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Industrial Clusters and CSR in Developing Countries: The Role of International Donor Funding

Anjum Fayyaz (), Peter Lund-Thomsen () and Adam Lindgreen ()
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Anjum Fayyaz: Lahore University of Management Sciences
Peter Lund-Thomsen: Copenhagen Business School
Adam Lindgreen: Cardiff University

Journal of Business Ethics, 2017, vol. 146, issue 3, 619-637

Abstract: Abstract This article contributes to literature on corporate social responsibility (CSR) exhibited by industrial clusters in developing countries. The authors conceptualize and empirically investigate the role of donor-funded CSR initiatives aimed at promoting collective action by cluster-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A case study of the Sialkot football-manufacturing cluster in Pakistan indicates that donor-funded support of CSR initiatives in industrial clusters in developing countries may be short-lived, due to the political economy of aid, the national context of CSR implementation, tensions within SME networks, and negative perceptions of CSR by the cluster-based SMEs themselves. The findings and implications of this analysis can inform both research and policy making in this area.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; Donors; Football manufacturing; Industrial clusters; Sialkot; SME networking; Pakistan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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