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Corporate Social Entrepreneurship
Integrity Within

Part of Business, Value Creation, and Society

Jeremy Moon
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  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107447196


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  • Business ethics teaching appears to have had little impact, particularly in the light of continued malpractice and misdemeanour in the form of financial scandals, environmental disasters and adverse consequences for communities. This timely book directly addresses a central question: is it that the existence of an ethical or an unethical climate influences behaviour, or, does the presence or absence of a moral character and personal values have the greatest influence on behaviour at work? Hemingway proposes four modes of individual moral commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability: the Active Corporate Social Entrepreneur, the Concealed Corporate Social Entrepreneur, the Conformist and the Disassociated. Hemingway posits that the Conformists represent the majority of people in organisations, adhering to the prevailing ethical climate, whatever that might be. However, it is the discovery of the corporate social entrepreneur which offers students and scholars a critical, alternative and optimistic perspective for the future of ethical business.

    • Refocuses attention upon the role of the individual in corporate social responsibility
    • Sustains its theoretical insights with empirically derived evidence of corporate social entrepreneurship, as it operates in a FTSE 100 multinational corporation
    • Informed by a rich multidisciplinary literature, including psychology, sociology and moral philosophy, as well as business ethics and management and organisation theory
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    'Hemingway's research aim is to understand generative mechanisms for the enterprising pursuit of socially responsible behaviour and provide evidence-based practice advice for increasing the inclusion of social value in business decision making. … Hemingway has guided the reader through scholarly concepts of moral character and has provided considerable insight into the personal characteristics of people who take the personal initiative to consistently behave in a socially responsible manner at work.' Anne Dickson, Organization

    'Corporate Social Entrepreneurship: Integrity Within is a personal book, and is perhaps the better for that. It puts the 'integrity within' of the title into the book itself and provides an example of the discourse and discussion that Hemingway sees as essential to effective CSR. The book is itself an example of active corporate social entrepreneurship, with Hemingway often setting out the personal journey and publication history through which the CSE concept went as it developed.' Howard Harris, Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations

    'As we look towards the future of CSR, corporate social entrepreneurship (CSE) is assuredly on the cutting edge of growth and this book … makes a momentous contribution towards understanding its modes of realization. Eminently qualified, based on experience and scholarly background, Hemingway expertly crafts four modes of moral commitment which frame the range of manifestations of social entrepreneurship. Her interviews and research form a concrete empirical basis for her detailed descriptions of the interrelatedness of personal values (integrity within) and the supportiveness of the organization culture in which corporate social entrepreneurship grows. Her identification of the ascendency of the Active CSE as the richest ideal serves as a model for integrity in action. This is a must-read for all those interested in the future of CSR; this is a major contribution to both theory and practice.' Archie B. Carroll, Professor Emeritus of Management, University of Georgia

    'This book combines insights from philosophy, psychology, empirical studies, and practical experience into an eloquent explanation about why people behave badly in business and why individual actors comprise the core of CSR. Practitioners and business students will find this book engaging and informative.' Joanne B. Ciulla, Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics, University of Richmond

    'For too long, management researchers have acted as if individual managers were irrelevant to our understanding of corporate social responsibility. Christine Hemingway offers a refreshing antidote to this myopia with a powerful account of what she calls 'CSR as a subjective state'. Weaving together theory and data on ethics, agency, entrepreneurship and personal values, she demonstrates beyond any doubt that micro-level analysis of CSR has a tremendous amount to offer the field.' Andrew Crane, George R. Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics, York University

    'This book is long overdue. Corporate social entrepreneurship is the exciting new wave in understanding corporate social responsibility. To date, however, the buzz has been loud and the academic response muted. Hemingway fills this silence. She pushes the reader to see how corporate responsibility stretches far beyond the simple task of avoiding fines and scandals to include goals that spring from the self-transcendent values of employees.' Thomas Donaldson, Mark O. Winkelman Endowed Professor, University of Pennsylvania

    'Finally someone tells us that the artificial divide between CSR and ethics is just a big hoax. Dr Hemingway does so by exposing the reader to a challenging question: is a company 'good' because it is run by 'good' people? If you study, research or practice CSR - this is the book to read right now.' Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, York University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107447196
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Jeremy Moon
    Introducing corporate social responsibility
    Part I. Values and Corporate Social Responsibility:
    1. Structural drivers of corporate social responsibility
    2. Agential drivers of corporate social responsibility
    3. Moral agency and discretion: duty or disengagement?
    Part II. Personal Values and Corporate Social Entrepreneurship:
    4. The relationship between personal values and behaviour
    5. The corporate social entrepreneur
    6. Integrity and the moral character
    Part III. Modes of Moral Commitment to CSR:
    7. Investigating corporate social entrepreneurship
    8. The active corporate social entrepreneur
    9. The concealed corporate social entrepreneur
    10. The conformist
    11. The disassociated
    Part IV. Developing a Socially Responsible Organisational Culture:
    12. Conclusion: ad-hoc CSR cannot be sustainable
    13. Leveraging integrity within: some brief, practical steps
    Appendix: Rokeach Values Survey

  • Author

    Christine A. Hemingway, Nottingham University Business School
    Dr Christine A. Hemingway is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Organisational Behaviour at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work is geared towards the creation of social, environmental and economic value. She is one of the founding scholars of the micro foundations of corporate social responsibility (micro-CSR). This is a sociological and psychological perspective that investigates responsible/irresponsible organisational contexts, and the development of formal and informal leaders, or activists, known as 'corporate social entrepreneurs'. Her pioneering work has inspired a practitioner movement and is widely cited in major scholarly journals. Prior to her academic career, Christine has 12 years' blue-chip management experience, spanning a number of industries, including significant budget responsibility for some globally recognised consumer brands. This paved the way for her appointment as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), prior to embarking on a part-time doctoral programme of study at the Nottingham University Business School, whilst lecturing full-time at the University of Hull.


    Jeremy Moon

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