Corporate Social Responsibility in Connection with Business Closures and Downsizing: A Literature Review

Abstract

The aim of this paper was to review the research on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in connection with business closures and downsizing to identify gaps in our knowledge. The study consisted of a systematic review of 24 refereed articles. The review identified four themes in the literature on CSR in connection with business closure and downsizing, namely CSR, transition programs and the local community; CSR and business strategy; CSR, power and reputation; and lastly, other articles on CSR in connection with business closures and downsizing. The review revealed a lack of understanding of the reasons, outcomes and methodology of CSR development in connection with business closures and downsizing. Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Closures, Downsizing, Literature Review To cite this document: Roland Ahlstrand and Alexis Rydell, "Corporate Social Responsibility in Connection with Business Closures and Downsizing: A Literature Review", Contemporary Management Research, Vol.13, No.1, pp. 53-78, 2017. Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.7903/cmr.17291

Author Biographies

Roland Ahlstrand, Malmö University
Roland Ahlstrand is Associate Professor Sociology at the Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University. His research interest include industrial restructuring, CSR, work organisations, job quality, and employment and worker participation.
Alexis Rydell, Dalarna University
Alexis Rydell holds a PhD in work science. He currently work at School of Technology and Business Studies, Dalarna University. His research interests include union-management relations, industrial restructuring, CSR, and work environment issues.
Published
2017-03-30
Section
10: Other contemporary management issues