CSR and feminist organization studies: towards an integrated theorization for the analysis of gender issues

Grosser, K and Moon, J 2019, 'CSR and feminist organization studies: towards an integrated theorization for the analysis of gender issues', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 155, no. 2, pp. 321-342.


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Title CSR and feminist organization studies: towards an integrated theorization for the analysis of gender issues
Author(s) Grosser, K
Moon, J
Year 2019
Journal name Journal of Business Ethics
Volume number 155
Issue number 2
Start page 321
End page 342
Total pages 22
Publisher Springer
Abstract Although corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice increasingly addresses gender issues, and gender and CSR scholarship is expanding, feminist theory is rarely explicitly referenced or discussed in the CSR literature. We contend that this omission is a key limitation of the field. We argue that CSR theorization and research on gender can be improved through more explicit and systematic reference to feminist theories, and particularly those from feminist organization studies (FOS). Addressing this gap, we review developments in feminist organization theory, mapping their relevance to CSR. With reference to six major theoretical perspectives in CSR scholarship, we note feminist research relating to each. Drawing upon FOS theory and CSR theory, we then develop an integrated theoretical framework for the analysis of gender issues in CSR. Our framework enables us to identify research strengths in the gender and CSR literature, as well as gaps therein, to open new conversations and to posit future research directions for this emerging area of scholarship. Our paper illustrates how a better grounding of CSR in feminist theory can contribute to CSR research more broadly.
Subject Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Organisational Planning and Management
Keyword(s) Corporate social responsibility
Feminist organization studies
Feminist theory
Gender
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s10551-017-3510-x
Copyright notice © Springer Science and Business Media 2017
ISSN 0167-4544
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