitioners. CSR typically stands for corporate responses to ethical, environmental and social issues. Whilst extant research has predominately focused on CSR in relation to external stakeholders and taking a macro-institutional and/or functionalist perspective, we provide a critical engagement with the interactions between CSR, employees and management control within organizations. Qualitative data gathered at two management consultancy firms demonstrate how CSR discourses and practices serve to construct an idealized image of a socially, ecologically and ethically responsible corporate self. In this way, CSR works as a form of aspirational control that ties employees' aspirational identities and ethical conscience to the organization. The article discusses the implications of CSR concerning cynical distancing, ethical sealing and the space for politics and critique in corporations.

Detaljer

Författare
Externa organisationer
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Free University of Berlin
Forskningsområden

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)394-415
Antal sidor22
TidskriftOrganization
Volym20
Utgåva nummer3
StatusPublished - 2013 maj
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa