CBOS is concerned both with the ethical position of modern corporations in different social contexts and the study of corporate social responsibility as a value-laden and strategic phenomenon, thereby enabling firms to respond reactively and proactively to stakeholder demands.
The research philosophy of CBOS may be characterised as:
- Issue Focused: research in CBOS is issue focused. The research agenda of CBOS is driven by the evolving dilemmas that face businesses in managing their relationships with society. Since different issues are appropriately addressed from different methodological and disciplinary standpoints, CBOS acts as a focus of research that is both methodologically varied and multidisciplinary.
- Multidimensional: corporations owe responsibilities to a wide range of stakeholders in society and those responsibilities are of a variety of types. Any complete understanding of corporate social responsiveness must therefore embrace the fundamentally multidimensional nature of social responsibilities and the contingencies that are involved in managing social responsibilities within the wider portfolio of interests addressed by corporate strategy.
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- International: many of the most well known impacts of corporations on societies are attributable to the increasingly interconnected “global” pattern of economic activity. Therefore, particular emphasis is placed on comparative national studies and work that focuses on the management of the multinational corporation.
- Managerial: the research focuses on the interface between organisations and their stakeholders and upon how the challenges posed by stakeholder pressures for social responsibility are managed alongside other strategic imperatives.
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