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Business Groups and Corporate Responsibility for the Public Good

Melsa Ararat (), Asli M. Colpan () and Dirk Matten ()
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Melsa Ararat: Sabancı University
Asli M. Colpan: Kyoto University
Dirk Matten: York University

Journal of Business Ethics, 2018, vol. 153, issue 4, 911-929

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyzes the relationship between Business Groups as a distinct way of organizing economic activities and their relation to the public good. We first analyze the phenomenon of Business Groups and discuss some of their core features. Subsequently, the paper moves to analyzing the existing literature on Business Groups and corporate social responsibility (CSR) as the most common label for the topic of this Special Issue. Subsequently, specific peculiarities of Business Groups in the context of CSR and their contribution to the public good are fleshed out. Based on this analysis, the paper delineates some implications for the field of CSR and the wider debate on the nature of the firm. We close with some perspectives for future research.

Keywords: Business groups; Corporate social responsibility; Corporate governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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